Travel Communicators Blog

Blog for travel writing,photography and publishing in New Zealand and internationally.
Catherine McGregor is the digital editor at Metro, the Canon Media Awards' 2014 magazine of the year. Metro is a smart and stylish magazine for Aucklanders, covering the issues, trends and ideas they care about, from urban design debates to the city's best steamed dumplings.

Focusing primarily on food and culture writing, Catherine is passionate about seeking out the newest eateries, hippest hangouts and most inspiring people in whatever destination she visits. She writes regularly on new food openings and happenings around Auckland, and is on the judging panel for Metro's Restaurant of the Year, Best Cafes and Cheap Eats awards.

As digital editor of the magazine, she writes for and runs two websites ( and, three social media platforms and an iPhone app.

Catherine has lived in all four of New Zealand's main centres and spent a decade working in the music industry in London before transitioning into journalism. Recent travel stories include tech-boom San Francisco; finding good food in Oahu, Hawaii; and what to do in Wanaka, off the ski field.

Ph: (09) 303 9484 or 021 121 4427
Twitter: @MetroMagNZ

Metro media kit (PDF)

Charles Anderson is a New Zealand based journalist whose work has appeared in the International New York Times, National Geographic Traveler and the Guardian.
He was a finalist for the Senior Feature Writer of the Year at the 2012 
Canon Media Awards. He won Junior Reporter of the Year in 2011 and was a finalist in the Junior Feature Writer categories in both 2010 and 2011.
Charles initiated New Zealand's first foray into the world of longform multimedia journalism with Lost in the Long White Cloud (
He has worked in Africa, Indonesia, East Timor, Italy and India and covering everything from food crises and peacekeeping to the Venice Bienale and cricketing. He was named 
Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year in 2012.

Ph: 027 502 4637  Email: 

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CHERYL NORRIE is a highly experienced journalist who has worked in the UK, Central Europe, Australia and New Zealand.  Her best assignments have been interviewing the dissident writer and former Czech President Vaclav Havel in the Czech Republic, reporting on the challenges faced by the Slovenian government after the break-up of Yugoslavia, and writing about her experiences travelling across the US by Cadillac.  Her favourite European city is Budapest, where she lived for two years while working as an editor at the Hungarian News Agency and coordinating the publication of the Expatriate’s Handbook to Hungary.  More recently Cheryl has been writing about New Zealand towns and cities for the travel website and reviewing Wellington’s best hotels for Insight Guides.  Cheryl has worked as a reporter on the Otago Daily Times and the Dominion (now2 the Dominion Post) and is based in Wellington.

CHRIS CHAPMAN has travelled widely in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and writes about travel experiences and destinations beyond conventional travel itineraries. His articles and photographs have appeared in the Otago Daily Times , The Evening Post, The Press and The Marlborough Express. Chris was a finalist in the 2003 Cathay Pacific Awards for the ‘Best Article about a Journey’ category.


Ph: (021) 133 6413, email

CHRIS COAD is a Wellington based photographer.
P O Box 7002, Wellington.  Ph: (04) 473 0301 Mob: 027 4420005 Fax: (04) 473 0304 email: website:

CHRIS VAN RYN is an Auckland-based writer and photographer.  He runs a central Auckland studio where he divides his time between writing and commercial photography. His writing covers travel, investigative journalism and current affairs. See His photography practice works in the areas of events, corporate, food, travel and family. He has travelled extensively throughout the world and heads abroad several times each year as a photojournalist. Freestyle Event Photography P O Box 6111, Wellesley Street, AUCKLAND.  Ph: (09) 303 4833 Mob: 021 942 197 email:

Clare Gleeson is a Wellington writer and historian whose first book was published in 2012.  She particularly enjoys visiting places which have associations with the British Empire.  Clare has had travel articles published in The Otago Daily Times and The New Zealand Herald.


Ph: (04) 479 2554  Mob:  021 646515   Email:  


Darragh Walshe is the New Zealand representative for Tourism Ireland, a long-time sponsor of Travcom through the Travcom writing award for best story about Britain &/or Ireland. Tourism Ireland is responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.

Ph (09) 9772222

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TV3 travel journalist, Debbie Griffiths, is a multi-media expert. After 20 years presenting radio news nationwide, she left the voice booth to combine her two passions of writing and travel for the popular daytime television show, The Cafe. She now presents segments on destinations around New Zealand as well as overseas - including Fiji, Taiwan, the Whitsundays and the Hawaiian Islands. Debbie writes for and her articles have also been published in Travel Digest magazine, the NZ Herald, Ponsonby News and NZ Fitness magazine. She has made guest appearances to talk travel on RadioLIVE shows hosted by Mark Sainsbury, Lisa Owen, Wendyl Nissen and Trudi Nelson. Debbie is also a successful voice over artist – most widely recognised as the voice of self service checkouts at Foodstuffs supermarkets and is active on social media. Debbie returned to her hometown of Tauranga almost three years ago and is now proud to be a brand ambassador for Bay of Plenty Tourism.

Get inspired by her travels on Facebook:Debbie Griffiths – Travel Presenterand on Instagram: @debonthecafe

Contact: email:


Examples of Debbie's work:

TV segment on Kauai Island:

Stuff Article & TV segment on Great Barrier Island:

TV segment on Taupo's Graffiato Festival:

NZ Herald Article on Fiji's Yasawa Islands:

Stuff Article & TV segment on Dunedin:

RadioLIVE travel talk:



DENISE MATTHEWS   I was born in Christchurch and call it home, but I love waking up in new places.  My travels have taken me away from New Zealand for a total of nearly ten years (I call it a PHD in travel) to Sweden, Vietnam, Japan, across Africa, Brazil and the list goes on.  My favourite cities are Marseille, Lisbon and Hanoi, but I’m also quite partial to Goteburg, Kyoto and Sydney.  When I lived in Japan I had a series of articles published in Kansai Time Out.  Closer to home The Press, my writing and photos on sumo wrestling, dog sitting in Paris and a day at the beach in Venezuela have been published.  A short fiction piece has just been accepted for Takahe magazine.


DEREK MORRISON   At the age of 18 Derek Morrison embarked on a freelance photography career as a ski, snowboarding and surfing photographer for magazines in New Zealand, USA, Australia, UK and Europe.  He cut his teeth as an editor and staff photographer working on some of New Zealand’s best niche titles including NZ Surfing magazine and NZ Wilderness magazines.  In 2000 he relocated to Sydney, Australia and took a senior role with a global publishing company managing its action sports titles including Australian Mountain Bike Magazine, Australian and New Zealand Snowboarding, Australian and New Zealand Skiing, Outdoor Australia, Australian Skate Magazine and numerous other specialty titles.  In 2008 Derek returned to Dunedin, New Zealand and started his company Adventure Media Group Ltd, which has grown into a vibrant media business.  Adventure Media Group specialises in media, content, marketing and publishing for global clients.  His company also has strong links with tourism and conducts several media familiarisations and photography trips each year.  One of his projects is which has grown into a healthy publishing outlet.  Derek is married to Rachael and together they have three children: Taya (6), Rewa (4) and Keo (2).  They live in Dunedin where they enjoy surfing, mountain biking and snowsports together.

41 Earls Road, St Clair, Dunedin.  Ph: (03) 7421186  Mob:  021 139 8188  website: