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 — Travel Industry representatives
 — Public Relations – National Tourism Office  - Marketing
 MARIA ALOMAJAN is an Auckland based freelance writer. Although new to travel writing she is 
neither new to travel nor writing and has a background in PR, adverting, marketing and the performing arts.
Ph: (09) 480 8048  Mob:  021 505 907  email:
PETER ANDERSON was born and educated in Christchurch, New Zealand.  He has been based in 
Malaysia since 1984, from where he has travelled, photographed and written about the 75 countries he has 
visited.  He has had over 120 travel articles published worldwide and some have been translated into Arabic, 
Chinese and Malay.  He is the author and photographer of seven books, the latest being “Cons, Fools and 
Friends – 25 years of Travelling the World” (published by Marshall Cavendish 2009) and was a contributing 
author for “The VIVA List Latin America: 333 Places and Experiences People Love.”  He was the 
photographer for three books on Malaysia and has supplied photographs for travel guides on Malaysia, Peru 
and Chile.  He has had seven solo photographic exhibitions in Malaysia, the latest, „Beyond Beauty –
Northern Pakistan‟ was held at the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur and was officiated by Begum, wife 
of Pakistani Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz.  Choosing a favourite destination has always been difficult but 
South America, Tuscany, Bali, Morocco, Northern Pakistan and of course New Zealand would top the list.  
He is currently setting up his own website and presently some of his photos can be 
viewed at www.flikr/photos/peter-anderson/
8A-1-1 Belvedere Condominium.  Jalan 1/63, off Jalan Tunku, Bukit Tunku, 50480, Kuala Lumpur, 
MALAYSIA.  Ph: 60-12-3070947  Fax:  60-6-3154759  email:  website:
 STACEY ANYAN is a staff writer at North & South magazine. 
North & South, Private Bag 92512, Wellesley Street, AUCKLAND.  Ph: (09) 308 2754  email:
 PHILIPPA ASHFORD has worked in tourism for 30 years principally in Australia and New Zealand, 
but also in the United Kingdom and Singapore. Since the formation of her company, Philippa Ashford and 
Associates, in 1988, Philippa has specialised in national tourist office representations. She currently handles 
the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau of California USA, for the New Zealand market. 
Her role as a marketing consultant includes promotional work bringing her into constant contact with the 
New Zealand media.P.O.Box 25-482, AUCKLAND. Mob: 021 575260, email:              
 BRETT ATKINSON is a fulltime travel and food writer who specialises in adventure travel, unusual 
destinations, and surprising angles on more well known destinations. Recent stories have included bathing 
in beer in the Czech Republic, listening to World music in the Borneo rainforest, and exploring the Panama 
hat trade in Ecuador. Brett‟s work appears regularly in NZ's highest circulation publications including AA 
Directions, the NZ Herald, the Listener, World, and both major Sunday newspapers. Brett also writes 
guidebooks for Lonely Planet, and has updated books across four continents for the world‟s biggest travel 
publisher. He also reviews Auckland‟s restaurants and bars for and is the author of 
Church Road – A Love Affair With Wine, a history of one of New Zealand‟s oldest wineries.
See for Brett‟s current travel schedule and examples of his writing and photography.
P.O. Box 26-449, Epsom, AUCKLAND. Ph/Fax: (09) 630 6351, mob: 021 0788 649, email:
KIM BAKER - Although having no formal training or experience in photography apart from some 
natural ability – so I have been told, I do have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in Travel Writing 
journalism.   I make the most of my current position in travel to take advantage of what is on offer to capture.
After returning this year from living in China for 14 months, I place this country on the top of my list of 
Favourite County‟s – it is a photographer‟s paradise for people and scenery.
 MARK BARRATT-BOYES is a freelance writer, editor and marketing communications practitioner. He 
specialises in travel and transport. He is a sub-editor and staff writer for Destinations Media, which publishes 
the quarterly travel magazine Destinations, and for VIP Publications. It publishes Professional Skipper, the 
journal of the New Zealand maritime transport industry, which includes charter boats, ferries, jet boats and 
tourism adventure boats such as Whale Watch Kaikoura. He has also been a regular contributor to 
Signature magazine, Southern Skies, Golden Wing, Boating New Zealand and Style. 
7B Stafson Lane, Te Atatu Peninsula, AUCKLAND. Ph: (09) 834 9476, email
 VICTORIA CLARK (formerly Bartle) – is a Nelson-based writer.
 SARAH BENNETT is a writer, editor and publisher based in Wellington. She is co-author of Lonely 
Planet New Zealand, and with husband Lee Slater co-author of Let's Go Camping: 66 great places to pitch 
your tent or park your van (Random House, 2009); Don't Forget Your Scroggin: a how-to handbook for New 
Zealand tramping (Craig Potton Publishing, 2007, new edition forthcoming); and the bestselling independent 
guide to the Capital, The Best of Wellington (now in its 4th edition). Sarah is food critic for and associate publisher of the acclaimed publishing company, Awa Press. Her 
photography is improving, largely thanks to the brilliance of the Canon G11.
P O Box 24-103, WELLINGTON.  Ph: (04) 971 8185  Mob:  021 544493  Fax:  (04) 9718185  email:    web:
 KEVIN BIGGAR  is the author of two books:  Escape to the Pole and The Oarsome Adventures of Fat 
Boy Rower.
6 Pickwick Parade, Howick, AUCKLAND.  Mob:  027 282 4203  email:  
website: PETER BINGHAM  is the chief reporter of the Taranaki Daily News in New Plymouth, following a 
career as a sports journalist.  He is married with three adult children who are working at various points 
around the globe.  Travel in Turkey and on the Canal du Midi are two of his favourite experiences of 2009.
60 Tate Road, R D 42, Waitara, Taranaki.  Ph: (06) 754 6385,  Mob:  027 5266 393  Fax (06) 758 6849  
 JAMES BLICK is an Auckland filmmaker and writer who is currently living in Madrid.  He 
has written and directed two short films, both having been selected for major international film festivals and 
nominated and awarded in New Zealand.  His debut short‟s screenplay was nominated at the New Zealand 
Film and Television Awards 2006 and his latest was nominated at the New Zealand Writers Guild Awards 
2010.  His travel series, To Mum, From Europe, based on his experiences living in France and Spain, ran in 
the Sunday Star-Times.  He has also been published in Metro.  James is available for assignments within 
Spain, Europe and North Africa.  Being based in Madrid he can travel quickly and economically within the 
region.  James speaks Spanish and French at an advanced level.
Email: web:
   SHANE BOOCOCK is the author of 'Auckland - A City Guide For City People,' in 2003 and has 
recently completed „The NZ Adventure Guide,‟ due for release in October 2010, both by New Holland 
Publishers. His articles have appeared in the NZ Herald, SeaSpray Magazine, NZ House and Garden, NZ 
Motorhomes Caravans and Destinations, Amex Platinum Magazines and Let‟s Travel Magazine. In 2004, 
Shane launched in New Zealand – a leading online press release distribution service for 
Travel Media and PR Professionals.  A sister site has seen the launch of – an online 
media service aimed at all aspects of the F & B industry.  Registration is free. Shane is also Editor at Large 
for Let‟s Travel Magazine.   
5 Putiki Rd, Ostend, Waiheke Island, Auckland 1081 Ph: (09) 372 2525.  Email: or
 BEV BRADFORD is a Queenstown-based freelance travel writer who specialises in family 
and adventure travel.  Following completion of a Certificate in Freelance Travel Writing and Photography 
she has had stories and photographs published in Next magazine, AA Directions, NZ Adventure magazine 
and the Otago Daily Times.
4 Bradbourne Way, Quail Rise, Queenstown 9371.  Ph:  (03) 4511220  Mob:  027 460 4097  Email:
 DAVID BROWN has travelled in more than 90 countries, and lived in six. He speaks six languages, 
and writes and publishes in both Finnish and English. The author of some 150 stories, David‟s work focuses 
on travel in conflict zones and quasi-states. Having lived in Israel, David has also written about Transnistria, 
Nagorno-Karabakh, Syria, Rwanda, Cambodia, Nicaragua and Georgia, where he arrived three days before 
Russian troops during the 2008 conflict. Based in Helsinki, Finland since 2001, David now publishes largely 
in Finland, but also writes for CNN Traveller (UK) and a number of publications in New Zealand. He is also 
the author of two politics columns, for Helsinki Times and Six Degrees magazines. 
Email:   website:
 JUSTIN BROWN - Born in Hawera, went to Kapiti College.  Proudly never been to University, failed to 
get into broadcasting school two years running so hassled the poor children at Radio Lollipop at the 
Starship, Auckland.  More FM eventually hired him where he did graveyard shift for two years looking at a 
clock on the wall for six hours and talking to insomniacs and bakers. He then went onto do a breakfast show 
for GWRFM in Wiltshire, UK and came back (2001) to be one third of Andrew, Jacque and Justin‟s Classic 
Breakfast - Auckland‟s number one music breakfast show for six years running.   In between these times he 
also hosted a show for two years in Music Television and appeared in numerous pubs as a stand up 
comedian.  The highlight was appearing on TV2‟s Pulp Comedy and opening for Englebert Humperdink at 
the Michael Fowler centre in Wellington. As well as that, he‟s taken the stage in London, Toronto, 
Johannesburg and Paraparumu.  He is the world‟s only door-to-door busker (UK ON A G STRING) as well as the world‟s only front-page golfer (TEED OFF IN THE USA.) Then, along came kids – and kids books! 
And shorter books – RUGBY SPEAK (bestseller) and CRICKET SPEAK.
Travel is what he loves most, got his feet dirty all over Africa, India and any other third world country that 
would allow him to meet the locals and barter till he‟s blue in the face all a vein attempt to lose sight of 
anything that resembled work or reality.  Married with two daughters.
Bowling Through India website – see
 SUSAN BUCKLAND’s travel writing and photographs are published in New Zealand and 
overseas magazines and newspapers. She has twice won the Qantas Media Awards Best Travel Column, 
her travel columns being first in the Sunday Star Times and later in he New Zealand Herald. She has 
presented Radio NZ  and Radio Network travel programmes and TVOne and TV3 travel reports, edited the 
Maverick Travel Guide to New Zealand (Pelican - USA) and written Amazing New Zealand (Penguin). 
President of New Zealand Travel Communicators 1999 and 2000.
P.O.Box 99-756 Newmarket, AUCKLAND. Ph: (09) 520 3523, mob 0274 766 421, email
PETER BUSH is a Wellington-based photographer.
181 Severn Street, Island Bay, WELLINGTON.  Mob: 0274 491 477, Fax: (04) 383 7303, email:
 PETER CALDER has travelled to more than 40 countries in Latin America, Asia, the Pacific, 
Europe and the UK. His book Travels with my Mother, about taking his octogenarian Mum to see her English 
roots, won the 2004 WH Smith Travcom Travel Book of the Year Award and is in development as a feature 
97b Old Mill Road, Westmere, AUCKLAND 1022. Ph: (09) 376 0207, mob 0274 320 099, email
 CHRIS CHAPMAN has travelled widely in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and writes about travel 
experiences and destinations beyond conventional travel itineraries. His articles and photographs have 
appeared in the Otago Daily Times , The Evening Post, The Press and The Marlborough Express. Chris was 
a finalist in the 2003 Cathay Pacific Awards for the „Best Article about a Journey‟ category.
Ph: (021) 133 6413, email
 AMOS CHAPPLE started his career in newspapers.  While working as a press photographer at 
the New Zealand Herald he was named Junior Photographer of the Year in 2003 as well as Environment 
photographer of the Year in 2006, at the Qantas Media Awards.  Since 2006 he has worked full-time for the 
Out Place Publishing project, photographing UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.  He has 
photographed in more than 35 counties including Uzbekistan, Belarus, PNG and Jordan.  He has a 
particular love for Russia and the former Soviet Union states.
