Summer Fling: Mini Mentorships 2018-19

Announcing Summer Fling, our mini-mentorship programme for 2018-19

The Pantograph Punch are delighted to announce our mini-mentorships for summer 2018-19. Nau mai, haere mai!


The Pantograph Punch are delighted to announce Summer Fling, a mini-mentorship providing three writers with desk space for a month over the summer period, and ongoing one-on-one mentorship as they work towards the completion of a non-fiction piece for paid publication on the site.

The programme includes:

  • A desk at our offices in Tāmaki Makaurau
  • 10 hours of one-on-one mentorship (mentors on the programme are Mei-Lin Te Puea Hansen, Lana Lopesi, Rosabel Tan and Simon Wilson). We see some of these hours being used to develop your piece, with any extra hours being available as part of an ongoing mentorship
  • Publication support through The Pantograph Punch

Summer Fling is all about giving emerging writers a space to work in and dedicated mentorship support to develop something exceptional. Nau mai, haere mai!


Mei-Lin Te Puea Hansen is of Tainui (Ngāti Mahanga-Hourua), Taranaki, Chinese (Guangdong) and Pākehā descent.

In 2006, she completed her PhD thesis Aroha's Granddaughters: Representations of Māori women in Māori theatre and drama 1980-2000 at the University of Auckland. In 2009, a very short play she wrote with her cousin Kiel McNaughton The Mooncake and the Kūmara, was produced by The Oryza Foundation for Asian Performing Arts as part of the inaugural Asian Tales: Native Alienz at Auckland's Herald Theatre and then produced for a second time at the Short + Sweet Play Competition in 2010 where it was directed by Kiel and won Best Drama.

From 2010 until 2014 Mei-Lin worked as a Publications Editor and Production Assistant for two of Auckland’s largest festivals – Auckland Arts Festival and Auckland Writers & Readers Festival (respectively).

Between 2011 and 2014 Mei-Lin wrote a full-length version of The Mooncake and the Kūmara which was selected for production by the Auckland Arts Festival 2015. The show played to sold-out audiences every night and subsequently toured the country playing to full-houses at Taranaki International Arts Festival, Tauranga International Arts Festival and in Hamilton. In 2017 the play toured to Wellington for another sold-out season as part of the Kia Mau Festival.

From 2014 to 2017, Mei-Lin was Senior Content & Publications Editor at Auckland Arts Festival and this year she is a full time Rumaki Reo student at Takiura Wananga o Aotearoa.

Lana Lopesi is Editor-in-Chief at The Pantograph Punch and was the Founding Editor of #500words. Her writing has featured in a number of publications in print and online including Art New Zealand, Un Magazine and Runway.

Rosabel Tan is founding editor of The Pantograph Punch and director at Satellites, a programme of events, exhibitions and encounters showcasing the most exciting contemporary Asian artists in Tāmaki Makaurau. She was an inaugural recipient of The Horoeka / Lancewood Reading Grant and winner of the NZSA Asian Short Story Award 2011. In 2017, she was a contributing editor at Paperboy (RIP) and, elsewhere, her writing has been published in SportMetro, The Spinoff and Tell You What: Great New Zealand Non-Fiction 2017.

Simon Wilson is a senior writer with the NZ Herald, where he writes feature articles and a weekly column covering politics, the arts, the environment, urban design, food and other matters. He has been editor of Metro magazine, Auckland editor at The Spinoff, editor of Cuisine and Consumer magazines and chief subeditor of NZ Listener. Simon is the author of a novel, The Age of Light (Penguin) and was the editor of a 2017 book of essays called Urgent Writing. In 2016 he chaired the non-fiction judging panel in the Ockham NZ Book Awards. Simon has won many awards as an editor and writer, including the Canon awards for Magazine Feature Writer of the Year, Reviewer of the Year and Best Newsstand Magazine (for both Metro and Cuisine).


To apply for this opportunity, email us:

  • 2-3 writing samples
  • A brief overview of the piece you’d like to work on
  • Your preferred dates (note that this can be undertaken anytime between 1 December 2018 – 28 February 2018
  • What kind of mentorship support you’d like to have during the development of your piece

Please note: to be eligible for this opportunity, you must reside in Auckland or Northland.

Applications close Friday 12 October 2018 at 5pm. Please send your submissions to Rosabel Tan at

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