Travel Communicators Blog

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

JOSHUA WINDSOR is a freelance photographer and writer based in Auckland, New Zealand.  An 8-month trip through South America in 2010 crystallized incipient interests in travel writing and photography and 2012 heralded his first published works – a travel article in the Listener and photographs in New Zealand Geographic, the Climber, and the New Zealand Alpine Journal.  In 2012 he was also the winner of photography competitions held by Camera Camera, Progear and Jason’s Travel media.  Joshua holds a B.A. in Art history and Anthropology from the University of Auckland, and is currently undertaking  Postgraduate Diploma in Museums Studies and Cultural Heritage, as well as an Honours degree in Philosophy.  In a part-time capacity he also works as the pictorial collection development technician at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

707 New North Road, Mount Albert, Auckland.  Mob:  022 092 9497  email:          

JUDITH DOYLE is a Wellington freelance journalist specialising in travel, outdoor pursuits and the arts. Her features and photographs are published in newspapers in New Zealand, mainly the Dominion Post and The Press and in two specialist magazines in New Zealand. She also contributes to newspapers in Australia where she worked for several years. She has won the NZ Travel Writers' Award and a PATA Gold Award, travel story category. Books published are: Pay for your Travel by Writing, a NZ Guide to Travel Writing; Older and Bolder, when age is no limit to outdoor adventure; and tea with my tapas, a new Zealand traveller enjoys the cultural challenges of Spain.

Apartment 3, 14 Oriental Terrace, Oriental Bay, WELLINGTON 6011. Ph: (04) 384 9454, Fax: (04) 385 6951, email:

JULIA THORNE is a photographer and writer based in Auckland. In the 15 years since working in news journalism and photography at the New Zealand Herald she has freelanced in photography and writing for editorial, public relations and corporate customers. Business niches include tourism, industrial, commercial, environmental and publishing. Julia contributes to New Zealand and overseas magazines including The Independent (UK), The Australian Way, Southern Skies, Signature, Marketing, Management, Ad Media, Next, NZ House and Garden, Style,  Pro Design, and FQ Entertaining. She has travelled extensively, exhibited work in London and New Zealand and supplies images to photo-stock libraries in both countries.

PO Box 33 1360, Takapuna, AUCKLAND 1310.  Mob: 0274 724 707 e-mail:

Justine is a professional journalist, award-winning travel writer and sub-editor from Gisborne, New Zealand with 20 years' experience in newspaper and freelance writing. Justine was a prize winner in the 2016 Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards, winning the NZ Maori Tourism Award for the Best Travel Story about a Maori Experience Winner for her Hollyford Track story published in Destinations magazine. Earlier stories about the Routeburn Track and Kepler Track were shortlisted in past awards. She has worked as a feature writer, news reporter, designer of an award-winning Newspapers in Education programme and sub-editor on news desks at The Gisborne Herald, and the Saturday publication, the Weekender. As a travel writer, Justine has been sponsored on trips in New Zealand and overseas including an international media famil with Switzerland Tourism and Swiss International Airlines; Taiwan Lantern Festival famil with Taiwan Tourism Bureau and China Airlines; Paradise Trail cycle tour near Queenstown with Revolution Tours; Ancient Kingdoms Classical Turkey tour with Innovative Travel Company; CroisiEurope Imperial Danube Cruise with Innovative Travel Company; NZ's Great Walks the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler tracks with the NZ Department of Conservation; villas, resorts and chalets in Santorini, Crete, Whangaparaoa (NZ), Arthur's Point (NZ), the Jagged Edge (Queenstown), Palm Beach (Australia), Bondi Beach and Sydney (Australia), Lilianfels Resort (Australia), Killcare (Australia) Grindelwald, Grimentz and Villars (Swiss Alps), Chamonix and Sixt Fer a Cheval (French Alps). Recent trips have included tramping the Hollyford Track in Fiordland with Ngai Tahu Tourism; snowshoeing in the Remarkables Range near Queenstown, and jet boating/wilderness hiking up the Dart River near Queenstown with Ngai Tahu Tourism; heli-hiking on Franz Josef Glacier with Ngai Tahu Tourism, and an Ancient Kingdoms tour of Morocco with Innovative Travel Company. Justine has developed a wide network of outlets for her work. Over 300 of her travel stories have been published in The New Zealand Herald, the Weekender, AA Directions, Yahoo Travel, Sunday Star Times, the Christchurch Press, Stuff Travel online, NZME network, World magazine, Australian Women's Weekly, NZ Woman's Weekly, UK Metro, NZ Tourism, The Luxury Travel Bible,, Destinations magazine, For the Love of Travel, Phuket News, Go Travel NZ, Let's Travel, NEXT magazine, Traverse Magazine, A Magazine, NZ Winegrower magazine and Backpacker Essentials. Justine graduated from the University of Canterbury with a BA in English and Psychology with honours papers in English literature (Otago University). She topped Otago University English Department winning the Stuart Prize for Women. She has post-graduate papers in sub-editing and feature-writing. Married for 36 years and mother of two adult daughters, she lives in rural surroundings 10 minutes from Gisborne with her husband Chris. She writes from a personal, quirky perspective.

Karl Puschmann is the Deputy Editor of AA Directions magazine.

Kate is a freelance writer, editor and researcher. She has been a steady contributor to the New Zealand Herald's Travel, Taste and Travel International, and Scoop Magazine (in Perth, Australia). She is the editor a political media platform called Peace News, her favourite place in the world is Coral Bay, and she misses hiking to the Saturday morning markets over the Lyttleton hills.

Kathryn Webster is editor of AA Directions (which features New Zealand and international travel stories) and is on the TravCom committee.

KAY HANNAM specialises in naturist travel and enjoys an endless summer by visiting Europe in our winter, finding interesting people and places, especially in the south of France. Her naturist travel articles are eagerly accepted by H&E Naturist, Naturist Life and The Australian Naturist. Holidays NZnaturally a guide to clothes free holiday destinations in New Zealand provides up to date information for the travelling naturist and has been published by Kay for ten years. She is currently Managing Editor of gonatural, the magazine for freedom lovers and those who embrace the naturist lifestyle. Kay has now written her memoir Nude with Attitude, a frank account of her passion for a clothes-free lifestyle.




2704 SH63, Wairau Valley, RD 1, BLENHEIM 7271. Ph: (03) 572 2681 Mob: 021 326 199

Keith Lyons is a New Zealand writer and photographer, previously based in Asia (south-west China/Myanmar). 

He contributed to a bestselling coffee-table book on Myanmar 'Best of Myanmar: hidden gems of the Golden Land' (2017, Knowledge Media), and 'Opening up Hidden Burma: journeys with - and without - author Dr Bob Percival' (2018, Duwon Press). 

His writing and photographs have been published around the world in newspapers, magazines, travel websites, journals and books. He has held exhibitions of his photographs in Ireland and the UK.


KELLY LYNCH - Kelly is a reliable photographer and writer providing editors with the complete package.   Drawing on her photography skills developed from years as a forensic photographer Kelly’s images are original and of exceptional quality.  Her work is regularly published in a variety of New Zealand magazines and her travel, wildlife images and travel stories are available for sale.  As well as regularly contributing camera reviews to D-Photo magazine Kelly also does portrait, wedding and event photography.   Travcom president in 2009, vice president 2008 & 2007, Kelly remains on the committee and advises on photographic matters.

Kelly can be contacted on 021 236-5800 or