Authors & Illustrators

Meet our talented team of authors and illustrators! They are sorted alphabetically by last name.


Clive Akers

Clive Akers is one of New Zealand’s foremost rugby historians and statisticians, and author of over 16 books on New Zealand sport.



Murray Ball

Murray Ball is the author and illustrator of one of New Zealand’s best-known cartoon strips, ‘Footrot Flats’.



Michael Bassett

An Aucklander by birth, Michael Bassett grew up in Mt Albert, graduated from the University of Auckland, and taught there in the 1960s and 1970s. He served on the Auckland City Council and spent five terms in Parliament where h…



Donovan Bixley

Donovan Bixley is an illustrator and designer. His design company, Magma Design, is based in Taupo. Donovan has illustrated more than 100 stories and book covers as well as over 50 books. He has also written and illustrated half a dozen books of his own, including Faithfully Mozart which was a finalist in the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.



Cat Chapman

Cat Chapman is an Auckland based illustrator, well-known for her Walker Books titles such as The Frog Who Lost His Underpants.



Patricia Chapman

Patricia Chapman has published non-fiction (such as Strange Facts & True about NZ, and The Dunmore Book of NZ Records), as well as adult fiction.



Paul Cleave

Paul Cleave is an international best-seller, who has won crime-writing awards all around the world.



Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper is New Zealand’s most acclaimed wine writer, with 38 books and several major literary awards to his credit, including the Montana Medal for the supreme work of non-fiction at the 2003 Montana New Zealand Book A…



Joy Cowley

Joy Cowley is one of the world’s most loved writers and has written many books for both adults and children.



Daisy Dagg

Daisy Dagg has a degree in sports science, a diploma in interior design and owns a small interior business called Daisy Chain Interiors. She enjoys fishing, horse riding, travelling, playing sports and eating.



John Daniell

John Daniell’s first book Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary won the British Sports Book Prize. It was described as ‘a gem’ (The Observer) ‘riveting’ (The Guardian) and ‘as good an insight into the everyday life of a professional sportsman as you could hope to read’…



Brent Edwards

Brent has been a journalist for 36 years and has covered politics since 1989 when he started work in the parliamentary press gallery for the Evening Post.



Josh Emmett

Critically acclaimed chef Josh Emmett has worked with Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing, been a guest judge on the US edition of “Hell’s Kitchen”, is a “MasterChef NZ” and owns a number of highly ranked NZ restaurants.



Wynne Gray

Wynne Gray began his journalism career on the Auckland Star and the 8 O’Clock before heading to travel and work in Europe and Australia.



James Griffin

James Griffin was one half of the creative pair behind Outrageous Fortune, which won him the Air New Zealand Screen Award for Best Script Drama/Comedy in 2007 and also the award for Best Script at the 2007 Qantas Television Awards.



Phil Gifford

Phil Gifford has won nine New Zealand and two Australasian radio awards, has twice been judged New Zealand sportswriter of the year and three times New Zealand sports columnist of the year.



Angus Gillies

Angus Gillies has has worked as a journalist, writer and television producer his entire working life.



Richard Gladwell

Richard Gladwell is an international sailing journalist and photographer who lives in New Zealand.



Oliver Green

Dr Oliver is a fictitious author who brings a unique insight into raising children, having absolutely none of his own and having no formal education past high school. But what he lacks in ‘book learning’ he more than makes up from hearing lots of the guys he was detained with talking about their kids.



Duncan Greive

Duncan Greive is a multiple award-winning freelance journalist and critic based in Auckland. He has written about music, sport, business and culture for over ten years and has long been regarded as the new force in New Zealand sports writing.



John Harvey

After three years as a student journalist and editor at Auckland University, JOHN HARVEY joined the Auckland Star as a reporter in 1966.



Adrian Hill

Adrian Hill is one of New Zealand’s foremost rugby historians and has joined the team of Clive Akers and Geoff Miller as co-author of the 2014 Rugby Almanack published by Upstart Press under their new Mower imprint. He lives …



Richard Hoit

Richard Hoit is a freelance illustrator with a passion for drawing and painting. He works full time on children’s book illustrations and his work appears worldwide. Richard has worked with Joy Cowley on numerous book proj…



Tony Johnson

Tony Johnson is a household name in NZ rugby commentating, in TV, radio and print. He lives in Auckland.




A Samoan-born writer whose critically acclaimed collaborative work for stage and screen has helped change the face of popular culture in New Zealand.



Lynn McConnell

Lynn McConnell has more than 17 sports books to his name and was editor of both the Wellington Evening Post and the Southland Times.



Greg McGee

Greg McGee originally came to literary attention when he wrote the iconic New Zealand play Foreskin’s Lament. Since then he has had a successful career writing for television, but again broke into the literary consciousness as Alix Bosco winning the inaugural Ngaio Marsh award for crime writing. He has been published internationally.



Matt McILraith

A former editor of the national rugby weekly Rugby News and the author of three previous titles, McILraith gained his introduction to the game as a child through the exploits of Robbie Deans and his Canterbury team-mates during the province’s record-equalling Ranfurly Shield run in the early 1980s.



Alison Mau

Journalist, broadcaster, writer and speaker, Ali (Alison) Mau is one of New Zealand’s most experienced media names. After a 20-year career as a top-level television host on shows.



Geoff Miller

Geoff Miller is one of New Zealand’s foremost rugby historians and statisticians, and statistician for the New Zealand Rugby Union. He joined Clive Akers in 1999 to work on the Rugby Almanack published by Upstart Press under …



Francis Payne

Francis Payne is one of New Zealand’s foremost cricket statisticians and have been editing the Cricket Almanack for many years. He is well known to all cricket followers and is a regular guest on both radio and television as well as fulfilling the role as chief statistician for New Zealand Cricket.



Ron Palenski

Ron Palenski is a historian and author and among the most recognised authorities on sport and military history in New Zealand.



Paddy Richardson

Paddy Richardson is the author of five novels, The Company of a Daughter, A Year to Learn a Woman, Hunting Blind, Traces of Red, Cross Fingers and her latest from Upstart Press, Swimming in the Dark, as well as two collections …



Elspeth Sandys

Elspeth Sandys writes predominantly historical fiction and her long experience as a stage and radio playwright, an author of adaptations for the BBC, and an actor inform the craft of her dialogue.



Callie Shell

Callie Shell first photographed Barack Obama before he was elected to the Illinois Senate and followed him into the White House.



Ian Smith

Ian Smith is on of New Zealand’s foremost cricket statisticians and have been editing the Cricket Almanack for many years.



Scotty Stevenson

Broadcaster and writer Scotty Stevenson joined SKY Sport in 2007 and has refused to leave. Rugby has been his passion and he continues to work as a commentator, reporter and presenter for New Zealand’s national obsession.



Stephanie Thatcher

Stephanie has always loved books and reading, and spent much of her Glenfield childhood lying around reading books instead of playing sports. She also loved drawing and painting, especially sketching people and drawing caricatures of those around her.



Paul Thomas

Author and columnist Paul Thomas’ seven works of fiction include four novels featuring maverick cop Tito Ihaka; three were republished in 2009 as The Ihaka Trilogy. His work has been widely published internationally and translated into several languages.



Amber Vito

Amber grew up in rural Nelson. Her parents ran New Zealand’s first gluten-free bakery, Dovedale Bread.A media graduate and wordsmith, Amber moved to Wellington to finish her postgrad study, which is where she met her husband Victor.



Ainsley Waite

Originally from Liverpool, Ainsley spent five years working in advertising in London (pretending to work very hard while really just enjoying various pub offerings).



Philip Webb

Philip Webb is a children’s book illustrator. He has won many awards and illustrated a great number of well-known children’s books, including Piggity-Wiggity, Jiggity Jig.