Association of Book Crafts 

The ABC has many location and regional representatives around New Zealand, 


Regional Representatives and local contacts
Northland  – Veronique Lautenslager 

Dargaville  -- Maria Higginson 

Warkworth –  Merryl Houghton  

Auckland – Lynne Fryer 

Bay of Plenty/ Rotorua - Robyn Hunt (contact only)

Hawke's Bay - Julz Henderson (contact only) 

Wanganui - Di Harries (contact only) 

Wairarapa - Jill Rose (contact only) 

Wellington - Meredith Paterson 

Nelson/ Tasman - Rosie Ann Pinney (contact only) 

Christchurch - Liz Davidson (contact only) 

Southland – Sam Chandler (contact only) 

Central Otago - Robyn Van Reenan (contact only) 

Australia - Karen Vidler (on Executive) 

09 407-3233

027 213 8159

09 425-6722

027 249 8245

07 346-0478

022 307 9212 

021 163 6955

0274 498 939

027 6499 926

03 548-3147

021 181 9275

021 1412 194

027 443 1812  

0061 458572168  


Warkworth chapter:


Name:   Merryl Houghton (09) 425 6722


The chapter runs a weekly group for 'Book Art’  in Warkworth at the Kowhai Art and Craft Centre.  We mostly do our own projects, but share ideas and techniques to create new books.  We do usually have a project day once a month.  During the summer we make paper, use different techniques for decorating papers, paste papers, marbelling, decoupage etc.  We hold  a few workshops each year, invited tutors to teach us new things.  We enjoy working with papers mostly, but do make mixed media book covers and enjoy 'Textile Art' also. 

They usually hold a Workshop for beginners once a year to encourage and teach new people Book Art.

Some of our group are ABC members and enjoy attending the ABC workshops and meetings. 

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Gill Carlson showing off some of her work.

The snake book

Soft covered journal

The Altered Book which was called 'Arabian Knights’ was made from the book 'Tales of the Arabian Knights’ so I took the theme for the altering.  It was embellished with handmade copper paper, metal copper stained, old necklace and Sari silk

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Far North/ Northland Chapter:


Name:  Kaye Neely  0257 247 8141 


We are a very small group, currently based in Kerikeri, the Northland/Far North Chapter includes members from Whangarei and Kerikeri. We meet monthly in members’ homes with the host choosing a small project for that month. 

We share anything we have been working on and discuss any new ideas we have for future meetings. We have previously run workshops with invited tutors as well as tutoring our own and we hope to do more public workshops later in 2015



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Kaye showing off some of her work.

Japanese Stab Binding – we experimented with several stitching patterns using Origami paper, old greetings cards, fabric and hand crafted batik paper.


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Christchurch Chapter:

The Christchurch Chapter of ABC meets every month between February and November,  usually but not always, on the 4th Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. Our meeting room is in Ferrymead Heritage Park.
Our meetings usually involve hands on projects, related to many facets of Book Crafts, in an informal setting. 

New members and visitors are very welcome. Please contact one of the people listed below for directions to the meeting venue. 

Judy Newbury - 03 338-969303 338-9693 Terry Park - 03 332-085103 332-0851 Liz Davison - 03 355-040003 355-0400  

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