Jonathan Adams

Jonathan Adams

is a researcher in the Department of Historical Studies (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) and senior editor at the Society for Danish Language and Literature (Copenhagen, Denmark). Originally from Dorset, UK, he lives with his family in the countryside near Copenhagen.

Burak Akbay

Burak Akbay

is a prominent illustrator and designer of children’s books who lives in Istanbul, Turkey. From his origins in creating comic fanzines, he now illustrates books full-time and loves comics, graphic novels and film noir.

With Oratia Books: The Water Bottle

Lara Albanese

Lara Albanese

was a pioneering physicist and educator who authorde of over 20 books about science for children, focusing on the cosmos. She was professor of physics at the Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy. Lara passed away in late 2020.

With Oratia Books: Space Maps

Website: https://test.oratia.co.nz/

Diego Albuquerque

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

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

Martin Bailey

Martin Bailey

is a well-known illustrator who has created numerous children’s books over a long career. He recently founded Black Chook Books, a publisher of pre-school books. After being based for many years in Muriwai, to the west of Auckland, Martin now lives in Gisborne.

Website: https://www.martinbailey.co.nz

Nicoletta Benella

Nicoletta Benella

is an illustrator, graphic designer and artisan originally from north-eastern Italy, where she worked for many years as a senior visual designer for the fashion house Benetton. She lives with her family in Hatfields Beach, Auckland.

Lorraine Berridge McLeod

Lorraine Berridge McLeod

came from a farming background, was a teacher, principal lecturer at AUT, dean of early childhood education in Auckland and then
associate professor of education in the United Arab Emirates. A long-time colleague of Sir Toby Curtis, she co-authored Toby Curtis — Unfinished Business:Ki Hea Āpōpō with him. Lorraine lives in Urenui, Taranaki.

With Oratia Books: Toby Curtis

Jill Bevan-Brown

Jill Bevan-Brown

is a former lecturer in Inclusive Education at Massey University in Palmerston North. She retired in 2014 to care for her husband Winston, who has advanced Lewy Body Dementia, the subject of her first picture book for children. They have 12 grandchildren, and live in Palmerston North.

Hona  Black

Hona Black

(Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is a lecturer at Te Pūtahi a Toi: School of Māori Knowledge at Massey University in Palmerston North. He has worked as the Senior Māori Adviser on Massey’s Wellington campus, and been Head of Te Reo Māori at Hato Pāora College in Feilding.
Forthcoming with Oratia Books: Ngā Hapa Reo: Common Māori Language Errors (September 2024); What’s in a Name?/He Aha Tō te Ingoa (November 2024)

Trish Bowles

Trish Bowles

is a freelance artist using watercolour and pencils who balances her work between commissioned paintings and panels and her main love, illustrating children’s books. She has more than 30 children’s books to her name. Trish lives in Christchurch.

Elīna Brasliņa

Elīna Brasliņa

is an award-winning illustrator who has almost 20 books to her name, mostly for children and young adults. She has translated numerous Latvian books into English. Also a printmaker and film production designer, she lives in Riga, Latvia.

Website: http://www.elinabraslina.com

Steve Braunias

Steve Braunias

is a journalist, editor, reviewer and publisher. He is a staff writer for the New Zealand Herald and literary editor for current affairs website Newsroom. The author of 12 books, Steve has won more than 40 national awards for writing. He lives in Herne Bay, Auckland.

Ross Calman

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. (Photo courtesy Auckland Libraries)

Sandra Carrod

Sandra Carrod

is a retired teacher who has written several non-fiction books for children, including Weather Watch New Zealand. She and her family travelled the world by yacht for many years, working with marine scientists and documentary filmmakers. Sandra lives in Tauranga.

Rosie Colligan

Rosie Colligan

is a Wellington-based illustrator and graphic artist who has a Bachelor of Design majoring in illustration from Massey University. She illustrates for clients in New Zealand and internationally, and formerly worked at Weta Digital.

With Oratia Books: When Dad Came Home

Rauhina Cooper

Rauhina Cooper

(Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu) is a teacher and facilitator in kura supporting teachers in te reo Māori. She is passionate about the survival and use of te reo Māori. Rauhina lives in Ōhaupō. She wrote this story so tamariki from different whānau groups could see themselves in the pages of a book.

R.D. (Ron) Crosby

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.

Website: https://www.roncrosby.co.nz/

Sir Toby Curtis

Sir Toby Curtis

(Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Pikiao) had a distinguished teaching career before moving to become a lecturer at AUT University, Auckland. After retiring to Rotoiti, Rotorua, he led the Te Arawa Lakes Trust for 16 years, among many other roles. He was knighted in 2014 for services to Māori education. Sadly, Toby passed away three months before publication of his book Toby Curtis – Unfinished Business: Ki Hea Āpōpō, co-authored with Lorraine Berridge McLeod.

With Oratia Books: Toby Curtis

Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toby_Curtis

Bob Darroch

Bob Darroch

has written and illustrated numerous children’s books over a 30-year career, including his bestselling Little Kiwi series. He previously worked in advertising and as a cartoonist. Bob lives in Temuka, South Canterbury.

Paola Della Valle

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.

Peter Dowling

Peter Dowling

is the publisher of Oratia Books. Brought up in Christchurch and resident in Auckland, he has authored and revised a number of books on place names, international business and culture, including the updated edition of A.W. Reed’s Place Names of New Zealand in 2010.

