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2016 AGM

The 2016 Storylines AGM will be held as part of the annual Storylines Margaret Mahy Day on 3 April.

Read more here for the agenda and the minutes of last year's AGM.

Members are invited to nominate candidates for election to the Trust’s Management Committee, or to apply to stand for election themselves. Storylines is  based in Auckland, but members living beyond the city are also encouraged to stand for election. Committee meetings are held monthly, although sub-committees may need to meet more frequently. Read more and download a nomination form here.

Current nominees for election to the Management Committee are:

  • Helen BECKINGSALE. MA (Hons) English, MLIS, Dip.Teaching.

Senior Librarian Children’s & Youth, East Coast Bays Library
Stock Selection Junior and Young Adult Fiction
CLA member 1976-2000, Committee 1981-84, 1998-2000,
President 1999-2000; CLA/NZCBF Transition Committee 2000
Storylines Management Committee 2000 - 2016
Co-Chairperson CLFNZ Committee 2000-2001, Deputy Chairperson 2002
Subcommittees:  Awards, AGM/ Awards Presentation, Notable Books, Events

  • Christine DALE. DipBus

Storylines Management Committee 2015 -
Storylines Membership Secretary 2016 -
Manuscript Assessor/Book Designer 2009 -
Publishing Manager Scholastic NZ 1999 – 2008
Book Production Editor 1983 – 1999
Auckland College of Education Reading Centre 1981 - 1983

  • Tessa DUDER. O.B.E., Hon. Doc (University of Waikato), Writer and Editor

Award-winning author of children’s and young adult novels, short stories and non-fiction.  Writers in Schools 1984 - 
Margaret Mahy Medal 1996; Past President, NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc); Writer in Residence, University of Waikato, 1991; Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Fellowship 2003, Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book 2005. Artist to Antarctica, 2007
NZCBF/CLFNZ/Storylines Management Committee 1990 -
Trust Board Member, Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand 2005 -
Subcommittees:  Awards, Festival, Communications, Events

  • Sarah FORDYCE.
Foundation Membership Secretary 2005 - 2011
Library/Resource Manager, Sherwood Primary 1998 - 2009
SLANZA (SLANZAK committee 2005 - 2011; Co-convenor Auckland region and National Executive 2009 – 2011
CLFNZ 2001; Storylines Management Committee 2005 -.
Subcommittees: Awards, AGM/ Awards Presentation, IBBY, Notable Books, Events
  • Lois HUSTON.   BA English & Media Studies, RLIANZA
Librarian, Liston College, 1996 - 2007
Librarian, Hebron Christian College, 2007 – 2014
Senior Librarian, Children and Youth, New Lynn War Memorial Library, 2014 –
SLANZA Award of Merit for Promotion 2004
Storylines Management Committee 2001-2007, 2013 –
Subcommittee: Notable Books
  • Kaaren HIRST.
Storylines Management Committee 2015 –
Storylines Festival Committee Chairperson – 2015 -
Subcommittee: Notable Books, Festival
  • Libby LIMBRICK. PhD in reading development of deaf children, MA (Hons), Dip. Tchg, MNZM
Honorary Academic, University of Auckland
Head of School of Arts Languages and Literacies 2005 - 2012
Head of Centre for Language and Languages 1993-2005 Auckland College of Education
Project Director for Resource Teachers: Literacy National Training Programme
2001- 2003
Editorial Committee New Zealand Reading Forum 1989-2002
President NZ Reading Association 1998-2000
NZCBF Steering Committee 1990; Chairperson 1992-1998
CLFNZ Management Committee 2000 - Interim Chairperson 2004-2005
Trust Board Chairperson, Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust of
New Zealand 2005 –
Co-Director IBBY Congress 2016
Subcommittees: Finance & Administration, Awards, Strategic Planning,
Festival, AGM/ Awards Presentation, IBBY, Events
  • David LING. MA (Hons)
Editorial Director Heinemann Publishers 1978-1986
Publishing Director and Deputy Managing Director Random Century 1986-1992 Managing Director of David Ling Publishing Limited 1992-
PANZ councillor 1988-2011
PANZ representative on management committee Montana New Zealand Book Awards, New Zealand Post Book Awards, New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 1989-2010.
PANZ Honorary Life Member 2011
Storylines Management Committee 2012-
Subcommittees: Notable Books
  • Bridget MAHY. BA, Dip Tch
Bridget Mahy has taught English for a number of years at Epsom Girls’ Grammar.
She grew up in libraries and as a consequence has maintained a keen interest in children’s literature.
She is a Director of Mayhem Multimedia which oversees the management of the late Margaret Mahy’s body of work.
Storylines Management Committee 2012-
Subcommittees:  Festival, AGM/ Awards Presentation, Events
  • Wayne MILLS. MNZM, M.Ed,
Margaret Mahy Medal 2008
Senior Lecturer, School of Arts, Languages and Literacies, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland 2005 - 2014
Senior Lecturer, Centre of Language and Languages, Auckland College of Education, now the University of Auckland Faculty of Education
Children’s Literature Assn, Hawkes Bay, Waikato, Auckland
Past-President AIM Children’s Book Awards; Convenor of judging panel 1994, Publications in children’s literature
NZCBF Committee 1995-2000, Chairperson 1998-2000
CLA/NZCBF Transition Committee 2000,
Storylines Management Committee 2000- 
Co-Chairperson 2000, Chairperson 2001-03
Kids’ Lit.QuizTM International Quizmaster (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, United States, Hong Kong, Singapore)
Subcommittees:  Awards, Strategic Planning, IBBY
  • Helen VILLERS. M.Ed (Hons) Dip Tchg, TTC
Senior Lecturer in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland.
Storylines Management Committee 2008 -
Attended IBBY, 2012, in London.
Subcommittees: Notable Books, AGM/ Awards Presentation

Further nominations are welcomed.



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