Mob: 021 0327 839 email:
 ROBIN CHARTERIS has been the editor of the Otago Daily Times since 1997 and has travelled 
extensively through Europe, Central Asia and Asia. Robin has written Insight Guides, for the Los Angeles 
Times, The Independent (UK), Sydney Morning Herald, Age, Brisbane Courier-Mail and The New Zealand 
Herald. Since winning the Mobil Overseas Travel Award in journalism in 1973 he has travelled extensively. 
He served two terms as London correspondent for New Zealand Associated Press (NZ Herald, Evening 
Post, Press, ODT). Winner of several national journalism prizes for news, sports, economic and feature 
writing, Robin was commended in the inaugural Travcom Travel Writer Of The Year contest in 1992, then 
newspaper section winner and overall winner of the 1993 contest and newspaper section winner in 1996,   
Travcom Newspaper Travel Writer of the Year winner in 2000 and also overall Travcom Travel Writer of the 
Year in 2000.3 Howard Street, Colinswood, DUNEDIN. Ph/Fax: (03) 454 5562, mob 025 201 6895, email
 TESSA CHRISP A Freelance Commercial, Travel, Lifestyle, Editorial Award Winning photographer 
with work regularly contributing to a variety of New Zealand and International leading magazines such as NZ 
Life & Leisure, Air NZ KiaOra, AA Directions, NZ House & Garden, North & South, Next, Sunday UK. 
Awarded Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year 2011; Tessa is a dedicated reliable photographer 
with extensive travel and lifestyle feature commissions that send her on assignment throughout the southern
PH: (09) 8128355. Mob: 021 627 200 Email: 
 LYNN CLAYTON is a past president of the Photographic Society of New Zealand. She has been 
passionate about photography for over twelve years; her love of capturing unique images around New 
Zealand and the world has transformed from a hobby to a career. Lynn is currently involved in photo shoots 
for major corporate's, architects and designers  ,commissions as well as outdoor family portraiture. Multiple 
award winner and author. Lynn also teaches basic photography to small groups either in an office or at 
home. Lynn has some published stories at  Also she is published in the book „Tibet 
in the Eyes of 100 Photographers‟. Lynn also has two children's books - Sam's Day in the City and Amy's 
Day in the Country published by Penguin.   Twice Lynn has been an invited photographer to China to 
photograph with the CPA.   Lynn has digital photos available on  N.Z. Tibet, Xinjiang Province, New York 
City, Death Valley, the and Australian Outback amongst her collection.  Lynn's latest book 'Serendipity' is 
online at
Check it out and enjoy....... The perfect gift!
Apartment #404Oakridge, 10 Middleton Road, Newmarket, Auckland. Ph: (09) 522 8467 Mob 021 404560
email:    website;
 CHRIS COAD is a Wellington based photographer.
P O Box 7002, Wellington.  Ph: (04) 473 0301 Mob: 027 4420005 Fax: (04) 473 0304 email: website:
 BELINDA COOKE heads up New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd, one of New Zealand‟s fastestgrowing non-fiction publishers with a list of quality illustrated titles that focuses on travel, tourism, history, 
gift, reference, food, wine, gardening, outdoor pursuits and natural history.
P.O.Box 34 321 Birkenhead, AUCKLAND. Ph: (09) 481 0444, Fax: (09) 480 0129, email Website:
 WENDY COOPER has spent the majority of her working life in the travel/aviation/tourism industry.  
A Diploma in Travel Writing/Photography helped focus her interest and a Diploma of Professional 
Photography has further enhanced these skills.  Wendy prefers to write from a descriptive and often 
historical perspective, drawing the reader into the experience.   These articles appear in inhouse airline and 
travel publications, national newspapers and magazines, with images appearing as far afield as America....  
Environmental portraiture, landscapes and cultural events are her preferred photographic topics with images 
on file with a local photo library.  Wendy has her own professional photography business and has just 
formed a photography tour company with her brother, a professional photographer based in Vancouver, 
Ph/Fax (07) 386 0477   Email:   websites: and
 MARK COOTE is a Wellington based freelance photographer.  His experience and 
professionalism are valued by high profile clients in New Zealand and internationally.  With his relaxed and 
friendly style, Mark fulfils client briefs on all levels – quality, creativity, timeliness and price.  He has travelled 
and photographed in more than 35 countries, his favourites being India, Yemen, Uzbekistan, Cambodia and France.  He has had a number of travel articles published from this work and is available for assignments 
P O Box 6833, WELLINGTON 6141.  Ph: (04) 904 2071  Mob: 027 439 9004  email:
 SUE COURTNEY is an Auckland-base writer specialising in wine. Her photographs have 
accompanied her articles in the Rodney Times, Urban and Country, Growing Today Magazine, Third Age 
New Zealand and FoodService Magazine and all her articles on the Internet. As well as wine, Sue's passion 
includes driving in New Zealand off the beaten track. She has recently completed a commission for Fodors.  
Email,  Website:
JOHN CRANNA is founding director of and teacher at Auckland‟s waterfront writing centre The 
Creative Hub. He won both the New Zealand Book Award for Fiction and the Commonwealth Writers Prize 
for Best First Book with his debut short story volume, Visitors (1989). Born in Te Aroha, he grew up in the 
Waikato, lived for some years in London and then Auckland, and was 1997 writing fellow at Waikato 
University. His short stories have been published in the UK, France and New Zealand, and are included in 
the anthologies Some Other Country (1992), the Oxford Book of New Zealand Short Stories (1994) and the 
international Best Short Stories 1987. His screenplay for the short film Accidents was shown at the Venice 
Film Festival and other festivals around the world. A former Chair of the Auckland Society of Authors, he has 
worked as communications manager at Hesketh Henry lawyers, as a lecturer in the AUT journalism school 
and from 2000 to 2005 was managing editor of AA Directions, which then rose from fifth to most-read 
magazine in New Zealand. He founded the AUT University Centre for Modern Writing in 2007, where he 
designed the Master of Creative Writing course, and was voted Best Post-Graduate Teacher by students at 
the university in 2008. In 2010 John founded The Creative Hub, which offers a variety of writing courses 
including beginners creative writing, children and young adult fiction, adult fiction, advanced fiction, travel 
writing, and screen writing. The courses are taught by some of New Zealand‟s leading writers and teachers 
of writing and the advisory board consists of well-known authors Tessa Duder, Owen Marshall, Paula Morris, 
Russell Brown.
P O Box 68 090, Newton, Auckland.  Mob:  021 284 8729  email:  
 CAROLINE CRICK is English by birth but has lived in New Zealand since the mid 1980s. 
Her varied career has taken her from dairy farming in some remote corners of New Zealand to staff writer 
and photographer for a Nelson media company. She now works as a freelance writer and photographer for 
local and national clients. She has experience in writing about business, farming, travel, tourism, 
architecture and interiors. Recent work has been published by AA Directions, Wild Tomato, Resene Habitat 
magazine and Fairfax publications. She is a member of the AIPA.
Caroline can be contacted on 027 545 8534 or by email Her photography 
work can be seen at
 MAX CUMMING is a Northland-based writer and photographer.  His book Senses; A 
Circumnavigation with Style was published by David Bateman Ltd in June 2009.   The photographs were 
taken during various voyages of the boat „Senses‟ over a number of years to complete a circumnavigation of 
the globe.  He has produced a large, beautifully designed showpiece of global images and the boat itself.  
It‟s not a traditional travel book – rather an eclectic account of his voyage, visually recording the many 
beautiful places they visited but also relating something of the „business‟ of getting about in a big boat, 
including reflections on places visited, something of shipboard life etc.
 PAUL DALY is a photographer from Christchurch who finds himself travelling the country and 
globe working for a variety of interesting clients.
P O Box 13 411, Armagh Street, CHRISTCHURCH 8141, Ph: 0800 35 74 74  Mob:  027 435 7474  email:  website: SHAZ (SHARON) DAVIS  is a freelance writer and photojournalist specialising in off the beaten 
track destinations and adventure travel (it balances writing economic analyses and business pieces). 
Formerly from South Africa, and based in Christchurch since Dec 2009, she's travelled extensively in subSaharan Africa, Europe and parts of Asia - tackling anything from horse treks, to climbing and hiking trips, to 
a broken ankle on a solo trek following an Buddhist pilgrimage around Shikoku Island in Japan. Her articles 
and photos has been published in the US, UK, NZ and SA.
Photographic examples:
Travel article example:
P O Box 36614, Merivale, Christchurch 8146.  Ph: (03) 351 5693  Mob:  021 077 6553
Email: website:
 PETER DE GRAAF is the Northern Advocate‟s Far North reporter/photographer. Now based in 
Kerikeri, he has travelled extensively in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and the Middle East, and lived in the 
Netherlands and the Czech Republic. He‟s had travel pieces in the Listener, the Herald and regional dailies, 
and has been named best junior feature writer (2003) and best travel columnist (2008) in the Qantas Media 
Ph: (09) 407 3287 Mob: 021 78 38 58 Email: Web:
 GAYLE DICKSON is the Managing Editor of Let‟s Travel Magazine and My Wedding Magazine, 
and custom publishes a number of other titles as well as editing content for Sport Unleashed online. Born in 
Northern Rhodesia and schooled in Cape Town, she travelled extensively in Europe before settling in New 
Zealand. Her travels have taken her to the USA, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands and much of 
Australasia, with a range of articles published in Eye Magazine, Beautiful You, SeaSpray Magazine, Let‟s 
Travel, My Wedding and Sport Unleashed. Destinations, luxury travel and the associated luxury lifestyle are 
her forte, but she‟s a dab hand at capturing the adventurous spirit of the outdoors, as well as the more 
technical aspects of yachting, motor vehicles and technology.
Ph: +64 21 2817699  email:
 LINDA DONALD is part of a husband and wife writer and photography team.  Linda is an 
Auckland-based freelance writer and book reviewer who has travelled extensively, particularly in New 
Zealand, Australia, the East and France.  She has published articles on subjects ranging from business to 
lifestyle, health and travel.  
Email:   website:
 JUDITH DOYLE is a Wellington freelance journalist specialising in travel, outdoor pursuits and the 
arts. Her features and photographs are published in newspapers in New Zealand, mainly the Dominion Post 
and The Press and in two specialist magazines in New Zealand.  She also contributes to newspapers in 
Australia where she worked for several years. She has won the NZ Travel Writers' Award and a PATA 
Gold Award, travel story category.  Books published are: Pay for your Travel by Writing, a NZ Guide to 
Travel Writing; Older and Bolder, when age is no limit to outdoor adventure; and tea with my tapas, a new 
Zealand traveller enjoys the cultural challenges of Spain.
Apartment 3, 14 Oriental Terrace, Oriental Bay, WELLINGTON 6011. Ph: (04) 384 9454, Fax: (04) 385 
6951, email:
 WENDY DUNLOP is a freelance writer specialising in travel, property and historic material. She 
has contributed to New Zealand Geographic, Traveltrade, The Press, The Christchurch Star and various inhouse travel industry publications. She also tutors part-time at the New Zealand School of Travel and 
Tourism and is Travcom's South Island Representative.56a Colombo St or PO Box 12199, CHRISTCHURCH.  Ph: (03) 960 4467, Fax: (03) 960 4468, email:
    JIM EAGLES Travel Editor, NZ Herald
c/- New Zealand Herald, P O Box 32, AUCKLAND.  Phone: (09) 373 6400 ext 8242 email:
GORDON ELL is the author and photographer of more than 30 books.  A former president of 
Forest& Bird and member of the New Zealand Conservation Authority, advising the Department of 
Conservation, he was awarded an ONZM for services to journalism and conservation.  Gordon Ell has 
worked as an executive producer in radio and television, in newspapers and magazines, and is the publisher 
of the Bush Press.  He has written books on New Zealand‟s natural and cultural heritage, including 
encouraging birds to the New Zealand Garden, popular guides to nature, Maori archaeology and ghost 
towns and goldfields.  Elected Associate Royal Photographic Society for film-making.  Best trips: Italy, 
Turkey and Outer Mongolia.
