2017 judges

The NPA are grateful for the support from all our generous judges.

Felicity Anderson

Felicity Anderson was a journalist for 28 years before setting up Trio Communications, a PR agency that uses a contractor business model and doesn’t do “fluffy stuff”. Between 1990 and 1995 Felicity was programme leader and senior lecturer in journalism at AUT. Her last journalism posts were as chief reporter of The National Business Review and business editor of TVNZ’s nzoom.com, then NZ’s leading online business news source. Felicity has been self-employed - as a freelance/contractor, owning a sports import and retail business and now Trio Communications - for 23 years.


Mark Baker

Mark Baker recently moved back to New Zealand after 30 years overseas. Most recently Bangkok based as Southeast Asia photo editor for the Associated Press. He was previously in Jakarta for a year, and AP’s bureau chief /photo editor in Malaysia for five years and chief photographer in Australia from 2003 to 2009. Prior to this he spent 14 years with Reuters News Agency, Sydney Morning Herald for a brief stint in 1989, Auckland Star 1985 to late 1987, NZ Truth, Waikato Times and the Matamata Chronicle where he began his career in the late 1970’s. Mark has covered six Summer and five Winter Olympics, Rugby World Cups in New Zealand (twice), Australia, South Africa and France. He has also photographed and edited world athletics and swimming events plus many breaking news stories, from the 1981 Springbok tour of NZ to the Christchurch and Japan earthquakes to the first democratic elections in Myanmar. Mark was also one of seven judges at the World Press Photo competition in Amsterdam in 2015.


Peter Bale

Peter Bale is the chief executive officer of the Center for Public Integrity, an investigative journalism non-profit in Washington D.C which specializes in the influence of money on politics. It incorporates the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the world’s largest journalism collaborative platform. Bale joined the Center in 2015 from CNN International where he was the head of digital. He has worked at Microsoft where he ran the UK MSN site and then MSN content worldwide. A former Reuters correspondent and editor with roles in Asia and Europe, he has also run the website of The Times in London and was a founder of FTMarketWatch. A New Zealander, he started his journalistic life at Suburban Newspapers in Auckland, then the Wairarapa Times-Age and finally the Evening Post.


Joseph Barratt

Joseph Barratt is the CEO of Mutant Communications, a Singapore-based PR and Content Marketing agency. Originally from New Zealand, Joseph moved to Singapore to set up Mutant in 2012 and has expanded the business from a one-man team to a dynamic group of 20+ experienced professionals, delivering PR, content and digital campaigns for global brands across APAC. A former and award-winning journalist, Joseph's approach to the agency world has driven 100% year on year growth since launch with similar targets for 2017. Among various business accolades, his efforts saw him most recently named as one of Campaign Asia's Top 40 Under 40 for 2017.


Nathan Burdon

Nathan Burdon spent 17 years in the journalism industry, much of that as the sports editor of the Southland Times. A two-time Sports Journalism Association provincial sports reporter of the year and former DJ Cameron Young Sportswriter of the Year winner, Burdon's career highlights included covering the 2011 Netball World Cup in Singapore and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. He now has a communications role with the Healthy Families NZ initiative.


Peter Calder

Peter Calder is an Auckland-based writer, critic and editor who has, since 1984, written and subbed for the New Zealand Herald, the Herald on Sunday and the Listener. He reviewed films for the Herald for 32 years and restaurants for the Herald on Sunday since its inception.


Suzanne Carty

Suzanne Carty is a former editor of The Waikato Times and Wellington’s Evening Post, a role she held until Ill-health forced her to stand down in 2001. She continued to work part-time for INL, then Fairfax Media, until her retirement in September 2013. During her career, she also spent 11 years as an NPA representative on the New Zealand Press Council, served for 14 years on the Media Freedom Committee, and acted as an editorial consultant to Fairfax Media while also being letters editor at The Dominion Post for 12 years. Carty received a Qantas Award for services to journalism in 2005 and, in 2008, was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, also for services to journalism.


Robin Charteris

Robin Charteris was a daily newspaper journalist for 44 years and editor of the Otago Daily Times from 1997 - 2007. The ODT was twice named New Zealand Newspaper of the Year under his editorship. He served two terms as London Correspondent for New Zealand Associated Press (NZ Herald, Evening Post, The Press, ODT) and has won numerous awards for news, feature and travel writing. He is now retired in Dunedin.


