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Dawson, Kellie
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Kellie Dawson

Auckland - Tāmaki Makaurau
Dawson, Kellie
In brief
Kellie Dawson (Ngāti Pūkenga) is a children’s book author living in Tāmaki Makarau. She holds a BSocSci/LLB (Hons) and LLM (Hons) from the University of Waikato and Te Ara Reo Māori Levels One and Two from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
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Dawson, Kellie (1984 – ) (Ngāti Pūkenga) is an Aotearoa-based mother of two and former lawyer, whose worries over her son’s anxiety led her to create a resource specifically aimed at helping her son, Xavier, to understand that his feelings of anxiety were normal.

Her children’s book There’s a T-Rex in my Tummy (2023), published by Wai Ako Books, was brought to life when her son asked if his story could be turned into a real book that could be shared with others.

In addition to writing for children, Kellie has authored and co-authored a number of legal journal articles, which have appeared in the New Zealand Law Students’ Journal (2008) and the New Zealand Journal of Environmental Law (2009). She was also awarded a Masters Scholarship in Law.

Kellie has moved away from practicing law to focus on writing books and developing her property business.

June 2024
June 2024