Jill MacGregor was born in Dunedin but now lives on the Kapiti Coast where she was a school teacher for many years. She spent two years as a Volunteer Service Abroad teacher in Tonga in the 1990s. Since then Jill has travelled extensively throughout the Pacific experiencing village life and joining in the numerous cultural happenings.
The many School Journal
stories she has written about children in the Pacific evolved from these experiences. Her photographs capture children using their environmental resources to maintain their traditions.
The Children of the Pacific
series of picture books – which she both writes and takes photographs for – reflects Jill’s belief that it is important to document cultural practices in a time of change and supports the Social Sciences and Technology learning areas within the New Zealand Curriculum Levels 1–3.
Children of the Pacific series
- The Big Pig Hunt (Marathon Books 2000).
- Second Chance (Marathon Books 2002).
- Tareima's String, Kiribati (Puriri Paddocks 2012).
- Wrapping It Up, Samoa (Puriri Paddocks 2012).
- Kelea's Clothes, Tonga (Puriri Paddocks 2012).
- A Nest of Pigs, Cook Islands (Puriri Paddocks 2012).
- The Uga Hunt, Niue photographs by Scott MacGregor (Puriri Paddocks 2013).
- Billy's Weekend, Fiji (Puriri Paddocks 2013).
- The Rat and the Octopus, Niue photographs by Scott MacGregor (Puriri Paddocks 2013).
- Market Day, Samoa (Puriri Paddocks 2013).