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Maria Gill

2019 Maria close crop photo-665Born in Auckland in October 1961, Maria trained as a teacher (Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching) and taught in primary and intermediate schools until she moved to a lifestyle block in Matakana and later to the seaside village of Point Wells. She now writes full time, mostly children's non-fiction and educational resources that align with the curriculum. During the 2020 pandemic and consequent lockdown, she worked on her AUT Masters of Creative Writing thesis.

Her books have been shortlisted in the New Zealand Post and LIANZA Children's Book Awards, as well as being selected as Storylines Notable Books (non-fiction). In 2012 her book New Zealand Hall of Fame: 50 Remarkable Kiwis, illustrated by Bruce Potter, won the non-fiction category of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards Children’s Choice awards. Maria has also written 60 children’s books for the trade and international educational market. In 2016 Anzac Heroes, illustrated by Marco Ivancic, won the non-fiction category of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults, as well as the Supreme prize – the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award.
In 2012 Maria graduated with a Graduate Diploma of Journalism Studies. In 2013-2014 she lectured and tutored a Writing for Children paper for Massey University and co-wrote a Writing for Young Readers MOOC for the Commonwealth Education Trust. Among her other activities are writing workshops and author talks; judging for The Breeze radio competition and Barfoot & Thompson Young Authors' Challenge; and book reviewer for http://kidsbooksnz.blogspot.co.nz. She was for 13 years coordinator and editor of the Kiwi Write4Kidz nationwide writers' group. In 2020 she began a Masters of Creative Writing degree at AUT.
 Selected bibliography:
  • New Zealand Disasters and How We Respond (Scholastic, 2021)
  • Ice Breaker! An Epic Antarctic Adventure (New Holland, 2020)
  • On the Brink (New Holland, 2019)
  • Kate Sheppard: Leading the way for women (Scholastic, 2018)
  • Anzac Animals (Scholastic, 2018)
  • Earthquakes! Shaking the Country (New Holland, 2018)
  • Toroa’s Journey (Potton & Burton, 2017)
  • Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands (Scholastic, 2017)
  • Find it! Volcanoes (Dorling & Kindersley, 2016)
  • ANZAC Heroes, illustrated by Marco Ivancic (Scholastic 2015)
  • Operation Nest Egg Chick, illustrated by Bruce Potter (digital Pixel Books 2013, Long White Cloud Books 2014)
  • New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, illustrated by Marco Ivancic (New Holland 2014)
  • The Last of the Maui's Dolphins, illustrated by Bruce Potter (New Holland 2014)
  • Rangitoto, illustrated by Heather Arnold (Penguin NZ 2009, digital edition Pixel Books 2013, 2nd Edition Long White Cloud Books 2014)
  • Running the Country; Inside New Zealand's Government, illustrated by Malcolm Evans (New Holland 2013)
  • Eruption! Discovering New Zealand Volcanoes (New Holland 2012).
  • The Call of the Kokako, illustrated by Heather Arnold (New Holland 2011).
  • New Zealand Hall of Fame: 50 Remarkable Kiwis, illustrated by Bruce Potter (New Holland 2011).
  • Volcanoes (South Pacific Press 2009)
  • Under Your Feet (South Pacific Press 2009).
  • Amazing Water (South Pacific Press 2009).
  • Dogs on the Job (Penguin NZ 2008)
  • Operation Nest Egg (Reed Publishing 2007)
  • Bird’s-eye View, photographs by Darryl Torkler (Penguin NZ 2006)
  • Homework Powerpack (Zenith Publishing 2005)
Awards:
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2007 Non-fiction List for Bird’s-eye View
  • Elsie Locke Award 2007 Shortlist for Bird’s-eye View
  • Rodney Writes Competition 2008, Runner-up
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2010 Non-fiction Finalist for Rangitoto
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2010 Non-fiction List for Save Our Seas
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2012 Children’s Choice Non-Fiction Winner for New Zealand Hall of Fame
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2012 Non-fiction Finalist for New Zealand Hall of Fame
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2012 Non-fiction List for The Call of the Kokako
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2012 Non-fiction List for New Zealand Hall of Fame
  • Elsie Locke Award 2012 Shortlist for New Zealand Hall of Fame
  • Elsie Locke Award 2012 Shortlist for The Call of the Kokako
  • Runner up national writing competition 'Rodney Writes' in the Premier Category
  • Elsie Locke Award 2013 shortlist for Eruption!
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2013 Non Fiction List for Eruption!
  • Creative New Zealand WW100 Writing Grant 2014
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2014 Non Fiction List for Running the Country
  • Elsie Locke Award 2015 shortlist for New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame
  • New Zealand Children's Book Awards 2015 Children's Choice (non-fiction) shortlist for New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2015 Non Fiction List for New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame
  • New Zealand Children’s Book Awards 2016 Elsie Locke (Non-fiction) Award winner for Anzac Heroes
  • New Zealand Children’s Book Awards 2016 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award winner for Anzac Heroes
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2017 Non-fiction list for Anzac Heroes
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2018 Non-fiction list for Toroa’s Journey
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2018 Non-fiction list for Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands
  • New Zealand Children’s Book Awards 2018 Illustration Award shortlist for Abel Tasman
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2019 Non-fiction list for Anzac Animals
  • Winner, Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal 2020, for her contribution to New Zealand children's literature
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