More Northland Members

Donna Blaber

Donna Blaber AuthorDonna writes both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. She is a specialist writer of NZ travel and over the past 10 years has authored more than 30 books for publishers in NZ, Australia and the UK; some have been translated and distributed globally. A qualified journalist, Donna began her career as the road trip editor for a popular NZ car magazine. She went on to become the chief editor of a motorhome mag, before launching a new renovation magazine onto the NZ market. These days she focuses solely on writing books. While the vast majority of her work is published by mainstream publishers, she has recently enjoyed self-publishing and marketing the new Kiwi Critters® series of books for children, as well as the Visions of New Zealand series. Donna is regularly invited to visit schools, and leads a range of workshops. She enjoys interacting on Facebook.

Jac Jenkins

Jac bioJac privately believes that her greatest writing accomplishment was the highly commended award for tidy writing that she won in primary school, as her hand-writing is usually exceptionally poor. Luckily she now does all of her creative writing on her laptop. Squeezing her writing between her two library jobs can be challenging, however she found time to win the Northland Short Story of the Year in both 2012 and 2013. She has had work published in the Northern Advocate, National Poetry Day in Northland and Flash Frontier and in 2012 was awarded a poetry mentorship through the NZ Society of Authors. Jac is also a member of the Northland poetry group, Take Flight.

Jac lives in rural Whangarei with her daughter, five hens and two cats. She and her partner live 3 ½ hours apart, yet somehow manage to spend most weekends together in one house or the other.

Janine McVeagh

JanineJanine designed, wrote and currently teaches on the online Diploma of Applied Writing programme for Northtec. She has been published across a wide range of genres and media over the years: short and long non-fiction for children and adults; short and long fiction, including two novels for children and short stories on radio for adults; collaborated in writing plays for radio and early childhood readers in te Reo Maori as well as reviews of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, films and websites for magazines and newsletters. Her current writing projects are a biography of Priscilla Wakefield and an historical novel.

Janine lives with her family on the Hokianga Harbour and is involved in several local issues, all of which feeds her writing.

Gloria Rockel

GloriaGloria was brought up in the backblocks of Uruti in Taranaki, the youngest of the family. Left to her own devices her imagination ran riot and as a result she always did well with writing stories during her school age years. Later when married in the Waikato, farm life kept her busy milking cows and caring for four young daughters and a husband who was not well. At thirty-five she was widowed and kept working to educate her daughters, but managed to join Toastmistress and writers’ groups in Waikato, then Auckland and Northland to give her confidence. During those years she was able to get several articles published in various magazines and booklets. She helped start the Hibiscus Coast Writers as their first secretary. That club has become most successful. On moving to Whangarei she joined various writers and poetry groups and is still writing.

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