About Pauline Grogan

Surprise and Hope at any age

“Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards.” Soren Kierkegaard

Looking backwards – Pauline Grogan’s Biography

On her 70th birthday 2015 Pauline launched her new book, “Songs of life” at the Pumphouse, Takapuna. The poems/songs cover significant life transitions and milestones. Ben Fernandez, jazz pianist and composer, worked in collaboration with her.

In her 60th year Pauline’s life story premiered as a One Woman Theatre play “500 Letters” at the Herald Theatre in Auckland. She had no background in theatre but performed in 56 centres around NZ to enthusiastic reviews.

In her 50th year Penguin books published Pauline’s autobiography “Beyond the Veil”. She published her second book “A View From Within” in 2004. It tells the story of NZ’s longest hospital-stay patient, James Lynch. Prime Ministers, Members of Parliament, All Blacks and hundreds of other NZ’ers visited him. He lay paralysed in Tauranga hospital for 44 years inspiring everyone who met him.

In her late 40’s Pauline researched, “The impact of trauma on siblings” for a Bachelor’s Degree. The NZ Stroke Foundation published her Research Paper in their consensus document “Life After Stroke” in 1995.

Pauline’s role as Marriage and Funeral Celebrant has been enhanced by her 40 years in Education. Ex-students and others in the community, constantly request that she assist them in life’s major transitions.

In October 2009, Pauline won the “Woman of the Year” awarded by North Shore Women’s centre, Auckland. In 2012 she was honoured as a ‘Paul Harris Fellow,’ through the East Coast Bay’s Rotary Club, Auckland.

Pauline continues to reach out to the community through her entertaining speaking engagements.


Contact details: pauline@paulinegrogan.com

Pauline’s Books “Beyond the Veil” and “A View from Within” are available on Amazon.

Click here for Beyond the Veil

Click here for A View from Within

Her “Songs of Life” are available via email – pauline@paulinegrogran.com