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.
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.
I'M ANNA KING SHAHAB of Radish Media Ltd
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.
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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
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.
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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 More.com 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.
email: Website: http://barbaraunkovic.com/writers-retreat/