Travel Communicators Blog

Blog for travel writing,photography and publishing in New Zealand and internationally.
Guy Needham is a freelance photographer who has spent the past few years roaming parts of the globe often not seen. ​ His work has appeared in National Geographic Creative, National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet, AFAR, Royal Photographic Society's Decisive Moment, International Traveller, Let’s Travel, Real Travel, For The Love of Travel, Yahoo Travel,, and every major New Zealand newspaper, as well as been used by Tourism Australia, Papua New Guinea Tourism and the Vanuatu Tourism Authority. Today he focuses on cultures, inevitably drawing on themes of identity and place with a strong magnetism towards individual narratives. Visually, he has an uncluttered style dominated by singular subjects and solid colours. He is a member of The Royal Photographic Society, the World Photographic Organisation and the Photographic Society of New Zealand.

HEATHER HAPETA … reinvented herself (previously a therapist-counsellor in the addiction and suicide grief fields) as an independent travel writer, photographer blogger, short story writer and essayist in 1997.  Her travel stories and photos appear worldwide in airline magazines, newspapers and magazines. Her travel memoir (Naked in Budapest: travels with a passionate nomad) was broadcast on Radio NZ National. Her books are available on Amazon and all other e-book sites. 

Her particular interests are Asia, India, and New Zealand travel - she loves to discover and write about festivals, cultural, food, nature, animals, and birds.

She has just completed another e-book – an essay about green travel, travel writing and Borneo. It too will be on Amazon/Smashwords mid-2014. 

Her website has links to her blogs.  She is based in Wellington, New Zealand. See recommendations about her on LinkedIn - Heather can be contacted on most social media. 

Hi, I was involved with Travcom as the administrator from 2004 to 2017, organising the awards, events, sponsorships, treasury, membership etc. 

I'm available for freelance Marketing, Events, PR and Communications projects.

Plus, you might like to know that I run an annual fundraiser - see: for information on the LEGO show with amazing displays, competitions to create your own LEGO masterpieces and win prizes, interactive games, LEGO to play with as well as a bake sale, sausage sizzle and stalls. The beneficiaries have been an orphanage in Fiji and Kolonga school in Tongatapu, Tonga.

JACKIE RANKEN has been a photographer for over 30 years.  Since 2003 she has won Australian Photographer of the Year, twice Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year.  2nd Place World Press Photo award, New Zealand Photographer of the Year.  Twice, New Zealand Landscape Photographer of the Year, three times New Zealand Illustrative Photographer of the Year and Editorial Photographer of the Year.  Three times she has won highest scoring monochrome print.  In 2011 she was runner up Australian Landscape Photographer and won three categories at the New Zealand Professional Photography Awards being a finalist for NZ Photographer of the Year.  Her passion is landscape photography and environmental portraiture.  Published books: Aerial Abstracts and Creative Field guide to Landscape.  Jackie has been a contributor to D-Photo magazine for 24 issues with her D-Tech column.  She has over fifteen years experience as a photographic educator and is now director of Queenstown Centre for Creative Photography where she runs photography workshops with her husband Mike Langford.

P O Box 420, Queenstown 9348.  Ph: (03) 409 0272  Mob: 0276 722 788  website: 

JACQUI GIBSON grew up on Auckland’s North Shore in the late 70s, early 80s. She suspects it was a golden age. Kids walked to school unchaperoned. Mums played tennis, while dads tested their mettle in birdman competitions. Eddie Rabbitt loved a rainy night. But the era ended, along with Jacqui’s interest in staying put. Age 18, she packed her bags to pull pints in the UK. Nannying in Baltimore, USA, came next. Eventually, she made it to India before travelling home (overland) to study journalism at AUT. Today, Jacqui is a Wellington-based freelancer for Heritage New Zealand, Wilderness New Zealand, Motorcomes, Caravans and Destinations and US-based Food, Wine and Travel magazines. She still gets about. Italy, the US and the Solomon Islands recently. Coming up: Fiji and (maybe, fingers crossed) Tasmania for the Dark Mofo. Follow Jacqui on Twitter & Instagram @jacquigibson_ Mob: 027-212 9576

JAMES BLICK is a Madrid-based writer, specialising in travel and food. His work has been published in Metro, the Listener, the Sunday Star-Times, the Dominion Post and El País. He's available for assignments in Spain, Europe and North Africa and he speaks Spanish fluently.


