List of New Zealand women writers

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This is a list of women writers who were born in New Zealand or whose lives and works are closely associated with that country.

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  • Keri Kaa (born 1942), Māori language advocate, writer and educator
  • Amy Grace Kane (1879–1979), journalist and community leader
  • Merata Kawharu (fl. 1990s), Māori writer and academic
  • Lindy Kelly (born 1952), short story writer, children's writer, playwright and novelist
  • Elizabeth Kelso (1889–1967), journalist, editor and community leader
  • Anne Kennedy (born 1959), novelist, poet and filmwriter
  • Alice Annie Kenny (1875–1960), short story writer and novelist
  • Angela Kepler (born 1943), naturalist and writer
  • Suzi Kerr (born 1966), economist, academic and non-fiction writer
  • Fiona Kidman (born 1940), novelist, poet, scriptwriter and short story writer
  • Rachael King (born 1970), novelist and short story writer
  • Elizabeth Knox (born 1959), novelist, autobiographical novella writer and essayist
  • Shonagh Koea (born 1939), novelist, short story writer
  • Saradha Koirala (born 1980), poet, writer and novelist

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Margaret Mahy and her winning book The Moon & Farmer McPhee at the 2011 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards

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  • Susan Moller Okin (1946–2004), philosopher and non-fiction writer
  • Gloria Olive (1923–2006), American-born New Zealand mathematician and non-fiction writer
  • Linda Olsson (born 1948), Swedish-born New Zealand novelist
  • Claudia Orange (born 1938), historian and non-fiction writer
  • Sue Orr (born 1962), short story writer and novelist

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  • Alison Quigan (fl. 1980s), actress, theatre director and playwright

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  • Makerita Urale (fl. 1990s), playwright, producer and documentary director

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