Kate Coughlan

Kate has been involved with magazines for nearly two decades. She left the inky fingered world of daily news journalism for the glossy pages of magazines in 1998 to become editor of NZ House & Garden. Since then Kate has edited, launched, relaunched and managed many of the country's leading lifestyle titles. She is director of NZ Lifestyle Magazines Group, owner of NZ Life & Leisure and NZ Lifestyle Block, and edits NZ Life & Leisure. She has been awarded five Qantas and Canon Media Awards and numerous MPA Magazine Awards.


Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson has been the CEO of Australian Associated Press (AAP) since 2010. He began his career as a cadet journalist in regional Victoria, before moving to community newspapers in Melbourne and a stint in the UK. Bruce joined The Herald and Weekly Times in Melbourne in 1980, He moved to the Sun News-Pictorial in 1985, working in various several senior editorial roles. He was also the founding deputy editor of the Sunday Sun, now the Sunday Herald Sun. In 1991 Bruce formed Pagemasters, a design and editing services company. In 2002, Pagemasters was acquired by AAP, and Bruce stayed on as managing director until his appointment as AAP’s CEO.


Michael Donaldson

Michael Donaldson has been a sports writer for over 25 years. A former sports editor and deputy editor at the Sunday Star-Times, he has also worked at The Press, New Zealand Press Association and Australian Associated Press. He is the co-author of caddie Steve Williams' book, Out of the Rough, and most recently published Lydia Ko - Portrait of Teen Golf Sensation.


Jim Eagles

Jim Eagles has filled a variety of roles in his 50 years as a journalist, including being editor/owner of community newspapers the Northern News in the Bay of Islands, and Gulf News on Waiheke Island. He is a former editor of the Bay of Plenty Times and Hawke’s Bay Today, business publications National Business Review and the Business Herald, the Herald’s Travel magazine and the satirical magazine NZ Joker. In his retirement he edits magazines for the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi and the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre as well as writing travel articles and book reviews.


Paul Elenio

Paul Elenio was a journalist on The Evening Post for 25 years, rising to the position of Deputy Editor before he moved into the advertising and circulation sales side of the business. He received a David Low Fellowship to the Reuters Foundation course at Green College, Oxford, in 1995. Paul worked in senior management positions, including general manager of the Fairfax Central Region for six years until he stepped down in 2011. He now does communications work and is a member of the New Zealand Parole Board. In 2014 he wrote the book 150 Years of News, marking the anniversary of the founding of The Evening Post in 1865.


Michael Field

Michael Field is a journalist and writer with books on Samoa, Fiji’s coups, Pacific politics and, recently, on the labour abuses of New Zealand’s fishing industry which forced parliament to change flagging laws. He has reported disasters, mutinies, political upheavals, business and politics across Asia and the Pacific for Agence France-Presse and Fairfax as well as earlier for NZ Press Association, the Evening Post and the Dominion. He was news editor of the Sunday News. He was an agricultural adviser in Botswana and press secretary to a prime minister of Samoa. As a Harkness Fellow he attended Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government and the US Congress. He is father of two and grandfather to three.


Mike Fletcher

Mike Fletcher retired in 2014 from the position of executive director of the New Zealand Journalists Training Organisation. He has worked in journalism – mainly newspapers - for 53 years. Mike began his career with New Zealand News, and has worked in New Zealand and Australia as a reporter, subeditor, chief reporter, community newspaper editor and metropolitan daily newspaper editor. He was appointed executive director of the NZJTO in October 2007 and has run training programmes for journalists since 1964.


Claire Harvey

Claire Harvey is deputy editor of The Sunday Telegraph, Australia’s biggest selling newspaper. Claire spent a decade at The Australian newspaper, including a three-year posting as New Zealand correspondent, also covering the Pacific, before joining The New Zealand Herald for three years as a senior writer, columnist and deputy editor of Canvas magazine. During her time in NZ she won awards including the 2007 Qantas award for Best Social Issues Columnist. She returned to Australia to join the Sunday Telegraph in 2008 and is a member of the Walkley Advisory Board, which judges Australia’s Walkley Awards.


