Topic: Tauranga Authors

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Tauranga has a wonderful array of published authors writing on a wide variety of topics, both fiction and non-fiction. This page is intented as an index to pages on published author's who live in Tauranga.

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Jenny Argante Born in an elephant stable in India, Jenny has been Army brat, Service wife and lifelong rolling stone. Now permanently settled in New Zealand, she wants in her Third Age to make it big as a writer.

Ian Clarke Tauranga fiction writer Ian Clarke is also treasurer of the Tauranga Writers Group.

Lynley Dodd (1941- ) The work of Tauranga author and illustrator Dame Lynley Dodd (nee Weeks) is much loved by children in New Zealand as well as around the world. Her books have sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Since her first book in 1973 her talents have won her many awards and in 2002 she was made Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to children’s literature.

Susan Brocker (1961- ) Tauranga small farmer Susan Brocker is a well respected author. Her books include fiction for older children and young adults as well as a wide range of other topics including non-fiction.

Ian Clarke Ian Clarke went to see at the age of sixteen. He made a serious attempt at writing a few years ago and has completed four full length novels.

Jan Goldie Jan Goldie was the first New Zealand author to be taken on by IFWG Publishing Australia. Her first full length novel Brave’s Journey was written with the help of the NZ Society of Authors mentorship programme. It was shortlisted in the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2014. She has a number of short stories published in collections as diverse as a New Zealand Christmas collection to an anthology of horror.

Phyllis Johnston (1935- ) Tauranga author Phyllis Johnston was named Patron of Bookrapt at it's 2013 Seminar. She has written several books, been nominated for several awards, and has taught children’s writing at Waikato University.

Sherryl Jordan (1949- ) Tauranga author Sherryl Jordan wrote twelve novels before her thirteenth, Rocco, was accepted for publication and went on to win the AIM Book of the Year (1991).

Debbie McCauley In 2015 Tauranga author and librarian Debbie McCauley's children’s book 'Motiti Blue and the Oil Spill: A Story from the Rena Disaster' won the non-fiction category in the 2015 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Another children's book, 'Taratoa and the Code of Conduct: A Sstory from the Battle of Gate Pa' was a finalist in the 2015 LIANZA Children and Young Adult Book Awards.  

Celine Murray (1995- ) Celine Murray released her first book, Seven to Seventeen, while attending Otumoetai College. In 2015, she received a Sir Julius Vogel Award for her novella, Peach and Araxi. She is currently studying linguistics at the University of Otago. 

Lee Murray (1965- ) After a varied career in the United Kingdom, United States and France, Lee returned to New Zealand and is now writing from her home in Tauranga. Her first childrens' novel 'Battle of the Birds' was published in August 2011.

Suzanne Singleton Teacher, psychologist and finally writer – Suzanne's working career spans more than forty years and includes a rich and diverse cluster of occupations. Writer has won out over time and she plans to devote the rest of her life to writing.

Evelyn Stokes (1936-2005) Dame Evelyn Stokes, born Evelyn Dinsdale, has made a great contribution to the recording of Maori history in the Tauranga district.

Joyce West (1908-1985) Joyce West lived in a small cottage surrounded by trees in 18th Avenue, Tauranga. Over four decades her reputation as a writer of teenage adventure books became world wide. She died in Tauranga in 1985.

Tommy Kapai Wilson Tommy Kapai Wilson (Ngati Ranginui/Pirirakau) is one of 11 in his family, born and bred in Tauranga Moana and now living in Te Puna where his mother's Borrel family first settled 130 years ago. His writing includes Kapai The Kiwi, Cuzzies, The Day I met A Princess, Prince Thabo, Captain RedSox, The Um Tribe, Catseye Magazine and a weekly column in the local Bay of Plenty Times.

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