Travel Communicators Blog

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

ANN HUSTON is a single mum from Cambridge who exploits her children by dragging them around the world then writing about their adventures. Her work has appeared in the Herald on Sunday, Your Weekend, Que magazine, NZ Woman’s Weekly, Waikato Times and the Manawatu Standard. She is a journalism graduate from Wintec and worked for many years as a journalist then editor at the Cambridge Edition community newspaper. Ann now freelances as a travel writer and photographer. At the 2011 Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards, Ann won the AA Directions Magazine Award for the Best Image with People with one of her photos from a four month trip to India with her sons who are now demanding royalties from published articles.

Contact:      021 1765 888

ANN-MARIE JOHNSON is Communications Manager for the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).  The Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) is the lead national private sector organisation speaking on behalf of the tourism industry. It is membership-based, with more than 1500 members who collectively make up about 85% of New Zealand's tourism turnover.


Tourism Industry Association, P O Box 1697, WELLINGTON.  Ph: (04) 496 5001, Fax: (04) 499 0827  Mob: 027 600 4565 email:   

I'M ANNA KING SHAHAB of Radish Media Ltd

 // +64 21 1587161

I keep busy writing on food and travel for a whole host of magazines, newspapers and digital platforms, as well as editing, consulting and copywriting for clients. I come from a magazine background and further back, as a qualified English as a second language teacher I taught in school in both Auckland and London.

I live in Auckland, New Zealand with my husband and two children, and we love to travel; we head off as often as we can. More than just about anything in life, I enjoy eating, and more so, exploring new flavours and techniques from cuisines all over the world. I guess if you’re food-curious, travel is imperative and I’m very lucky my husband and kids share this trait.

Some of the titles I contriubute to are: New Zealand Herald Travel, Herald on Sunday Travel, The Weekend Herald, Metro, Cuisine, Dish, KiaOra, NEXT, New Zealand Women's Weekly, Flight Centre Blog, Travel Associates Blog, and Cruisabout Blog. 

You'll find me online:

Instagram @radish._

Facebook: RAD/ISH

And if you’re passionate about the food scene in Auckland and want to join a lively conversation around it, you’ll want to check out the Facebook group I co-manage: Lazy Susan

Well known international travel correspondent Anne Van Dyke has successfully combined planning her clients' travel arrangements with sharing her in depth knowledge(and advice) via the media. She's presented a weekly travel slot on Breakfast TV and talks travel on Radio. Anne, also a published travel writer and columnist particularly enjoys bringing her latest travel experiences alive for listeners and readers alike. When travelling, she's drawn to the unusual and due to many years in the travel/tourism industry is astutely aware of what the traveller is looking for when choosing a holiday experience.
Anne's articles/columns have been published in periodicals such as the New Zealand Herald/Herald on Sunday,Next and Her magazine..and she presently writes on line for Coast FM.
NZ: She's co-hosted a weekly Travel Show on Radio Live and is a long time travel contributor to NewstalkZB.
Abroad: A guest on various Radio shows.

As Anne's focus is on both the "baby boomer" and "thinking tourist" demographic she especially enjoys writing about the burgeoning eco, local food and artisan tourism markets.

Anne's contacts: 0274 796 833 or 09 420 2963

Anthea Noonan Wade is based in Auckland, New Zealand. Her love of writing has developed and grown with each of year of extramural study at Massey University, where she has completed the papers for an English Major but yet to complete those for the Media Studies major. Anthea is currently taking a sabbatical from her studies to revive her Contractor business (specializing in Accounting, Finance and Project Management) and establishing The Artful Compendium blog. Anthea is neither a published writer nor a winner of literary awards and her photography talent is raw however, she has a passion for combining these two modalities on social media platforms as it is exciting and affords opportunities she feels may not be available to her through the channels of traditional media.

ASHLEIGH GILCHRIST.   Ashleigh graduated in journalism and public relations with AUT University in 2011. Her role at ProMag Publishing sees her writing for ProMag's cornerstone publication Meeting Newz, New Zealand's magazine for meetings, incentives, conferences and events, and TRAVELinc, which focuses on offshore incentive travel and high end leisure. Ashleigh also helps coordinate two industry trade shows, Convene, which brings together business events suppliers in the greater Auckland region, and PAICE, an expo for travel agents, managers and event organisers to meet offshore event suppliers, tourism operators, accommodation providers and convention bureaux.

ProMag Publishing Ltd, PO Box 60154, Auckland 0642.  Ph: +64 9 818 7807  Mobile: +64 21 236 8324    website:

2013 Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year. Babiche has been shooting professionally for 13 years and is currently working as a staff photographer for The New Zealand Herald, where she shoots predominantly for Viva magazine. She has won multiple awards over the years for her fashion (Qantas and PANPA), lifestyle and portrait (SND), and travel photography (Travcom). As well as her full time role at the Herald, her other passion is styling and photographing cookbooks. She has photographed and styled 6 cookbooks to date, including The Caker, and both TVNZ’s The Food Truck cookbooks. She also photographs and styles chef Michael Van de Elzen’s food column for New Zealand Woman’s Weekly magazine. In whatever spare time she has left she continues to explore new countries as much as possible combining her three favourite things; travelling, food and photography.

BARBARA UNKOVIC Barbara Unković was born in Whangarei New Zealand and now resides in central west France in an old restored mill property set on six hectares of woodland and gardens where she has set up a ‘B and B’ in a quaint 18th century, romantic cottage.   As well as her short stories published by in the USA, she has been successful in more than twenty-six writing competitions in the UK.

Barbara's writing has featured consistently on the long and short lists for Fish Publishing competitions during the last three years.  Barbara is the author of four published books - ‘Adriatic Blue’, a collection of 30 fictional short stories; ‘Weeds in the Garden of Eden,’ a non-fiction travel novel which paints the picture of her return to Croatia, seeking out her ancestors and her subsequent purchase of an uninhabited 200 year old stone house, ‘Naughty Noosa Meets the New Neighbours’, a colour illustrated children’s book and ‘Moon Walking’, a collection of 37 pieces of short fiction.  Her next book ‘A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’, the sequel to Weeds in the Garden of Eden will be published early in 2014. Examples of Barbara’s work and full details about Moulin de Rochoux, the cottage available for rent can be found on her website.

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Belinda Cooke is an ex-book publisher who now runs her own publishing, marketing and communications consultancy. During her 16 years as managing director of New Holland she oversaw the commissioning and publication of a number of best-selling travel books, and has worked closely with several other Travcom members, both as authors and editors. With a background also in journalism, public relations and advertising, she combines these skills to assist clients in a range of fields that include publishing, the arts, food, wine and health. Her wine-related marketing activity includes writing profile pieces on wineries and winemakers from as far afield as Argentina, Italy and South Africa, though sadly a trip to the vineyard isn’t usually involved. Tel: 09 4460115 Mob: 021 481044 Email:
Public Relations Specialist at G Adventures, Australia & New Zealand