41 Hauraki Road, Takapuna, AUCKLAND 0622  Ph: (09) 486 2667  Fax (09) 486 2667  email:
JENNY & TONY ENDERBY's recent travels include Efate, Santo and Tanna islands, Vanuatu, and 
an African safari through Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. As freelance travel writers their 
emphasis is on photographing wildlife, scenery and local people. Other adventures include Argentina's 
Valdes Peninsula, campervanning in Australia's Northern Territory, cycling the Central Otago Rail Trail and 
completing the Transcenic New Zealand train journeys. They specialise in scuba diving and have visited 
most South Pacific Islands, Queensland and dive sites around New Zealand. 
P O Box 139 Leigh 0947, New Zealand. Ph: (09) 422 6127, mob 021 167 1524, 
 LEANNE ERCEG has worked in the travel/tourism industry for 7 years as an independent 
contractor, guide and travel broker. She has personally travelled regularly to Europe, USA and Asia and the 
South Pacific. Leanne is an Auckland based freelance writer and PR agent to Konica Minolta Offshore 
Powerboat Race Team.
Email:  Mob:  021 825821
 DONNA FLEMING is an Auckland-based freelance journalist with more than 20 years experience 
writing for newspapers and magazines in New Zealand and the UK.  She has also tutored part-time in 
journalism at the Auckland University of Technology.  Donna‟s work appears in a variety of publications, 
including New Zealand Herald, the Herald on Sunday and New Zealand Woman‟s Weekly.  In the last two 
years Donna has travelled to Australia, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Britain, the United States, Malta, 
Singapore, France, Germany, the Netherlands and China.  Donna often collaborates on travel articles with 
her husband, freelance photographer Martin Sykes (a former senior staff photographer at the New Zealand 
Herald and previous winner of the Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year Award.)  She has been a 
finalist in the Magazine Publishers Association awards and won the 2008 International Cruise Council of 
Australasia award for travel writing.
Mobile:  027 274 0496  email:
DEREK FLYNN is a Blenheim-based writer and photographer.
c/- Marlborough Express, P O Box 242, BLENHEIM.  Ph: (03) 520 8900  Mob: 027 2299 353  Fax:  (03)  520 
8912  email:   website:
 STU FREEMAN is managing director of ProMag Publishing, publisher of Meeting Newz and 
Travelinc Magazines. ProMag also owns and manages the Convene Auckland Exhibition and Pacific Area Incentives and Conferences Expo.
P.O. Box 60-154 Titirangi, AUCKLAND. Ph: (09) 818-7807,  (025) 842863, Fax: (09) 818-7864, email web:
 SUSAN GIBSON is the Communications Manager of Heritage Hotel Management. She won the 
PRINZ Corporate Communications Award 2004 and has been a NBR Sponsorship Awards finalist for the 
past three years. She has a background in PR, travel, events and writing. She serves on the Travcom 
executive committee and is also a member of the NZ Writers Guild and WIFT. 
Heritage Hotel Management, P.O Box 3904 AUCKLAND. Ph: (09) 979 7566, Mob: 021 855645, Fax: (09) 
303 0152, email website:
 TONI GILLAN is a Marlborough based freelance journalist, photographer and creative writer who 
specialises in travel, wine, food and lifestyle writing and commissions. Writing in NZ for fifteen years, she 
has a background in retail and wholesale travel, tourism, PR and, in recent times, hotel and winery 
ownership and management. Her features, profiles, and reviews have in the last year predominantly been 
published in Wild Tomato magazine but she has contributed to The Marlborough Express, Nelson Mail, 
Cuisine, NZ Wine, NZ Inside and The Herald Sunday Magazine. She is also a regular contributor 
to Café and Eating out Magazine.  Toni has travelled extensively around the globe immersed in 
environments that contrast with her NZ domicile. Based at her studio gallery in Blenheim, in her other life 
she supports writers and artists by offering residency's/and or retreats to creative, positive artistic people 
who wish to write or paint in a Marlborough environ
P O Box 482, BLENHEIM. Ph: (03) 579 4604, Mobile: 021 448 757 Fax: (03) 579 4605,.email
 KAREN GOA is an Auckland freelance journalist, photographer, creative writer and glass artist. 
Quirky, humorous and perceptive, her photographs and award-winning features have been widely published. 
Karen's travel book One Flat Coyote on the Centre Line won a Highly Commended award at the Whitcoulls 
Travcom Travel Book of the Year Awards. She is also the co-author of the popular-among-bikies travel book 
Bitten by the Bullet: Motorcycle Adventures in India with Steve Krzystyniak. 
13 Calman Place, Chatswood, AUCKLAND. Ph: (09) 418 4408
Email: web:
 PETER GRANEY is a freelance photographer / travel writer specialising in breaking news images 
for NZPA and travel images and stories from Asia.  Travel articles have been published in the Dominion 
Post and Rotorua Review.  Awards:  Award winner New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 
2009, PSNZ Gold Medal 2010 and commendation in the Sony World Photographic Competition 2010.
Mob:  (021) 0553882  website:
KAY HANNAM specializes in naturist travel and enjoys an endless summer by visiting Europe in 
our winter, finding interesting people and places, especially in the south of France.  Her naturist travel 
articles are eagerly accepted by Internaturally, H&E Naturist, Naturist Life and the Australian Naturist.  
Holidays NZnaturally a guide to clothes free holiday destinations in New Zealand provides up to date 
information for the travelling naturist and has been published by Kay for eight years.  She is currently Editor 
of gonatural, the magazine for freedom lovers and those who embrace the naturist lifestyle.
2704 SH63, Wairau Valley, RD 1, BLENHEIM 7271.  Ph: (03) 572 2681 Mob:  021 326 199  email:  website:
 HEATHER HAPETA.  After running away from home for a year of unplanned, no-bookings travel, 
on her return, Heather Hapeta downsized her life and reinvented herself as a travel writer, photographer and 
blogger.  For over fifteen years her travel stories and photos have appeared worldwide in airline magazines, 
newspapers and magazines:  her travel memoir (Naked in Budapest: travels with a passionate nomad) has recently been recorded for broadcast on Radio NZ National.  Her particular interest is in Asian and New 
Zealand travel.  She especially loves festivals, food, animals and birds.  Her website – – has links to her blogs.  She is now based in Wellington, New Zealand.
      JENNY HAWORTH is a freelance journalist and creative writer. As a journalist she specialises in 
travel, the fishing industry, heritage, the outdoors, food and the arts. Recent outlets include the Australian, 
AA Directions, Dominion-Post, Heritage,( the Historic Places Trust magazine), Destinations, Christchurch 
Press, MCC, NZ Doctor, NZ Woman‟s Weekly, NZ Herald, New Zealand, Seafood New Zealand and Silver 
Kris. Publications: Her first novel Hobsons' Chance was published in 2003 and her second Lost Souls
(Hazard) tells the story of New Zealand soldiers in the Boer War. Her third novel Portrait Tales is complete 
and under assessment. She is also the author of New Zealand Past and Present  (Bookwise, Australia) The 
Art of War; New Zealand artists in the Field 1939-1945 and Tides of Change: the story of the Federation of 
Commercial Fishermen. Hooked, the story of New Zealand Fishing Industry was completed for David 
Johnson in 2004.   She is currently working on a history of salmon farming and fourth novel.
302 Lake Terrace Road, Shirley, CHRISTCHURCH. 8061 Ph/Fax: (03) 385 4754, Fax: (03) 385 4756,
ANABRIGHT HAY specialises in historical and cultural travel articles with a special interest in 
North Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe. Recent articles have featured Morocco, Tunisia, Hong Kong, Laos 
and Vietnam. Anabright has been published in a variety of New Zealand newspapers and magazines.
Flat 5, 168 Tinakori Rd, Thorndon, WELLINGTON. Ph: (04) 472 0855, email
    PAULINE HERBST is a freelance editor and writer who has travelled to most corners of the globe and 
even on business trips manages to incite an adventure or two along the way. An expansive portfolio career 
includes the roles of magazine editor, anthropologist, radio talk show host, photographer and web designer 
– bringing a unique angle to every commission. This experience also allows her to get the all-important story 
out to multiple channels, whether online, on air or in print. Magazine print credits include NZ Management, 
NZ Marketing, Grill and Essentially Home (amongst others). Pauline was runner-up in the AA Directions 
Magazine Award for the New Travel Writer of the Year 2008 and highly commended in the international 
TABPI awards 2008.
PO Box 5442, Wellesley St, AUCKLAND, 1141   Mob:  021 66 82 60  email:  website:
 JAMES HEREMAIA is a Master Photographer based in New Plymouth Taranaki. With a focus on 
tourism, travel and portraiture James has now added the role of tutor to his business delivering 3 ten week 
photography workshops that take amateur point and shoot photographers to budding professional 
photographers. Now in its second year the workshops are proving very popular however classes are being 
kept small to ensure students get the best tutoring possible. Editorial and commercial commissions continue 
to be serviced along with a new category, fashion, where personal model portfolios are created. For full 
details on James services visit an updated website going on line at the end of May 2011
P O Box 6101, New Plymouth.  Ph: (06) 751 3242 Mob: 027 216 7887 Fax: (06) 751 3942 mail: website:
   FIONNA HILL is a freelance writer and author. She has published three books on floral and food 
design, two of which sold internationally. Two were co-authored. She is a lifestyle magazine stylist and writer 
including NZ House & Garden and NZ Gardener magazines. Her travel writing has appeared in NZ House & 
Garden, Next, Alive and Inspire. . Her favourite travel destinations include Vietnam, France, England and 
safaris anywhere in Africa. In a former life she trained as a professional florist at Constance Spry, London, 
was a newspaper librarian and later opened a high profile floral design business in Parnell, Auckland 
(including a retail shop) In tandem this business also provided decorations for large and small events, floral 
design demonstrations, and TV appearances.  As well as floral designs, the shop sold French Country 
Antiques (including sourcing them in France), and decorative items.
P O Box 37168, Parnell, AUCKLAND.  Ph: (09) 360 2600  Mob:  021 1464322  email:JANE HOLE sometimes writes as Jane Carswell, was born in England and received all her schooling 
at St Margaret‟s College, in Christchurch where she now lives.  Other homes were in Dunedin, Perugia 
(where she studied Italian), Waikari, Leeston and Chongqing (where she taught English).  After a career 
teaching music and working in various capacities with publishers, booksellers, lawyers, accountants, 
historians, real estate agents and artists, she came late to writing professionally.  Her first book „Under the 
Huang Jiao Tree: Two Journeys in China‟ was published in Melbourne in October 2009, to critical acclaim.  
She contributes to the periodicals NZ Oblate and Tui Motu.  She has a long love affair with Italy and a manysided involvement with China.  A regular traveller also to Australia, she is a willing traveller anywhere, 
Email: website:
   MICHAEL HOOPER is a freelance journalist specialising in food, wine performing arts and 
travel. He prepares a weekly food and wine broadcast. His work appears in a wide range of New Zealand 
magazines, as does his photography. Michael won Food and Travel Writer of the Year 1994 and 1995 (NZ 
Guild of Foodwriters) and examples of his stories can be found on  As an 
innkeeper he was finalist in 1998 NZ Tourism Awards. Michael won Best Magazine Travel Story in 2000.
Spotlight Creative Media, PO Box 3060, Shortland St, AUCKLAND 1031. Ph: (09) 403 7527, Fax: (09) 403 
7675, mob: 021 940 893, email                
 GLEN HOWEY is a commercial photographer based in the Kapiti Coast.