Melanie Drewery

Melanie Drewery

(Ngāti Māhanga) is the author of more than 20 children’s books including several books in the Nanny Mihi series and the award-winning Tahi: One Lucky Kiwi. She takes inspiration from Aotearoa’s beach and bush. Melanie works as a writer and potter from her home in Māpua, Nelson.

Website: https://www.read-nz.org/writer/drewery-melanie

Tessa Duder

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. She received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement – Fiction in 2020. A keen sailor and advocate for children’s writing, she lives in Auckland.

Website: http://www.tessaduder.co.nz/

Tracy Duncan

Tracy Duncan

is an author, illustrator and teacher who grew up on the Coromandel Peninsula but now lives in Upper Mouter, Nelson. She has illustrated and written a wide range of children’s books, including works in Melanie Drewery’s Nanny Mihi series.

Website: https://www.read-nz.org/writer/duncan-tracy

Brian Easton

Brian Easton

is an eminent economist and statistician who is well known for his long-running columns in the Listener and Pundit. He has written extensively on many aspects of New Zealand’s economy, history and society, and is an honorary fellow or adjunct professor at six New Zealand universities. Brian lives in Wellington.

With Oratia Books: Heke Tangata

Website: https://www.pundit.co.nz/blogs/brian-easton

Gordon Ell

Gordon Ell

was a writer and publisher with a life-long interest in New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage. He wrote more than 30 books for adults and children, and founded and managed the Bush Press. Gordon passed away in April 2021.

Sarah Ell

Sarah Ell

is an editor, writer and journalist who is the author of ten books. She has a Masters of Creative Writing from Auckland University and an innate love of New Zealand history and the environment. She lives with her family on Auckland’s North Shore.

Bronwyn Elsmore

Bronwyn Elsmore

is a recognised authority on Māori 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

Website: http://www.flaxroots.com/

Stacy  Eyles

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/12 Manu Huia

Jeff Evans

Jeff Evans

is a writer and photographer who works for clients in New Zealand and overseas. An authority on Māori canoes, Jeff is the author of numerous books, most recently Reawakened. He lives in Auckland.

Stephanie Huriana Fong

Stephanie Huriana Fong

(Te Rarawa) is a registered translator of te reo Māori who also appears on Māori Television and in other media. She has translated several other books, including Rona Moon (Oratia Books, 2020). Stephanie lives with her whānau in Te Atatū, Auckland.
Forthcoming with Oratia Books: There’s a Crab in my Castle /He Pāpaka kei roto i taku Pā Tūwatawata (October 2024)

With Oratia Books: Kia Hou Taku Tou!

Steve Forbes

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.

Clive  Fugill

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

Stefano Fusi

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. Married to a New Zealander, he compiled the book To the Gateways of Florence: New Zealand Forces in Tuscany 1944.

With Oratia Books: To the Gateways of Florence

Len Gale

Len Gale

spent a lifetime committed to arts and crafts, the revival of local artforms, and social activism. Noted as a worker in bone, greenstone, metal and woodhe was the author of four books: Greenstone Carving, Wood Carving, Creative Metal and Technology Basics. Len passed away in Auckland in 2016 at the age of 89

With Oratia Books: Greenstone Carving

Rebecca Gibbs

Rebecca Gibbs

(Rongowhakaata) has been a primary school teacher and gained a Bachelor of Design (VisCom) in 2015, since when she has worked in illustration and publishing, expressing her passion for diverse characters and te Ao Māori. Rebecca lives in Diamond Harbour, near Christchurch.

Bradford  Haami

Bradford Haami

(Ngāti Awa) is an established author, producer/director, scriptwriter and historian who has written extensively about Maori history and culture. His books include the bestselling True Red and the award-winning Ka Mau Te Wehi. After many years living with his family in West Auckland, Brad has now returned to his hometown of Whakatane.

With Oratia Books: Urban Māori

Rongowhakaata Halbert

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

Website: https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/4h4/halbert-rongowhakaata-pere

Mary Harris

Mary Harris

was Clerk of the House of Representatives of New Zealand from 2007 until her retirement in 2015. She was the first woman to be appointed to this role, following a distinguished state sector career. Mary edited the fourth edition of Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand with current Clerk, David Wilson.

Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Winifred_Harris

Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison

is the author or co-author of 11 published works on New Zealand aviation, with an emphasis on military aviation. Paul spent 35 years in the RNZAF, and was its unofficial historian. He has been editor of the RNZRSA Review and Aerolegacy, and a correspondent for Aviation News. He lives with his family in Paraparaumu.Wilson.

With Oratia Books: Seek and Destroy

Sir Bob  Harvey

Sir Bob Harvey

is a well-known politician, civic leader and writer who was formerly mayor of Waitakere City. A prolific author, Bob is well known for books on Auckland’s West Coast (including Untamed Coast and Rolling Thunder), film and art. He edited Wallace Badham’s memoir The Iron-Bound Coast.

Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Harvey_(mayor)

Vanessa Hatley-Owen

Vanessa Hatley-Owen

is a teacher support and mother of three who was shortlisted for the Storylines Joy Cowley Picture Book Manuscript Award in 2014. Vanessa is a member of Storylines and SCBWI, writes reviews for the Booksellers New Zealand blog, and previously wrote reviews for the US-based blog The Library Adventure. She lives in Howick, Auckland.

With Oratia Books: When Dad Came Home

Te Rangi Hīroa (Sir Peter Buck)

Te Rangi Hīroa (Sir Peter Buck)

(Ngāti Mutunga, 1877–1951) led a busy and distinguished life — variously as an MP, leader of the Young Māori party, doctor, medical officer for Māori health, anthropologist and director of the Bishop Museum, Haw