Welcome to our fabulous team, all here to help encourage you to succeed and produce your best:
Darin Dance – Publisher and Researcher
Darin Dance has started his own publishing and photography business: The Bach Doctor Press after researching and taking photographs for five book projects while working collaboratively with fellow Ngai Tahu writers. He is a born and bred New Zealander of Maori (Ngai Tahu – Te Ngai Tuahuriri, Taumutu Runanga and Te Runanga o Waihao) and Celtic (Scottish and Irish) descent and has been an Operations, Production and Events Manager for the last twenty years in New Zealand.
He firmly believes that with the retrenchment of the main publishing houses back to Australia, America and Europe, our unique “Kiwi” voices and stories will be lost and unheard unless new publishing ventures are prepared to fill this void. This has become his mission to promote our korero and pakiwaitara (stories and legends).
Darin has always loved reading, he is a staunch book club member, attending many reading and writing festivals all the while hunting down “out of print” books in charity shops to add to his own extensive library.
His other interests include playing golf rather badly after finally giving away his touch rugby days, researching his whakapapa (ancestry), gardening and preserving, gathering kai moana (seafood), tramping and completing half marathons, as well as exploring the wonderful beaches of our beautiful country in search of surfing that elusive ‘perfect’ wave.
Erin O’Loan – Copy Editor & Proof Reader
Kia Ora Koutou,
I am an experienced primary school teacher and for many years I have specialised in working with students with special teaching needs. I have a passion for words and language (my partner would say obsession), as well as social justice and animal rights. I grew up in Tauranga, and now live with my partner and daughter in Dunedin. I enjoyed proof-reading Bernard Winton Johns – Five Decades of His Architecture, and hope that others will find my services helpful.
· Graduate Diploma in the Education of Students with Special Teaching Needs Canterbury University, 2012
· Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary) Auckland Unitec, 2004
· Bachelor of Social Sciences, Double Major in Psychology and Sociology Waikato University, 1991
Other Training & Education
· NZ Sign Language, Adult Education, Dunedin and Tauranga, 2014
· Te Ara Reo Maori (Level 1), Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Tauranga, 2004
Note-taking for the Deaf, Kelston Deaf Education Centre, Auckland, 1994
Virginia Innes-Jones – Author and Researcher
Virginia is a born and bred New Zealander of Scottish and Maori (Ngai Tahu) descent and has always loved writing since she could pick up a pen. From the age of five, she kept a journal and today almost half a century later is still practising this ritual religiously. She uses her inquisitive mind, ever packed with constant curiosity and imagination, complimented with ideas, to create and write.
She is a coach, mentor, inspirational speaker and like her forebear Robert Louis Stevenson, she is a natural Tusitala ‘Teller of Tales’, with a fabulous fascination for the unseen and unexplained, the other worlds – the land of fairytale.
Virginia and her family have lived in the islands of the South Pacific – Western Samoa and the Cook Islands (Rarotonga) off and on for the last 25 years resulting in her strong connection with Pasifika and Maori. Through her Scottish and Samoan cultural links, she has followed closely in retracing the footsteps of her ancestor Robert Louis Stevenson, the Scottish ‘Tusitala’ by spending a lot of time in his birth place of Scotland and in his resting place of Western Samoa.
Member of New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc)
Member of New Zealand Poets Society (NZPS)
Diploma in Freelance Journalism – NZIBS (NZ Institute of Business)
Associate (ATCL) Diploma in Teaching Speech and Drama – Trinity College, London
Licentiate (LTCL) Diploma in Teaching Speech and Drama – Trinity College, London
Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL, TESOL) – Trinity College, London
Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management – CIT (Central Institute of Technology), Now Weltech (Wellington Polytechnic) – Three year course
National Certificate in Adult Literacy Education (Educator) – Manukau Institute of Technology
National Certificates in Adult Education and Training (Level 4 and 5) – Open Polytechnic
Mark Innes-Jones – Author and Researcher
Mark Winton for most of his career has been working within the Pharmaceutical and Health industries managing his ‘varied patches’ in both the north and south islands of NZ as a Field Coach and Advisor.
In his spare time, he loves travelling and skiing in both NZ and overseas and of recent times has taken up researching and writing.
On leaving university, he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, majoring in Marketing and since then he has continued to follow his passions: skiing in NZ and abroad (Japan, USA and Europe) and in his newfound passion of researching and writing.
He has always loved photography and this is evident in his choice and quality of photographs that appear in the recent architectural book ‘Bernard Johns – Five Decades of His Architecture’.
Since the successful book launch, he is now on his next project, writing and fine tuning his next series of works.
Ted Hughes – Photographer
You never know when, where or how Edward ‘Ted’ Hughes will show up, but he will as Ted will go to the ends of the earth for that special photograph.
Like a marksman he will take that ‘shot’ that captures that glimpse, look, attitude and emotion – that one moment in time – without the photoshop editing.