Kawerau born Sacha, is an award-winning children´s writer based in Wellington, New Zealand.
She is the author of picture books Keys/Ngā Kī, The Marble Maker/Te Kaihanga Māpere, and the 2019 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year, The Bomb/Te Pohū - all published by HUIA and illustrated by her partner in both books and life, Josh Morgan.
Before publishing her first book Keys, Sacha gained an arts degree and a teaching diploma. She worked in a variety of jobs and lived abroad for several years.
Whilst living in Valencia, Spain, Sacha completed several short film courses. During this time her short script 'Wasabi Peas' was a semi-finalist at the 2013 L.A Comedy Shorts Festival.
Since returning to New Zealand, Sacha has completed the Writing for Children Workshop and the Master Class in Television Script Writing with the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University, Wellington. She has also participated in a writing workshop under the tutelage of Kate de Goldi.
Sacha loves lots of things including stop motion animation, daydreaming, biscuits, books, chatting, dancing, curly dogs, space noodles and woolly mammoths named Stanley.
-NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2019 - The Bomb - Margaret Mahy Book of the Year - Supreme Winner
-NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2019 - The Bomb - Winner Picture Book Award
-NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults - The Bomb - Finalist Russell Clark Award for Illustration
-PANZ Book Design Awards 2019 - The Bomb - Winner Scholastic NZ Award for Best Picture Book
-PANZ Book Design Awards 2019 - The Bomb - Finalist HarperCollins Award for Best Cover
-Storylines Notable Book Award 2019 - The Bomb - Picture Book Category
-New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2017 - Te Kaihanga Māpere - Winner Te Kura Pounamu Award for Te Reo Māori
- IBBY International Honour List 2016 for Ngā Kī (translation)
-New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2015 - Keys - Finalist Picture Book Award
-New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2015 - Ngā Kī - Winner Māori Language Award
—LIANZA Children & Young Adults Book Awards 2015 - Ngā Kī - Finalist Te Kura Pounamu (Te Reo Māori)