When Claire Bunt was young, on cold winter nights, she and her sisters sat close to the coal range stove. Each night their mother read to them a few chapters from children’s classics.
Nightly they looked forward to what would be the next instalment.
When Claire was older, she was permitted to read in bed until the call came, “Good night. Lights out.”
Later, she sneaked the lights on again and continued to read.
When Timothy Titus, her cat, meowed outside her window she sneaked him inside and hid him under her bedclothes.
What could be finer, Claire thought, than reading a book, and having the best cat in the world, purring at my feet?

Born in Picton in 1942, Claire has always loved reading. During her primary school days she submitted stories to the children’s page of a NZ magazine. In 2004-2005 she began writing a wide range of short stories that rest, undisturbed, in a filing cabinet in her office. With the writing of this Walter’s Story, Claire has found a way to raise funds for UNICEF, a charity she has supported since 1960.
She retired from working as a legacy adviser for UNICEF NZ on 1 August 2015.




As of 17th May2016. the total raised for Unicef from sales of Claire’s books stands at $4002.00.



5 thoughts on “About

  1. Marilyn Bakker says:

    Congratulations Claire. That is an amazing effort in a very short period of time. The book and yourself deserve a large readership. This is an excellent tale, well told which really reflects the historical period it is set in. Your attention to detail is to be commended. I felt I personally got to know the characters in the book.

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  2. Marilyn Bakker says:

    I have enjoyed reading “Walter’s Story” by Claire Bunt. It is a fictional story, inspired by comments of a German friend made to Claire about his early experiences. Claire has taken these few comments, done her research and created a realistic and honest story about a young boy who almost foiled his family’s attempt to escape from East Germany to the West and the then ruling Russian hierarchy and secret service just after World War Two. It highlights the affect of war and propaganda on the minds of young people and brings home the desire of most families who want to provide a good education and life for their children and are prepared to take risks to achieve this end.

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  3. Marilyn Bakker says:

    Claire, everyone who has seen “Whatever Happened to Milo” have been entranced by this beautiful children’s tale. The appealing illustrations, the eye catching cover and the tale based on a true story of a lost kitten makes this a heritage book to last through the generations. What a fantastic gift for so modest a price.

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  4. I really love Milo and it will be a good story to read to my grandchildren when I have one. It’s so engaging and even as an adult I wanted to finish reading it quickly so that I could find out what happens to Milo. I love it.

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