22 Raumati Road, Raumati Beach, Kapiti Coast 5255.  Ph: 021 525 885  email:  website:
 ANN HUSTON I am the editor of the Cambridge Edition, Cambridge‟s weekly community 
newspaper.  I am a journalist and photographer.  I am also a single mum.  At the end of 2009 I went 
backpacking for four months in India with my two sons Nick and Oscar, who were 11 and nine at the time.  I 
hope to do more of this type of travelling with them before it becomes too embarrassing for them to be seen 
with me.  I had an article about the trip to India published in Your Weekend magazine on July 31, 2010.  
Until I was 24, I‟d never been out of New Zealand, but when my 18-month OE turned into nine years I 
realised travel was always going to be part of my life.  I lived in London for three years, followed by six years 
in Hong Kong.  My favourite countries are: anywhere gritty.  My interests are: writing and photography.
40 Weld street, Cambridge, 3434.  Ph: (07) 823 2043  Mob:  021 1765 888  email:
   HELEN JACKSON  is an Auckland-based food writer with a love of travel and interesting food.  
Helen has the award winning website which is one of NZ‟s busiest food websites.  
She is the food editor of the NZ Woman‟s Weekly and also writes travel features for NZWW.  Helen co hosts 
the Radio Live Kitchen and Garden show on Saturdays from 6 – 10am.  During the show there are 
interviews, topics of interest and talk back on relevant topics.
P O Box 128 215, Remuera, AUCKLAND.  Ph: (09) 524 0989  Mob:  027 291 0021  email:     web:
   LAURA JACKSON.  With experience as a print media journalist, and some experience in radio, I 
first dabbled in travel writing after spending several months working at the Shanghai Daily newspaper in 
China.  I now work in Public Relations but continue to travel frequently and write about my experiences.
 VIVIENNE JEPSEN started life as a painter, photographer and traveller, then for a while, she 
switched codes and wrote a novel, The House of Olaf Krull (Minerva 1994), which won the Reed Fiction 
Award.  That same year she became a rampant Turkophile, but subsequent trips to Turkey have been bad 
to her bones, and her 2004 trip, though it didn‟t exactly cost an arm and a leg, it did cost the leg and an inch 
from the arm.  As a result she has written a travel book, Legless in Turkey; travels without a magic carpet, 
illustrated with pen drawings.  Jepsen is now working on two more books:  Sailing to Byzantium, a novel; 
and Eyeless in the Bug Factory, a voyage through Wellington Hospital.  She is armed with a PhD in Literature, and enjoys a mildly literary approach to travels.  She hopes to write wheelchair travels in the 
35 Garden Road, WELLINGTON 6012.  Ph: (04) 970 7794  Mob:  021 120 3988  email:
   JANE JOHN.  With a background in film and television Jane John is a freelance writer based in 
Auckland.  Travelling has been a lifelong passion – especially to Europe, Britain, Egypt and moseying 
around New Zealand.  After a brief introductory course, I took up travel writing.  Most of my travel articles 
have appeared in the Dominion, The Press and the Otago Daily Times.  Penguin/Raupo (Reed) published 
my first children‟s book in 2007.  Last year I realised a dream of living for a short time in France – swapping 
house, car and friends with a French couple in the South of France – a huge, if unexpected success – yet to 
be written up.  I most enjoy writing about places with history, larger-than-life characters or the unexpected 
and funny moments that pop up along the way.
3/117 Shelly Beach Road, St Mary‟s Bay, AUCKLAND.  Ph: (09) 378 7733  Mob:  021 971 900 email:   website:
   ANN-MARIE JOHNSON is Communications Manager for the Tourism Industry Association New 
Zealand (TIA). She was previously a print journalist, most recently at the Dominion Post.
Tourism Industry Association, P O Box 1697, WELLINGTON. Ph: (04) 496 5001, Fax: (04) 499 0827 Mob: 
027 600 4565 email: web:
Books written:
1989  Guide to Trout Fishing in North Island
1990  Guide to Trout Fishing in South Island --- both updated every 3 years and describing 700 rivers and 
150 lakes.
1992  NZ's Top Trout Fishing Waters  (co-author Patti Madsen)
1994  Up The Creek  With John Kent  -true short stories about the outdoors          
2004  Classic Fly Fishing Rivers with David Hallett - Montana Award in Lifestyle and Contemporary Culture.
2010  Fly Fishing NZ Lakes with David Hallett
And 2003    Fish and Game Award for Conservation Advocacy
  CYNTHIA KEPPLE is a Christchurch-based freelance journalist. Her background is in 
news journalism and she has extensive experience in PR, marketing communications and the 
hospitality/tourism industry. Her stories and images about places and people have been published in a 
variety of newspapers and lifestyle and industry magazines. She was the Gardening Editor and columnist 
for the Christchurch Star for six years and writes garden stories for The Press. Cynthia has a passion for 
international and domestic travel and has visited every continent except the frozen ones! She has 
experienced four very diverse cruises and is always planning a new travel adventure. Special areas of 
interest are food, wine, architecture, history and gardens.
40 Longhurst Terrace, Cashmere, CHRISTCHURCH. Ph: (03) 337 9642 Mob: 021 322 886 Fax (03) 337 
9760 email: and
 HEATHER KIDD is editor of The Cut golf magazine, a position she has held for three years.  The 
role combines her love of writing about sport with travel and she relishes the challenges of heading a niche 
title.   For many years Heather wrote about New Zealand‟s national game rugby, her work appeared in the 
NZ Herald, Sunday News, Sunday Times (now the Sunday Star Times), the Waitomo News and rugby 
weekly Rugby News.  She has lived in Ireland and France, when she returned to New Zealand Heather 
spent two yeas as chief sub for Next magazine before moving to The Cut and Player (now defunct) 
magazines as sub-editor and sportswriter.  
P O Box 12 965, Penrose, AUCKLAND.  Ph: (09) 634 9863  Mob:  021 607 487  email:        
 LINDY LAIRD is an accidental Northlander – and avid fan of the region – who is currently features 
editor, features and profile writer, with arts, environment and health reporting rounds at the Northern 
Advocate newspaper.  Her travel stories have been published in the NZ Herald and other APN papers as 
well as the Advocate. Lindy has won several awards including APN NZ Regional Newspapers Feature 
Writer of the Year for the past three years. Favourite countries include Laos, Vietnam, Turkey and 
Scotland. She also has a great love for her homeland, New Zealand.
P O Box 1346, WHANGAREI.  Ph: (09) 433 6638  Mob:  (021) 1695538
TIM LAMB has been a staff writer and contributing writer/photographer for newspapers in Auckland
and Canterbury and additional national publications. His travel writing interests include sports, music,
adventure, food often finished off with a dash of comedy. He won the 2006 Better Newspapers Competition
Sports Journalist of the Year.
6/64 Purchas St, St Albans, CHRISTCHURCH. Ph: 03-377-6467 email:
 VIRGINIA LARSON is editor of North & South; she‟s a former senior writer and deputy editor of the 
Auckland-based national magazine.
ACP Magazines, North & South, Private Bag 92512, Wellesley Street, AUCKLAND 1141.  Ph: (09) 308 2849  
Fax:  (09) 308 9498  email:
 BILL LENNOX is a researcher, writer and communications practitioner living in Wellington and 
Waitarere Beach. After Andrew – Two Kiwis cross Australia is about his trip through Australia following the 
diary of his grandfather, a bush cyclist and missionary in Kakadu from 1899. Related travel articles have 
been accepted by the Press and Listener. He was the Auckland theatre reviewer for Listener in the eighties, 
and wrote theatre reviews for the Press and Act magazine. Other work includes Film and Fiction - Studies of 
New Zealand Fiction and Film Adaptations (Longman Paul, 1985). He was an English teacher and later 
communications manager at NZQA. A recipient of a Northern Territory Government History Grant, he is 
currently researching the land that was the site of Andrew‟s mission station and writing the story of the 
indigenous family who are now back on that land. 
48 Todman Street, Brooklyn, Wellington 6021. Ph 021 490749 email web
 RICHARD LLEWELLYN is the Senior Communications Manager at Auckland International Airport.
P O Box 73020, Auckland Airport, Manukau 2150.  Ph: (09) 2559089  email:   website:
     LIZ LIGHT is an award winning travel writer and photographer.  She specialises in features for 
glossy magazines, is a regular contributor to North & South writing and photographing travel, outdoors and 
profile stories for it. Her stories and photographs are often featured in AA Directions,, New Zealand's most 
widely read publication. Next, publishes her travel stories and photography as does Woman's Weekly, 
Herald on Sunday and The Herald.  Liz is a past president of Travcom, (NZ Travel Communicators).
16 Ngarewa Drive, Mahurangi West, Warkworth.  Ph: (09) 377 5844, email:
   FAY LOONEY   is a landscape photographer and author of First Light Last Light Images of New 
Zealand (Hodder Moa Beckitt). New Zealand Lanscape Note card collection, authentic NZ& Australian 
Christmas card range.283 Koru Rd, RD4, NEW PLYMOUTH.  Ph: (06) 752 7125, email: web:
 YVONNE LORKIN is the beverages writer for NZ House & Garden magazine, a freelance writer 
and deeply involved in the New Zealand wine industry.   She has a syndicated wine column that runs across 
five newspapers, hosts a weekly radio show reviewing wines and, as well as being a senior wine show 
judge, she is regularly called on as an industry commentator.  She runs her own wine consultancy business 
and is a lecturer in wine marketing at the Eastern Institute of Technology.
Ph: (06) 878 9780  Mob: 021 379 877  Fax:  021 788 816  email:  web:
  KELLY LYNCH - Kelly is a reliable photographer and writer providing editors with the complete 
package.   Drawing on her photography skills developed from years as a forensic photographer Kelly‟s 
images are original and of exceptional quality.  Her work is regularly published in a variety of New Zealand 
magazines and her travel, wildlife images and travel stories are available for sale.  As well as regularly 
contributing camera reviews to D-Photo magazine Kelly also does portrait, wedding and event photography.  
Travcom president in 2009, vice president 2008 & 2007, Kelly remains on the committee and advises on 
photographic matters.
Kelly can be contacted on 021 236-5800 or  check out
 JILL MALCOLM has been the editor of six magazines including Home and Building magazine
(deputy editor) Headway magazine, Air New Zealand Inflight magazine Pacific Wave, AA Traveller for the 
NZ Automobile Association,  Third Age magazine, and Motorhomes Caravans and Destinations magazine. 
She has also free-lanced for many New Zealand and overseas publications and written four travel books: An 
Absolutely Outrageous Adventure; Top Ten Lodges of New Zealand (Random House Publishing, 1995); At 
Home on the Road, Boutique Lodgings of New Zealand (2002 and 2004). In 2003, her book At Home on the 
Road won the inaugural Whitcoulls Travel Book of the Year Award. To be published, in August, 2011 is The 
Great Kiwi Motorhome Guide which is co-authored with Bill Savidan. She was joint-founder and a past 
president of the New Zealand Travel Writer‟s Association and has travelled widely in New Zealand, 
Australia, South America, Africa, and many others countries. Jill tutors in travel and creative writing at the 
University of Auckland Continuing Education.    She lives with her husband Bill Savidan. The couple have 
been on the road for the past two years. Five months of the that time was spent in central and Western 
Australia travelling with a caravan and the remainder was spent travelling in their motorhome in New 
Zealand. When not on the move the couple live in Auckland.
4 Jutland Street, Mairangi Bay, AUCKLAND. Ph: (09) 478-5281, Mob: 021 379 090, email
 BOB MARRIOTT is a freelance writer-photographer. His writing and photographs have been 
published in most New Zealand newspapers and magazines including, The NZ Herald, Dominion Post, The 
Press, Otago Daily Times, Sunday Star Times, The Listener, NZWW, New Idea, Investigate, Lifestyle, 
Alfresco and Travel Digest.  Extensively travelled his work has also appeared in Australia, Asia, Britain
and the USA. Bob has done several commissions for Fodor's Guide books including NZ, the South Pacific 
and Malaysia and has a comprehensive library of pictures from around the world.
