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Diego Albuquerque is an editor and screenwriter who works in television and film in Rio de Janeiro. He became Brazil’s youngest published author when the first edition of his book Branquinho, O Dognauta was released in 1982.
With Oratia Books: Snowy the Doganaut


Wallace Badham compiled the handwritten and bound histories he entitled The Iron-Bound Coast after his retirement. Raised in Karekare, he retained a deep affection for the area and its history until his death in 2001.
With Oratia Books: The Iron-Bound Coast: Karekare in the early years

Ross Calman (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa, Kāi Tahu) is a well-known author and editor; his works include the revised Reed Book of Māori Mythology and Reed Book of Māori Exploration, along with several Māori–English dictionaries. Ross lives in Wellington with his wife and two children.
With Oratia Books: The Treaty of Waitangi; Favourite Māori Legends

R.D. (Ron) Crosby is a Blenheim-based lawyer who was a partner in the law firm Gascoigne Wicks, specialising in resource management and tribal claims in the South Island. Now working as a barrister and author, Ron was appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal in 2011. His other works include Gilbert Mair: Te Kooti’s Nemesis and NZSAS: The First Fifty Years.
With Oratia Books: The Musket Wars: A History of Inter-Iwi Conflict

Website: www.roncrosby.co.nz

Paola Della Valle completed her doctorate in English at the Universita degli Studi di Torino in 2007, specialising in Maori literature. Teacher, researcher and promoter of writing and cinema, she lives in Turin, Italy.
With Oratia Books: From Silence to Voice: The Rise of Maori Literature

Tessa Duder is one of New Zealand’s most celebrated children’s authors, and has written more than 40 books in genres from junior fiction to adult history. Among her best-known works are the Alex quartet and her biography of Margaret Mahy. A keen sailor and advocate for children’s writing, she lives in Auckland.
With Oratia Books: Out on the Water; The Story of Sir Peter Blake

Website: www.tessaduder.co.nz

Bronwyn Elsmore is a recognised authority on Maori religions and early spiritual interaction with Christianity. Formerly a senior lecturer in religious studies at Massey University, Palmerston North, she is the author of works including Mana from Heaven and Te Kohititanga Marama. She lives in Auckland.
With Oratia Books: Like Them That Dream: The Maori and the Old Testament; Mana from Heaven (ebook)

Website: www.flaxroots.com

Stacy Eyles (Ngāti Porou) is an art director, artist, and award-winning illustrator based in Wellington. He produces work in many different media, ranging from canvas and murals to clothing and television.
With Oratia Books: 12 Huia Birds (publishing September 2016)


Jeff Evans is a writer and photographer who works for clients in New Zealand and overseas. An authority on Maori canoes, Jeff is the author of numerous books, and editor of Elsdon Best’s Notes on the Art of War. He lives in Auckland.
With Oratia Books: Maori Weapons in Pre-European New Zealand; Polynesian Navigation and the Discovery of New Zealand; Nga Waka o Nehera: The first voyaging canoes; Waka Taua: The Maori War Canoe

Website: www.jeffevansphotography.zenfolio.com

Steve Forbes is a freelance writer who has a background in local journalism, and is also well known as a guitarist in bands including The Kingites. He lives with his family in New Lynn, Auckland.
With Oratia Books: New Zealand Tattoo

Clive Fugill (Ngāti Ranginui, Tainui) has the Master Carver at the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute for over 20 years. He has undertaken carving on numerous meeting houses, completed works around the world and trained many of this country’s leading workers in whakairo (wood carving).
With Oratia Books: Te Toki me te Whao: Māori Carving Tool Technology (publishing November 2016)

Stefano Fusi is a Florence provincial councillor and former mayor of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, who has written a number of books on the Chianti region, past and present
With Oratia Books: To the Gateways of Florence: New Zealand forces in Tuscany, 1944

Rongowhakaata Halbert (1894–1973) was an authority on East Coast genealogy and history, and renowned for his command of te Reo Maori. He was a member of many eminent boards, and adviser on Maori issues and language to bodies including the Maori Land Court, the Polynesian Society and the Department of Education.
With Oratia Books: Horouta: The History of the Horouta Canoe, Gisborne and East Coast
Read more: www.teara.govt.nz

Sir Bob Harvey, historian, writer and former mayor of Waitakere City, edited the Wallace Badham manuscript for publication. A prolific author, Bob is well known for books on Auckland’s West Coast (including Untamed Coast and Rolling Thunder), film and art.
With Oratia Books: The Iron-Bound Coast: Karekare in the early years; Voices from the Surf
Website: www.en.wikipedia.org

Chris Hoult is a senior photographer known for his haunting landscapes and social documentary work in books such as Home Free (on New Zealand house-truckers) and Out West: A Photographic Journey through Auckland’s West. Chris lives outside Dargaville, Northland.
With Oratia Books: New Zealand Tattoo
Website: www.chphotography.co.nz


Graeme Hunt was an historian, author and commentator noted for his work on New Zealand business history. His works included The Rich List, Black Prince and First to Care. Graeme passed away in September 2010.
With Oratia Books: Hustlers, Rogues & Bubble Boys: White-collar mischief in New Zealand (ebook)
Website: www.en.wikipedia.org

