Renee Liang, a second-generation Chinese Kiwi, is a poet, playwright, paediatrician, medical researcher and essayist. Renee has collaborated on visual arts works, film, opera and music, produced and directed theatre works, worked as a dramaturge, taught creative writing and organized community-based arts initiatives such as 'New Kiwi Women Write', a writing workshop series for migrant women, and 'The Kitchen', a new program nurturing stories in local kitchens. Her work 'The Bone Feeder', originally a play, later adapted into an opera, was one of the first Asian mainstage works to be performed in NZ. Renee has written, produced and toured eight plays. In 2018 she was appointed a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to the arts, and won 'Next Woman of the Year for Arts and Culture'.