39 Gemstone Drive, Birchville, Upper Hutt, WELLINGTON. Ph: (04) 526 9478, Mob: 021 259 4476, email
 BABICHE MARTENS.  Whilst living and travelling through Japan as a teenager I discovered my 
passion for photography so upon my return to New Zealand I decided to complete a Bachelor of Design 
majoring in Photography.  My love for travel then took me through South East Asia and finally to Europe 
where I worked as a photographer‟s assistant for a leading Dutch fashion photographer.  After a few more 
years of working and travelling I returned to NZ to a permanent position as Feature Photographer at the New 
Zealand Herald where I photograph predominantly for Viva magazine.  In 2009 I received the Award for 
Excellence by Society for News Design for a series of Suburban Star Wars portraits.  Last year I won the 
2010 QANTAS Media Award for Best Fashion Photograph and my most recent achievement was the PANPA award for Lifestyle Photography.  As well as my full time role at the Herald I am also currently 
fulfilling my dream – styling and photographing a cookbook with leading Auckland restaurant Molten.  This is 
due for release Christmas 2011.  I continue to explore new countries as much as possible combining my 
three favourite things; travelling, food and photography.
16 Gladwin Road, Epsom, AUCKLAND.  Mob:  021 901133  email:  
  WAYNE MARTIN is a Christchurch based writer and photographer.  A mechanical engineer by 
day, he writes a small number of carefully chosen articles per year.  Favourite subjects include small-town 
Central Otago and the lesser known haunts of Christchurch and surrounds.  In recent years Wayne has 
written regular features for Christchurch lifestyle magazine Avenues.  His work has also appeared in AA 
Directions, NZ Today, the Dominion Post, Otago Daily Times and Australian Traveller Magazine.  
Ph: (03) 323 5131  Mob: 027 603 8888  email:
 PETA MATHIAS is a multi-award winning gastronomic travel writer, makes culinary travel 
television series with her production company Red Head Media Group and hosts culinary tours to the South 
of France, Morocco and India. She does a weekly morning talk on Easy Mix radio on food and travel, 
reporting live from all over the world. Peta is based in Auckland, travels approx half the year and her 
favourite countries are the ones with a sophisticated food culture - France, Vietnam, Morocco,Spain, Italy, 
Australia, New Zealand. She has written twelve books, been making television since 1996 and hosting her 
food trips since 2005. Her latest books 'Culinary Adventures in Marrakech' and a re-edit and update of 
'French Toast' have just been voted best in their category in New Zealand by the Gourmand World 
Cookbook Awards in France, and will now go on to compete with the world.  In December 2010 Peta started 
writing a weekly Agony Aunt column in the Saturday Dominion Post newspaper, where she resolves the 
nation's problems with 'unconventional wisdom'.
Email: Website:
 TRISH MAY heads up Enhance PR, bringing over 17 years of full-time tourism marketing 
management skills to the business, which in recent years have been honed in the arenas of media and 
public relations.
Enhance PR, P O Box 29 668, Fendalton, CHRISTCHURCH.  Ph: (03) 358 1355  Mob: 021 916 188  email:  website:
 BOB MAYSMOR is a Paremata-based travel photojournalist. A multiple finalist in the Cathay 
Pacific Awards, Bob has travelled to over 120 countries. He has had three solo photographic exhibitions 
(Tibet,Yemen & Cuba) and has written several books. He contributes book reviews, general and travel 
articles to a number of publications including The Dominion Post, onHoliday, AA Directions, Destinations, 
NZ Adventure etc. Library of over 10,000 images available.
Ph: (04) 233 1963, e-mail web
 ALAN MCBRIDE - A writer, business consultant, birder and a person with a lifelong 
interest in anything that moves, sings, dances or flies and an immense desire to share, I trust you will enjoy 
these pages. I am available for travel writing, copy writing, photo-journo assignments, guiding roles, 
mentoring, sales & marketing consultancy work, sales training, advisory roles, board member roles and 
more. Located in Sydney with frequent travelling to France, UK, s.e. Asia, south Pacific, North to South 
America: in fact wherever.  Currently re-writing a well known book for birders that is now with the publishers: 
More details soon.
P O Box 190, Newport Beach, NSW 2106, AUSTRALIA.  Mob:  0061 419 414 860  Fax:  0061 2 9973 2306  
email:     Website:
 JOHN MCCRYSTAL is a Wellington-based freelance writer and photographer. His interests include 
travel, the outdoors, sport and old cars. John has travelled extensively within New Zealand and a little 
abroad. He has a special affinity with the far north of New Zealand and with the Pacific. He has publishedtwenty non-fiction titles, and has also published a handful of short stories and a single radio play, which was 
broadcast by National Radio. In 2006 and 2008, he won the Heritage Hotels Award for Best Travel Story 
about New Zealand, and in 2008 was Cathay Pacific/Travcom Travel Writer of the year.
email: Mob:  027 337 8536
 EWAN MCDONALD is Editor-in-Chef (and Whimsy Editor) of New Zealand‟s most awarded 
community newspaper, The Aucklander.   For 12 years he was the country‟s most widely read restaurant 
reviewer, featuring in Viva (NZ Herald) and He also blogs about food for the country‟s 
#1 dining-out website,  He has been writing about travel for more than 20 years, 
mostly for the NZ Herald and its associated publications, and the NZ Woman’s Weekly.  His work spans 
Antarctica, Europe, Australia and America.  His favourite place to visit is “the next one”.
P O Box 32, Auckland Mail Centre.  Ph: (09) 373 6971  Mob:  021 686 002
 MAUREEN MCDONALD is a writer and keen photographer. She has recently completed the text 
for a pictorial book on Namibia and has published travel articles in the Listener and Destinations. She has 
written many corporate publications.
P.O.Box 100-751 NORTH SHORE MAIL CENTRE. Ph: (09) 413 7390, 0274 475 068, Fax: (09) 413 7391; 
 CAROLYN MCKENZIE is an Aucklander who lives in Ventimiglia on the Italian-French 
Mediterranean border.  She writes about intriguing and unusual destinations and is the author of “Portraits of 
the Riveriera” (NZ & UK).  Travel articles have appeared in NEXT NZ, LIfestyles Magazine, Travel Digest 
and Travelinc magazine. Carolyn is always happy to hear from Travcom members who are visiting 
her corner of Europe.
Via Garibaldi 44, 18039 Ventimiglia (IM), ITALY.  Ph: (0039) 0184 238008, email:
 GERALDINE MCMANUS is founding director of McManus Tourism Communications
(   The innovative public relations consultancy provides outstanding service in 
communications and media liaison to tourism clients including destinations, resorts, hotels, luxury lodges, 
events and activities. An award-winning journalist Geraldine‟s long term passion and extensive knowledge is 
in the travel and tourism industries. She was 1996 and 1997 Winner - Business Travel Writer Awards, and a 
finalist in both 1996 and 1998 in the prestigious Journalistic Excellence Awards, Citibank  New York.
P.O. Box 9491 Newmarket, AUCKLAND 1149. Ph: (09) 366 7259, Mob 021 709 186, email
 SIMON MCMANUS is Associate Director of McManus Tourism Communications
( a dedicated marketing consultancy focussed on tourism, events, wine and food. With 
a comprehensive 10 year background in the hospitality and tourism industry, Simon understands the 
marketing needs of tourism businesses and destinations. Simon is accomplished in new media and is also 
an accomplished e-marketer, creating effective copy for website search engine optimisation, e-newsletters 
and PPC campaigns.   
P.O. Box 9491 Newmarket, AUCKLAND 1149. Ph: (09) 366 7259, Mob 021 709 386, email
 SUE MILES began her working life as a reporter on the Auckland Star.  During three years on her 
OE she worked on various publications in London, including teenage glossy magazines for IPC and a news 
magazine on international heavy construction projects.  While in Europe she also travelled by bicycle from 
Amsterdam to Athens, a journey which cemented her enthusiasm for travel even at its most difficult.  As a 
freelance writer she later had regular columns in The Auckland Star, The NZ Herald, Eve Magazine and the 
Listener.  Her travel writing has appeared in the NZ Herald and the Listener.  In the early 70‟s she co-wrote 
(with Peter Bolot) a travel book Down Under in Europe, a light-hearted guide for Australians and New Zealanders.  Her other books include The River, a journey along the Waikato, historically and 
geographically.  Most recent travels have included a train journey across Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, 
walking in the mountains of Crete, visiting relatives in southern Patagonia and a road trip down the South 
Island‟s West Coast.
2 Fern Ave, Epsom, AUCKLAND.  Ph: (09) 638 9793  Mob:  021 800014  Fax: (09) 638 9798  email:
SUE MOODY is a free-lance writer and communications consultant. Specialities are design, travel 
and tourism. Travel writing and photographs have been featured in NZ Herald, Sunday Star Times, NZ 
House & Garden, onHoliday.
52 Seaview Rd, AUCKLAND 1005. Ph: (09) 523 1774, Mob: 021 175 8366,  email:
 ANGELA MORIARTY is the Communications Manager of Positively Wellington Tourism. She 
holds a Bachelor of Communications with a major in Journalism, and has a background in newspaper and 
broadcast media, tourism marketing, and PR. If you‟re interested in writing about Wellington or covering the 
capital‟s major events, Angela‟s the person to contact.
Positively Wellington Tourism, PO Box 10 017, WELLINGTON. Ph: (04) 916 1211, Mob: 021 548 155, Fax: 
(04) 916 1214, email website:
 CHRIS MORTON – is an Auckland-based photographer, experienced in landscape, documentary, 
alpine and travel photography. His work has featured in international magazines and websites. He has 
exhibited in New Zealand and internationally and his work is held in private collections in several countries. 
He has recently published “out there South” with Craig Potton Publishing. He has photographed on many 
countries around the world including Yemen, India, China, Syria, Israel, Chile, Turkey for “our Place World 
Heritage”. He has won awards in New Zealand and Internationally for his work. 
Chris Morton Photography, P O Box 90647 Victoria St West, Auckland Ph: (09) 3094044. 027-4977190
email: website:
Metro, Private Bag 92512, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141.  Ph: (09) 308 2711  Fax: (09) 309 9498  email:,
 PAM NEVILLE is a full-time writer for magazines and newspapers. She specialises in travel, 
architecture and design, houses, gardens, art and antiques. She is a columnist for NZ House & Garden 
magazine. Recent travel stories have appeared in Listener, NZ Life & Leisure, On Location, Sunday 
Magazine, AA Directions and Herald on Sunday.
14 Macky Avenue, Devonport, Auckland 0624. Ph: 09 445 9964 Mob: 021 546 003 email:
   ALICE NG – is an Auckland-based photographer.
P O Box 26 545, Epsom, Auckland.  Email:  website:
 AMELIA NORMAN is a qualified journalist with a voracious appetite for travel and an inherent 
passion for words. Based in Christchurch, Amelia is Content Editor for the popular New Zealand travel 
website Part of this role sees Amelia travelling throughout New Zealand, writing 
travel articles on regions and tourist activities. These stories are published on FourCorners and have been 
reproduced on the Yahoo!Xtra Travel website, the 3 News Lifestyle website and in a range of New Zealand 
publications including New Zealand Woman‟s Weekly, Homestyle Magazine and Kapiti-Horowhenua 
Lifestyle Magazine. 108 Bamford Street, Woolston, Christchurch. Ph: (03) 982 1844, email: 
Email:  web:
 CHERYL NORRIE is a highly experienced journalist who has worked in the UK, Central Europe, 
Australia and New Zealand.  Her best assignments have been interviewing the dissident writer and former 
Czech President Vaclav Havel in the Czech Republic, reporting on the challenges faced by the Slovenian 
government after the break-up of Yugoslavia, and writing about her experiences travelling across the US by 
Cadillac.  Her favourite European city is Budapest, where she lived for two years while working as an editor 
at the Hungarian News Agency and coordinating the publication of the Expatriate’s Handbook to Hungary.  
