ANGIE BELCHER
ANGIE BELCHER
Like the volcanic ash erupting from Stromboli and carried on winds across far oceans, Angie Belcher’s father and his family arrived in Island Bay, Wellington, in 1923. In those days, the journey from Italy was long and thwart with discomfort and doubts. After some years, they settled and the circle of life continued.
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ANNE CLEARY
ANNE CLEARY
In 2017, Anne Cleary won the Franklin Writers’ National Short Story Competition, and in 2021 was awarded second place in their National Flash Fiction Competition, with another story Highly Commended.
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JAN GOLDIE
JAN GOLDIE
A daydreamer from way back, Jan Goldie began writing when she was only ten years old, but it wasn’t until she joined Tauranga Writers in 2006 that she finally realised her dream of creating a world and a story rich enough to fuel a full-length novel.
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JAN PENDERGRAST
JAN PENDERGRAST
Treasurer and Membership Secretary of NZ Christian Writers; a member for 15 years. Married to Hans, Jan writes stories based on experiences on their Bay of Plenty hill-country farm surrounded by native forest.
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JENNY ARGANTE
JENNY ARGANTE
Jenny Argante has been reader and writer, librarian and teacher, mentor and editor over many decades. She retains a passion for ‘best words in best order’ and that interesting land of in-between where a writer makes the transfer from talented amateur to paid and practising professional. Jenny shot the nine muses and relies instead on inspiration and her own formula for good writing that engages the readership it’s meant for: CLARITY + FLOW = READABILITY.
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KINSA HAYS
KINSA HAYS
Kinsa Hays is a published writer and freelance journalist. She is a reader in schools and has created Teachers Resources, activities for children based on the book that fit within the primary school’s science syllabus.
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LEE MURRAY
LEE MURRAY
Lee is a multi-award winning writer and editor of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. She lives with her family in the Land of the Long White Cloud where she conjures up stories for readers of all ages from her office overlooking a cow paddock.
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JILL BATTY
JILL BATTY
Jill Batty started life as a town planner then became office manager when they started a family business. Once both children had flown the nest, her passions started to kick in. An interest in travel saw them live in France for three years and they are gradually ticking off the countries on their must-see list. She might never get to the end because, as she crosses off one place, the list increases by two!
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PETER PRATT
PETER PRATT
I was born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England in 1936 and have been in New Zealand five years after emigrating with my wife Patricia in 2012. We live in with our daughter and family whose house overlooks the Waikareao Estuary with beautiful views of the Mount Maunganui.
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PIPER MEJIA
PIPER MEJIA
Piper Mejia is an advocate for New Zealand writers and literature and is a co-founder of Young NZ Writers – a non-profit dedicated to providing opportunities for young NZ writers.
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SHARON MANSSEN
SHARON MANSSEN
A fantasy fan since being read ‘The Hobbit’ by her father at the fireside at the age of six, she has been an avid bookworm her entire life. When the idea for her current trilogy popped into her head, there was never any doubt that it would be in the fantasy genre.
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SUSAN BROCKER
SUSAN BROCKER
A well-known and much respected writer, Susan Brocker is the author of more than sixty books for older children and teenagers. She lives in Pyes Pa on a small farm with her husband Lionel and many pets.
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TREVOR BENTLEY
TREVOR BENTLEY
Based in Papamoa with his wife Helen, Trevor has worked as a high-country station hand, deer culler and freezing worker before training as a history teacher and graduating extramurally with a doctorate in 2007. His interests include reading, music, current events, overseas travel and researching and writing about pre-treaty New Zealand.
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VIVIEN EDWARDS
VIVIEN EDWARDS
Vivien trained as a nurse at Tauranga Hospital, and nursed in New Zealand, England and Australia. In 1987, on the strength of several published articles and my book on Henry Winkelmann, I left nursing and became a freelance writer, mainly for trade and professional magazines.
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SM HARRIS
SM HARRIS
S.M. Harris became serious about writing a number of years ago. Besides working on her manuscripts, she has completed a few short stories for publication. To date she has been published in Byline, (Tauranga Writers annual anthologies 2015 and 2016) and the 2nd September 17 launch of Wish Upon a Southern Star, (a Shelley Chappell anthology).
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JACQUI GREAVES
JACQUI GREAVES
Jacqui Greaves is a New Zealand-based writer of Erotica, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Science Fantasy. She loves nothing more than mixing the genres together in weird and wonderful ways.
Jacqui has led a full and interesting life. She’s worked as a teacher, bus driver, marine biologist, science manager and farmer.
Most days you can find her on Twitter & Facebook. She’d love you to visit her webpage to find more of her stories.
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TRACY BENTON
TRACY BENTON
Tracy has always had a passion for books and paper. From childhood favourites through school mishaps of excess books in the chairbag, her love continued in college with teachers applauding her narratives.
These days Tracy’s first co-written cookbook is close to publication, with six other books planned. She has been working editing and proofreading on a small magazine, has proofed corporate documents and collaborated on a children’s book.
For the last three years Tracy has been part of the editing team for Byline, at Tauranga Writers and now the committee.
She resides in the beautiful Tauranga region, with her husband, youngest daughter and mad cat.
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NINA PAYNE
NINA PAYNE
I was born in the Philippines. I have always loved reading books and believe books are the windows to the outside world. They aroused my curiosity, expanded and broadened my understanding of life and the world we live in. I hold Degree in Accounting, banking and Finance Diploma in Theology and am a Justice of the Peace. I speak several languages fluently.
My first book, ‘Wind of Change-My Autobiography’, was inspired by my life journey, experiences, challenges, struggles, determination and achievements as an immigrant in New Zealand.
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