Merrilyn George was born and raised in the area around Ōhakune. As well as teaching in the local secondary school, she has exhibited Fibre Art nationally and internationally, winning many awards. A feature of her artwork is ‘written text’ and ‘ the art of story telling’ to create visual images about events in history. The recently completed exhibition ‘Set Apart’ about Suzanne Aubert, has exhibited around New Zealand and is to travel to France to be shown there next year. She has published the book Ohakune – Opening to a New World, a district history, and edited several jubilee magazines.