Travel Communicators Blog

Blog for travel writing,photography and publishing in New Zealand and internationally.
KIRSTEN RØDSGAARD-MATHIESEN is a Danish-born, truly remarkable media whiz with a B.A. in journalism and a degree in PR/marketing. Through her company, MAD FROG PRODUCTIONS, she has travelled and worked in many countries and her print work (including many travel stories) has appeared in more than 100 publications in Scandinavia, Europe, the UK, USA and New Zealand (i.e. NZ House&Garden, NEXT, Urbis, The Press, Your Home&Garden, NZ Magazine, NZ Herald). Kirsten's journalistic career spans more than 20 years. As a news and feature journalist she has covered a vast number of subjects in her native Denmark and overseas. In later years - especially since moving to New Zealand in 2002 - she has focused on some of her passions: design, travel, food and wine. Thanks to mingling and mixing with lots of wine people from all over New Zealand, attending uncountable wine-tastings and writing about wine, Kirsten has gathered a fair bit of knowledge about the modern wine industry here - and this has (so far) resulted in the award-winning PASSION, PINOT & SAVVY - a fabulous ebook on New Zealand WINE and WOMEN winemakers: Since it was published in May 2014 it has been getting great reviews both nationally and internationally. Alongside her journalistic career, Kirsten is also a sought-after guide for quality-seeking tourists in New Zealand, the Pacific, Japan, Australia and USA. Kirsten is based in Nelson but her world is limitless. P.O.Box 7180, Nelson Mail Centre, Nelson 7042.  Ph:  (03) 539 4757

KRIS MADDEN is a multi-award winning journalist specialising in eco and sustainable tourism. She is also editor of the monthly Australian travel trade magazine Traveltalk Asia Pacific.  Her articles have appeared in numerous Australian and international print and online publications including The Australian; Australian Geographic; Discovery Channel Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald; The Age; Sun Herald; Sunday Telegraph; Cruise Passenger, Vacations and Travel magazine and the Yahoo!Xtra NZ travel site, amongst others. She is also a contributor to a number of books, including Lonely Planet’s ‘Code Green – Trips of a lifetime that won’t cost the Earth’; the National Geographic Adventure Atlas of Australia.
In 2007, she was named Travel Writer of the Year Trade/Industry by the Australian Society of Travel Writers and won Best International Story under 1000 words the same year. She has also been a finalist in the Australian Federation of Travel Agents ‘Best Travel Writer’ award for two consecutive years.
She is immediate past president of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and a member of the Foreign Correspondents Association.

PO Box 900, Newport Beach, NSW, Australia, 2106. Email

LEANNE ERCEG has worked in the travel/tourism industry since 2002 as an independent contractor, guide and travel broker. She has personally travelled regularly to Europe, USA and Asia and the South Pacific.  Leanne has worked as PR agent to Konica Minolta Offshore Powerboat Race Team and NZ Offshore Powerboat Association .   Email:    Mob:  021 825821

LIAM NADEN is a freelance travel writer and the Guide to New Zealand Travel for As well as writing and being responsible for all of the editorial content for the New Zealand Travel website his writing has appeared in a number of other publications.

Specialist areas Liam covers are New Zealand and South Pacific travel, sailing and wine.  Liam also works in partnership with travel photographer Malene Holm.

Ph:   021 025 845 24

LINDSAY WRIGHT Almost 75% of the planet is covered by ocean and Lindsay has the qualifications and experience to cover voyages ashore and afloat.  He is a qualified ship master, experienced sailor and trained journalist.  He is also the author of three books.  His stories have appeared in North & South, Boating NZ, NZ Listener, NZ Today, Trade A Boat, Cruising World (and other overseas publications), plus national and provincial newspapers.

255 St Ives Grove, Whalers Gate, New Plymouth 4310.  Mob:  027 275 8138  email: