Travel Communicators Blog

Blog for travel writing,photography and publishing in New Zealand and internationally.

AARON SMALE is a Levin-based writer and photographer.

Ph: (06) 368 5618  Mob:  021 932 023  email:

Adam Buckle is a passionate and dedicated Landscape / Nature / Fine Art Photographer.

Although self taught, his achievements span the globe; 1st place in Landscape section of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers, USA.  1st place in the International Loupe Awards Medium Format / Fine Art Section, Australia. Fellow of the Photographic Society of NZ as well as Fellow of NZ Institute of Professional Photography.

Adams work has found it's way to magazine covers and centre pages and as fine Art prints in local galleries in Taranaki, since 2001.

During 2014, Adam has travelled the north coastline of South Island in his camper, seeking out Fine Art images, for four months. The images were used in the Landscape Section of the NZIPP Iris Awards in Rotorua, these gained him a place as Finalist in the Landscape section, for the second year running. All the images were processed and printed in his camper for the  Iris Awards.

Adam has also spent a further two months in the UK, photographing windmills in East Anglia.


ALAN MCBRIDE A photographer, writer, business consultant, bird watcher; with a lifelong interest in anything that moves, sings, dances, flies or swims and an immense desire to share. Available for photography roles, travel writing, general copy writing, photojournalism assignments, mentoring, consultancy work and much more. Located in Sydney with frequent travelling to France, UK, s.e. Asia, south Pacific, Americas: in fact wherever. 

Writer / Photographer

P O Box 190, Newport Beach, NSW 2106, AUSTRALIA. Mob:  00 61 419 414 860  Fax:  00 61 2 9973 2306.

ALEXIA SANTAMARIA is a freelance writer for Herald on Sunday, NEXT, magazine, FOOD magazine, Flight Centre blog, Good Health Choices and many other New Zealand publications as well as judging on Metro Magazine's Top Cafes and Cheap Eats specials. She recently won the Treadright Foundation Award for the Best Responsible Tourism story in the Cathay Pacific Travel Media awards. Having lived in Narita for two years, London for one and Glasgow for another  ̶  as well as numerous shorter stints around Europe  ̶  she is now based in Auckland and fuelling her passion for travel through shorter assignments to wherever work takes her. Alexia loves writing travel stories that tell people things they won’t find in the guide books  ̶ the little pastry shop with the ugly shop front but croissants to die for; the secret beach just five minutes trek through the bush from the well-known one; the collection of wild pigs on the side of the road and the man who will give you a baby one to pat if you like. She think it’s important to cover the big must-sees in a story but also the lesser known local elements. To this end she is also one half of the website which finds Auckland’s hidden foodie gems.

ALISON SMITH’S work as a freelance writer has appeared in publications such as Qantas Magazine, Asian Business Traveller Magazine, the South China Morning Post, Action Asia and various lifestyle and adventure magazines and websites. A writer for 18 years, she was a Qantas Award-winning news reporter in New Zealand before travelling and working in Hong Kong and Australia, where she edited a women’s surf magazine and travelled and wrote about the surfing world tour. Alison has a passion for adventure travel and worked in communications for Red Bull and luxury surf travel specialists Tropicsurf in Australia. She lives on the Coromandel and provides regular content and photography for the RTO Destination Coromandel and Thames-Coromandel District Council.

40 Ocean Beach Road, Tairua.  Ph 0226 940 449   email: 

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. As well as on the FourCorners site, Amelia’s work has appeared in a range of print and web publications including the AA Travel online magazine, AAA Traveler (in the USA), Travel New Zealand Magazine (AUS), New Zealand Woman’s Weekly and Homestyle Magazine. Her work has also been published in several school study guides and sample exam papers both here and overseas. Now a mother, Amelia is looking to establish a repertoire of articles on family travel. 

AMOKURA PANOHO.  With Taranaki Maunga as a backdrop to her daily life Amokura Panoho is a freelance journalist and creative writer.  She started her writing career with NZ Life & Leisure and in her words ‘walked into her calling’ where her years of experience with public and private sector organisations including the non-profit sector, has given her an amazing network to source awesome stories from.  A number of which still need to be written.  To date she has written for NZ Life & Leisure, B-Guided, Idealog, Mana, Te Karaka, Live Magazine, Taranaki Daily News and now Whenua.  She has recently hooked up with an integrated innovative media design team helping with providing online word content, editorial and publications.


12 High Street West, Waitara, TARANAKI 4320.  Ph: 06 7546365 Mobile: 021822834


A portfolio of some of her work is available on

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.  From 2006-2011 he worked full-time for the Our Place Publishing project, photographing UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.  He has worked in more than 50 countries for some of the world’s leading publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and Wanderlust Magazine. Amos is represented by Lonely Planet Images in Melbourne, and Rex Features, London.

Mob: 021 0327 839 email:

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.

