Our Vision

Inspirational Kiwis is a proudly New Zealand owned and operated publishing company.  Our aim is to publish high-quality books about iconic Kiwis that empower and inspire both kids and adults to 'dream big.'

Coming Soon!

Now due for publication in late June 2021, volume two tells the stories of a new generation of athletes who have broadened the definition of running. Pre-sales for signed copies will be taken in May 2021.

“The successes and stories of the athletes in volume one set the bar high and shone light on some of our greatest running achievements on the international stage. Like any family bloodline, their humility, dedication and success have influenced and built the foundation for the next generation of kiwi runners. This second volume gives you the opportunity to learn about the current generation of Kiwi runners and will hopefully, in turn, inspire those who follow.” — Ruth Croft, Ultra marathon and mountain running champion.

This volume includes a more diverse range of athletes, a plethora of top-performing female athletes, our fastest-ever male middle-distance runner, an everyday man who has raised almost one-million dollars for charity and a weekend warrior, amongst many more talented athletes and Para athletes.

For every copy sold of either volume, $1.00 is donated to Paralympics New Zealand to help them support their athletes.

The Kiwi Runners' Family Tree: Volume One was published on 1 September 2020 and tells the interconnected stories of over 100 Kiwi runners, and their coaches, who have achieved at international level from the 1800s through to 1999.


"Dreydon Sobanja has captured the Kiwi running experience with aplomb. Never before has there been a book so packed with stories – many told here for the first time – about our nation of runners. Thrilling and inspiring it made me want to put on my running shoes and compete all over again." – Allison Roe MBE New Zealand’s fastest ever female marathoner


The book records and showcases the full gamut of the Kiwi running experience – from our sprinters, middle-distance, long-distance and marathon runners, to our hurdlers and steeplechasers, race walkers, Para athletes, mountain runners, ultra-distance and adventure runners.
 

Reviews and Publicity

Television Appearances

On the 27th of August 2020 Dreydon appeared on The AM Show click to view

Radio Recordings

On the 13th of September 2020 Dreydon was a guest on Radio New Zealand's The Nutters Club part one part two

On the 28th of August 2020 Dreydon and Arch Jelley were interviewed on Newstalk ZB's Sportstalk show click to listen

On the 26th of August 2020 Dreydon and Allison Roe were interviewed on Radio New Zealand's Nine to Noon show click to listen

Print Media

On the 9th of February 2021 Read NZ Te Pou Muramura click to view

On the 13th of September 2020 KidsBooksNZ reviewed the book click to view

On the 12th of September 2020 Athletics Illustrated reviewed the book click to view

On the 1st of September 2020 the following Q & A appeared on Read NZ Te Pou Muramura click to view

On the 1st of September 2020 the following article was featured on Stuff click to view

About the Author

Dreydon Sobanja has loved running ever since he was a four year old, when he saw John Walker win his 1500-metre gold in Montreal in 1976. Dreaming of wearing the Silver Fern himself, he took up competitive running at school. At the age of 43 he fulfilled a dream when he crossed the line, wearing the Silver Fern, at the Triathlon Age Group World Championships in 2014 in Edmonton, Canada.

Inspired to inspire others, Dreydon has recorded our rich running history by sharing the stories of more than 100 Kiwi athletes, including what they achieved, who inspired, coached and mentored them.

His earlier books recorded the feats of iconic Kiwis: Bruce McLaren, Jean Batten and Sir Edmund Hillary.

Contact Us

Please email us using the link immediately below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Email:   dreydon@inspiredkids.co.nz
Phone:  +64 21 864657
Our Office Location
St Heliers
Auckland 1071
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Other Books in the  Inspirational Kiwis Series
A book about Bruce McLaren for 8 to 12 year olds
A book about Jean Batten for 4 to 8 year olds
A book about Sir Edmund Hillary for 4 to 8 year olds