I am a Riwaka writer. My first published work was a play called Peanut Butter Sandwiches which was published by Learning Media Ltd back in 1998. I remember the excitement of receiving the journal in my rural mail box at Marahau. It was a huge thrill.
Since then I have had various plays, articles and stories printed by a variety of publishers, including Learning Media, Rainbow Reading, and Reed. These works have been primarily used in schools in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific. Some have been translated into Maori or European languages. Recently a teaching friend messaged me from Hong Kong and she was at a teachers’ workshop where my work was being presented. So it gets around – often without me knowing!
I’ve been committed to education and teaching for the past twenty years and I’m currently rekindling my interest in writing for children, but this time I’d like to explore the public domain.
In 2015 I published Old Rooster and Little Rooster, a children's picture book adapted from a play I wrote which was published in the New Zealand School Journal. It is illustrated by Rosa Friend, a local girl and recent graduate of the Massey University Art and Design School in Wellington. This is the first book published by my publishing company, Silver Fern Press (SFP).
Old Rooster and Little Rooster is available
from my WEBSITE