2020 is a milestone for the Kiwi young writers with a project to become their own entity and out-from-under the Australian Press Service International banner.
Major Christina Tyson, the former head of New Zealand Salvation Army Media, has graciously given the green light to helping the Kiwi young writers to become their own entity.
Christina Tyson was a foundation Panellist for the Kiwi young writers, a senior writer in the program which supports the younger writers and coordinated the 2014 Wellington Kiwi young writers’ conference.
Originally, the Kiwi young writer program was through the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) when Christina Tyson as the Salvation Army Media representative met Press Service International's Dr Mark Tronson (Australian young writers) at the ARPA conferences.
When the Kiwi young writer program was being envisaged in 2011 to commence mid year 2012, Dr Mark Tronson wrote to each of the New Zealand ARPA member “Christian media” seeking their support to provide young people 18-30 years.
Christina Tyson as head of the Salvation Army Media Unit responded with a young writer and has since over all these years recommended quite a number.
One of those was Wellington's Salvation Army young writer Rebecca Howan who received the 2019 NZ Basil Sellers Award. Rebecca Howan is also a member of the NZ Youth Choir and travels extensively with the troupe.
The role of this fresh undertaking as Patron, is to guide the Kiwi young writers to their own legal entity apart from the Australian young writer program.
2020 will be Kiwi young writer's ninth year and these young people have so many talents that to establish their own entity should follow. Christina Tyson has all their emails and is developing a hook-up process whereby a small group may be developed so as to move this forward. It is a Kiwi young writer ministry, not a Patron's ministry.
Moreover the Kiwi young writers have been assigned a one hour plenary to tell their story and into the future at the 2020 young writers conference on the Australian Gold Coast. This too is on Christina's agenda for the Kiwi young writers to develop a plan for their plenary.
First, to become a legal entity under NZ Society Associations
Second, to be a unregistered group of like-minded writers
Third, to fall under an existing ministry
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 25 books, and enjoys writing. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded ‘The Gutenberg’ - the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. He and David Chang editor of Christian Today together bought the young writer ministry into fruition in 2009. In 2011 Mark established Laguna Quays Respite (Whitsundays) for missionary respite and replicated at Aldinga Beach 2016 (Adelaide) and Greens Beach Bass Straight (TAS). His ministry is honoured all these years by Christian philanthropist Mr Basil Sellers AM. He is married to Delma (44 years), with four adult married children and grand-children.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at https://www.pressserviceinternational.org/dr-mark-t.html