Travel Communicators Blog

Blog for travel writing,photography and publishing in New Zealand and internationally.
Lisa Scott is a Dunedin writer. Her first book, Travels with my Economist was the rather tearful result of six months spent living in India. Her second, Kindness and Lies is a memoir. She lives with a large economist and an uncomfortable amount of credit card debt.
Young Adventuress is one of the top ten travel blogs in the world geared towards women looking for hands-on, experiential travel. An American expat in New Zealand, Liz Carlson is widely regarded as one of the top independent travel influencers in the world. A Tedx speaker and the top Instagrammer in New Zealand, she has appeared on reality TV in the US and is frequently quoted and featured in top publications such as National Geographic, Forbes, the Travel Channel, Huffington Post, and Buzzfeed. She inspires people to go out and see the world on her blog through her writing and photography as well as on social media channels, of which she has several million followers.

LIZ LIGHT is an award winning travel writer and photographer.  She specialises in features for glossy magazines, is a regular contributor to North & South writing and photographing travel, outdoors and profile stories for it. Her stories and photographs are often featured in AA Directions,, New Zealand's most widely read publication. Next, publishes her travel stories and photography as does Woman's Weekly, Herald on Sunday and The Herald.  Liz is a past president of Travcom, (NZ Travel Communicators). 

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LORRAINE THOMSON is publisher of Methode Media, a company she set up in 1996 after working at the National Business Review.  She currently edits two full colour magazines – New Zealand’s leading travel industry magazine Travel Digest and New Zealand’s leading fitness magazine New Zealand Fitness.  Lorraine has a passion for travel and fitness and often combines the two, such as running Round Rarotonga Road Race, the London Marathon, the Paris Marathon, Cycling around Lake Taupo and trekking from one side of England to the other.  The company name Methode is a French word as in Methode Champenoise, pronounced as ‘met-ode’, the name stands for bubbly, sparkling, full bodied, refreshing, elegant and prestigious – characteristics the company embraces in both its staff and publishing work.  The French company name was chosen to reflect the publisher’s French heritage.

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LOUISE RICHARDSON has 20 years media experience in New Zealand and the UK. She isn't an intrepid traveller, having vowed many years ago never to grace the inside of a tent again. Her ideal destination has shops, good food, wine and lots of culture.

LYNN CLAYTON is a past president of the Photographic Society of New Zealand.  She is passionate about travel photography. Lynn has been a guest of the Chinese Govt. 4 times - she was part of the 'Tibet in The Eyes of 100 Photographers' Journey and resulting book. Her photography has won numerous awards in New Zealand and Internationally and her work hangs in homes around the globe. Currently Lynn does a lot of photographic judging the latest major event being the D-Photo Magazine Photographer of the year in 2013. Recently she judged the Festival of Photography monthly competition. Lynn also mentors photographers and teaches to small groups.   Lynn has recently completed a project photographing 33 apartment interiors in Auckland; a private publication. She has also published a number of books with Penguin NZ and laterly with Blurb.com http://store.blurb.com/my/books/ for her latest travel boos k.Check them out and enjoy....... The perfect gift! Lynn is available for CV photos, family portraiture and travel images. Amongst Lynn’s other achievements are numerous online articles about travel destinations locally and abroad.  #404 Oakridge, 10 Middleton Road, Newmarket, Auckland.  Ph: (09) 522 8467 Mob 021 404560  email:  Web: www.lynnclaytonphotography.com            Apartment #404Oakridge, 10 Middleton Road, Newmarket, Auckland.  Ph: (09) 522 8467 Mob 021 404560  email:

MARK COOTE is a Wellington based freelance photographer.  His experience and professionalism are valued by high profile clients in New Zealand and internationally.  With his relaxed and friendly style, Mark fulfils client briefs on all levels – quality, creativity, timeliness and price.  He has travelled and photographed in more than 35 countries, his favourites being India, Yemen, Uzbekistan, Cambodia and France.  He has had a number of travel articles published from this work and is available for assignments anywhere.

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Mark is an award-winning journalist and photographer and the author of a unique new series of interactive travel guides to New Zealand. “10 Years a Kiwi: Photo Guides to Enjoying New Zealand” is designed to help tourists get the most out of Aotearoa, and to encourage Kiwis and new immigrants to get out and explore the glory of their own back yard. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful photo galleries, packed with maps, brochures, PDFs and links to websites, the first in the series details the Auckland region in depth. It is compatible with any Apple device and is available on the iBook Store. Mark came to New Zealand in 2006 from Trinidad & Tobago where he lived for 10 years, garnering many awards for the Trinidad Express for his investigative reporting on development and environmental issues and their impact on the Caribbean travel industry and tourism product. Before he moved to Trinidad, where his wife’s family originate, Mark worked for two years for the award-winning UK Portsmouth News daily paper as a feature writer. In New Zealand he has written and photographed varied commercial assignments and his editorial writing and photography includes work for the New Zealand Herald and AA Directions magazine. His photography has featured on the covers of National Geographic Traveller magazine and New Zealand Geographic. He is trained and proficient in real estate photography and undertakes commissions to photograph and produce coffee table books of golf course landscapes for local golf clubs.
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Mark Watson is a Lyttelton-based photographer with over 30 years experience in the New Zealand outdoors. Landscape photography is Mark’s mainstay as a photographer but he also shoots adventure and travel. His images have been been published internationally and are represented by a number of stock agencies. His latest book Te Araroa, Photographs from New Zealand’s Long Pathway features photographs collected on a six month journey on foot from Cape Reinga to Bluff (Publication date Nov 2015). He is also co-author of Our Mountains, a book about 15 of New Zealand's most notable mountains. Up until 2009 Mark spent the better part of a decade working for the NZ Alpine Club as editor and designer for their various publications, including The Climber magazine.

Mark is currently cycling from Alaska to Patagonia, a nearly three-year journey due to be completed in autumn 2019.