Shona Riddell, author

Shona Riddell has been a professional writer and journalist for 20 years. Her articles have been published in the New Zealand Herald, the Listener, and the Sunday Star-Times, among others, and she has worked as a writer/editor for TVNZ, ACP (now Bauer) Media, and Trade Me.

Shona lives in Wellington with her husband and two daughters, and is currently working on a history book (for grown-ups).


Matt Gauldie, illustrator

Matt Gauldie was New Zealand’s official Defence Force artist for 11 years, one of just a few artists ever to be selected for this prestigious role. He completed his army training in Waiouru in 2005 and travelled to Afghanistan, Gallipoli, and the Solomon Islands. Over the past decade he has produced many paintings and sculptures of military subjects for official army exhibitions (including at the Museum of Auckland), and also created a 3.8m bronze statue of Sapper Moore Jones, New Zealand’s first army artist, which stands on one of Hamilton’s main streets.

Matt is also an award-winning artist. He has exhibited his work publicly through dozens of solo and group exhibitions for almost 20 years, covering themes ranging from rural New Zealand to Maoritanga to Wellington’s nightlife. Over the years he has also been commissioned to paint portraits of notable figures, including former Wellington mayor Mark Blumsky, governor general Jerry Mateparae, former governor general Anand Satyanand, and the governor of Bamyan, Habiba Sarobi. View Matt's website to see more of his art.