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About Us

We are New Zealanders who love to explore beautiful places across Aotearoa, our geological wonders, our wonderful forests, birds and marine life, our heritage buildings and our rich histories. Jenny is an artist and writer of Te reo Māori resources. Marie is an academic with expertise in children’s development, something she brings to the writing of her children’s stories.

- Marie Connolly, Author -

Marie is a Professor at the University of Melbourne, a specialist in children’s welfare and children’s rights. She recently retired and has returned home to Akaroa.

- Jenny Lee, Illustrator -

Jenny  is an artist who enjoys illustrating children’s books as well as drawing and painting people and other beautiful things.  She lives in Christchurch city and enjoys classical music, tramping and playing Bridge.

- Clara Pichon Riviere, Graphic Designer -

Clara (or Clari) is a graphic designer who loves being part of beautiful local projects like Our Backyard books. With more than 15 years experience,  she has worked in an array of projects and industries; bringing up ideas, creating content, graphics, developing collaterals, designing books, magazines and even newspapers (just to mention a few) are all part of her passion. When she's not working you'll find her playing hockey or tramping and biking with her two little ones.

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