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Peter Dowling [MA (Hons), MBA]Peter_Dowling_1.jpg

Peter Dowling is the director of independent publisher Oratia Media, based in Waitakere CIty. He has worked in publishing for many years both in New Zealand and overseas, and was formerly publishing manager of Reed Publishing (NZ), responsible for both trade and educational books. Among other roles he is kaihautu of Te Potiki National Trust, a not-for-profit venture documenting marae; chair of the Oratia District School board of trustees; and the revising editor of Place Names of New Zealand. Peter became a Storylines Trustee in 2008.

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Tessa_Duder_1.jpgDr Tessa Duder [OBE, Hon. Doc. (University of Waikato)]

Tessa Duder was a founding member of Storylines’ forerunner, the Children’s Book Foundation begun in 1989, and has enjoyed watching the organisation grow in confidence and mana. Her 40-odd books for both adults and children include novels, non-fiction, plays and anthologies. She is a past president of the NZ Society of Authors (PEN Inc), and has served on the Board of the Spirit of Adventure Trust since 1993. Among her awards are the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, the Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Fellowship 2003, the Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book 2005 and the 2007 Artists in Antarctic fellowship. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Waikato in 2009. Tessa has been a Storylines Trustee since the inception of the Trust Board.  See also Tessa's author profile.

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Libby_Limbrick_1.jpgDr Libby Limbrick

Libby Limbrick has worked in teacher education for two decades and recently retired as Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Literacies at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland and membership of the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy.  Most of her teaching has been with postgraduate qualifications for teachers specialising in literacy education. Libby is a strong advocate for the place of literature in teaching children to read and write. Since 1992, she has been an active member of Storylines and its predecessors, the Children’s Book Foundation and then Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand. She is currently Co-Director of IBBY New Zealand, preparing to host the 35th International Congress of IBBY.

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Frances_Plumpton_1_1.jpgFrances Plumpton [NZLA Cert., ANZLA]

Frances is an early childhood literature consultant (Vital Years Ltd) and literary agent, representing a growing list of New Zealand children’s writers and illustrators. She is the New Zealand contact for the Australian/New Zealand chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). For many years she was a specialist children’s librarian for Waitakere Libraries and has been a reviewer for Quote Unquote, MagpiesFamily Times and the specialist early childhood magazine Littlies.
Winner of a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 1989 and the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for services to children's literature in 2006, she has been both convenor and judge for both the LIANZA Esther Glen and Russell Clark awards, and New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. She was a long-standing member of the CLA and served on the Storylines Foundation management committee from 1990 to 2005 and Storylines Festival committee from 1993-2005, including many years as Story Tour coordinator. Frances has been a Storylines Trustee since the Trust’s inception. See also, Frances' Storylines Betty Gilderdale award winner profile.

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Tony_Sissons.jpgTony Sissons [MEd, Dip PE, Dip Ed, Dip Tchg]

Tony Sissons is currently Headmaster at King's School, Auckland. Educated at Saint Kentigern College, where in 1976 he was Head Prefect and Dux Ludorum, he went on to complete a Diploma of Physical Education, a Diploma in Teaching, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. He also holds a Master of Educational Administration from Auckland University. He spent four years as Principal of Victoria Avenue School and after nine years as Headmaster of Southwell School in Hamilton, he joined King's School in 2003. Previously he has sat on the Board of the Waikato Chamber of Commerce, on the Executive Committee of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools in New Zealand and on the Perry Foundation Trust. In 2008 Tony attended Harvard University on a Woolf Fisher Fellowship. He became a Storylines Trustee in 2010.

