Freelance writer and researcher.
* Reviews for Magpies magazine.
* Writes NZ book entries for ‘The Source’ database of Australian and New Zealand Children’s Literature (www.magpies.net.au).
* Researched young adult review listings for Hooked on NZ Books website (2015-19).
* Co-author with Jenny Sew Hoy Agnew of 'Merchant Miner Mandarin: The Life and Times of the Remarkable Choie Sew Hoy' Canterbury University Press (2020). Biography of Otago Chinese merchant and gold-dredging pioneer.
1993: Nada Beardsley Literacy Award for services to Literacy (Canterbury Reading Association)
2013: Canon Media Awards: Reviewer of the Year: Highly Commended.
2013: Betty Gilderdale Award for services to children’s literature (Storylines).
2022: Queen's Service Medal: for services to children's literacy and historical research. (New Year Honours).