34 Goring Street, Thorndon, Wellington 6011. Ph: (04) 472 0855, email

Andrew Alderson writes predominantly on sport and travel.

A recent project across the New Zealand Herald's print and digital titles saw him report on Kiwi sportspeople competing in Europe during the 2015 northern summer. He combined this with a house swap in Paris, chronicled here...

Paris: DIY maison, Andrew Alderson experiences the epicurean delights of the French capital from his fifth-floor house exchange.

Here are further examples of his work across the travel writing genre:

Tongariro: Training for new mums, Andrew Alderson and Junior treat their queen to a Mother's Day break on the Northern Explorer to National Park.

New York: Having a ball game, In the legendary Yankee Stadium, Andrew Alderson finds fabulous atmosphere - and great chilli dogs - at America's big show.

Room check: The Church, Hahei, Andrew Alderson stays at a classic Kiwi cottage on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Andrew tweets @aldersonnotes and can be contacted on 021 443 643 or through .
Originally from Auckland, Andrew traveled to London and began working for the Flight Centre as an international travel consultant and development manager for over 4 years. Andrew then started working for Small Luxury Hotels of the World as the Learning and Development Director and also managed the world wide reservation team for 5 years, he then moved back to Auckland to set up the New Zealand and Australia office for Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Andrew now acts the Area Manager for New Zealand, Australia and Pacific working closely alongside the SLH member hotels, media and travel trade to raise the SLH brand awareness and influence reservation and room nights for the brand. Andrew is based in Glenfield, Auckland and welcomes anyone who would like to know more about the SLH brand and its 520 luxury hotel members worldwide and is open to any business opportunity to work together.

ANN HUSTON is a single mum from Cambridge who exploits her children by dragging them around the world then writing about their adventures. Her work has appeared in the Herald on Sunday, Your Weekend, Que magazine, NZ Woman’s Weekly, Waikato Times and the Manawatu Standard. She is a journalism graduate from Wintec and worked for many years as a journalist then editor at the Cambridge Edition community newspaper. Ann now freelances as a travel writer and photographer. At the 2011 Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards, Ann won the AA Directions Magazine Award for the Best Image with People with one of her photos from a four month trip to India with her sons who are now demanding royalties from published articles.

Contact:      021 1765 888

ANN-MARIE JOHNSON is Communications Manager for the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).  The Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) is the lead national private sector organisation speaking on behalf of the tourism industry. It is membership-based, with more than 1500 members who collectively make up about 85% of New Zealand's tourism turnover.


Tourism Industry Association, P O Box 1697, WELLINGTON.  Ph: (04) 496 5001, Fax: (04) 499 0827  Mob: 027 600 4565 email:

Well known international travel correspondent Anne Van Dyke has successfully combined planning her clients' travel arrangements with sharing her in depth knowledge(and advice) via the media. She's presented a weekly travel slot on Breakfast TV and talks travel on Radio. Anne, also a published travel writer and columnist particularly enjoys bringing her latest travel experiences alive for listeners and readers alike. When travelling, she's drawn to the unusual and due to many years in the travel/tourism industry is astutely aware of what the traveller is looking for when choosing a holiday experience.
Anne's articles/columns have been published in periodicals such as the New Zealand Herald/Herald on Sunday,Next and Her magazine..and she presently writes on line for Coast FM.
NZ: She's co-hosted a weekly Travel Show on Radio Live and is a long time travel contributor to NewstalkZB.
Abroad: A guest on various Radio shows.

As Anne's focus is on both the "baby boomer" and "thinking tourist" demographic she especially enjoys writing about the burgeoning eco, local food and artisan tourism markets.

Anne's contacts: 0274 796 833 or 09 420 2963

Anthea Noonan Wade is based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Her love of writing has developed and grown with each of year of extramural study at Massey University, where she has completed the papers for an English Major but yet to complete those for the Media Studies major. Anthea is currently taking a sabbatical from her studies to revive her Contractor business (specializing in Accounting, Finance and Project Management) and establishing The Artful Compendium blog.
Anthea is neither a published writer nor a winner of literary awards and her photography talent is raw however, she has a passion for combining these two modalities on social media platforms as it is exciting and affords opportunities she feels may not be available to her through the channels of traditional media.

ASHLEIGH GILCHRIST.   Ashleigh graduated in journalism and public relations with AUT University in 2011. Her role at ProMag Publishing sees her writing for ProMag's cornerstone publication Meeting Newz, New Zealand's magazine for meetings, incentives, conferences and events, and TRAVELinc, which focuses on offshore incentive travel and high end leisure. Ashleigh also helps coordinate two industry trade shows, Convene, which brings together business events suppliers in the greater Auckland region, and PAICE, an expo for travel agents, managers and event organisers to meet offshore event suppliers, tourism operators, accommodation providers and convention bureaux.