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Rosemary_Tisdall_1_1.jpgRosemary Tisdall [BA Education, Dip. Teaching]

Rosemary has been involved with children’s books through her teaching, then motherhood, and more recently as a school librarian for eight years.  She is now a children’s literature consultant, freelancing through her company, Getting Kids Into Books. Currently, she works part time as a Curriculum Services Librarian at National Library. She also writes teacher's resource guides for a children's theatre company, Tim Bray Productions. Rosemary was a judge for the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards in 2009 and 2010. As a committee member of the Children's Literature Association, she served on the Transition Committee which merged the CLA and the Children's Book Foundation in 2000. She has been a member of the Storylines Foundation management committee and Storylines Festival committee since 2000. Rosemary is currently a Storylines Trustee and Co-director with Libby Limbrick for IBBY NZ hosting the 35th International Congress of IBBY in August 2016. 
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Christine Young [BA, DIp Bus (Mktg), MA (Arts Management)]  IMG 8140 CY 2013-543-345

Christine Young is an independent management and marketing consultant and writer, specialising in the arts. She has worked with a number of arts organisations advising on business and audience development, marketing and funding. She most recently worked with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as marketing manager, and has lectured in arts marketing on the Whitecliffe College Master of Arts in Arts Management programme for the past several years.
In 2011 she completed her Master of Arts in Arts Management at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design with First Class Honours.

Christine has had several children’s early reading books published, and was part-time executive officer of the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust for six years until April 2011. She has worked in senior roles with Auckland Arts Festival, the Auckland Regional Council, and a number of other arts and not-for-profit organisations, including Atamira Dance Company, Tim Bray Productions and CCS Disability Action.
She was editor of NZ Marketing Magazine for several years, and as a feature writer won awards for her work with publications including NZ Marketing Magazine, Metro and Management magazines.

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Trustees

Peter Dowling [MA (Hons), MBA]Peter_Dowling_1.jpg

Peter Dowling is the director of independent publisher Oratia Media, based in Waitakere CIty. He has worked in publishing for many years both in New Zealand and overseas, and was formerly publishing manager of Reed Publishing (NZ), responsible for both trade and educational books. Among other roles he is kaihautu of Te Potiki National Trust, a not-for-profit venture documenting marae; chair of the Oratia District School board of trustees; and the revising editor of Place Names of New Zealand. Peter became a Storylines Trustee in 2008.

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Tessa_Duder_1.jpgDr Tessa Duder [OBE, Hon. Doc. (University of Waikato)]

Tessa Duder was a founding member of Storylines’ forerunner, the Children’s Book Foundation begun in 1989, and has enjoyed watching the organisation grow in confidence and mana. Her 40-odd books for both adults and children include novels, non-fiction, plays and anthologies. She is a past president of the NZ Society of Authors (PEN Inc), and has served on the Board of the Spirit of Adventure Trust since 1993. Among her awards are the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, the Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Fellowship 2003, the Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book 2005 and the 2007 Artists in Antarctic fellowship. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Waikato in 2009. Tessa has been a Storylines Trustee since the inception of the Trust Board.  See also Tessa's author profile.

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Libby_Limbrick_1.jpgDr Libby Limbrick

Libby Limbrick has worked in teacher education for two decades and recently retired as Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Literacies at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland and membership of the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy.  Most of her teaching has been with postgraduate qualifications for teachers specialising in literacy education. Libby is a strong advocate for the place of literature in teaching children to read and write. Since 1992, she has been an active member of Storylines and its predecessors, the Children’s Book Foundation and then Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand. She is currently Co-Director of IBBY New Zealand, preparing to host the 35th International Congress of IBBY.

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Frances_Plumpton_1_1.jpgFrances Plumpton [NZLA Cert., ANZLA]

Frances is an early childhood literature consultant (Vital Years Ltd) and literary agent, representing a growing list of New Zealand children’s writers and illustrators. She is the New Zealand contact for the Australian/New Zealand chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). For many years she was a specialist children’s librarian for Waitakere Libraries and has been a reviewer for Quote Unquote, MagpiesFamily Times and the specialist early childhood magazine Littlies.
Winner of a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 1989 and the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for services to children's literature in 2006, she has been both convenor and judge for both the LIANZA Esther Glen and Russell Clark awards, and New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. She was a long-standing member of the CLA and served on the Storylines Foundation management committee from 1990 to 2005 and Storylines Festival committee from 1993-2005, including many years as Story Tour coordinator. Frances has been a Storylines Trustee since the Trust’s inception. See also, Frances' Storylines Betty Gilderdale award winner profile.