David Hastings

David Hastings is a former deputy editor of the New Zealand Herald and editor of the Weekend Herald. In a journalism career spanning four decades he also worked for the Melbourne Sun and the ABC in Melbourne where he was TV news editor. He is the author of a history of Auckland newspapers, Extra! Extra! How the people made the news. His latest book is The Many Deaths of Mary Dobie about a long-forgotten news story that gripped New Zealand in the summer of 1880. 


Linda Herrick

Linda Herrick’s career as a journalist spans 30 years working for the Auckland Star, Sunday-Star Times and the NZ Herald, where she was arts and books editor for 14 years until the end of 2015. She is the winner of Qantas and Canon Media Awards for arts feature writing. 


Deborah Hill Cone

Deborah Hill Cone worked as a financial journalist with the National Business Review where her work was recognised with a many awards including a David Low scholarship to the Reuter Foundation Programme at Green College, Oxford, and the Citigroup Australasian Excellence in Financial Journalism scholarship to the Columbia Post-Graduate School of Journalism. Deborah later became a newspaper and magazine columnist and now writes a weekly column for The New Zealand Herald. She won the Best Columnist - humour/satire award at the 2015 Canon Media Awards. Her short story Utterly Depressing but Incredibly Beautiful won the novice section of the BNZ Literary Awards in 2013.


Colin Hogg

Colin Hogg’s lengthy career in and around writing, dates from the late 1960s and encompasses, music reviewing, interviewing, feature writing, television documentary writing and producing, scriptwriting, travel writing, columns, television reviewing and books. He was once an agony aunt and wrote a TV ad for the late Sir Howard Morrison. He is currently a columnist with the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly and is working on a new book, his ninth.


Stuart Howie

Stuart Howie is a media and communications consultant. Stuart has more than 30 years in media and publishing as an editorial executive, editor and journalist. 

He is a former editorial director of Fairfax Regional Media (Australia), editor of the Illawarra Mercury and Ballarat Courier, and deputy editor of The Canberra Times. Stuart runs Flame Tree Media, which has designed and implemented transformation strategies for media and non-media clients in Australia and New Zealand.


Jim Kayes

Jim has been a journalist for more than two decades having started at the Waikato Times in 1992 as a general reporter, then moving to The Evening Post as police reporter. After a brief stint abroad he shifted to sports reporting as the Waikato Times’ deputy sports editor, then moved to the Dominion in the same role. In 1999 he became the paper’s senior rugby writer and went on to cover five Rugby World Cups and almost 200 All Blacks tests. He was also the Dominion Post sports editor. Jim has worked in television since 2009 and was named TV sports news reporter at the TP McLean Awards in 2011, primarily for his coverage of the 2011 rugby World Cup. He spent two years as sports presenter on the Paul Henry show and is now freelancing.  



Gideon Keith

Gideon Keith has worked as a graphic designer and creative director for almost thirty years. With over 450 book and magazine credits, publication design has been an enduring passion. Keith has been recognised with multiple design and advertising industry awards. He has spent twenty years running businesses and leading creative teams, with clients spanning New Zealand, Australia, Asia, the Pacific and the USA, including high-profile organisations such as Apple, Nescafe, Land Rover, Westpac, Kiwi Property, Auckland Airport and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Keith is currently Creative Director at Auckland branding studio, Seven.


David King

David King started as a junior reporter at The Waikato Times in 1992 and spent the next 21 years in journalism. He is the former general manager of Fairfax Editorial Services, and former editor of The Timaru Herald. He also worked as business news editor, chief reporter and digital editor at The Press and worked as a business journalist in London and Edinburgh for seven years. He is now Corporate Affairs Manager at Ryman Healthcare.


Mark Knight

For almost three decades, multi-award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight has been capturing the heart and soul of Australia – and the world – in his cartoons, illustrations and caricatures.

Mark is an acclaimed cartoonist who has worked for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Sun Herald, The Sun, the Australian Financial Review and The Herald in Melbourne. 

In 1990, Mark became cartoonist for the newly merged Herald Sun and Sunday Herald Sun, where his work appears seven days a week.

