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June Pitman-Hayes

June Pitman-Hayes-812Born on November 30th 1956, singer/songwriter, lyricist, poet and recently published first-time author, June Pitman-Hayes was brought up on the shores of Tamaterau along the Whangarei harbour, surrounded by a very large whanau who loved to sing and play music, and the childhood freedom to explore her natural environment of bush and beach.

Books were scarce in her surroundings back then, but those that were available opened up a world of possibilities, excitement, imagination and adventure. June developed a love of poetry at an early age, and began writing lyrics for songs while attending  high school.Educated in Whangarei June attended Onerahi Primary School, Whangarei Intermediate School, and Whangarei Girls High School, and studied extramurally at Massey University.

She is very proud of being able to walk in both Maori and European worlds, embracing the values and lessons from both cultures, and to be able to share the gifts of her learnings and experiences, and her love of music, the written word and story-telling with children and people from all over Aotearoa and around the world!

Selected bibliography:
  • Tawhirimatea - A Song For Matariki illustrated by Kat Merryweather (Scholastic NZ 2017)
Other resources:


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