login login

Jill MacGregor

Jill MacGregor was born in Dunedin but now lives on the Kapiti Coast where she was a school teacher for many years. She spent two years as a Volunteer Service Abroad teacher in Tonga in the 1990s. Since then Jill has travelled extensively throughout the Pacific experiencing village life and joining in the numerous cultural happenings.
The many School Journal stories she has written about children in the Pacific evolved from these experiences. Her photographs capture children using their environmental resources to maintain their traditions.
The Children of the Pacific series of picture books – which she both writes and takes photographs for – reflects Jill’s belief that it is important to document cultural practices in a time of change and supports the Social Sciences and Technology learning areas within the New Zealand Curriculum Levels 1–3.
Selected bibliography:
  • The Big Pig Hunt (Marathon Books 2000).
  • Second Chance (Marathon Books 2002).
Children of the Pacific series
  • Tareima's String, Kiribati (Puriri Paddocks 2012).
  • Wrapping It Up, Samoa (Puriri Paddocks 2012).
  • Kelea's Clothes, Tonga (Puriri Paddocks 2012).
  • A Nest of Pigs, Cook Islands (Puriri Paddocks 2012).
  • The Uga Hunt, Niue photographs by Scott MacGregor (Puriri Paddocks 2013).
  • Billy's Weekend, Fiji (Puriri Paddocks 2013).
  • The Rat and the Octopus, Niue photographs by Scott MacGregor (Puriri Paddocks 2013).
  • Market Day, Samoa (Puriri Paddocks 2013).


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.