Thursday, 19 April 2018

New Plymouth house

My story about the home of reno queen Michelle Matangi is in the April issue of NZ House & Garden (click here to read).

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Are women really unhappier than men?

Yes, yes the Portugal pics are coming...but in the meantime, here's a story I did in Saturday's Canvas Magazine, about unhappy women (click here to read).

Monday, 9 April 2018

Visual evidence I was in Morocco

No need to send out a search party, here I am!

Yes it's been more than a week since I got back from the Emirates/On the Go/CroisiEurope media trip to Morocco and Portugal, but as well as battling jet-lag (even though Emirates is kind to journos and put me in Business Class, the time zone changes still mess with your head), I've been literally running from one deadline to the next since I got home.

But here's some of what I did and saw in Morocco...and once I get around to writing the stories, I will publish/link to them here so you can read all about this fabulous trip.


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Morocco and Portugal, here I come!

In a few hours I will get on a big silver bird to fly to Auckland and then after a few hours of fannying about at Auckland Airport, will do the first 17 hour leg to Dubai where I'll have a shower (thank you, god of airport lounges) and then a couple of hours later do the 8.5 hour schlep to Casablanca

I'll be doing a seven night tour of Morocco for a story and then flying to Porto for a five night river cruise, also for a story. Thank you Emirates Airlines for taking pity on a poor journalist and bumping me up to business class. I truly heart you.

See you on the other side.

(Images of Morocco and Porto c/o Google Images)

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Ultimate Act

Here's my second story from this month's NZ House & Garden Magazine, this time featuring a disused chocolate factory in the Wairarapa which award-winning Wellington hairdresser Derek Elvy cleverly turned in a stunning home.

The fact that Derek is suffering from terminal cancer, and organised much of the renovation from his hospice bed, speaks volumes about the creativity and tenacity of this amazing man (click here to read).


Sunday, 11 March 2018

How stupidly beautiful is this part of the world?

Spent two days in Queenstown eating and drinking my way around it for a story. And spending the rest of my time picking my jaw up off the floor at the stunning vistas. If you've been there before you'll know what I mean and if you haven't then what the bejesus are you waiting for?!

(The first two images are from the balcony of my hotel, the sumptuous, brand new QT Queenstown).


Wednesday, 7 March 2018


Oh Queenstown, you seductress. It's been a fair few years since I headed to the adventure playground of New Zealand (the birthplace of bungy jumping, in case you didn't know) but tomorrow I fly down for a couple of days for a story.

Thankfully, the only activities I'll be doing that raise my blood pressure are eating and drinking at the city's newest cafes and bars. Now if the weather would just co-operate...

(Pic credit: Google Images) 



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