Travel Communicators Blog

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

JENNY HAWORTH is a freelance journalist, non fiction and fiction writer.  As a journalist she has specialised in travel, the fishing industry, heritage, the outdoors, food and the arts. Her articles were published widely both here and overseas.  More recently she has specialised in writing books. Her first novel Hobsons' Chance was published in 2003 and her second Lost Souls  (Hazard) tells the story of New Zealand soldiers in the Boer War.  Her third novel, The Undone Years, was set in New Zealand and Europe in the aftermath of World War I.  She is also the author of New Zealand Past and Present and Auckland Past snd Present,as well as The Art of War; New Zealand artists in the Field 1939-1945 and Behind the Twisted Wire, New Zealand Artists in World War I.  Her current project marks a return to travel writing and is a travel memoir of her experiences in Vienna, Budapest and Prague since 1975.  She is also working on a novel on New Zealanders in Italy in World War II.  She also runs a small publishing company Wily Publications Ltd which has assisted many new writers to be published.

302 Lake Terrace Road, Shirley, CHRISTCHURCH. 8061  Ph/Fax: (03) 385 4754, Fax: (03) 385 4756, email:

JILL GARDNER New Zealand Representative for Hawai’i Tourism.

Private Bag 92136 AUCKLAND. Ph (09) 9772234 Fax (09) 9772212


JILL MALCOLM has been the editor of six magazines including Home and Building magazine (deputy editor) Headway magazine, Air New Zealand Inflight magazine Pacific WaveAA Traveller for the NZ Automobile Association,  Third Age magazine, and Motorhomes Caravans and Destinations magazine. She has also free-lanced for many New Zealand and overseas publications and written four travel books: An Absolutely Outrageous AdventureTop Ten Lodges of New Zealand (Random House Publishing, 1995); At Home on the RoadBoutique Lodgings of New Zealand (2002 and 2004).  In 2003, her book At Home on the Road won the inaugural Whitcoulls Travel Book of the Year Award.  To be published, in August, 2011 is The Great Kiwi Motorhome Guide which is  co-authored with Bill Savidan. She was joint-founder and a past president of the New Zealand Travel Writer’s Association and has travelled widely in New Zealand, Australia, South America, Africa, and many others countries.   Jill tutors in travel and creative writing at the University of Auckland Continuing Education.    She lives with her husband Bill Savidan.  The couple have been on the road for the past two years. Five months of the that time was spent in central and Western Australia travelling with a caravan and the remainder was spent travelling in their motorhome in New Zealand. When not on the move the couple live in Auckland.

4 Jutland Street, Mairangi Bay, AUCKLAND. Ph: (09) 478-5281, Mob: 021 379 090, email.

JILL WORRALL was the 2005 Travcom Travel Writer of the Year and has won numerous other awards, including two Qantas media awards for feature writing. Her first travel book, A Blonde in the Bazaar, was a runner-up in the WH Smith Travel Book of the year. Two other titles have been published: Two Wings of a Nightingale(Iran) and Tales from the Petra Hills (the Bedouin of Wadi Musa). She write regular travel articles for the Timaru Herald and Latitude magazine. Jill is also an international tour manager (specialising in roads less travelled such as Central Asia, the Caucasus and Iran)and has just launched WWWalks (, specialising in walking tours to Ireland (more destinations to come) 


23 Bowker Street, Timaru NZ  (0064) 3 684 9231     

Jo Percival is a freelance writer available for hire. Formerly the Deputy Editor of AA Directions magazine, Jo spent four and a half years honing her travel writing and photography skills on assignments around New Zealand and the world. But more than just writing, she understands the mechanisms of magazine production – from liaising with advertising sales teams, to overseeing photo shoots and getting each issue through to print. Since 2013 Jo has been working as a freelancer on projects that include writing, proofreading, subediting, interviewing, researching, copywriting and website development. She also still regularly contributes travel stories, feature articles and photography to AA Directions magazine.