More recently Cheryl has been writing about New Zealand towns and cities for the travel website and reviewing Wellington‟s best hotels for Insight Guides.  Cheryl has worked as a 
reporter on the Otago Daily Times and the Dominion (now2 the Dominion Post) and is based in Wellington.
   MEAD NORTON – is a photojournalist who specialises in adventure travel and loves to get off the 
beaten track.  Originally from the states, he has been living and working here in New Zealand for the past 
three years.  He has travelled extensively throughout North America, Caribbean, South East Asia, Pacific 
and New Zealand.  He won the 2005 Banff Mountain Photography Competition for an image he took while in 
Tibet.  He has been published in various magazines in both America and New Zealand.  Most recently he 
has been doing work for M2, Inspire, New Zealand Outside and New Zealand Snowboarder and a few other 
online publications.
Mob:  021 202 3042, email:, web:
   BRENDON O'HAGAN is one of New Zealand's most experienced and reliable print 
photographers.  His cv includes work for most of the country's biggest media players, including the New 
Zealand Herald and the Sunday Star-Times, and commissions for such major multi-nationals as Nike, Avanti 
and Bloomberg and International agency AFP.  and was a staff photographer for three years on the Herald 
before developing his craft in Europe. On his return to New Zealand, Brendon built up a successful and 
varied freelance business shooting both stills and moving images as the world of Multi media builds up 
steam.  He has travelled to over 25 different Country many of them on assignments.  Brendon spends a lot 
of his time travelling to sports grounds around New Zealand and the world and is always looking out for the 
next great picture and has worked with writer Justin Brown to produce the book "Bowling through India "  
Brendon has been a professional photographer for 17 years,
Mob:  021 1047452  Email: website:
  ANGELA PEARSE is an Auckland-based writer.
Apt 55/66 Emily Place, The Brooklyn, Central Auckland.  Mob:  021 140 3677  email: website:
  NEVILLE PEAT  Dunedin-based Neville Peat is a leading New Zealand nature writer and 
interpreter – the author of more than 30 books, most of which explore natural history or 
environmental/geographical themes.  He has written books on places as far apart as tropical Tokelau, 
Antarctica and Afghanistan.  His latest project (due for release August 2010) is a major book on the Tasman 
Sea, which he completed with the support of the prestigious Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers‟ 
Fellowship.  He has lectured on ship-based study tours around New Zealand for the past 10 years and last 
summer joined Orion expeditions to the subantarctic islands and around the New Zealand coast.  Active in 
environmental policy initiatives, he served as an Otago regional councillor for nine years (1998-2007), with 
the role of Deputy Chairperson in his third term.  Neville lives on Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, close to royal 
albatross, yellow-eyed penguin and New Zealand sea lion colonies.
  RAY PROWSE is a lecturer in Academic Literacies with a Masters degree in Professional 
Language Studies for Language Teaching.  She has written musical plays in collaboration with 3 musicians which have been performed in schools, and song lyrics published by the Education Department and had a 
short story read on Radio New Zealand.  While travelling overseas she had travel articles published in the 
Greek News and the journal Comhairle Cairde in England.  With a Diploma in Home Science from Otago 
University she is also interested in cooking and food writing.
5/68a Woodlands Crescent, Browns Bay, AUCKLAND.  Ph: (09) 478 0191   Fax:  (09)  478 0191  email:
 SHAUN QUINCEY is the author of Tasman Trespasser II
P O Box 32496, Devonport, AUCKLAND.  Email:  website:
  HEATHER RAMSAY is a full-time freelance writer who provides a weekly travel news column 
(Let's Go NZ) for the New Zealand Herald and a monthly one (Traveller's Checks) for the Taranaki Daily 
News, as well as providing travel features for both publications. Other regular travel outlets are Freebie, 
Dish, and the Herald on Sunday. She writes material for the Arrival magazine website, and she has recently 
done travel segments on Radio Live. Her features have appeared in many publications throughout NZ and 
Australia, with articles scheduled for future issues of NZ Life & Leisure and Top Gear NZ. Heather was a 
finalist in the 2003 & 2005 Cathay Pacific Travcom Travel Media Awards. She is on the Travcom committee 
and writes the bi-monthly newsletter. Her articles are usually accompanied by photos taken by her husband, 
Dennis Richardson (see Richardson). The couple operates All-rounders Travel Services, which provides 
small group tours to India, tour leading services, and travel writing and photography services. 
Ph: (06) 753 3907; 021 0727345, email:
 SALLY RAUDON   Aside from considerable personal enthusiasm, Sally‟s professional connection 
with the travel industry is founded on her work as a public relations consultant for Singapore Airlines.
  PAULINE RAY manages corporate relations in New Zealand for Cathay Pacific Airways. She has 
had extensive experience in journalism, having worked on the Christchurch Star, the NZ Listener, More 
magazine (as deputy editor), the NZ Woman’s Weekly (as news editor), and on the TV Times and Financial 
Times in London. Pauline joined Communicado as a TV producer/director, editing a weekly business 
programme before establishing her own public relations company at the end of 1990.
P.O. Box 91-828 AMC. Ph: (09) 377-2907, Fax: (09) 366-1733; (021) 958 635, email
 GRANT REDVERS– Prior to taking to a life at sea in the high latitudes, Grant Redvers worked as a 
scientist in New Zealand and at Scott Base in Antarctica. He has a master‟s in environmental science, and 
is a qualified yacht skipper and divemaster. In the early 2000‟s he sailed from New Zealand to Antarctica 
and South Georgia Island on a 45ft yacht for mixed climbing and glaciological research expeditions. After 
sailing back to NZ through the Pacific he then joined Tara Expeditions. Aboard the polar schooner Tara.
(ex. Seamaster of Sir Peter Blake) he completed a number of expeditions to Antarctica, South Georgia and 
Patagonia, supporting a diverse range of research, natural history and adventure projects, before setting a 
course for the Arctic. The last project on Tara took Grant to the Arctic ocean for almost two years, from 
2006-2008, as the leader of an expedition to study climate change as part of the International Polar Year.
Grant has written a book about his expedition, titled „Tara Artic, a New Zealander‟s Epic Voyage.‟ Since 
completing the book, Grant has sailed to the west coast of Greenland to support glaciology research 
projects, producing a short film about the expedition.  In 2011 he will be working for "Students on Ice", an 
organisation taking students on educational expeditions to the polar regions. These adventures, and others, 
will feature on and Grant's soon-to-be launched website, "ICE3 -
International Community for Environmental Expeditions and Education", is an organisation Grant is currently 
setting up to communicate his diverse activities and those of other adventurers, scientists and educators 
doing similar things around the globe.
Email: GRAHAM REID is a freelance journalist who was previously a senior feature writer for the New 
Zealand Herald. He has won numerous awards for his travel, arts and feature writing and in 2003 won the 
prestigious Media Peace Award. His travel writing has appeared in the Herald, Listener, Pacific Wave, New 
Zealand Women's Weekly and other magazines. He is also one of the country's best known music writers 
and contributes reviews, interviews and other articles to the Herald. He travels frequently for work and 
pleasure, takes his own photographs, and has his own media/travel/arts company Elsewhere Ltd. Graham's 
first book of travel stories, Postcards From Elsewhere, was published by Random House in mid 2005 and 
won the Whitcoulls TravCom Travel Book of the Year award in 2006. He currently contributes his quirky 
Snapshots column to the New Zealand Herald's Tuesday Travel section, has an on-going travel-based 
website, has been accepted as a writer/contributor for the highly regarded UK website and undertakes both national and international travel commissions.
Unit Nine, 25 Rossmay Terrace, Morningside, AUCKLAND. Ph: (09) 815 0497, email:
 PHIL REID is a Wellington-based photographer with the Dominion Post.
Dominion Post, 40 Boulcott Street, WELLINGTON.  Ph: (04) 474 0121  Mob: 021 894 501  Fax (04) 
4740235  email: website:
 FRED REVELL – Marketing Director, Photographer and Film Producer.  I didn‟t choose 
photography…it chose me!  After spending years working in a bank I suddenly found myself on a horse trek 
and capturing the moments with a camera!  I soon discovered, after the first few nervous clicks that I had 
quite a talent and passion for photography.  Before long I was climbing, crouching and running just so I 
could get “the shot.”  The world has never looked the same since.  I have travelled all over Europe but there 
really is nowhere like New Zealand.  Some of my photos can be seen in the book and DVD entitled Down, 
Across & Up.  
Email:    Website:
 GENEVIEVE REVELL- Genevieve grew up on the North Shore in Auckland, New Zealand. She 
spent her childhood years running through the bush and climbing trees with her younger brother. She has 
loved animals from a very young age and was often found hiding sick and injured animals that she was 
caring for in her room. From the moment she first saw a horse she instantly developed a passion for them. 
She spent many years learning to ride and train different horses until she could lease her first horse when 
she was fourteen. Wanting a creative outlet Genevieve studied at film school before working for TV3 in the 
graphics department. Genevieve has always wanted to have an adventurous life and was inspired by her 
parents, as her Dad drove a tour bus from Sydney to London in his mid twenties, while her Mum travelled in 
a Land Rover from London to New Zealand as a five year old. 
Down, Across and Up website – see:
 KERRIN REVELL – Filmmaker, Photographer, Author.  I have worked in television and performing 
arts industries and I have also run my own entertainment business where I worked as a children‟s 
entertainer.  I have always had a passion for photography and travelling.  On May the 3
2007 I undertook 
an adventure of a lifetime.  I circumnavigated New Zealand on horseback with my wife Genevieve to raise 
donations for CanTeen (a charity that supports 13-24 year olds living with cancer.)  There were many 
obstacles to overcome as we rode over 5,000km through the rugged terrain.  The first being that I had never 
ridden a horse before!  We encountered everything from quicksand, lack of tracks, cattle stops, swollen 
rivers, injuries and crazy drivers to lame horses, rampant wildlife and stubborn horses.  Down, Across & Up 
was the book and documentary which came out of that adventure.  
Email:    Website:
 LOUISE RICHARDSON has 20 years media experience in New Zealand and the UK, and is 
currently Lifestyle/Travel Editor at the New Zealand Woman's Weekly. She isn't an intrepid traveller, having vowed many years ago never to grace the inside of a tent again. Her ideal destination has shops, good food, 
wine and lots of culture.
  IAN ROBINSON wrote Gantsara, Alone Across Mongolia, published by Harper Collins in 2004, 
which tells the story of Ian‟s fascinating, often hilarious, sometimes terrifying solo horseback journey across 
outer Mongolia.  He became the first Westerner to cross the country in this way, spending seven months in 
this remote, inhospitable land.
P O Box 3967 Shortland Street, AUCKLAND.  Ph: (09) 473 7463 Mob (021) 539 666 email:
 KATHERINE ROBINSON is a Wellington-based freelance writer/photographer and editor. She is a 
regular contributor to The Dominion Post, The Guide and Wairarapa Lifestyle magazine. She worked 
in London for 14 years on mainly food, travel and lifestyle magazines.  On returning to New Zealand, she 
qualified as a professional photographer and put her experience to good use by producing Wairarapa: the 
guidebook, an independent guide to what has become one of her favourite parts of New Zealand.
26 Espin Crescent, Karori, WELLINGTON. Mob: 027 563 9686 email:
KIRSTEN RØDSGAARD-MATHIESEN is a Danish-born, truly remarkable media whiz with a 
B.A. in journalism and a degree in PR/marketing.   She is a self-employed/freelance print & photojournalist 
and tv-director/producer and provides most of the photography used in her profiles, travel and feature stories 
for print media in New Zealand and overseas as well as images to accompany various PR/marketing 
projects. For TV projects she researches, interviews, directs and, at times, produces but she equally enjoys 
collaborating with established and well-known TV production companies/TV stations. She has travelled and 
worked in many countries and her print work (including many travel stories) has appeared in more than 70 
publications in Scandinavia, Europe, the UK, USA and New Zealand (i.e. NZ House&Garden, NEXT, Urbis, 
The Press, Your Home&Garden, NZ Magazine, NZ Herald).
