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Storylines Trust

The Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust (Storylines Trust) was established in 2005 as a charitable body to operate alongside the existing Friend of Stroylines Te Pou o Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki o Aotearoa (an incorporated society). The Trust provides legal stewardship of Storylines' finances, fundraising, advocacy, strategic planning and governance of Storylines' well-established programme, including the Storylines Story Tour, Storylines Awards and IBBY NZ activities.

Its Patrons are writer Joy Cowley and Dame Wendy Pye.

To provide workable liaison between the Trust and the Friends of Stroylines, at least two Trustees must be members of the Storylines management committee, comprised of members of The Friends of Stroylines. At present these are Dr Libby Limbrick and Tessa Duder.  
The Trust Board meets quarterly and employs two part-time officers. The Executive Officer, Gillian Wess, sits ex-officio on the Trust and is responsible for overall fund-raising, promotion and strategic planning.
The part-time Events Manager/Administrator, Vicki Cunningham, is responsible for overall administration of the Storylines Story Tours, Storylines Awards programme, and general administration. There is also a part-time accounts administrator.   

There are affiliated children’s literature associations and/or individuals active on the organisation’s behalf in Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty (Bookrapt: The Bay of Plenty Children's Literature Association), Hawke’s Bay, New Plymouth and Dunedin.

Good working relationships are established with the Wellington Children's Book Association, Christchurch (Painted Stories, formerly Te Tai Tamariki), the Coalition for Books, Read NZ Te Pou Muramura, Booksellers New Zealand, Publishers Association of New Zealand, the New Zealand Book Awards Trust, the New Zealand Society of Authors and library and educational organisations. 

For more information or to contact the Trust, email GIllian Wess, Executive Officer.
Storylines Trust Annual Report for 2014 for downloading and printing.
Current Trust members are: 
Current staff members are:


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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