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Tessa Duder-873-180-571Dr 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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Dr Darryn Joseph sml-203-23Dr Darryn Joseph [PhD, BA Hons (Massey), BA (University of Waikato), Dip Tchg, RSA CELTA]

Ko Tainui te waka. Ko Rangitoto te pae maunga. Ko Waipā te awa. Ko Maniapoto te iwi.

Darryn Joseph is a senior lecturer at Massey University. Darryn has had five chapter books published in te reo Māori, Hewa winning the LIANZA Kura Pounamu Award 2010. He was invited to the Storylines Book Tour on the 20th anniversary in 2013 and said it was one of the most rewarding experiences as an author of children’s literature. His academic and personal interests extend to picture books, youth fiction, and graphic novels. He’s been a judge for Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards and been judged by Pikihuia Awards for Māori Writers to be a winner, twice. He’s been a school trustee for five years and became a Storylines Trustee in 2017.

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CarolynLagahetau17-834-99Carolyn Lagahetau

Carolyn Lagahetau is Editorial Director of Oratia Publishing, and former Managing Editor of Reed Publishing (NZ), where she worked for over ten years after obtaining her B.A. in English. She is a seasoned editor who has been the project manager on hundreds of publishing projects. Carolyn’s speciality is in children’s books and illustrated works, fields in which her works have been commercially successful and widely recognised. Her other interests include Pasifika culture and history.

Libby Limbrick-625Dr 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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Tony Sissons Portraits 004-642-627Tony 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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William SmithWill Smith-325-173

William Smith joined the Storylines Trust Board in 2017. He has provided advisory, investment, development and construction management services for more than 20 years, and is currently Executive Director of Strategic Property Development at Unitec in Auckland.

He has substantial expertise in delivering land entitlement and building projects across various asset classes, in complex competitive environments. Will has a natural leadership and achievement drive – this sits alongside an underlying philosophy that results will be achieved through focus and a positive engagement style. As the founding CE of Wairaka Land Company he had the express purpose of working with the WLC Board to lead the vision and strategy for a new mixed urban community of 10,000 people for living, working, learning, playing amid active green space valued at approximately $3 billion to complete the development of the Wairaka Precinct – implementing a market strategy to realise significant commercial value over a 10-15 period (http://www.wairakalandcompany.nz/).

Will has also provided advisory, investment, development and construction management services for more than 20 years with an emphasis on fast track, urban redevelopment projects, including hotel, apartment, office and research facilities.

Rosemary Tisdall-117-459Rosemary 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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IMG 8140 CY 2013-369-324Christine Young [BA, DIp Bus (Mktg), MA (Arts Management)] 

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 Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Atamira Dance Company, Tim Bray Productions and CCS Disability Action.
As a feature writer, she won awards for her work with publications including NZ Marketing Magazine, Metro and Management magazines.


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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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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