Time permitting Kirsten also shares her love of New Zealand with tourists whilst guiding them around the 
country in Danish, French or English.  Please visit her website –   - for more information. 
Kirsten is based in Nelson but her world is limitless.
P.O.Box 7180, Nelson Mail Centre, Nelson 7042.  Ph:  (03) 539 4757
  PETER RIORDAN:   Wellington-based journalist and freelance editor and writer.  Author of two 
travel books; Motorcycle Masala and Strangers in My Sleeper.  Special area of interest: Asia.
WELLINGTON.  Phone: (04) 5627984, Mob: 027 320 1975 email:,
 VINCENT ROSS has been a journalist for more than 30 years, working in newspapers and public 
relations, and over the past ten years as a freelance travel writer and photojournalist.  He is married to LeeAnne, has three sons aged 21, 18 and 15 and lives in Adelaide, South Australia – known commonly as the 
driest state on the driest continent, Australia.  Which isn‟t quite true, because Antarctica is, in fact, the driest 
continent on Earth, having far less rainfall than any other land mass.  People and places visited, written 
about and photographed over the past 30 years cover countries including Turkey, Thailand, Laos, Borneo, 
Bali, Sir Lanka, Israel, Greece, Britain, Scotland, France, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Singapore, 
Malaysia, North Korea, South Korea, Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, India, New Caledonia, Vietnam, New Zealand, 
Macau, The Philippines, Argentina, Australia, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica.  He is past President of 
the Australian Society of Travel Writers and in 2004, won the Best Travel Feature Award, presented by the 
Korea National Tourism Organisation, for his feature article on a stay in a South Korean Buddhist temple.
4 Gordon Street, Somerton Park, 5044, Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA.  Ph: (0061) 8 8294 6602  Mob:  
(0061) 044 777 4624  email:  website:DAVID ROWLAND started One-Image Photography with a simple concept; to create a unique stamp 
on life through photographs produced for clients demanding professional images that stand out from the 
host of competing businesses.  Based in Auckland, New Zealand, David has been taking photographs for 
over 30 years.  His love of all types of landscapes, sports, and the outdoors inspired him to start capturing 
some of his favourite moments on film.  Within David‟s portfolio, one can find a variety of images panning 
many fields of photography, including travel, photojournalism, sport, architecture, fine art and landscapes.  
His work has been exhibited and published worldwide including the United Kingdom, Europe, China, Russia 
and New Zealand.  
One-Image Photography, P O Box 305 303, Triton Plaza, AUCKLAND 0757.  Mob: 0210 222 9773  email:  web:
PAUL RUSH is a full-time freelance adventure travel writer and photographer who accepts writing 
commissions from magazines, newspapers and tourism authorities. His travel articles are published in 
magazines and metropolitan newspapers on world-wide destinations, eco-tourism, outdoor adventures, 
native cultures, food and travel advice.  His background experience includes 35 years as a travel industry 
administrator and outdoor adventure guide.  Paul is a past president of Travcom.
9 Camith Close, Howick, Auckland.  Ph (09) 273 3717 027 6515380, email:
 LISA SCOTT is a columnist and freelance writer who lives in Dunedin with a large economist. Her 
work frequently appears in the Otago Daily Times, North and South and Next magazine. Having just 
returned from 6 months in India, she is still adjusting to the loveliness that is personal space. In 2010, Lisa 
won the 2010 Qantas Humour/satire award.
Dunedin.  Email:
 OWEN SCOTT is an Auckland-based writer.
P O Box 137214, Parnell, AUCKLAND.  Ph: 021 044 6864  email:
 PRUE SCOTT has spent 25 years writing about subjects as diverse as the crumb factor in 
bread, low impact development, taxation, waste water treatment, telemedicine, optimising wind 
power, educational leadership, clouds, food, imaging systems for breast cancer detection, and 
healthbots. She‟s based in Auckland to be nearer the airport for international travel writing assignments. 
First travel writing attempt published in Weekend Magazine; working on more articles. Other published 
writing includes features, short articles and web copy. Favourite countries? Anywhere English isn't 
always the first language. 
Ph:  (027)  488 7078 Email:
 NICK SERVIAN is a Wellington-based photographer, highly experienced in creative travel and 
architectural photography, as well as advertising and corporate work. He has also had a number of travel 
stories published. Available for assignments anywhere. Worldwide stock library of photographs available.
Nick Servian Photography Ltd, P O Box 6283, WELLINGTON. Ph: (04) 385 6079. 027-442 1468
email:   website:
 GRANT SHEEHAN is a Wellington-based photographer
PO Box 6385 Marion Square, WELLINGTON. Ph/fax: (04) 384 5451, Mob: 0274 421 646, email web
 ROY SINCLAIR specialises in rail journeys and bicycle touring.  He recently completed a 4200 km 
bike ride through Japan.  His eleven book titles include „Route 6, a classic South Island bike ride‟ and 
„TranzAlpine New Zealand.‟  Favourite themes are people and places. He is frequently published in 
Japanese language media, in Japan and New Zealand.1a Wedgewood Avenue, CHRISTCHURCH 8002. Ph: (03) 337 6926 Mobile: (027) 229 5035, email  
  MEGAN SINGLETON joined Yahoo! Xtra in September as editor of the site‟s new Travel 
channel.   Megan is an award winning travel writer and blogger with 12 years experience as a freelance 
travel writer and editor as well as four years specialising in online travel.   
In 2009 Megan started her own travel site, Blogger at Large, which currently has 
over 250 stories and is a niche online travel magazine full of reviews, travel tips and news, photos, video 
and more. She relies in social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to promote the site as well as the 
importance of good SEO to attract search engines like Google, and has learned a thing or two about setting 
up a website – and monetising it!  As a freelance writer Megan‟s stories have featured in Zealand Herald, 
Herald on Sunday, Sunday Star-Times, AA Directions, New, New Idea, Oh Baby, Let‟s Travel, Dominion 
Post, Next Magazine and Courier Mail – Brisbane, Herald Sun - Sydney.
P O Box 37 563, Parnell, Auckland.  Ph: 021 777 770  email:  website:
  AARON SMALE is a Levin-based writer and photographer.
Ph: (06) 368 5618  Mob:  021 932 023  email: and website:
  CLAIRE SMITH Freelance writer, Claire Smith has significant experience in writing for the spa, beauty 
and wellness industry. She was a staff writer for New Zealand‟s beauty and cosmetic surgery magazine, 
Beautiful You, for four years. She has also been a staff writer for Eye Magazine, a high-end Auckland 
lifestyle magazine and has written for a variety of other publications. Claire‟s most recent travel writing 
assignment, her experience at five of Fiji‟s top resorts, was published in a Sunday Star Times supplement, 
„Bula Me‟. Claire has recently published her first book, „A Man Alone,‟ a biography of a New Zealand WW2 
veteran who spent four years as a POW in Poland. 
Website:  Email:
  JACQUELINE SMITH – is an Auckland-based writer with the NZ Herald.
Ph: (09) 5282232  Mob:  021 225 7720  email:  
 TONY SMITH runs a travel marketing company and general sales agency, Francis Travel 
Marketing, representing the Carnival Cruise Lines, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Holland America Line and 
Windstar Cruises.
P.O. Box 1310, AUCKLAND; Ph: (09) 489 1363 (021) 736 326; Fax: (09) 489 1370; mob 021 736 326;email: website:
 LORRAINE STEELE is an Auckland freelance publicist and travel writer. She was publicity 
manager for HarperCollins Publishers for 10 years, and left at the end of ‟06 to travel through Latin America 
and the South Pacific.   Now home she runs her own publishing publicity company, and manages publicity 
for Exisle Publishing and New Holland Publishers. She‟s also caught the travel writing bug, and has had 
three stories published recently in Next Magazine.
43 Huka Road, Birkenhead, AUCKLAND. Tel. (09) 480 2007; Mob. 021 859 805.  Email:
 SHARON STEPHENSON has made her living from words for more years than she can remember. 
Based in Wellington, Sharon is a freelance writer, editor, copywriter and PR consultant who spent many 
years in the wilderness of government PR before she saw the error of her ways and returned to full-time 
freelancing. She‟s recently had work published in NEXT, The Herald on Sunday, the Sunday Star Times 
Magazine, The Dominion, Your Home & Garden, North & South, Your Weekend and too many trade 
publications to mention. 27 Ballantrae Place, Thorndon, Wellington 6011.  .  Ph: (04) 973 4706, Mob:  021 210 2464, email:
 SUE STORY is an Auckland food writer with a keen interest in gourmet travel and photography.  
She has a column in Taste magazine creating quick recipes and has had articles published in a number of 
food and travel publications such as Inspire, Cuisine and the Tourism Business Magazine.  Sue has just 
finished a three year stint as President of the NZ Guild of Food Writers.  Sue‟s favourite overseas restaurant 
is Boulevarde in San Francisco.  The counter which overlooks the „pass‟ is her favourite place to sit and the 
food and service is always wonderful.  Currently Sue is working on a book about travelling and cooking for 
Ph:  (09) 445 8860  Mob:  027 2222 846  email:  Website:
  ROB SUISTED is one of New Zealand‟s most respected nature photographers.  His love of the 
outdoors and our wildlife has led him to a background in zoology, previously a career in conservation 
management (as NZ‟s national marine mammal advisor) & quality management systems, along with 
extensive experience in New Zealand‟s remote back-country areas.  He is also a frequent visitor to the 
spectacular sub-Antarctic, and Antarctic regions to the south of New Zealand. He has just finished his 
seventh pictorial book project, and often speaks publicly on the subjects of photography, conservation and 
the environment.  Nature‟s Pic Images is a comprehensive stock image library established in 1995 by wellrespected New Zealand photographer, Rob Suisted.
16 Kitchener Terrace, Johnsonville, WELLINGTON.  Ph: (04) 2325023  Mob: 027 454 0800  email:  website:
  JENNY SYMMANS trained as a journalist in New Zealand before working in tourism and travel 
promotion in the U.K.  Spent a few years roaming around the world doing odd-jobs and freelance travel 
writing before returning to New Zealand to a communications and marketing career spanning more than 25 
years.  Works across a range of industries including travel and tourism, travelling as much as possible in 
between work assignments.
4 Pitoitoi Road, Eastbourne, WELLINGTON.  Ph: (04) 562 8629  Mob: 027 245 1734  Fax (04) 562 8639  
 PHIL TAYLOR is a senior writer on the staff of the New Zealand Herald.
C/- NZ Herald, P O Box 32, Auckland.  Ph: (09) 373 6430  email:  
  DEBORAH TELFORD is an Auckland-based freelance journalist. Her background includes 
working as a foreign correspondent for Reuters, a senior journalism lecturer at the Auckland University of 
Technology and editor of the Australian Women’s Weekly – NZ Edition.   A former gardening editor of Next 
magazine and gardening columnist for NZ Gardener, Deborah is the author of Private Gardens of New 
Zealand – Auckland. As well as travel, Deborah writes on topics including property, architecture and design. 
Her stories appear in a wide variety of publications including The NZ Herald, The New Zealand Women’s 
Weekly, NZ Gardener, Next, Dish and World.
12 Woodside Road, Mt Eden, AUCKLAND 1024.  Ph:  (09) 630 1280  Mob:  021 226 8882  Fax:  (09) 630 
1281  email:   web:
  KARINE THOMAS is the Director of Navigate South, Navigate Publicity and Navigate Venues.  
These companies specialise in sales, marketing, publicity and media relations for tourism based product 
internationally and within New Zealand.