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Tony_Sissons.jpgTony Sissons [MEd, Dip PE, Dip Ed, Dip Tchg]

Tony Sissons is currently Headmaster at King's School, Auckland. Educated at Saint Kentigern College, where in 1976 he was Head Prefect and Dux Ludorum, he went on to complete a Diploma of Physical Education, a Diploma in Teaching, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. He also holds a Master of Educational Administration from Auckland University. He spent four years as Principal of Victoria Avenue School and after nine years as Headmaster of Southwell School in Hamilton, he joined King's School in 2003. Previously he has sat on the Board of the Waikato Chamber of Commerce, on the Executive Committee of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools in New Zealand and on the Perry Foundation Trust. In 2008 Tony attended Harvard University on a Woolf Fisher Fellowship. He became a Storylines Trustee in 2010.

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Rosemary_Tisdall_1_1.jpgRosemary Tisdall [BA Education, Dip. Teaching]

Rosemary has been involved with children’s books through her teaching, then motherhood, and more recently as a school librarian for eight years.  She is now a children’s literature consultant, freelancing through her company, Getting Kids Into Books. Currently, she works part time as a Curriculum Services Librarian at National Library. She also writes teacher's resource guides for a children's theatre company, Tim Bray Productions. Rosemary was a judge for the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards in 2009 and 2010. As a committee member of the Children's Literature Association, she served on the Transition Committee which merged the CLA and the Children's Book Foundation in 2000. She has been a member of the Storylines Foundation management committee and Storylines Festival committee since 2000. Rosemary is currently a Storylines Trustee and Co-director with Libby Limbrick for IBBY NZ hosting the 35th International Congress of IBBY in August 2016. 
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Christine Young [BA, DIp Bus (Mktg), MA (Arts Management)]  IMG 8140 CY 2013-543-345

Christine Young is an independent management and marketing consultant and writer, specialising in the arts. She has worked with a number of arts organisations advising on business and audience development, marketing and funding. She most recently worked with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as marketing manager, and has lectured in arts marketing on the Whitecliffe College Master of Arts in Arts Management programme for the past several years.
In 2011 she completed her Master of Arts in Arts Management at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design with First Class Honours.

Christine has had several children’s early reading books published, and was part-time executive officer of the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust for six years until April 2011. She has worked in senior roles with Auckland Arts Festival, the Auckland Regional Council, and a number of other arts and not-for-profit organisations, including Atamira Dance Company, Tim Bray Productions and CCS Disability Action.
She was editor of NZ Marketing Magazine for several years, and as a feature writer won awards for her work with publications including NZ Marketing Magazine, Metro and Management magazines.

 
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Gillian WessGillian Wess

Gillian's extensive career spans book publishing, creative industries, corporate/business sector and local government. She trained with William Collins (now HarperCollins) book publishers in London and was Editor/Asst Publishing Manager for Whitcoulls Publishers in Christchurch commissioning the works of many New Zealand children's authors/illustrators, then Director of her own publishing company, Bookhouse Publishing, and organiser of the Christchurch Bookfest. Gillian has been the Promotions Director for the Christchurch City Council, General Manager of Architectural Designers New Zealand and performing arts organisation Christchurch Showbiz, and is the Founder/Director of Enrich Arts and Business Enrichment Partnership Programme. Gillian has been working remotely for Storylines this year and will be moving  to Auckland in early 2016. 


Vicki Cunningham

Ko Kahuranaki toku maunga

Ko Ngaruroro toku awa

Ko Ngati Poporo toku hapu

Ko Korongata Nukunoa toku marae

Ko Ngati Kahungunu me Ngāpuhi oku iwi

Ko Vicki Cunningham toku ingoa.

Storylines' part-time Festival/Events Manager and Administrator since 2006. Vicki is proud of her Māori heritage and continues her studies in Te Reo Māori. With a background in human resources and  vocational training, she worked overseas for a number of years and returned to Aotearoa to rediscover the wonderful taonga of home and her childhood. Through her young daughter and work for the Storylines Festival, she has also been rediscovering her love of New Zealand book characters. 

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