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Friends of Storylines


The Children's Literature Foundation was established in 2000 following the amalgamation of the Children's Literature Association (established in 1967) and the Children's Book Foundation (established in 1989), both organisations promoting literature to children and their schools, libraries and families. It was renamed the Storylines Children's Literature Foundation in 2005 and Friends of Storylines Nga Pou o te Whare Waituhi o Aotearoa in 2020.

The members of Friends of Storylines Nga Pou o te Whare Waituhi o Aotearoa include parents, families and grandparents, authors, illustrators, publishers, teachers, booksellers, librarians, budding writers and other professionals in the fields of reading, writing, publishing, and literacy. Together they work with the Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust to promote the value of books and reading for children and young adults, and to support the development of New Zealand children's literature. 

Storylines Management Committee

The Management Committee works with Executive Officer Gillian Wess and Festival manager Vicki Cunningham to carry out the Storyline Trust’s mission of promoting books and literacy to New Zealand children through its national Story Tours, Storylines' awards, promotions and other activities.Members of the 2020 Storylines Management Committee, elected from the members of Friends of Storylines Nga Pou o te Whare Waituhi o Aotearoa  at the AGM in April 2020 are:

  • Kaaren Hirst (chair)
  • Libby Limbrick
  • Tessa Duder
  • Bridget Mahy
  • Leonie Agnew
  • Vanessa Hatley-Owen
  • Pearl Mascarenhas (membership secretary)
  • Helen Beckingsale
  • Helen Villers (minutes secretary)
  • Anne Kayes

Member benefits 

As a member of Friends of Storylines Nga Pou o te Whare Waituhi o Aotearoa you help support the work of Storylines to promote and support New Zealand children's literature and the writers and illustrators who create books for young people in New Zealand.
Membership benefits include discounted fees for Storylines award entries and most ticketed events.

To join the Friends of Storylines Nga Pou o te Whare Waituhi o Aotearoa, email the Membership Secretary, or write to:

The Membership Secretary
PO Box 96 094
Auckland 1342
For more information email us


Storylines Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki and Friends of Storylines Te Pou o Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki together form New Zealand’s only national organisation working year-round to promote New Zealand children’s and young adult literature through activities that include a major national Story Tour to schools, early childhood centres and communities, and awards for writers, illustrators and those who work in the area of New Zealand children’s literature



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Storylines welcomes your support for all its activities and events. Whether as a volunteer or sponsor for annual events or specific activities, your support (large or small) towards helping young New Zealanders love books is greatly appreciated.