Mark’s political cartoons can be found in the collections of the Victorian State and National libraries in Canberra, the Museum of Australia, and The National War Memorial as well as in the private collections of many prominent Australians. In 2005, Geoff Slattery Publishing published The Knight Collection – 25 years of cartoons caricatures and drawings. He has won the Walkley award for Best Cartoon on numerous occasions. Mark has also won awards from The Australian Cartoonist’s Association and the News Ltd Awards.


Clive Lind

Clive Lind is a journalist and author living in Hanmer Springs. Over a long career in journalism, he was the editor of three daily newspapers, in Invercargill, Wellington and Palmerston North. Until 2015, he was editorial development manager for Fairfax Media. He has written 14 books recording histories of companies, people and events. Awards range from being a joint winner of the Jubilee Prize for Investigative Journalism in 1972 to a finalist in the New Zealand Pint-Sized Plays Competition in 2015.


Toby Manhire

Toby Manhire is a columnist for the NZ Herald and RNZ online and politics editor at The Spinoff. In a former life he was the editor of the Guardian comment pages.


Brett McCarthy

Brett McCarthy started his journalism career in 1984 as a cadet reporter with The Telegraph, Brisbane’s then afternoon newspaper. He joined the Brisbane Daily Sun two years later and then moved to Sydney as a reporter with The Daily Mirror, which merged with The Daily Telegraph in 1990. Brett was appointed assistant day editor of The Daily Telegraph in 1992, then day editor and assistant editor (sport) before becoming the Sydney paper’s assistant editor in 1997. He was promoted to deputy editor of The Sunday Telegraph in 1999 and moved to Perth in 2001 as editor of The Sunday Times. In 2007 he left The Sunday Times to become involved in a Perth-based family business. Brett was appointed editor of The West Australian in March 2009. He has a graduate certificate in management and is a Telethon Trustee.


Noelle McCarthy

Noelle McCarthy is a familiar voice on RNZ as the host of “Summer Noelle.” Her newpodcast series “A Wrinkle in Time” will debut on RNZ later this year. She has a regular books page in Metro magazine and she’s been a columnist, interviewer and feature writer for various outlets here and overseas including The New Zealand Herald, viva.co.nz and The Irish Examiner.


Suzanne McFadden

Suzanne McFadden is an award-winning freelance journalist who has written in the New Zealand media for three decades. She was a sports reporter at the NZ Herald for 11 years, and became internationally renowned for her coverage of sailing and the America’s Cup. She was voted Qantas Sports Feature Writer of the Year two years running, and is a three-time winner at the New Zealand Magazine Media Awards.


Jenni McManus

Jenni McManus co-founded The Independent Business Weekly with the late Warren Berryman in 1992. The winner of more than 20 business journalism awards, including Senior Reporter of the Year, she has had more than 30 years’ experience as a financial journalist and editor, and has been a regular commentator on national television. Before setting up The Independent, Jenni worked at the National Business Review and taught journalism at the institution now known as AUT. Last year Penguin Random House published her first book, In the Arena, written with entrepreneur Diane Foreman. Jenni currently NZ communications manager at global professional services firm EY. 


Kim Mundell

Kim Mundell owns Mandeville Ltd, a business consulting firm. She is Chief Executive for Health Informatics NZ, and her contract publishing team produces member magazines for three not-for-profit organisations (Coeliac Link for Coeliac NZ, Allergy Today for Allergy NZ, and Revolve for WasteMINZ). Kim was previously joint owner and publisher of Healthy Food Guide magazine, Advertising Marketing Director at the New Zealand Herald, and Marketing Manager for Fairfax Business Magazines in Melbourne. Kim served on the MPA Board for four years, two as Deputy Chair, and was Judge Convener for the 2015 Magazine Media Awards.


Rick Neville

Rick joined the NPA as Editorial Director in April 2013 following a 45-year career in publishing in New Zealand and Australia. He worked as reporter on New Zealand newspapers and is a former editor of the Nelson Mail and the Evening Post (Wellington). He later held a number of senior roles with Independent Newspapers Ltd (INL), now Fairfax Media, including Group GM, CEO and Managing Director, Publishing. He was also an executive director of INL and a non-executive director of Sky Network Television Ltd.

