Name: Kat Quin
Role: Director / Author / Illustrator
Company: Illustrated Publishing
My first job in publishing was: My first job was at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, back in 2000 (at the age of 18). I worked on my first publishing project there with the incredible Te Ara Reo Māori team, developing educational resources. When I was 19 I went out on my own, and continued publishing work with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and other educational clients.
I’m currently reading: We have 5 young tamariki at home, and have just finished 2 weeks of school holidays… so unfortunately I have not had a spare minute to pick up a book for myself! But, I am reading Oliver Jeffers: The Working Mind and Drawing Hand with the children, and I’d say truthfully, it is 20% for them, and 80% for me!
My biggest career highlight in publishing has been: We have managed to raise over $50,000, through book sales, for our chosen charity Kiwis for Kiwi. It is such a rewarding collaboration that we are super passionate about. To celebrate, we even got to assist in the release of a kiwi chick onto a sanctuary island!