Authors

Jared Gulian

Jared Gulian’s olive-farming memoir, Moon over Martinborough, became a New Zealand bestseller in 2013 and was serialised by Radio NZ. Based on his award-winning blog, it tells the comic tale of how he and his partner, both American city boys, became […]

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Chelsey Furedi

Chelsey Furedi is a writer, artist and animator. She graduated from Animation College with a Diploma in Applied Animation in 2015 and a Diploma in Digital Media in 2016. She has worked as an in-house animator for several companies, and has […]

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Natasha Dennerstein

Natasha Dennerstein was born to a family originating in Belarus. She worked as a psychiatric nurse for many years, which gave her an interesting perspective on the human condition. Natasha studied creative writing at Whitireia Polytechnic in New Zealand and went […]

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Ron Brownson

Ron Brownson

Ron Brownson is Senior Curator New Zealand and Pacific Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.  He has worked long-term as a professional curator and is an expert on New Zealand and Pacific art with a particular interest in photography. He […]

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Georgina Beyer

Georgina Beyer was the first trans MP in the world. She has been a prostitute, an entertainer, a mayor and an MP. She told her story in the book Change for the Better with Cathy Casey in 1999. Her maiden speech in […]

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Jem Yoshioka

Jem Yoshioka is an illustrator and comic artist living in Wellington, New Zealand. Deftly weaving words and pictures together, Jem’s comics tell evocative and emotional stories with themes of belonging, place, and heritage. Jem’s current webcomic project is a queer […]

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Julie Watson

Julie Watson is in her fifth year of being the programme director for Samesame but different. She is an educator, facilitator and advocate. After two decades of working with the Human Rights Commission, she is now programme lead for Silver Rainbow, a facilitator with Rainbow Tick and […]

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Melody Thomas

Melody Thomas is a sometime-presenter and producer for Music 101, and writer for various print and online media.A graduate of the New Zealand Broadcasting School, Melody was once advised to ‘channel her creativity into ad writing’. Ever contrary, she decided […]

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Samuel Te Kani

My name is Samuel Te Kani and I am a Maori and New Zealand European homo hailing from Northland, belonging to iwis Nga Puhi Tainui and Ngati Porou. My interest has generally orbited science fiction and fantasy from a very […]

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Caitlin Spice

Caitlin Spice is the author of The Silver Path, a collection of short modern dark fantasy tales in the style of The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. Her short stories have been adapted by the NoSleep Podcast after gaining a following […]

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Essa May Ranapiri

Essa May Ranapiri (Ngāti Raukawa | takatāpui they/them/theirs) is a poet from Kirikiriroa, Aotearoa. They are part of the local writing group Puku.riri|Liv.id. They are a graduate of the IIML’s 2017 Masters in Creative Writing course. They are a firm believer in collaboration and have produced […]

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Charmaine Pountney

A secondary school teacher by training, Charmaine Pountney has worked in many areas of the education system, with students, teachers and parents.  As an out lesbian since meeting her longtime partner, Tanya Cumberland in 1985,  she has been a  strong supporter of Maori […]

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