The Michael King Writers Centre is overseen by the Michael King Writers Studio Trust. The Trust and the Centre were established in 2005 a year after historian and writer Michael King died in a car accident. The Centre was set up a by the Trust to honour and see to fruition, the long held vision of Michael for a national writers centre in Aotearoa – a place where writers could spend time on a residential retreat and focus on their work without the interruptions of everyday life. The founding trustees were: Christine Cole Catley, Gordon McLauchlan, Wensley Wilcox, Witi Ihimaera, Geoff Chapple, Jim Mason, Geoff Walker, Peter Bartlett and Helen Woodhouse.
Current Trustees are listed below. The trust also has a number of specialist advisers who help out with particular projects.
Our patrons are Michael King’s daughter Rachael King and his son Jonathan King. The trust is grateful to them for their support. Rachael King is an award-winning New Zealand writer and author of two books for adults, Magpie Hall and The Sound of Butterflies, and one for children, Red Rocks. Her work has been translated into eight languages and has garnered critical praise worldwide.