Philippa Werry: Writing CV

Picture books

  • Best Mates, illustrated by Bob Kerr (New Holland, 2014)
  • This is Where I Stand, illustrated by Kieran Rynhart (Scholastic, 2021: shortlisted for NZCYA Book Awards 2021, Storylines list of notable books for 2021)
  • The Water Bottle, illustrated by Burak Akbay (Oratia, 2022)

Junior fiction

  • The Lost Watch (Scholastic, 2003: shortlisted for Bilby Awards in Queensland)
  • Wonderful Wheels Day (Scholastic, 2004)
  • The Great Chocolate Cake Bake Off (Scholastic, 2007; Storylines list of notable books for 2007)
  • Enemy at the Gate (Scholastic, 2008: shortlisted for NZ Post Book Awards 2009)
  • A Girl called Harry (Scholastic, 2010; Storylines list of notable books for 2011)
  • Lighthouse Family (Scholastic, 2013; My New Zealand Story; Storylines list of notable books for 2014)
  • Harbour Bridge (Scholastic, 2014; My New Zealand Story; Storylines list of notable books for 2015)
  • Quarantine (Scholastic, 2022; My NZ Story series; new edition of Enemy at the Gate)

YA fiction

  • The Telegram (Pipi Press, 2019; shortlisted for NZCYA Book Awards 2019; Fiction Special Mention, NZ Heritage Book Awards 2019; Storylines list of notable books for 2020)
  • The Other Sister (Pipi Press, 2021; Highly Commended, Storylines list of notable books for 2022)
  • Iris and me (The Cuba Press, 2023; shortlisted for NZCYA Book Awards 2023)


  • Top secret (Gilt Edge Publishing, 2005)
  • Anzac Day: The New Zealand Story (New Holland, 2013; shortlisted for NZ Post and Lianza Book Awards 2014; Storylines list of notable books for 2014) (revised ed 2023 by Upstart Press)
  • Waitangi Day: The New Zealand Story (New Holland, 2015; shortlisted for NZCYA Book Awards 2016; Storylines list of notable books for 2016)
  • Armistice Day: The New Zealand Story (New Holland, 2016; Storylines list of notable books for 2016)
  • The New Zealand Wars (New Holland, 2018; shortlisted for NZCYA Book Awards 2019; Storylines list of notable books for 2019) (revised ed 2023 by Upstart Press)
  • Antarctic Journeys (New Holland, 2019)
  • Our Incredible Dogs (New Holland, 2020)
  • Voices from around the world: New Zealand (with André Ngapo) (Norwood House, 2022)
  • New Zealand Migration (Oratia, 2023)

Oral history

  • Island Bay Medical Centre: a short history (IBMC, 2010)
  • Wellington AMC history (2019)


  • Boss of the beach, The careers room, Sisters at sea, Chatter, Will Shakespeare Superstar and A little romance held by Playmarket.

Other writing: over 280 published titles (including readers, fiction and non fiction, plays, poems, articles, reviews and radio stories). 

Educational books and publications: numerous titles published for all levels in many educational series, including: 

  • Learning Media: 85 stories, plays, poems and articles in the School Journal (1992-2014); 15 articles, stories and plays in Connected 2000-2011; Ready to Read: “Mmm, popcorn” in Pop! Pop! Pop! (1999), Sunbears are special (2002), Octopus poem card (2002), Duckling Palace (2005), Red rattlers (2010), Scarecrows from space (2010); First Stories: My little sister, illustrated by Christine Ross (2000); We get squished, illustrated by Philip Webb (2000); also Choices and Applications.                    
  • Lift Education: Ready to Read: Dawn Parade (2014)
  • South Pacific Press: 15 plays for Readers’ Theater; Aliens: Uggles meet Wopples in CSA Chapters (2011), Code talkers and Let’s celebrate in CSI Pathways (2019)
  • Rainbow Reading: First flight (2010) in Selections series, Fruit salad (2012) and Bamboo (2012) in Silver series; New heights (USA): 16 stories and articles, 2001-2003
  • Essential Resources: 13 non-fiction titles
  • Radio New Zealand:15 stories broadcast from 1991 – date
  • Comet, Explore and Challenge (Pearson Education, Australia): 5 poems, plays and articles, 1999-2009
  • The School Magazine (NSW, Australia): 14 plays, poems, stories and articles, 2016 – date
  • Also published in Collections for the Tertiary Education Commission, Wright Group (USA), Nelson Group (Canada), Welcome to the desert and Fantastic dragonflies (2008) for the Dragonflies series Nelson Education USA, Core reading program (McGraw Hill, USA) 


