Brian Turner - former NZ Poet Laureate, essayist, biographer, environmental activist, NZ icon
Jillian Sullivan - novelist, poet, essayist, writer. teacher at Nelson Marlborough Institue of Technology and Massey University, builder and earth plasterer
Paula Wagemaker Editor, Author, lecturer editing/publishing teacher at Whitiraea.
Mike Riddell - novelist, playwright, poet, screenwriter and producer, lecturer at Auckland and Otago Universities
Rosemary Riddell - District Court Judge, author, speaker, actor, and film director, LTCL
Bridget Auchmuty - Feldenkrais practitioner, poet, short story writer and teacher for Nelson Marlborough Institiute of Technology and Massey University degree programme