Ross Kinnaird is an internationally recognised illustrator who lives in Auckland. He has collaborated with Dawn McMillan on a number of books including the best-selling Why Do Dogs Sniff Bottoms? and works regularly with publishers in North America. With Oratia Books: Doctor Grundy’s Undies; I Need a New Bum!; Woolly Wally; Mister Spears and his Hairy Ears; Squeakopotamus (publishing October 2016) Website: www.rosskinnaird.blogspot.co.nz

Hana Maihi(Ngāti Whatua) has a degree in graphic design from Unitec, and works as a heritage arts adviser for her iwi Ngāti Whatua ki Orakei. She has contributed design content to a number of exhibitions and publications.
With Oratia Books: The Tunnel in our Backyard

Dawn McMillan is a much-loved writer of children’s books and educational readers, who lives north of Thames. She has enjoyed a number of successful collaborations with illustrator Ross Kinnaird. Their best-known work together is Why Do Dogs Sniff Bottoms?, winner of the Children’s Choice Award at the 2003 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.
With Oratia Books: Doctor Grundy’s Undies; I Need a New Bum!; Woolly Wally; Holy Socks; Mister Spears and his Hairy Ears; Squeakopotamus (publishing October 2016)
Website: www.dawnmcmillan.co.nz

Sir Sidney (Hirini) Moko Mead is a leading authority on Maori art and culture. He had a distinguished university career at Victoria University and internationally, has written numerous books, was a driving force behind the Te Maori exhibition, and has been a leader of his tribe, Ngāti Awa. He was knighted in 2009 for services to Maori and education. Now retired, he lives with his wife in Wellington.
With Oratia Books: Te Toi Whakairo: The Art of Maori Carving

J.H. Mitchell (Tiaki Hikawera Mitira, 1870–1944) grew up in Thames, and from the age of 15 until his death lived in Wairoa. He was a dairy farmer, Maori interpreter, and authority on iwi history and whakapapa. He devoted his later years to the writing of Takitimu and the building of the Takitimu Carroll meeting house in Wairoa.
With Oratia Books: Takitimu

Leah Mulgrew grew up in Karekare and studied painting at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. Since graduating in 2003 with a B.FA., she has lived and exhibited in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. She works in art administration in Auckland.
With Oratia Books: The Castle in our Backyard; Te Pā Kaha kei tō tātou Iari

Malcolm Paterson 2Malcolm Paterson belongs to Ngāti Whātua iwi and is most closely linked with the marae of Reweti, Haranui and Ōrākei. Previously a medical doctor, Malcolm has for many years worked as a heritage advisor and advocate for Ngāti Whātua (and in the past for the Historic Places Trust). He lives with his family in Te Atatū, Auckland.
With Oratia Books: The Castle in our Backyard; Te Pā Kaha kei tō tātou Iari; The Tunnel in our Backyard

Joe Te Kani Pere, the great-grandson of Wi Pere, took over the writing of his biography from earlier family members. A former teacher, he has a doctorate in English from the University of Waikato. He brought the work to completion with the support of the Wi Pere Trust.
With Oratia Books: Wiremu Pere: The Life and Times of a Maori Leader, 1837–1915

Krzysztof Pfeiffer is an internationally renowned photographer who has published more than 40 books around the world. He works as a professional photographer from his home on Waiheke Island, Auckland.
With Oratia Books: Te Ara: Maori Pathways Past, Present, Future
Website: http://kpphotonz.wix.com/kpphotonz

Bruce Potter is the award-winning illustrator of over 115 books including the internationally published children’s edition of The Whale Rider and the White Raven-listed Out of the Deep . Also known as an author, musician and stage performer, Bruce lives with his family in Alexandra.
With Oratia Books: Out on the Water
Website: www.brucepotter.co.nz

Christopher Pugsley is an internationally recognised military historian. A retired Lieutenant-Colonel in the New Zealand Army, he was a lecturer in military studies at universities in New Zealand and Australia, and retired in 2012 as Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Among his recent works are Sandhurst: A Tradition of Leadership and A Bloody Road Home: The Second New Zealand Division in World War Two.
With Oratia Books: Gallipoli; Te Hokowhitu a Tu; The Anzac Experience

A.W. Reed (1908–1979) was an eminent publisher and author. With his uncle A.H. Reed he built A.H. & A.W. Reed into New Zealand’s leading book publisher of the twentieth century, and himself authored more than 200 books, a number of which remain in print. His works on Māori mythology have served New Zealanders for several generations.
With Oratia Books: Favourite Māori Legends

Tania Simpson (Tainui, Ngāpuhi, Ngāi Tahu) is CEO of Māori development company Kōwhai Consulting, Deputy Chair of Landcare Research New Zealand, and a member of the Waitangi Tribunal. She has written several works of tribal history. Tania lives with her family in Hamilton.
With Oratia Books: The Last Maopo