  • “The day Michael made the news” in The Puffin NZ story book, ed. Gwen Gawith (Puffin, 1996), Funny stories for 6 year olds (MacMillan Children’s Books, 1998), ESA Publications (2000) and Voyage Y3/P4 Pupil Book (OUP, 2004)
  • “My friend the wind” in Another 100 poems for New Zealand children, ed. Rachel McAlpine (Random House, 2001)
  • Poetry Pudding (Reed, 2007): 5 poems
  • “Real people” in 3 Out of the zone (Gilt Edge Publishing, 2008; Go for it trilogy novels)
  • “Book Day” in Showtime! ed. Barbara Else (Random House, 2008)
  • “Stopping for Charlie” recorded for Wellington City Libraries project, ‘Whispers in the Wind’ Stories Aloud CD 2009.
  • “Net jumper” in Pick ‘n’ Mix – assorted kiwi stories Vol 1 (Scholastic, 2010)
  • “Happy lemonade” in Pick ‘n’ Mix – assorted kiwi stories Vol 2 (Scholastic, 2011)
  • “Extra special moments” in Great mates! ed. Barbara Else (Random House, 2011)
  • “The Four Brothers and the Ungrateful Princess” in Es war einmal… Grim(m) fairy tales for Aotearoa New Zealand (Goethe-Institut New Zealand, 2015)
  • “Boss of the beach” in Stage adventures: eight classroom plays (Playmarket, 2015)
  • “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)
  • “Kakophany” in Bird Words: New Zealand Writers on Birds ed. Elisabeth Easther (Vintage, 2017)
  • “Two micros” (and Interview) in Flash Frontier: Antarctica issue (December 2018)
  • “Golden Coast” in Somewhere a Cleaner (Landing Press, 2020)
  • “A house for the giraffe” in More than a roof (Landing Press, 2021)
  • Roar, Squeak, Purr: A NZ Treasury of Animal Poems, ed. Paula Green (PRH; 2022): 5 poems

Articles and reviews

  • Travel and other articles and reviews in various publications and websites including: NZ herald, The Dominion Post, Booknotes, Kiwi parent, New Zealand author and The school library.
  • “Reading to my mokopuna” in The Sapling (11 April 2021)
  • Creative Rights – Creative Reads: our stories (May 2021)
  • “Writing history for a young audience” in Phanzine (December 2022)

Other prizes and awards

  • 2004: Karori Wildlife Sanctuary Creative Writing Day:1st in Adult Poem Section (“Kakophany”)
  • 2006: Jack Lasenby Award with “Stopping for Charlie”
  • 2010: How to talk to girls shortlisted for Text Publishing Prize
  • 2010: NZSA Mid-Career Writers Award
  • 2010: Boss of the Beach runner-up in Playmarket Plays for the Young Competition
  • 2010: “The weight of memory” shortlisted for Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize in Creative Science Writing
  • 2010: “The nature of Weetbix” shortlisted for Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize in Creative Science Writing
  • 2011: Cultural Icons & Vernacular Lounge Non-fiction Writing Competition: ‘Encounters of a Vernacular Kind’: 2nd prize with “Anyone can play”
  • 2012: “Curiouser and curiouser” shortlisted for Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize in Creative Science Writing 2012
  • 2014: The Careers Room shortlisted in Playmarket Plays for the Young Competition
  • 2014: Creative NZ grant for Waitangi Day: the New Zealand story
  • 2015: Finalist in Storylines Joy Cowley Award
  • 2015: CLNZ / NZSA research grant for Armistice Day
  • 2020: CNZ Arts Continuity Grant 2020 for sequel to The Telegram
  • 2022: Shortlisted and runner-up for the Laura Solomon Prize

Talks and appearances

Many school visits and tours with (Read NZ) Writers in Schools, Speed date an author and Storylines. Talks, panel discussions and workshops with Bookrapt, Post Polio Support Society of NZ, Friends of the Dorothy Neal White collection, SLANZA Wellington branch, U3A Island Bay, Southern Bays Historical Society, Lions Island Bay, Wellington South Rotary, Appetites (Brooklyn School fundraiser), NZ Book Month at Taihape Library, Yarns in Barns, Friends of Kapiti Libraries, NZSA Wellington branch meetings, Auckland Writers Festival (Schools Programme), Waikato Children’s Literature Association annual seminar, ReaLM Palmerston North, Ibby (Int. Board for Books for Children) Congress, Big Book Bash Carterton, Kapiti Children’s Writers’ Group, LitCrawl, The Garden Party/Verb Wellington, Landing Press readings, Storylines hui, NZSA webworkshop and Massey University Off the Page.


  • Anzac Bridge Fellowship 2016 (New Pacific Studio): a community project to link two war memorial bridges at Kaiparoro in the Wairarapa and Brooweena in Queensland
  • Antarctica: community engagement programme 2016-2017 (Antarctica NZ)
  • Michael King Writers Centre Easter residency 2019

Mentor, assessor and creative writing tutor

  • Member and/or convener of selection panels for NZSA including Youth Mentorship Selection Panel, Adult Mentorship Selection Panel, CLNZ/NZSA Research Grant Selection Panel, CompleteMS Selection Panel, NZSA Auckland Museum Research Grant + Residency Selection Panel and NZSA Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship.
  • Mentor and assessor for Whitireia Creative Writing Programme, NZSA and NorthTec creative writing programme
  • Judge of Playmarket Plays for the Young Competition, 2019; Judge of NZSA Heritage Book Awards: Fiction, 2022
  • CNZ peer assessor (2020 – )
  • Tutor for Creative Writing Workshops at Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, 2011, 2012 and 2013; Online tutor for NZ Writers’ College, Writing Books for Children, 2012-2017
  • Tutor in the School of Humanities, Media and Creative Communications at Massey University (Writing for Children, summer school paper 2022-23)

Board and committee member

  • NZSA Wellington branch committee member and joint secretary, 2007-2020
  • NZSA National Delegate (2014-2020), Acting President (2019) and Vice-President (2019-2020)
  • WCBA committee member (2007-2022) and treasurer (2007-2019)
  • Wellington Writers Walk committee member, 2013 – and Chair, 2022 –