Pates, Janet

Pates, Janet

In Brief

Janet Pates writes fiction for children and adults. Her first book for young readers was, Mystery at Tui Bay (2003), which won the Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2002. The Northern Advocate described the book as a ‘remarkable story of adventure and mystery ’. She has also published stories for adults in NZ Outdoors, That’s Life 'Fast Fiction' and Fiction Plus.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pates, Janet (1935 -) is a fiction writer for both children and adults.

Janet Pates was born in Pukekohe, and raised in Te Kohanga. She trained as a schoolteacher, but only taught for a couple of years. In 1956 Pates left teaching and went on to farming. She also worked in retail until she retired in 1993.

Pates first book for children, Mystery at Tui Bay (2003), won the 2002 Tom Fitzgibbon Award. The Northern Advocate described the book as a ‘remarkable story of adventure and mystery ’. Reading Time Magazine endorsed it by writing, ‘This story has all the ingredients to encourage reading mileage for the younger reader. The author herself describes the book as way to ‘promote sound principles within the framework of an easy reading, page-turning yarn. Mystery at Tui Bay was also listed as a 2004 Storylines Notable Junior Fiction Book.

In addition to Mystery at Tui Bay, Pates has published stories for adults in NZ Outdoors, That’s Life Fast Fiction and Fiction Plus.

Janet Pates lives in Tuakau.

Updated January 2017.