In 2002, Rick was appointed Chief Executive of Advertiser Newspapers Ltd, News Ltd’s publishing operations in Adelaide. He returned to NZ in 2003 to work as a consultant setting up the Herald on Sunday and later held senior positions with APN including Publisher, Herald on Sunday; deputy Chief Executive; Publisher/CEO NZ Magazines; and Chief Operating Officer, APN Regional Newspapers. He is a former president of the NPA and chairman of the NZ Press Association and served for many years on the boards of the NPA and NZPA.


Jenny Nicholls

Jenny Nicholls is Art Director, and a regular writer, reviewer and columnist North & South magazine. Before this, from 2002 to 2008, Jenny was the Art Director of Metro magazine. Jenny's magazine cover designs for North & South and Metro have won industry awards 9 times. She has won the Magazine Publisher Awards Designer of the Year award (Current Affairs) twice, and also the coveted MPA Supreme Designer of the Year. Her covers can be found on revered international design website Coverjunkie. Before training in graphic design, Jenny thought she wanted to be a journalist. She graduated Wellington Polytechnic School of Journalism the same year as Sean Plunket. Her training in journalism, and her writing work for North & South, informs her graphic design work for New Zealand's leading current affairs title.


Foster Niumata

Near the end of the typewriter era, Foster Niumata started his journalism career doing cops and councils at the Kawerau Gazette and Whakatane's Radio 1XX. At school he contributed to the Franklin County News. After graduating from the first journalism course at Waiariki, he grew up in the New Zealand Herald sports department. Sports took him all over the country, so he went and checked out the world. He's yet to come back. Still covering and editing sports, he's with The Associated Press in London. He doesn't miss typewriters.


Antony Phillips

Antony Phillips is group managing editor of Pagemasters Australia, a division of Australian Associated Press. A journalist for 30 years, Antony worked for most of his career in New Zealand before relocating to Sydney in 2012. After starting as a cadet on the Wanganui Chronicle, he spent 10 years reporting and subediting followed by roles as either deputy or assistant editor of all three national Sunday papers, editor of The TV Guide, managing editor of Pagemasters NZ and editor of Hawke's Bay Today. He was APN Regionals' editor of the year in 2011.


Jason Pine

Jason Pine has been involved in the media industry for 23 years and is currently employed by New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME). He is the Operations Manager for radio stations Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport Wellington, as well as weekday breakfast sports-reader on Newstalk ZB. He has also been the host of the top-rating “All Sports Breakfast” show on Saturday mornings on Newstalk ZB for seventeen years. Jason is NZME’s football commentator for all Phoenix home games and New Zealand internationals. He travelled to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup to cover the All Whites’ World Cup campaign. He also commentates ASB Premiership football on SKY TV and writes for The New Zealand Herald.


Owen Poland

Owen's career in broadcasting and business journalism spans more than 40 years in New Zealand, Australia and the UK and includes roles as business editor at both 3 News and ONE News.

Now a freelance writer and broadcaster, he is currently chief reporter for the NBR Rich List and New Zealand correspondent for the China Global Television Network (CGTN), the 24/7 English news channel of Chinese state broadcaster, CCTV.


Lauren Quaintance

Lauren Quaintance has edited some of Australasia’s most high-profile magazines including Metro, Good Weekend, the (Sydney) magazine and Sunday magazine. After joining North & South as a writer she won a string of journalism awards including Magazine Feature Writer of the Year at the Qantas Media Awards (twice), and won a New York Foreign Press Association Award for work that included coverage of the September 11 attacks. In 1999 she was a David Low fellow at Oxford University and later worked for The Sunday Times in London.

More recently she has held senior roles at Fairfax in Australia and has launched her own content marketing agency in Sydney.


Bill Ralston

Bill Ralston’s career as a journalist, editor and broadcaster, working in television, radio and print in New Zealand spanned more than 30. He worked for TVNZ, TV3, ACP magazines and also contracted for various roles with Sky TV, MediaWorks, NZ Magazines, Fairfax, Bauer, APN and TRN.

His roles included political editor for TV3, host of the Ralston Group at TV3, Editor of Metro Magazine and Head of New & Current Affairs at TVNZ.

For the past several years Bill has been working with his wife, Janet Wilson in their communications company, Deadline Ltd, providing clients with media training, communications strategies and crisis management.


