Christina "Tina" Matthews (born 1961 in Wellington, New Zealand) is a New Zealand author/illustrator and a puppetmaker who was born in Wellington and works in Sydney, Australia. She also played bass guitar in bands such as The Wide-Mouthed Frogs and The Crocodiles.
In 1979, Tina Matthews joined an all-girl group, The Wide Mouthed Frogs in Wellington, playing bass guitar.Fellow members were Jenny Morris on lead vocals, Katie Brockie on vocals, Andrea Gilkison on guitar, Bronwyn Murray on keyboards and Sally Zwartz on drums. In 1979 they released the track, "Some Day" for the compilation album, Home Grown Volume One'. In 1980 they played the high-profile Sweetwaters Music Festival. Morris and Matthews also performed at the Sweetwaters Music Festival with the Crocodiles. Following the festival, The Wide Mouthed Frogs disbanded. In April 1980 The Crocodiles released their debut album Tears which, along with its lead single "Tears" reached No. 17 on the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand charts. In 1980 The Crocodiles won 'Best Group' and 'Most Promising Group' at the New Zealand Music Awards.
Matthews began her puppet making career in 1979, working on Summer City, a community arts project run by Graeme Nesbitt for the QE II Arts Council in New Zealand. In 1982 Matthews moved to Sydney, where she worked with master puppet makers Ross Hill, Beverley Campbell-Jackson and Peter Chester and director Richard Bradshaw at the Marionette Theatre of Australia. During the 1980s Matthews honed her skills by working on the Jim Henson movie Labyrinth , starring David Bowie.She later worked with designer Garth Frost to fabricate the puppets for Australian ABC television programme The Ferals and produced puppets for the ABC's Bananas in Pyjamas and The Upside Down Show with The Umbilical Brothers .
Matthews' first book, Out of the Egg, was published in Australia and New Zealand by Walker Books Australia and in the US by Houghton Mifflin Company in 2007.It is illustrated with Japanese woodblock prints. Out of the Egg is recommended in Walter E. Sawyer's Growing Up With Literature.
Out of the Egg was nominated in the Picture Book section of the 2008 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and won the award for Best First Book.
Waiting for Later was published by Walker Books Australia in 2011.It is about a young girl growing up over an autumn afternoon and the strongest themes are family, love of nature and independence. Waiting for Later is illustrated with wood block and stencil prints. It was shortlisted for the 2011 QLD Premier's Literary Awards, the NZ Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and the LIANZA Russell Clark award for illustration.
Matthews' picture book, A Great Cake is about imaginative play and home cooking.It is illustrated with stencils and woodblock prints and published by Walker Books Australia. A Great Cake was shorted listed for the 2013 NZ Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and won the LIANZA Russell Clark Award for illustration.
So Many Wonderfuls, a picture book for the young and old, was published by Walker Books Australia in 2014.
In 2017 Matthews self published Do What You're Doing, a read aloud, sing along story for the classroom, library or home about the perils of digital distraction and compulsive multi-tasking and the pleasures of giving something your undivided attention.It has been turned into a song by the Eeore Chanticleers.
In 1993 Tina Matthews self-published the Black and White Baby Mobile for newborn babies.It has sold over 40,000 copies and continues to be manufactured in New Zealand and Australia, distributed from Matthews' studio and sold in shops throughout Australia and New Zealand.
As well as creating picture books Matthews has taught puppetry at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney for many years.She was writer and illustrator in residence at the University of New England, Armidale during May 2014.
In 2018 Matthews published HOME, a frieze/book based on an Emily Dickinson poem.
Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert. Originating in either Australia or New Zealand in the early 20th century, it was named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. Taking the form of a cake-like circular block of baked meringue, pavlova has a crisp crust and soft, light inside. The confection is usually topped with fruit and whipped cream. The name is commonly pronounced pav-LOH-və or pahv-LOH-və, and occasionally closer to the name of the dancer, as PAHV-lə-və.
Jennifer Patricia Morris is a New Zealand-Australian singer-songwriter. Her first success came with New Zealand band The Crocodiles, who had a top 20 hit single with "Tears". Re-locating to Sydney in February 1981, she was a backing vocalist for various groups and formed a trio, QED, in 1983.
The Crocodiles was a New Zealand pop/new wave band formed in 1979 with lead singer Jenny Morris, who went on to commercial success as a solo artist in Australia; and later included drummer Barton Price, who subsequently joined Sardine v and then Models. The Crocodiles top 20 hit single in New Zealand was "Tears" in 1980 from debut album, Tears; a second album, Looking at Ourselves, appeared in November. The band relocated to Australia in February 1981 but disbanded in July without further releases.
Fane Michael Flaws was a New Zealand musician, songwriter, and artist.
Amanda Hager is a writer of fiction and non-fiction for children, young adults and adults. Many of her books have been shortlisted for or won awards, including Singing Home the Whale which won both the Young Adult fiction category and the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults in 2015. She has been the recipient of several fellowships, residencies and prizes, including the Beatson Fellowship in 2012, the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship in 2014, the Waikato University Writer in Residence in 2015 and the Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award in 2019.
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The New Zealand Library Association Inc., operating as LIANZA, is the professional organisation for library and information workers in New Zealand, and also promotes library and information education and professional development within New Zealand.
Lloyd David Jones is a New Zealand author. His novel Mister Pip (2006) won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
Pamela Kay Allen is a New Zealand children's writer and illustrator. She has published over 50 picture books since 1980. Sales of her books have exceeded five million copies.
QED were an Australian new wave trio, whose lead singer, Jenny Morris, went on to achieve commercial success as a solo artist. The band had a top twenty hit single, "Everywhere I Go", on the Australian Kent Music Report in 1984.
This article has the discography of Jenny Morris, a New Zealand-born, Australian-based singer and songwriter. She has released six studio albums, three video albums and twenty-five singles, in addition to two compilation albums on record labels WEA, EastWest, rooART, Yep! and Liberation Blue.
The Narcs are an award winning New Zealand band, that formed in 1980 in Christchurch, New Zealand, by bassist Tony Waine, drummer Bob Ogilvie and guitarist Garth Sinclair – departed/replaced by Australian guitarist/singer songwriter Andrew/Andy Dickson.
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Paula Joy Green is a New Zealand poet and children's author.
Tina Shaw is a New Zealand author.
Brigid Lowry is a New Zealand author.
Robyn Belton is an illustrator of children's books. Her work, often focusing on themes of war and peace, has won many prizes, including the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 1997 Picture Book Winner and Book of the Year, and the Russell Clark Award in 1985 and 2009. She herself has been recognised with the prestigious Storylines Margaret Mahy Award and the inaugural Ignition Children's Book Festival Award. She lives in Otago, New Zealand.
Juliette MacIver is a New Zealand children’s picture book writer. Her work has been widely reviewed and shortlisted for a number of awards, and her book That’s Not a Hippopotamus! won the picture book category of the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. She has four children and lives near Wellington, New Zealand.
The Elsie Locke Non-Fiction Award was first awarded in 2002 by the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA). It aimed to encourage the production of the best non-fiction writing for young New Zealanders. The award was previously known as the LIANZA Young People's Non-Fiction Award, before being renamed in honour of Elsie Locke. The LIANZA Elsie Locke Non-Fiction Award became the Elsie Locke Non-Fiction Award when the LIANZA Awards merged with the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults in 2016.
Elizabeth Pulford is a writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction for children, teenagers and adults. Several of her books have been shortlisted for awards, and many of her short stories have won or been highly commended in national competitions. She lives in Outram, Otago, New Zealand.