Navigate South, 5/340 Parnell Road, “Posada” Building, AUCKLAND, Ph: (09) 307 3633, Fax: (09) 307 
3292, Mob: 021 753 022 email:, website:
  JULIA THORNE is a photographer and writer based in Auckland. In the 15 years since working in 
news journalism and photography at the New Zealand Herald she has freelanced in photography and writing for editorial, public relations and corporate customers. Business niches include tourism, industrial, 
commercial, environmental and publishing. Julia contributes to New Zealand and overseas magazines
including The Independent (UK), The Australian Way, Southern Skies, Signature, Marketing, Management, 
Ad Media, Next, NZ House and Garden, Style,  Pro Design, and FQ Entertaining. She has travelled 
extensively, exhibited work in London and New Zealand and supplies images to photo-stock libraries in both 
PO Box 33 1360, Takapuna, AUCKLAND 1310. Mob: 0274 724 707 e-mail:
  TRACEY THORNTON is a photographer and writer based in Ohakune.  My love of photography 
started with my first SLR Canon AE1 camera, which accompanied me on my many overseas trips, 
experiencing and capturing the history, culture, magnificent colour and beauty of nature‟s landscapes, the 
generosity of local people and amazing wildlife.   Experiencing my first sunset and sunrise aboard a fluka, 
sailing down the Nile river in Egypt, to the pure, vast, endless frozen lands of Norway, historic buidings and 
the picturesque countryside of Europe, the warm turquoise waters of the Mediterranean and Greek Islands, 
the forgotten civilisation of the Incas of South America, to the wild and vast continent of Africa and all its 
special secrets, modern America, the sensual beauty of Canada and its spiritual Indian people, to Australia 
and the unique wildlife, dreamtime Aboriginal People, “The Top End” of Kakadu, to “The Red Centre” of 
Uluru and not least my own beautiful country of New Zealand that occupies a special place in my heart.
3/33 Railway Row, Ohakune 4625.  Ph: (06) 385 8240  Mob:  021 727 112  Email:  and website:
  JAN TRAFFORD Jan writes fiction and non fiction books and stories for children and teenagers.  
Her books have been published by Reed (Raupo), Penguin (Puffin), Learning Media Ltd and Rainbow 
Reading Ltd.  Titles include:
- Snowboarding (Reed 2003)
- Mountain Biking (Reed 2003)
- Motocross (Reed 2003
- Free Stuff in the Post for Kiwi Kids (Puffin 2000)
- Making Yoghurt (Learning Media 2003)
- SK8! (Learning Media 2002)
- Lifeguard (Rainbow Reading Ltd 2010)
- -Rhythm and Shoes, Learning Media 2001
- -Hinaki, Learning Media 2000
- -Battle of the Bands, Rainbow Reading Ltd, 2009
Jan is a freelance writer but also writes commissioned manuscripts/articles if requested by publishers and/or 
editors.   She has recently started writing a few travel articles.
P O Box 468, Motueka.  Email:
  GREG TREADWELL - journalist and lecturer.  Born in Nairobi to itinerant professional parents 
and then raised mostly in Vanuatu, Greg was unable to stay in one place himself until he settled on Waiheke 
15 years ago. Travel and travel photography have long been a passion. He is now a senior lecturer in 
journalism at AUT University, where in 2010 he was awarded the premier award in the Vice Chancellors 
Awards for Excellence in Teaching.
Ph:  (09) 921 9999 xtn 7875   email:
  ANDREA & IAN TRELEAVEN – writers, photographers and sailors, their recent book Letters 
From The Caribbean was published by New Holland Publishers in 2010.
Email: website:
 JOHN VALENTINE is a the author of Hell Bent for Life.   YVONNE VAN DONGEN is a freelance writer. She was formerly travel editor at the New 
Zealand Herald and travel editor and commissioning editor of onHoliday magazine. Yvonne has won 
numerous travel writing awards including the 1995 Travel Writer of the Year and the 1998 Fletcher 
Challenge Paper Commonwealth Media Award in which she won a fellowship to Cambridge University in the 
UK. In 1999 she did an internship with Conde Nast Traveler in New York. She has also taught travel writing 
at the University of Auckland's continuiing education department.
11 Selby Square, St Mary‟s Bay, AUCKLAND. Ph: (09) 09 360 8200, Mob: (021) 276 7743; e-mail:
   CHRIS VAN RYN is an Auckland-based architect, writer and photographer.  His architectural firm 
(involved in commercial interiors and architecture) was established in 1989 and continues to operate 
successfully today.  Additional management staff has enabled Chris to devote time to travel developing his 
business in photography and travel writing.  He has travelled extensively throughout the world and heads 
abroad several times each year.
P O Box 6111, Wellesley Street, AUCKLAND.  Ph: (09) 303 4833 Mob: 021 942 197 Fax: (09) 308 9227 
email:    website:
    MATT VANCE is a freelance writer/photographer specialising in quirky tales from the South 
Pacific, Subantarctic islands and Antarctica.  His stories and photographs have appeared in the Listener, 
Sunday Star Times and Herald on Sunday.  Internationally Matt has been published in Smithsonian 
Magazine and Cruising World.
Diamond Harbour, Canterbury.  Mob: 021 0223 0006  email:
 GILLIAN VINE is a prizewinning senior journalist and photographer, based in Dunedin. Her work 
has been published in newspapers and magazines in New Zealand and overseas and her specialist 
writing/photographic area is gardening and she has recently completed a new edition of long-established 
The Star Garden Book. She is available for freelance assignments.
26 Franklin St, Dalmore, DUNEDIN 9010. Ph: (021) 705-708; email:
  PAMELA WADE (freelance writer and photographer) won the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the 
Year Award 2009 for a story about Glasgow. Her work is published throughout New Zealand in all major 
daily and provincial newspapers, both the Sunday Star-Times and Herald on Sunday, and The Australian, 
The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. Her stories have also featured in the magazines Destinations, 
Inspire, Next, NZ Listener, Luxury, New Idea, Her, AA Directions, Women's Health, Coastlines, Journeys 
and Top Gear (NZ). She has written columns, features, book and car reviews, but travel is her passion: the 
more hands-on, the better, whether that involves coming eye-to-eye with a bear in the woods or sleeping in 
a haunted Scottish castle.
7 Sunnyview Road, Greenhithe, AUCKLAND 0632. Ph: (09) 413 9101, Mob. 021 1675 975 Email: website: blog:
 DAVID WALL’s travel images cover all of New Zealand and much of Australia with over 30.000 
images online on his fully searchable website –  Most regions include aerial 
photography, and there are also smaller online collections of Fiji, several African countries, Chile, Canada 
and UK.  His images have been used by major publication around the world including Lonely Planet guides, 
New York Times, National Geographic Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller, Wanderlust, Travel + Leisure, 
Guardian UK, P&O, BBC and many inflight magazines.   He has also published over a dozen books of his 
photography, including several on one of his specialities – aerial photography.  
Website:   email: DARRAGH WALSHE New Zealand representative for Tourism Ireland and Hawai„i Tourism.
P O Box 279, AUCKLAND. Ph: (09) 977 2222 Fax: (09) 977 2256 email:   website:
 JOCELYN WATKIN is an Auckland based writer. Her first book Keeping the Faith - Travel the 
World, which she co-wrote with her financial planner (Kim Gabites), shows how anyone can be footloose, 
fancy-free and travel the world. Jocelyn and Kim's second book, Faith Speaks Money Talks, is due out
in July 2009. Jocelyn began her professional writing career in 1998, when she and her husband worked as 
photojournalists during their year long trans-global expedition in a classic Land Rover. Since then she has
published numerous articles as a freelance writer. Jocelyn has tertiary qualifications in education, journalism 
and a masters degree in business (MBA).
20 Hoylake Place, Manurewa, AUCKLAND 2103. Ph: (Mob) 027 493 9851, email:  
 BEN WATSON - Ben first began his career in journalism at the age of 18.  Over the past 11 years 
he has worked as a journalist, a sub editor, a chief reporter and as a photographer. He has travelled to more 
than 25 different countries around the world and enjoys getting off the beaten track..
Mob:  027 644 7474, email: or
 BRIAN WESTWOOD is the General Manager of Tourism Innovations which produces the New 
Zealand travel information website Previously General Manager for Hurunui 
Tourism and Marketing executive for Christchurch and Canterbury Marketing, Brian has a wealth of 
knowledge about small business and regional tourism issues. As a co-author of and 
it's promoter Brian is keen to work with Travcom members to extend the awareness of this new resource for 
travellers as well as opportunities to gain alternative views of New Zealand via other New Zealand writers.
108 Bamford Street, Woolston, Christchurch.  Ph: (03) 982 1844, email: , 
 MIKE WHITE is a Wellington-based writer.
128 Owhiro Bay Parade, Owhiro Bay, WELLINGTON. Ph: (04) 383 6219 email:
 TIM WHITE is a New Zealand born photographer, specialising in fashion and advertising but with a 
personal passion for documentary photography. His work has appeared in publications like Vogue , Harpers 
Bazaar , the Face and The London Times. He returned to NZ in 2004 (after living in London for over a 
decade and Sydney for three years) to begin a book project recently publishing the results . True North (with 
an accompanying DVD called Whakarongomaikio) became a four year project shot in the Far North of New 
Zealand , the book has already been described by D-Photo magazine as a "masterpiece".
 SIMON WILSON is a senior staff writer and food editor at Metro magazine; also television critic for 
Radio New Zealand.
26 Second Avenue, Kingsland, AUCKLAND 1021.  Ph: (09) 845 8383  Mob: 0273 780 518  email:
BEVERLEY WOOD has been addicted to travel since childhood.  Her OE in the 1960s added to 
her obsession.  She has been published in the NZ Woman‟s Weekly, the Waikato Times and Hot Ink 2.
186 Cambridge Road, Hillcrest, HAMILTON Ph: (07) 856 6822, emailJILL WORRALL is the 2005 Travcom Travel Writer of the Year and has won numerous other 
awards, including two Qantas awards. Her book A Blonde in the Bazaar was a runner-up in the WH Smith 
Travel Book of the year. She edits the Timaru Herald travel page and contributes regularly to other NZ, and 
overseas publications. She has a special love and fascination for Bhutan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Central Asia 
and Iran. Next up on her travel list are the Caucasus, Central Europe and Ireland. She also escorts tours to 
remote parts of the globe and is on the national executive of Save the Children New Zealand.
23 Bowker Street, Timaru NZ (0064) 3 684 9231
DANIELLE WRIGHT is a freelance writer, editor and publicist (  She is 
Travel Editor at and regularly contributes to Yahoo7 and OhBaby magazine.  She 
works from home around her two young children and escapes with her family whenever possible on holidays 
from computers, classes and deadlines.  Her book “My Village - rhymes from around the world” won a White 
Raven award and has been published in Australia, New Zealand, UK and USA.  Dani lives in Auckland with 
her husband, children and two cats from London.  She recently completed Graham Reid‟s travel writing 
course at the Creative Hub.
Ph: (09) 449 1280  Mob:  021 104 8920  email:  web:
 LINDSAY WRIGHT trained as a journalist in New Plymouth and has sailed from Cape Horn to 
the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. He has written widely for North & South magazine, the NZ Listener and 
many New Zealand and overseas boating publications. He is the author of two books (with a third 
underway…) and also holds an Offshore Master Unlimited ship captain‟s licence. 
62 Bayley Road, New Plymouth 4310.  Ph: (06) 7511759  Mob:  2727 58 138  email:
MIKE YARDLEY, 38, is a Christchurch-based media freelancer for a range of broadcasters and 
publications, including CTV, Newstalk ZB, The Press and a variety of regional newspapers.  After 15 years 
hosting radio talkback for Newstalk ZB in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Mike made a break from 
the daily grind of talk radio to pursue his passion for travel.  In addition to being an international tour escort, 
Mike is a regular travel writer for various newspapers including APN‟s regional stable.
5 Parklands Drive, Christchurch 8022.  Mob: (03) 332 7783  email: website: