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.
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.
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'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.
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.