Rosemary McLeod

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Rosemary McLeod
Ethnicity Pākehā New Zealander
Occupation Journalist, writer, feminist

Rosemary Margaret McLeod (born 1949) is a New Zealand writer, journalist, cartoonist and columnist. McLeod has written for New Zealand's major publications, including North & South, the Dominion, Sunday Star-Times, and the Listener.

McLeod was devisor and principal writer of iconic TV soap Gloss, which won the award for best TV drama in 1989.[1] From 1995 to 2000, she was a member of the Broadcasting Standards Authority.[2][3] McLeod has been a judge of the MovieFest competition since its inception in 2003.[4]

Her book, Thrift to Fantasy: Home textile crafts of the 1930s-1950s won a Montana Book Award in 2006.[1]


  • A Girl Like I (1976)
  • Thank You for Having Me (1979)
  • The Rosemary McLeod Bedside Book (1981)
  • Thrift to Fantasy: Home textile crafts of the 1930s-1950s (2006)
  • With Bold Needle & Thread (2013)


In February 2012, McLeod was heavily criticized, and her suitability for publishing questioned,[5] after she used her column in the Dominion Post to insist a transgender man is still a woman.[6] McLeod repeatedly refused to acknowledge the gender identity of transgender fathers by referring to them as "he/she" and women and then criticized transgender parents who do not keep their "unusual situation private" for putting their children at risk of the same kind of prejudices she was displaying.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Montana Book Awards: History Category Winner". Booksellers NZ. Retrieved 29 March 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ Maling, S R; Loates, L M; McLeod, R; Withers, J (23 July 1988). Decision No: 1998-080. Broadcasting Standards Authority of New Zealand. 
  3. ^ Hobbs, Marian (29 May 2001). "New member for Broadcasting Standards Authority". NZ Government. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  4. ^ "MovieFest Judges". MovieFest. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  5. ^ McLeod defends 'transphobic' column, 3 News, 23 February 2012.
  6. ^ a b Why I feel for the kids of ego-trippers, Stuff.Co.NZ, 23 February 2012.