Campbell Reid

Campbell Reid is Head of Corporate Affairs with News Corp Australia. He joined News Corp in 1981, working as a reporter and feature writer at The Daily Telegraph until his appointment as chief-of-staff in February 1988. Later that year he became head of News Corp Australia’s New York bureau. Three years later he returned to Australia taking up roles of assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph and editor of The Australian. In 2001 he became editor of The Daily Telegraph until he was appointed general manager for Queensland Newspapers in 2005. He returned to News Corp Australia in Sydney in 2007 as Group Director for Editorial.


Barb Rogers

Barb Rogers cut her teeth as a news reporter with the New Zealand Herald and went on to extend her skills to subbing (lots of it), editing magazines both newsprint (Viva, NZ Herald) and glossy (Urbis Landscapes), writing features, opinion columns and lifestyle stories, tutoring in journalism and is now writing a gardening book. 


Alan Samson

Recently retired, Alan’s 30 years in journalism span The Press in Christchurch, the NZ Press Association, editor of two London management magazines, and journalist at The Dominion and Sunday Times. At The Dom he covered both the first Fiji coup and the Aramoana shootings; in his later years at the paper, as science and environment reporter, he covered the tumultuous restructuring of public science and the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification. In 2002 he began freelance work as a science and technology writer, before accepting a journalism lectureship at Massey University. Twice a Qantas Media Awards winner and twice science writer of the year, he was also a recipient of the New Zealand Skeptics’ critical reporting award.


Bridie Smith

Bridie Smith is the science editor, leading the science and environment reporting team at The Age in Melbourne. Her work is syndicated across Fairfax mastheads, including the Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times and Good Weekend. Her science reporting has won multiple awards, including the 2015 Melbourne Press Club Quill for best use of digital or social media. Since joining The Age in 2001, she has covered a range of rounds including general news, consumer affairs and education. Bridie also regularly stands in as a news editor on the newsdesk. She has covered science since 2008. Bridie has a bachelor of arts with first class honours in history from Monash University.


Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is the former editor of Weekend Life in the New Zealand Herald, and Simply You Living, deputy editor of Simply You, and New Zealand launch editor of Houzz.com, a contributor to The Spinoff, Paperboy and Noted. Her writing includes travel, food and gastronomy, lifestyle, urban design and architecture and she has published two non-fiction books. 


Matthew Straker

Matthew Straker is a creative director living in London. After graduating from Norwich School of Art and Design in 1997, he joined The Independent newspaper where, three years later, he became deputy art director. In 2003, he moved to New Zealand to become group art director for APN News & Media and help launch the Herald on Sunday. Following this, he joined AGM Publishing, a specialist in design and architecture titles, as art director. Matthew returned to London in 2012 to work at the Guardian as art director. He has received 16 international and European design awards and has recently founded his own design agency, Biscuit London. 


Cathy Strong

Dr. Catherine Strong (Cathy) is a senior lecturer in journalism at Massey University, based at the Wellington campus. She specialises in converged media, producing news stories on all platforms. She previously was a journalist for more than 20 years, holding jobs in seven different countries.   


Rob Taggart

Rob Taggart is Director of Commercial Photo Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa for the Associated Press (AP), based in London. Rob started his career as a cadet photographer for The New Zealand Herald in 1970. In 1976, he moved to the UK and worked in agency and freelance photography, covering news, sports and overseas royal tours, before joining Reuters in 1985 as a photographer and photo editor. He spent nearly 10 years in Hong Kong and Singapore as Reuters Picture Editor for Asia. In 2001, Rob left Asia for London to join the Associated Press as Picture Editor for EMEA before taking on his current position.


Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson is the chief executive and editor-in-chief of RNZ. Previously he was the Group Executive Editor of Fairfax Media in New Zealand, editor of The Press (2001-2007) and editor of The Nelson Mail (2000-2001). Paul was a director of the Newspaper Publishers Association from 2007-2013. He started his career as a cadet journalist at The Gisborne Herald.


Wayne Thompson

Wayne Thompson’s career as a reporter and sub editor spanned 48 years, starting as a cadet reporter on the Waikato Times and later working for the New Zealand Herald until November 2015. He is the author of Back Country Byways, with photographer Ross White, and is currently a freelance writer.


