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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 Travel, Weekend Magazine in the Weekend Herald, NEXT magazine, FOOD magazine, Flight Centre blog, Kia Ora, Good Health Choices, AA Directions, New Zealand Woman's Weekly, Dish and many other New Zealand publications - as well as judging on Metro Magazine's Top Cafes and Cheap Eats specials. She won the Treadright Foundation Award for the Best Responsible Tourism story in the Cathay Pacific Travel Media awards in 2016.

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 any guide books  ̶  the tired-looking pastry shop with the croissants you'd sell you grandma 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's the queen of hidden gems and never more than when she's one half of the website which finds Auckland’s surprise budget eats.

Email:   Phone: 021337772


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.

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