Monday, 16 October 2017

Mirror Mirror

A couple of weeks back I had the pleasure of interviewing actress/model/IT girl Cara Delevingne about her first YA novel (sadly not in person).

That story ran in Saturday's NZ Herald Canvas Magazine (click here for the online version).


Saturday, 14 October 2017

The sleep thief

I've been an insomniac as long as I can recall. Last month, a sleep expert I spoke to for a story told me I was a "classic chronic insomniac - tired and wired".

That story is in today's Your Weekend Magazine (click here to read).

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Island in the Sun

A few months back I was lucky enough to do a media trip to the Philippines. One of those stories is published in the October issue of Good Health Choices magazine.


Sunday, 8 October 2017

World Animal Day

Three years ago I went to my first Wellington SPCA Blessing of the Animals which celebrates World Animal Day/the feast of St Francis of Assisi. It was so much fun that I vowed to attend every year.

Except the last two years I've been out of the country/at a work event I couldn't get out of, respectively. So this year, when the invite plopped into my inbox, I was keen as could be.

Yesterday, around a hundred of us - and assorted dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and even a llama - braved the rain to crowd into Wellington Cathedral and give thanks for our furry friends. It was so lovely to see old mates and Bristol was beside himself with excitement. In fact, he's still sleeping it off.


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Tantalising Taiwan

My story from our media trip earlier this year to Taiwan is published in the October issue of Dish Magazine (click here to read). Images courteousy of the talented Animator.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Beautiful Bali

Take five luxury resorts, six nights and a very rushed media trip to the largest of Indonesia's 18,000 islands and what do you get?

Hopefully a good travel story for a national magazine which I filed today (yay me). And these images of some of the most stunning places I have ever had the joy of laying my head and the things I got up to (in no particular order).


Saturday, 30 September 2017

Generation Graze

Back from Bali and there will be photographic evidence once I get past a few deadlines.

In the meantime, here's my story from today's Canvas Magazine (NZ Herald) on how and why we've become a nation of snackers. I also ask three Kiwi celebs what's in their snack boxes (click here to read).


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Bali Hai

The last time I went to Bali, it was at the rump end of a three-month backpacking journey. We were enroute from London, our home for five years, back to New Zealand.

By the time we reached this idyllic clump of land, we were tired, hot, grumpy and wearing clothes that hadn't seen the inside of a washing machine for weeks.

And although we fell in love with the peaceful people and the countryside, with its tangled jungle and lush green paddy fields, we have never been in a hurry to go back.

Tomorrow that changes when I fly to the Indonesian island for a media trip. While last time we stayed in the cheapest accommodation possible, trying to make our money last until we got home, this time around I'll be checking out five luxury resorts for a magazine story. Oh how times have changed.

See you on the other side...

(Pic credit: Jakarta Post)

Monday, 18 September 2017

Tales from home and away

The first ever North & South Magazine travel compilation is out and I managed to get TWO stories in there (as well as a pic of my ugly mug and one of Bristol and myself standing atop Mt Vic on the back sleeve).

The first story is one I had published in North & South a few years ago, about being genetically wired to travel (click here to read) and the other is from my Southern US Trafalgar media trip from Nashville to New Orleans (click here to read that one).


Monday, 11 September 2017

The River

My story on two talented Welly furniture designers (who go by the name The River) is published in the current issue of Urbis Magazine (click here to read).

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Paradise in the Pines

A couple of months back I spent a few nights in the glorious Isle of Pines in New Caledonia. That story is one of three I have in the September issue of Air NZ's inflight magazine, Kia Ora (click here to read).


Monday, 28 August 2017

Worth the wait

My story about a Petone reno is in the September issue of NZ House & Garden Magazine (click here to read).

Sunday, 27 August 2017

A scooter ride across Saigon

My story from last year's Air NZ/Saigon Tourist Dept media trip is published in today's Sunday Star Times (click here to read).

Monday, 21 August 2017

Good morning Gisborne

It's been about eight years since I was last in Gizzy so am looking forward to spending the next two days there for a story - hopefully it's slightly warmer than Welly!


(Pic credit: Gisborne Conferences) 

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Bristol the media star!!

Last Saturday, Bristol and I took part in the Wellington on a Plate Find a Truffle with your Dog event at Frank Kitts Park. 

That story, and the Animator's stupendous photos, are published in today's Your Weekend Magazine (click here to read).

Of course I worry I may have created a monster, who will refuse to get out of bed for less than $10,000K, à la the 90s supermodels.


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