ProMag Publishing Ltd, PO Box 60154, Auckland 0642.  Ph: +64 9 818 7807  Mobile: +64 21 236 8324    website:

2013 Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year. Babiche has been shooting professionally for 13 years and is currently working as a staff photographer for The New Zealand Herald, where she shoots predominantly for Viva magazine. She has won multiple awards over the years for her fashion (Qantas and PANPA), lifestyle and portrait (SND), and travel photography (Travcom). As well as her full time role at the Herald, her other passion is styling and photographing cookbooks. She has photographed and styled 6 cookbooks to date, including The Caker, and both TVNZ’s The Food Truck cookbooks. She also photographs and styles chef Michael Van de Elzen’s food column for New Zealand Woman’s Weekly magazine. In whatever spare time she has left she continues to explore new countries as much as possible combining her three favourite things; travelling, food and photography.

BARBARA UNKOVIC Barbara Unković was born in Whangarei New Zealand and now resides in central west France in an old restored mill property set on six hectares of woodland and gardens where she has set up a ‘B and B’ in a quaint 18th century, romantic cottage.   As well as her short stories published by in the USA, she has been successful in more than twenty-six writing competitions in the UK.

Barbara's writing has featured consistently on the long and short lists for Fish Publishing competitions during the last three years.  Barbara is the author of four published books - ‘Adriatic Blue’, a collection of 30 fictional short stories; ‘Weeds in the Garden of Eden,’ a non-fiction travel novel which paints the picture of her return to Croatia, seeking out her ancestors and her subsequent purchase of an uninhabited 200 year old stone house, ‘Naughty Noosa Meets the New Neighbours’, a colour illustrated children’s book and ‘Moon Walking’, a collection of 37 pieces of short fiction.  Her next book ‘A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’, the sequel to Weeds in the Garden of Eden will be published early in 2014. Examples of Barbara’s work and full details about Moulin de Rochoux, the cottage available for rent can be found on her website.

email:    Website:

Belinda Cooke is an ex-book publisher who now runs her own publishing, marketing and communications consultancy. During her 16 years as managing director of New Holland she oversaw the commissioning and publication of a number of best-selling travel books, and has worked closely with several other Travcom members, both as authors and editors. With a background also in journalism, public relations and advertising, she combines these skills to assist clients in a range of fields that include publishing, the arts, food, wine and health. Her wine-related marketing activity includes writing profile pieces on wineries and winemakers from as far afield as Argentina, Italy and South Africa, though sadly a trip to the vineyard isn’t usually involved.
Tel: 09 4460115 Mob: 021 481044 Email:

BELINDA COOKE heads up New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd, one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing 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

Public Relations Specialist at G Adventures, Australia & New Zealand
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,

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. Other work includes "Film and Fiction - Studies of New Zealand Fiction and Film Adaptations" (Longman Paul, 1985). He was an English teacher, Auckland theatre reviewer for Listener in the eighties and later communications manager at NZQA. A recipient of a Northern Territory Government History Grant, he has published the edited memoir of his grandfather and is currently writing the story of the land that was the site of Andrew's mission station and the history of the indigenous family who are now back on that land. Bill's travel stories have been published in Listener, NZ Today, The Press and AA Directions.


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  

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 exploring the colonial heritage of Rangoon, negotiating the street food scene of Hanoi, and experiencing how cuisine is breaking down traditional enmities in Lebanon. Brett’s work appears regularly in NZ's highest circulation publications including the NZ Herald, the Listener, World, Dish and both major Sunday newspapers. Internationally, he's recently been published in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong, and is a regular travel contributor to the BBC and Lonely Planet websites. Brett also writes guidebooks for Lonely Planet, and contributes to other LP titles including Best in Travel, The World's Best Street Food and the Food Lover's Guide to the World.

 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:    Twitter: @travelwriterNZ

BRIAN WESTWOOD is Marketing Manager for YHA New Zealand. YHA is New Zealand's largest network of backpackers/hostels with 21 owned hostels throughout New Zealand and 26 associates operating under the YHA brand. YHA is all about connecting travellers with New Zealand, New Zealanders and the environment communicates these values through a range of print and online mediums. Brian has been with Travcom for several years and is interested in using the network to source writers, photographers and great New Zealand stories to support YHA's work.


Ph: 021 320 751                  Email:     

BRINDI JOY is a Christchurch-based travel writer and photographer who specialises in writing about New Zealand travel for backpackers and adventurous kiwis. She works for the Youth Hostels Association of New Zealand (YHA New Zealand), a not-for profit established in 1932. In addition to being YHA’s author and photographer, she has also been editor for the association’s member magazine, Hostelling HorizoNZ. Her recent print stories have included exploring the sustainable efforts of the small North Island community of Raglan, discovering  the Auckland beyond Queen Street and seeking out New Zealand’s elusive bird—the kiwi—on Stewart Island. Internationally, she has recently been published in the UK, Canada and Australia to promote New Zealand travel abroad.

Ph: 03 353 9153    M: 027 231 8381    E: