Other Publications


“A house for the giraffe” in More than a Roof (Landing Press, 2021)

“Golden Coast” in Somewhere a Cleaner (Landing Press, 2020)

“Digging for tuatua”, “Mildred’s lament”, “Mosquito”, “Wake up call” and “Kakophany” in Roar, Squeak, Purr: A NZ Treasury of Animal Poems, ed Paula Green (Penguin Random House, 2021)

“Kakophany” in Bird words: New Zealand writers on birds, ed Elisabeth Easther (Vintage, 2017)

“Donkey song”, “Winter frieze”, “Kakophany”, “Shopping list” and “Pied in the sky” in Poetry Pudding (Reed, 2007)

“My friend the wind” in Another 100 poems for New Zealand children, ed. Rachel McAlpine (2001)


“Boss of the beach” in Stage adventures: eight classroom plays (Playmarket, 2015)

Oral history

Island Bay Medical Centre: a short history (IBMC, 2010)


“Why I write non-fiction” in If it’s not true it should be : writing creative non-fiction history for children and adults, edited by Paul Ashton (Halstead Press, 2024)


“Snow from the south”, a retelling of The snow queen in Wish upon a Southern Star: an anthology of radical retellings of fairy tales for young adult readers (2017)

“The Four Brothers and the Ungrateful Princess” in Es war einmal… Grim(m) fairy tales for Aotearoa New Zealand (Goethe-Institut New Zealand, 2015)

“Extra special moments” in Great mates! 30 New Zealand stories for children, ed Barbara Else (Random House, 2011)

“Happy lemonade” in Pick ‘n’ Mix – assorted kiwi stories Vol 2 (Scholastic, 2011)

“Net jumper” in Pick ‘n’ Mix – assorted kiwi stories Vol 1 (Scholastic, 2010)

“Stopping for Charlie” recorded for Wellington City Libraries project, Whispers in the Wind Stories Aloud CD (2009)

“Book Day” in Showtime! 30 New Zealand stories for children, ed Barbara Else (Random House, 2008)

“The day Michael made the news” in The Puffin NZ story book, ed. Gwen Gawith (Penguin Books, 1996) and Funny stories for 6 year olds (Macmillan Children’s Books, 1998)

Educational publishers

I’ve had many stories, poems, articles and plays published in the School Journal, and Connected, and, in Australia, in Comet, Explore, Challenge and the School Magazine (NSW). I’ve written plays for Readers’ Theater and had several titles published in the Ready to Read series, including Dawn Parade, Scarecrows from Space, Duckling Palace, Red Rattlers and Sunbear Special. Some of my stories have been broadcast on Radio New Zealand. I’ve written stories for Rainbow Reading, Gilt Edge Publishing, Essential Resources, Orbit, New Heights, Dragonflies and First Stories, among others.

I’ve written poems, plays and stories about fireworks and frogs, pirates and aliens, superheroes and skateboarders, robots and bank robbers, bushfires and ballet, palm trees and sand dunes, muffins and popcorn, cooks, detectives, TV newsreaders and even the richest girl in the world.

I’ve written articles about Anzac biscuits and the Bulford Kiwi, Violet Walrond (our first female Olympian), Clyde the escaping otter, and other animals both small and large, from wētā to greyhounds to the colossal squid at Te Papa. Here are just a few examples of some of those publications.