THE MICHAEL KING WRITERS' CENTRE TRUST
Born and raised in Devonport. He was educated at Devonport District School, Takapuna Grammar and Auckland University where he gained B.A. and LL.B. degrees. James gained his legal experience in his father’s law firm which he later managed. He founded the New Zealand Canoeing Association and numerous Charitable Trusts including the New Zealand Trustees Association, of which he is Chairman and the New Zealand Maritime Trust which is preserving the steam ferry “Toroa”.
The centre aims to promote all aspects of New Zealand's literature, including fiction and non-fiction, and to recognise Michael King's stature as a writer, historian, biographer and someone who helped New Zealand understand its cultural roots.