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Heather Hunt

Heather Hunt - Self Portrait-740Heather Hunt is an illustrator and exhibiting artist who has spent her life learning about the world by drawing it. Her characters and the scenes they inhabit emerge out of a research process that involves observing, photographing, reading, writing, conversations and, above all, hundreds of drawings.
Heather’s much-loved ‘Backyard Kiwi' character is the face of one of New Zealand’s most successful kiwi recovery projects and inspired the work for her award winning picture book KIWI: the real story.

She says that while she loves New Zealand birds and draws a lot of scratchy looking kiwi, she also likes drawing people and other animals especially elephants!

Selected bibliography: 
  • The Cuckoo and the Warbler (A true New Zealand story), text by Kennedy Warne (Potton & Burton 2016)
  • Getting to Know You, text by Annemarie Florian (Niche Books 2013)
  • KIWI: the real story, text Annemarie Florian (New Holland 2012)
  • Books for Babies, text Annemarie Florian (Penguin 2010)
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2018 for It's my egg (and you can't have it!), text by Kennedy Warne (Potton & Burton 2017)
  • New Zealand Children’s Book Awards 2017: Junior Non Fiction Shortlist for The Cuckoo and the Warbler: A true NZ story
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2017 for The Cuckoo and the Warbler (A true New Zealand story)
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2013 for Kiwi: The Real Story
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2013 Children’s Choice Junior Non Fiction Shortlist for Kiwi: The Real Story
  • LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2013 Russell Clark Illustration Award Finalist for Kiwi: The Real Story
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