Don Stafford was a pioneering author of Māori and regional history, encompassing numerous books from Te Arawa (1967) to A Wild Wind from the North (2007). Don received awards and honours including an MBE and an honorary doctorate from Waikato University, and was made Rotorua’s official historian. He died in 2010.
With Oratia Books: Te Arawa: A History of the Arawa People (publishing September 2016)

Julian Stokoe is a transmedia and animation director with a background in TV and design. He is director of mobile media developer Yoozoo. Julian lives with his wife and family in Laingholm, Auckland.
With Oratia Books: 12 Huia Birds (publishing September 2016)

Paul Tapsell is professor of Māori studies at the University of Otago, Dunedin, and was formerly director Māori at the Auckland Museum. A graduate of Auckland and Oxford universities, he is a former Eisenhower fellow. His previous books are Pukaki: a comet returns (1999), a Montana Book Award winner, and Ko tawa: Maori treasures of New Zealand (2006), with photos by Krzysztof Pfeiffer.
With Oratia Books: Te Ara: Maori Pathways Past, Present, Future; Pukaki: a comet returns (ebook)
Website: www.otago.ac.nz

Pā Henare Tate (Ngāti Manawa, Te Rarawa) is a senior Māori leader in the Catholic Church. A former lecturer at the Catholic Institute of Theology, he has a doctorate from the Melbourne College of Divinity, and is a specialist in Māori spirituality. Now retired, Pā Tate lives in Motuti, in the northern Hokianga.
With Oratia Books: He Puna Iti i Te Ao Mārama: A Little Spring in the World of Light
Website: http://blogs.library.auckland.ac.nz/arts/archive

Tim Tipene (Ngāti Kurī, Ngāpuhi) is the award-winning author of children’s picture books and junior novels including Kura Toa: Warrior School, Haere Jack Haere and Taming the Taniwha. A youth and self-defence counsellor, he leads the Warrior Kids programme (outlined in Warrior Kids: Warrior Training for Children). Tim lives with his family in Waitakere, Auckland.
With Oratia Books: Kura Toa: Warrior School; Bullies & Warriors; Warrior Kids: Warrior Training for Children; Patu; Sun Catcher (publishing November 2016)
Websites: www.warriorkids.org and www.timtipene.com

Felipe Vellozo is an illustrator, cartoonist and designer who has illustrated a number of popular children’s books. Felipe lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.
With Oratia Books: Snowy the Doganaut

Zak Waipara (Rongowhakataa, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu), has illustrated and written for children’s books, comics, newspaper graphics, motion graphics and animations, and lectured in digital media at Auckland University of Technology. He is currently programme leader of Animation College’s new Bachelor of Animation Degree.
With Oratia Books: Sun Catcher (publishing November 2016)
Website: www.zakwaipara.carbonmade.com

Philip Webb is a full-time freelance illustrator of children’s books who has created illustrations for many picture books, educational readers and chapter books. He has won New Zealand Post Awards for Dragor and Piggity-Wiggity-Jiggity-Jig. He lives in Wellington and works from his studio overlooking Wellington Harbour.
With Oratia Books: Holy Socks

Matthew Wright is a prolific writer who has authored more than 50 books on a wide range of topics for all ages, principally relating to New Zealand history. Among his recent works are the Bateman Illustrated History of New Zealand and Trains, Tunnels and Bridges. He lives in Wellington.
With Oratia Books: The New Zealand Wars

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Marc Bonny grew up in Titirangi and after returning in 1995 , has dedicated himself to researching its history. He is an active writer, researcher and contributor to the West Auckland Historical Society.
With Oratia Media: Titirangi: Fringe of Heaven


Joy Cowley is an internationally recognised author of fiction for children (as well as adults). She has published more that 600 early readers along with numerous novels and short stories. In 2005 she was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to children’s literature. She lives in Wellington.
With Oratia Media: Writing from the Heart: How to write for children
Website: www.joycowley.com

Francesca Flores d’Arcais is a professor of medieval and modern art history at the School of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Verona, Italy, and an acknowledged expert on Giotto.
With Oratia Media: Giotto

Mike Handcock is an international professional speaker and a musician, and the founder of the Rock Your Life network of personal coaches and philanthropists. He has been called Asia’s leading Edu-tainer and one of the top ten personal coaches in Asia. When he’s not travelling the world, he calls Auckland home.
With Oratia Media: What if you were God?; The Lie
Website: www.rockyourlife.com

Bruce and Trixie Harvey have a strong interest in the history and environment of Titirangi; they edited the book Waitakere Ranges for the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and Bruce is the author of Whatipu.
With Oratia Media: Titirangi: Fringe of Heaven

Tim Sole is the chief executive of Civic Assurance, the local government insurance agency, based in Wellington. He is an internationally published author of puzzle and game books, as well as photographic and inspirational titles including Life’s a Journey.
With Oratia Media: Assuring and Enduring: Fifty Years of Civic Assurance – Tested by Time and Disaster
Website: www.civicassurance.co.nz

Hugh Stringlemann is one of New Zealand’s leading agricultural journalists, and co-authored the history of PGG Wrightson, Rural Challenge (2006). He lives in Maungatapere, near Whangarei.
With Oratia Media: Agricultural Heritage
Website: www.cplfirst.co.nz