Creative Directory

This directory has been compiled by Toi Wairarapa but is by no means exhaustive. If you would like to be included please contact us. Use the search facility on the right or click on a Directory Category to narrow your search.


Joy Cowley is a prolific, widely published and much-celebrated writer of fiction for adults and children. She was awarded Distinguished Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit for services to children's literature in 2005 and a Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in fiction in 2010. (Information from

Julia is a former news journalist with experience in New Zealand and overseas, now working from home in Greytown.
She writes for magazines, businesses, charities and national organisations. She also writes creative copy for artistic clients. Email her for a sample.

06 304 8441

Julia Wall is a children's author. Her background is in educational publishing and she has written or edited more than 500 books for children in schools. Julia is currently working on a YA novel.

Julie Clifton

I take people shots, and still prefer film. I write poems for pleasure and record/review events in writing. I mostly give work and services away, or for exchange.

027 9363 943
Karl du Fresne

I am a freelance journalist living in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand. I write about all sorts of stuff: politics, the media, music, wine, films, cycling and anything else that piques my interest - even sport. I've been in journalism for more than 40 years and like many journalists I know a little bit about a lot of things and probably not enough about anything.

Kokomai Creative Festival – 16 – 25 October 2015

Kokomai is the Wairarapa’s very own world class arts festival, held biennially over 10 days in October, right across our region.
Our festival showcases high quality, local, national and international Theatre, Dance, Music, Visual Art, Film and Literature.
Heidi Holbrook
Festival Director

021 665 593
Madeleine Slavick

Madeleine is an author and photographer who was has published several books of non-fiction, poetry and photography. She has exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions.

06 370-1611

I am a writer and illustrator. Leaving for The Front, is my first published children's book.

I am an artist. I work in oil paints on canvas and in graphite on paper. I exhibit in group exhibitions regularly at Aratoi Museum, Victoria Gallery and Carterton Events Centre

An online shop and gallery selling New Zealand Antique prints
& Rare books, and items themed around New Zealand birds.

06 304 8080