Fred Tulett

Fred Tulett recently retired from the editorship of The Southland Times after a 15-year stint. He moved to Invercargill after a similar tenure as chief reporter of The Dominion in Wellington. Before that, he spent five years as a journalist on several Fleet Street newspapers. Fred began his career in the proof-reading room of the Timaru Herald, a job, he has been quoted as saying that his mother set up for him. As editor of The Southland Times, he accepted a Qantas Award for Best Editorial Project in 2001. Fred is spending his retirement fishing, renovating a house, and writing


Jim Tully

Jim Tully is Adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury and Senior Tutor and Researcher-in-Residence at the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University. He joined academia in 1987 after 18 years in daily newspapers during which he was the inaugural New Zealand Journalist of the Year and held such positions as editorial manager and assistant editor of the Auckland Star and editor of the 8 O’Clock weekend newspaper. Jim
received the Canterbury University’s Teaching Award in 2007 and in 2011 at the Canon national media awards, the Print Industry Award for Outstanding Achievement. He is a frequent commentator on the media.


Jane Ussher

Jane Ussher is well known and respected for her documentary work as a photographer, and is regarded as one of New Zealand’s foremost portrait photographers. For 29 years she was the chief photographer at The New Zealand Listener after which she took up a career as a freelance photographer working with various magazines and producing several books.

In January 2009, at the invitation of Antarctic New Zealand and the Antarctic Heritage Trust, she travelled to the Antarctic and spent over four weeks on the ice photographing the historic huts of Scott and Shackleton. These images have since been published in her book Still Life and subsequently become the basis for this installation.

Other published books include the award winning Coast –A New Zealand journey, Face to Face and Worship a history of New Zealand church design. This year she published a book on New Zealand Islands with writer Bruce Ansley which has been long listed for 2017 New Zealand book awards In 2009 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to photography, and was also inducted into the Massey University Hall of Fame.


Mike Valintine

Mike Valintine is one of the most experienced television journalists in the country with a string of awards to his name. They include Television Journalist of the Year, Best Investigative story, Best Interviewer, and Documentary of the Year(Enemy of the State). Mike worked for TVNZ News and Current Affairs for almost 40 years both in front of and behind camera. He started as a news reporter for TV One, moved onto politics with a stint in the Press Gallery before joining daily current affairs programmes. He was a start up reporter on the Holmes programme before moving on to become a correspondent for 60 Minutes and then Sunday. He was appointed Executive Producer of 20/20 when it became part of the TVNZ stable and moved on to become Executive producer of the daily current affairs programme Close Up. Mike’s last role for TVNZ was as Director of Coverage.


Lynda van Kempen

Lynda's reporting career has spanned 25 years working for community and daily newspapers. Her most recent role was Central Otago bureau chief for the Otago Daily Times. She is taking a break from daily news reporting but plans to resume her writing career by freelancing.


Ngahuia Wade

Ngahuia is currently the producer of TVNZ’s documentary series, Waka Huia. A Panekiretanga graduate, she is a former Press Gallery reporter has won two Qantas awards and one AFTA for her work in te reo Māori programming, “It's about bringing high production value to our Māori stories,” she says.


Tim Watkin

Tim is Executive Producer of RNZ's new Podcast & Series unit and blogs at Pundit.co.nz. As a feature writer for The New Zealand Herald and deputy editor of the Listener, he won multiple Qantas awards and was the Wolfson scholar for 2005. From Cambridge, he moved to San Francisco for two years where he freelanced for publications including the Guardian, Washington Post and start-up magazine, Everywhere. Returning to New Zealand in 2009, he was founding producer on both TVNZ's Q+A and then TV3's The Vote, before spending three years as Executive Producer of The Nation. Tim lives in Auckland with his wife and two boys.



Gilbert Wong

Gilbert has held senior roles in the media and the communications sector. For the New Zealand Herald and Metro, he worked as a senior writer, arts and books editor and travel editor. His work has been recognised by multiple awards, including the New Zealand newspaper feature writer and magazine feature writer of the year and as a Fulbright Journalism Fellow. In recent years, he has led the communications teams at the Human Rights Commission and the Auckland District Health Board. Gilbert believes that it is always possible to write clearer, sharper and smarter.

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