BILL LENNOX is a researcher, writer and communications practitioner living in Wellington and Waitarere Beach. "After Andrew - Two Kiwis cross Australia" is about his trip through Australia following the diary of his grandfather, a bush cyclist and missionary in Kakadu from 1899. Other work includes "Film and Fiction - Studies of New Zealand Fiction and Film Adaptations" (Longman Paul, 1985). He was an English teacher, Auckland theatre reviewer for Listener in the eighties and later communications manager at NZQA. A recipient of a Northern Territory Government History Grant, he has published the edited memoir of his grandfather and is currently writing the story of the land that was the site of Andrew's mission station and the history of the indigenous family who are now back on that land. Bill's travel stories have been published in Listener, NZ Today, The Press and AA Directions.
BOB MARRIOTT is a freelance writer-photographer. His writing and photographs have been published in most New Zealand newspapers and magazines including, The NZ Herald, Dominion Post, The Press, Otago Daily Times, Sunday Star Times, The Listener, NZWW, New Idea, Investigate, Lifestyle, Alfresco and Travel Digest. Extensively travelled his work has also appeared in Australia, Asia, Britain
and the USA. Bob has done several commissions for Fodor's Guide books including NZ, the South Pacific and Malaysia and has a comprehensive library of pictures from around the world.
BRETT ATKINSON is a fulltime travel and food writer who specialises in adventure travel, unusual destinations, and surprising angles on more well-known destinations. Recent stories have included exploring the colonial heritage of Rangoon, negotiating the street food scene of Hanoi, and experiencing how cuisine is breaking down traditional enmities in Lebanon. Brett’s work appears regularly in NZ's highest circulation publications including the NZ Herald, the Listener, World, Dish and both major Sunday newspapers. Internationally, he's recently been published in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong, and is a regular travel contributor to the BBC and Lonely Planet websites. Brett also writes guidebooks for Lonely Planet, and contributes to other LP titles including Best in Travel, The World's Best Street Food and the Food Lover's Guide to the World.
See www.brett-atkinson.net for Brett’s current travel schedule and examples of his writing and photography.
BRIAN WESTWOOD is Marketing Manager for YHA New Zealand. YHA is New Zealand's largest network of backpackers/hostels with 21 owned hostels throughout New Zealand and 26 associates operating under the YHA brand. YHA is all about connecting travellers with New Zealand, New Zealanders and the environment communicates these values through a range of print and online mediums. Brian has been with Travcom for several years and is interested in using the network to source writers, photographers and great New Zealand stories to support YHA's work.
BRINDI JOY is a Christchurch-based travel writer and photographer who specialises in writing about New Zealand travel for backpackers and adventurous kiwis. She works for the Youth Hostels Association of New Zealand (YHA New Zealand), a not-for profit established in 1932. In addition to being YHA’s author and photographer, she has also been editor for the association’s member magazine, Hostelling HorizoNZ. Her recent print stories have included exploring the sustainable efforts of the small North Island community of Raglan, discovering the Auckland beyond Queen Street and seeking out New Zealand’s elusive bird—the kiwi—on Stewart Island. Internationally, she has recently been published in the UK, Canada and Australia to promote New Zealand travel abroad.
CAROLINE CRICK is English by birth but has lived in New Zealand since the mid 1980s. Her varied career has taken her from dairy farming in some remote corners of New Zealand to staff writer and photographer for a Nelson media company. She now works as a freelance writer and photographer for local and national clients. She has experience in writing about business, farming, travel, tourism, architecture and interiors. Recent work has been published by AA Directions, Wild Tomato, Resene Habitat magazine and Fairfax publications. She is a member of the AIPA.
Caroline can be contacted on 027 545 8534 or by email . Her photography work can be seen at www.carolinecrick.co.nz
I am an Aucklander who lives in Ventimiglia on the Italian-French Mediterranean border. I enjoy writing about intriguing and unusual destinations and am the author of “Portraits of the Riveriera” (NZ). My travel articles have appeared in various magazines. As well as travel, my interests include local history, environmental issues, organic vegetable gardening and genealogy. My ebook titles include
"Triora - not only witches" http://amzn.to/1gZJjzF , "How the British came to Bordighera on the Italian Riviera" http://amzn.to/1bjXoW3 , "Several slightly spooky short stories set on and around the Italian Riviera" http://amzn.to/18RxYgu , "How to explore Ventimiglia Alta on the Italian Riviera" http://amzn.to/11I5YcK , and "An A-Z of Italian street names and the stories they tell of Italian history" http://amzn.to/11I6eZs.
I am a qualified and experienced proofreader and copy editor, translator (from Italian to English) and English teacher.
I am always happy to hear from Travcom members who are visiting my corner of Europe. I can provide articles on destinations in western Liguria and suggestions for exploration and accommodation in Ventimiglia Alta and surroundings.
CATHERINE BELL is an Auckland-based cook and independent food and culinary writer. Apart from food, which has been a consuming passion and the focus of my career for more than 30 years, I live to travel. My (now grown) children have been heard to suggest that I spend more time traveling than at home as they were growing up. This is, sadly, not quite true. For the past eight years I have travelled widely on behalf of Dish magazine, which I co-founded in 2004. Now though I am happily free to contribute to any publication. My other job, as an importer and distributor of culinary related products from as far –afield as Spain, Morocco and Bangladesh, also takes me to some interesting destinations each year. Already on the agenda for the first half of 2012 are Istanbul, Copenhagen, South Australia, Melbourne and New York. As a hopeless Francophile I confess France is my favourite country but I will go wherever the wind takes me – there’s still a lot of the world to see. In addition to my regular blog posts I contribute to www.Foodie.co.nz on a variety of subjects and am often heard on National Radio, with Kathryn Ryan, discussing my latest travels and the culinary discoveries made on them.
CATHERINE HOWARD Although I have eighteen years in the Travel Industry, having been involved in the retail and wholesale fields, my love of travel started 29 years ago with the obligatory trip to Australia. More recently I rediscovered my affinity for writing when I commenced an English Degree with Massey on a distance learning basis. No awards, no published article but now just a desire to combine travel and writing and to see where it takes me.
CATHERINE MASTERS is an award-winning journalist who loves to travel. She has recently stepped into the world of freelancing after 20 years with the New Zealand Herald. For ten of those years she worked mainly on the Weekend Herald concentrating on feature writing. She undertook various assignments abroad, including the trial of Sir Peter Blake’s killers in Macapa, Brazil and the Boxing Day Tsunami in Thailand. She has written numerous travel stories for the Herald’s travel magazine, including on Africa, outback Australia, Germany, Las Vegas and India. Prior to the Herald her travel highlight was sitting down with mountain gorillas in the Congo, then settling and working in London. She has a degree in anthropology and can be contacted at or on 021 665 262