JOANNA WANE is an award-winning travel writer and deputy editor of North & South magazine, one of the last bastions of long-form journalism in New Zealand. Focusing on the people and places of Aotearoa – with occasional side trips to Australia and the Pacific Islands and further afield – North & South travels from the cities to the heartland in search of intriguing tales, always accompanied by high-quality original photography.

Bauer Media Ltd, Private Bag 92512, Wellesley Street, AUCKLAND. Ph: (09) 366 9509, Mob: (027) 5630 486, Email

Jo is a journalist and editor with an established career in the lifestyle genre, encompassing travel, food and design. Her work has been published in Vogue, Delicious, Kia Ora, HOME, Cuisine, Taste, Life & Leisure, InsideOut, Fashion Quarterly, ELLE, Good, Wine Spectator,,,, Australian Women’s Weekly, Next, Woman’s Day and New Idea.

Jo’s byline is synonymous with an engaging writing style. With her strong copy-editing skills, she has earned a reputation for delivering informed, compelling and accurate copy to deadline. Jo resides in New Zealand and has also lived in Australia, Hong Kong, England and Sri Lanka and travelled extensively in many other countries.

Ph 021 382 698

JOCELYN WATKIN is a full-time writer, freelance journalist and blogger and is based in Auckland.  She has written for numerous magazines and newspapers and she was the first ever travel blogger (writer)-in-residence in Zell an der Mosel (Germany) in October 2011. She was also the expedition leader and journalist for a sponsored odyssey to drive around the world in a classic Land Rover.

She created the Eventful Woman blog and character to show how anyone can 'get a life' and travel the world. She is an experienced Indie Publisher (self-publisher) and has published several books (both print and e-books). She has lectured on sales management for Manukau Institute of Technology and taught courses on “How to self-publish, blog and sell books online” for the University of Auckland’s Centre for Continuing Education. She has tertiary qualifications in journalism, teaching and management, including a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). She has also worked in sales for over 25 years.

Ph: +64 27 493 9851    Email:                          Twitter:  @EventfulWoman 

John Bishop is an experienced journalist (Radio NZ, TVNZ  National Business Review) who has returned to writing about aviation, tourism, travel, destinations and the experiences that he enjoys. These include the places we visit and what we eat and drink. He talks on the radio, presents to audiences and entertains as a speaker and MC. His work in the travel sector will be displayed on his website,

JOHN MCCRYSTAL is a Wellington-based freelance writer and photographer. His interests include travel, the outdoors, sport and old cars.  John has travelled extensively within New Zealand and a little abroad.  He has a special affinity with the far north of New Zealand and with the Pacific.  He has published
twenty non-fiction titles, and has also published a handful of short stories and a single radio play, which was broadcast by National Radio. In 2006 and 2008, he won the Heritage Hotels Award for Best Travel Story about New Zealand, and in 2008 was Cathay Pacific/Travcom Travel Writer of the year.


Mob:  027 337 8536

JOHN SUMMERS is a communications professional and freelance travel writer. His writing and photographs have appeared in the Listener, the Christchurch Press and New Zealand Wilderness magazine, and he is a co-founder of and contributor to the outdoor journal He has lived in Japan and China, and travelled extensively in Asia. His fiction and creative writing has also appeared in several publications.


JOJI JACOB is an independent web & mobile developer and director of a newly established family-owned tour company offering personally escorted tours to South India.   Joji has travelled extensively through India (country of origin), Oman, Malaysia (wife’s country of origin) and Thailand. He is very keen on recording travels through videos (sample of his work is viewable on the iSpice Tours website). He loves cooking and has expanded his knowledge of countries and their culture and customs through their cuisine.

 Ph: (04) 4753519                                email:                  

I was recently honoured to win the Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year (2014) award, and was also named as the New Zealand National Award Winner in the Sony World Photography Awards for 2013. I have also received numerous other awards, both overseas and in New Zealand, and I have also had my travel photos and writing published in D Photo Magazine. I am an active member of the Photographic Society of New Zealand and was awarded my Licentiate in Photography in 2014.

I am very passionate about travel photography and would love to assist with your travel photography needs.

Mobile:  0225444369