Carter Mitchell (9) has already achieved her dream of becoming a published author and illustrator.

The Cromwell Primary School year 4 pupil was one of many pupils from Te Kahui Ako o Nga Awanui Community of Learning have her work published as part of Our Stories, a book which was launched at Goldfields Primary School on Monday night.

Our Stories is a collection of purakau, or old stories, tied to the experiences and stories of early Maori in Cromwell, as well as new stories reflecting current links to the area.

The book is a collaboration between Cromwell Early Learning Centre, Molyneux Educare, Cromwell Primary School, Goldfields Primary School and Cromwell College.

Pupils created writing and artworks based on local stories from kaumatua Darren Rewi and Whaea Helen Koopu.

The young people developed their own creative re-tellings of what they had learned.

This resulted in a “diverse range of creative writing reflecting the past and also the personal voice” of pupils.

Carter said she was “so happy” to have her work chosen to be published.

“I felt so glad that both my written work and art was published,” she said.

Her mother Victoria Mitchell said she could remember Carter telling her year1 teacher she wanted to “be a writer and draw the pictures” when she grew up.

“What an encouragement to achieve this at such a young age the future,” she said.