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Mary Kippenberger

Mary_Kippenberger_1.jpgMary Kippenberger is a storyteller and children’s writer who lives in the Hawke’s Bay with her husband and co-performer Peter Charlton-Jones. They hold an annual music festival, record music, and hold workshops and performances at their property, Te Rangi. Mary had been a horse trainer, a primary school teacher, and a social worker before becoming an actor and then a storyteller.
Mary is known as a riotous and vibrant performer who also makes her audiences think. She has also written several picture books. Mary teaches storytelling workshops for librarians, teachers and anyone working with children and tells her tall stories at schools, libraries and festivals in New Zealand and overseas.

Selected bibliography:
  • The Christmas Kitten illustrated by Sunset (Te-Rangi Books 2002).
  • Cover Wee Wee illustrated by Sunset, song by Peter Charlton-Jones (Te-Rangi Books 2003).
  • Pita Pekapeka PP and the Four Naughty Boys illustrated by Sunset (Te-Rangi Books 2005).
  • Pita Pekapeka PP Acrobat Bat illustrated by Sunset (Te-Rangi Books 2007).


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



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