Hutt Valley published authors

We have a number of talented writers living in the Hutt Valley!

Are you a local author? If you live in Wainuomata, Eastbourne, Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt, Petone or anywhere in the Hutt Valley, we'd be proud to include you right here!

John Terris

Lower Hutt author       John Terris was born in Wanganui, after which he spent many years in the Hutt Valley, including nine years as Mayor of Hutt City. He currently lives in Lower Hutt.

John has also spent 27 years in elected office and time as Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees of the NZ House of Representatives. His latest book is "September Showdown: A Political Junkie's Guide to the Coming Election". He is also author of "How to Give a Speech" is a handbook designed to help people prepare a speech and learn how to run a meeting effectively.

John also published his autobiography, "Being Who You Are", in 2004. See his recent short story "Allenton Tales" here. You can contact John by

Ray Watters


Eastbourne author


Dr Ray Watters grew up in Napier in the Hawkes Bay in the 1930s and 1940s before moving to the Wellington region. He now lives in Eastbourne.

Ray is a renowned researcher, with multiple PhDs. His area of specialisation is in rural development and social change in the third world. Shifting agriculture and human geography of and development problems in tribal and peasant societies are his particular areas of interest. He has also undertaken many studies and projects for UN agencies and governments of developing countries.

Ray has written a number of books and research papers. To see the full range of Ray's works, find out more and/or get in contact with Ray, visit his website;

Cat Connor



Cat Connor lives in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. She is the author of The_byte series published by Rebel ePublishers, USA; an FBI thriller series about the life of SSA Ellie Conway. The _Byte novels: killerbyte, terrorbyte, exacerbyte, flashbyte, soundbyte, snakebyte (novella), and databyte are available in all eFormats and in paperback worldwide.

The 7 byte novel, eraserbyte,- is due out sometime in 2015. (Rebel ePublishers). Her short stories have appeared in anthologies, ezines, and journals in the UK and USA. Cat’s first novel, killerbyte, was a finalist in the 2010 EPIC awards. She is a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors, International Thriller Writers Inc, Kiwi Writers, and

Currently, Cat is hosting a writing workshop at the Upper Hutt City Library (for the third consecutive year). “A writer’s Plot: a placing for scheming and intrigue”. The group meets every fortnight at the main library.

Her days are spent writing (and tweeting way too much) with her retired racing greyhound - Romeo, keeping her company. A coffee addict and a lover of red wine. Recently described as irresistible, infectious, and addictive. Cat believes music is essential. She knows where to hide the body and where you hid the body.

You can find out more about Cat from her website or her blog

Heidi Osten

      Hello I’m Heidi Osten, I lived in Upper Hutt as a littlie and teen. After leaving my hometown to explore, I’ve lived, worked and spent time in a variety of places and spaces in NZ and overseas. Like many do, I’ve gone 360º and come back to my place of birth to be by family.

With my Design Degree and Early Childhood Diploma in my back pocket, I’m taking time off from 'a real job' to be a Mum (the best job). While taking care of my lovely little girl. I’ve been combining my two areas of education into writing and illustrating my first published children’s book.

‘Learning my A to Z’ is a colourful exploration of the alphabet. From an angel to peaceful places and a yummy yellow page, the capital and lower case letters work with bold hand drawn/computer generated illustrations. The black line drawings with crosshatched shading are paired with two colours on each page. This fabulous book will entertain little eyes and ears with its interesting words and images. Please have a look at my facebook page or visit my website at