login login

Tracy Duncan

Tracy Duncan is an artist and writer. Born in Mangakino and raised in the Coromandel, she travelled extensively throughout New Zealand and overseas before settling in the Moutere Hills of Nelson. Married with two children and an ever-growing variety of furred and feathered critters, she has been writing and illustrating books for children since 1999 and enjoys producing books with a distinct local flavour.
Many of the books she writes and illustrates are in Māori and English, such as My Māori ShapesMy More Alphabet and My Māori Numbers, which use bright, strong shapes and colours to encourage a love and knowledge of Māori language in younger readers.
Tracy has illustrated the successful Nanny Mihi series (by Melanie Drewery) and Glow-worm Night by Don Long. She has also written stories that have been illustrated by others.
She is involved in the New Zealand Book Council’s Writers in Schools programme, and was selected for a Wild Creations residency in 2007, staying at Karamea researching the stories of early settlers to develop an adventure script for young readers.

Selected bibliography:
  • My Māori Numbers/Nga Tau Kit e Reo Māori (Reed 2000).
  • My Māori Alphabet/Nga Pu Ki te Reo Māori (Reed 2000).
  • Nanny Mihi and the Rainbow text by Melanie Drewery (Reed 2001).
  • My Māori Colours/Oku Tae Māori (Reed 2002).
  • Nanny Mihi’s Garden text by Melanie Drewery (Reed 2002).
  • My Māori Shapes/Oku Auaha Māori (Reed 2002).
  • Nanny Mihi’s Birthday Surprise text by Melanie Drewery (Reed 2003).
  • Glow-worm Night text by Don Long (Reed 2003).
  • Nanny Mihi’s Treasure Hunt text by Melanie Drewery (Reed 2004).
  • The Man Who Loved the Sea illustrated by Jonathan Huntley (Reed 2004).
  • Grandad’s Medals illustrated by Bruce Potter (Reed 2005).
  • Nanny Mihi’s Christmas text by Melanie Drewery (Reed 2005).
  • Mere McKaskill’s Boil Up (Reed 2007).
  • Kei te Pehea Koe? How Do You Feel? (Raupo 2008).
  • The Apple text by Ben Brown (Puffin 2008).
  • Ophelia Wild, Secret Spy text by Elena de Roo (Walker Books Aust. 2012).
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2003 Non-fiction List for My Mâori Colours.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2006 Picture Books List for Nanny Mihi’s Christmas.
  • Department of Conservation Wild Creations Artists in Residence 2007.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2008 Picture Books List for Mere McKaskill’s Boil Up.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2009 Picture Books List for The Apple.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2009 Picture Books List for Kei te Pehea Koe? How Do You Feel?

Storylines thanks zeald.com for their ongoing support of the Storylines website.


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



for  Storylines e-news and updates
First Name*
Last Name*
In order to assist us in reducing spam, please type the characters you see:


Storylines welcomes your support for all its activities and events. Whether as a volunteer or sponsor for annual events or specific activities, your support (large or small) towards helping young New Zealanders love books is greatly appreciated.