The Trust

The Michael King Writers Centre Trust

The Michael King Writers Centre is overseen by the Michael King Writers Studio Trust.

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.

She is the Literary Director of Word, the Christchurch Writers’ Festival.  Jonathan King  is a film director and screen writer. He began his screen career as writer and director of the New Zealand black comedy movie Black Sheep and was co-writer of the screenplay for The Tattooist. His most recent project is a feature-length remake of the New Zealand television series Under the Mountain, as writer (adapted from the original book by Maurice Gee), director and producer.

The trust is registered as a charitable trust with the New Zealand Charities Commission, registration number CC25972, and has tax exemption status for donations.

  • Melanie is Director of the New Zealand operation of Allen & Unwin. Allen & Unwin is Australia’s leading independent publisher and has been voted Australia’s Publisher of the Year twelve times, including the inaugural award in 1992. It publishes around 250 new titles each year including literary and commercial fiction, a broad range of general non fiction, academic and professional titles and books for children and young adults. Melanie completed a Masters in Publishing in 1993 and became a sales representative with Cassell Publishers in the United Kingdom. She subsequently joined the sales team of Oxford University Press, first in the UK then in New Zealand. After a stint with the Paper Plus Group, Melanie joined Allen & Unwin in 2006.

    Melanie was the president of PANZ (Publishers Association of NZ) from 2015 – 2017 and is currently the immediate past president.

    The Trust welcomed Melanie as a trustee in November 2014 and as Chair of the Trust in June 2019.

  • Nicki is a qualified chartered accountant living in Devonport with her family.

    While beginning her career in audit with Deloitte, she has worked across a range of industries including investment banking, publishing, and in several countries including the UK, China, and South Korea.

    In the last five years Nicki has worked with several not-for-profit entities preparing both management and financial accounts, and in her current role as a Chartered Accountant with accountants Gannaway Mercer, she consults to not-for profits, and small to medium business’s on all aspects of accounting and tax. Her interests outside work include enjoying literature and cooking.

    Nicki joined the trust in October 2016.

  • Caroline is a literature sector specialist and writer with substantial business experience, having previously owned a talent management company. Caroline has managed events for several literature organisations and will use her panoramic view of the industry, and her experience as a writer across digital and traditional platforms, to advance the Trust’s objectives. Caroline has a University of Auckland Masters in Creative Writing (2015), gained a second place at the 2016 Travcom Travel Media Awards, won the 2015 Lilian Ida Award, and was shortlisted for the 2015 Hachette Mentorship Programme. Caroline looks forward to fortifying a robust, vibrant and diverse literature industry through her work with the Michael King Writer’s Centre.

    Caroline joined the Trust in March 2017.

  • Charlotte is the editor and publisher of Toitoi: A Journal for Young Writers and Artists. Toitoi is a quarterly journal that publishes the work of young New Zealanders aged 5-13. In 2016, Toitoi was named Best Primary Resource at the NZ Content Counts Education Awards and was a finalist in the Best Design Awards in 2017.

    Charlotte graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Bachelor of Commerce in Management Studies. She was a magazine editor in London for many years and also worked as a publications manager for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and a project manager for Goldman Sachs. She lives in Devonport with her family.

    Charlotte joined the Trust in February 2018.

  • Ros is an experienced teacher of English and Creative Writing and one of New Zealands top teachers of creative writing. She leads the centre’s Young Writers Programme with poet Johanna Emeney. She instituted the Writing Programme at Epsom Girls’ Grammar School, and more recently at St Cuthbert’s College, where she teaches Writing for Publication, a creative and media course for senior students. Her students have won and been placed in many local, national and international competitions, and have been widely published. Together with the late Dame Chris Cole Catley she has been involved with the Michael King Writers Centre workshops for young writers since 2008. She is a member of the BNZ Literary Awards Governance Group and has presented writing workshops at English conferences in Australia and NZ. Ros’ publications include Silver Road (2004), a collection of student writing spanning six years, and, more recently, a section in Bill Manhire and Chris Price’s The Exercise Book (2011). She and Jo Emeney co-edit Signals, the Michael King Writers Centre literary journal for young writers, which was published for the first time in 2012. In 2013 she and Jo were invited to give a presentation on the Young Writers Programme at Creative New Zealand’s national conference.

  • Victor is an award-winning writer and producer of Samoan (Iva) and Scottish (Dundee) descent   His plays include My Name is Gary Cooper and Black Faggot which have been produced nationally and internationally.  Through his theatre entity, FCC he has also produced several plays including Tusiata Avia’s Wild Dogs Under My Skirt, which played  Off-Broadway earlier this year.

    He has held several writing residencies throughout New Zealand, including MKWC (2018) and was also the Fulbright/Creative New Zealand Pacific writer in residence at the University of Hawaii in 2006.  He leads the Maori and Pasifika creative writing workshop at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University and is attached to various projects in theatre, film and television.

    Victor joined the Trust in May 2020.

  • Whiti is an award-winning novelist and playwright of Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa and Pākehā descent, based in Wellington. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing (Script writing) from the International Institute of Modern Letters. She is the author of three novels: The Graphologist’s Apprentice, the award-winning YA novel Bugs and Legacy. She is also co-editor, with Witi Ihimaera, of an anthology of Māori myths — Pūrākau.

    Whiti has twice held a MKWC Residency, (2012/2017) and has been involved with Te Papa Tupu, an incubator programme for Māori writers, as a writer, a mentor and a judge. She is also a board member of the Māori Literature Trust and joined the Michael King Writers Centre Trust in June 2019.

  • Anthony is one of New Zealand’s foremost writers on contemporary art, and a regular contributor to Artforum and Metro. In 2013, he was Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, and in 2015 was New Zealand’s Reviewer of the Year. His first book, This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art (Auckland University Press, 2016), was a finalist in the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. His latest book, The Mirror Steamed Over: Love and Pop in London, 1962 was published in May 2020.

    Anthony has re-joined the Trust in August 2020 after a six month hiatus following a one year term (Feb 2018-Feb 2019). He held a MKWC eight week residency in 2017.