Tim Waitai-Tipene, (Ngāti Kuri/Ngāti Whatua) – was adopted into the
Waitai-Tipene whanau as a toddler. He was raised in two cultures,
NZ Māori and NZ European. Tim is the author of more than thirteen
books, five of which have won awards, and writes for younger
readers of all ages.
Isobel Te Aho-White, (Ngāti Kahungunu/Ngāi Tahu) – a very popular illustrator based in Wellington. “My personal artwork is definitely about connecting people with each other and with nature … uplifting people, especially young women,” Izzy remarks.