JAMES HEREMAIA is a Master Photographer based in New Plymouth Taranaki. With a focus on tourism, travel and portraiture James has now added the role of tutor to his business delivering 3 ten week photography workshops that take amateur point and shoot photographers to budding professional photographers. Now in its second year the workshops are proving very popular however classes are being kept small to ensure students get the best tutoring possible. Editorial and commercial commissions continue to be serviced along with a new category, fashion, where personal model portfolios are created. For full details on James services visit an updated website going on line at the end of May 2011

P O Box 6101, New Plymouth.  Ph: (06) 751 3242 Mob: 027 216 7887  email:  

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JAN TRAFFORD Jan writes fiction and non fiction books and stories for children and teenagers.  Her books have been published by Reed (Raupo), Penguin (Puffin), Learning Media Ltd and Rainbow Reading Ltd.  Titles include:

-       Snowboarding (Reed 2003)

-       Mountain Biking (Reed 2003)

-       Motocross (Reed 2003

-       Free Stuff in the Post for Kiwi Kids (Puffin 2000)

-       Making Yoghurt (Learning Media 2003)

-       SK8! (Learning Media 2002)

-       Lifeguard (Rainbow Reading Ltd 2010)

-       -Rhythm and Shoes, Learning Media 2001

-       -Hinaki, Learning Media 2000

-       -Battle of the Bands, Rainbow Reading Ltd, 2009

Jan is a freelance writer but also writes commissioned manuscripts/articles if requested by publishers and/or editors.   She has recently started writing a few travel articles.


Jane Dove Juneau has a background in New Zealand newspaper photography, and has travelled extensively. Jane spent 17 years in the United States Eastern Sierra, working as a photographer, writer and newspaper/magazine editor. She has worked also as a freelance photographer for the Los Angeles Times, various magazines, book publishers and corporations. Back in New Zealand Jane now works as a freelance photographer for NZ House & Garden, NZ Life & Leisure, Your Home and Garden and photos/writing for NZ Today. She has published several books - The Spirit of Taranaki, Listen to the Heartbeat of the Earth, and The Sea Question with poems by Elizabeth Smither. Email:
JANE JEFFRIES is a freelance travel writer based in Auckland. She has travelled extensively international and throughout New Zealand.  Her work has been published in the New Zealand Herald, Herald on Sunday, Weekend Herald, Destinations, The Hobson, NZ Fishing News, TRAVELinc, International Traveller and more. Jane is also a travel blogger and writes regularly under her brand, Blog the Globe, as well as writing content for others including MasterCard, Spark New Zealand and Worldcare. Jane Jeffries Journalist / Travel Writer / Blogger BLOG THE GLOBE P +64 21 567 500 E W

JANE WARWICK is a writer from Auckland.  She was a founding member of Travcom and worked for many years within the travel industry media including Traveldigest, Traveltrade, Tabs On Travel, Business Travel News and Travel Today.  She had her own publication, Travel Bug, before on-selling. She has co-written a guide to New Zealand for American publisher, contributed travel articles to magazines including M2, Life & Leisure, Destinations, Let’s Travel, regional and national newspapers, in house publications, in-flight magazines and other journals.  She was the editor of Signature Magazine, BMW magazine, NZ and Espresso Magazine.  She was the winner of the Best Travel Article Written about New Zealand in the Travcom Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards in 2004.

78 Aberdeen Road, Castor Bay, Auckland 0620.  Mob:  (027) 663 9003  email: