Who am I?

George Bryant

QSM, JP, MA (Hons), Dip Theol, DipEd, DipTchg, AFNZIM, ATCL

George Bryant is a prolific author. He has written 45 books and booklets, edited over 50 volumes and written numerous articles. His 25th book has just been published.  He is one of New Zealand’s foremost writers on people in society, based on his experiences as a teacher, preacher, public speaker, politician and social worker.

George is also a publisher – a founding director of DayStar Books Ltd (2010-2023)

Awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in the 2019 New Year Honours for his services to publishing and the community.


  • 33 years in education, 15 of them as Principal of Whangarei Girls’ High (1980-94)
  • Staff (part-time) of Bethlehem Tertiary Institute in Tauranga. Monitored secondary teachers’ training in schools.
  • Chairman Auckland Secondary Schools’ Deputy Principals’ Association (1994)
  • Chairman Northland Secondary Schools’ Principals’ Association (1979)


  • Has written 25 books, 20 booklets, edited some 50 volumes, and written many articles for various magazines. His latest book Is Jesus Christ For Real?
  • Former Chairman of Daystar, a NZ Christian monthly magazine (2002-4)
  • Board member of Challenge Weekly (NZ-wide Christian newspaper) for six years
  • Established, with Julie Belding, a not-for-profit publishing company in 2010 – DayStar Books Ltd.
  • Now spends most of his time mentoring writers, editing, writing and publishing books that ‘give hope and inspire’, books that ‘will influence people and society in a positive way’. The company has published 48 such books.
  • Member NZ Society of Authors and Hon. Member NZ Christian Writers.

Community Service

  • Justice of the Peace (1990 -) Member of JPs Association
  • Board of Directors Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, Tauranga (2003 – 9)
  • Active Rotarian (40 years)
  • Awarded a Paul Harris Fellow (2005)
  • Former president of two clubs – Whangarei and Tauranga Te Papa – and Secretary of Pukekohe
  • World Vision Education Trust Board (1996-2000)
  • Vice-President Birthright NZ (1987-91) and chairman of Birthright Whangarei for several years
  • President Northland Mental Health Association (1993-4)
  • President Whangarei Council Social Services (1986-90)
  • Chairman Bay of Plenty Symphonia – 2005


  • President of NZ’s third political party (Social Credit) when it had 30,000 members and was a key player on the NZ political scene (1976-9) Candidate twice
  • Served six years on the Whangarei City Council; Chairman Town Planning (1983-9)


  • Ordained Methodist minister
  • Chaplain Wesley College (1995-8)
  • Pastored Presbyterian Churches in Tauranga since 1999
  • Now honorary assistant pastor of St Enoch’s Church in Tauranga.

Public Speaker

  • In considerable demand as a speaker to various organisations around the country on a variety of topics


  • Travelled widely (Japan, Canada, USA, Taiwan, Pacific Islands, Hong Kong, Australia, Europe, Thailand, Middle East. (Israel, Turkey, Italy, Greece)
  • Plays a reasonable game of golf
  • Reads avidly
  • Wide appreciation of music, theatre, movies


  • Married to Joan (BA, DipEd) – both a trained teacher and spiritual director
  • Two adult children – Julia de Cleene, BSW(Hons) and Rodney, MBA, BCom, BSc, Dip Finance


  • Basic knowledge of Maori language and protocol
  • Listed in the 1991 and 2001 NZ Who’s Who.