Eleanor was awarded runner up New Travel Writer of the Year at the Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards 2017 and has had travel articles published by the New Zealand Herald, Gisborne Herald, Flight Centre NZ blog, and Explore Guyana 2019 - Guyana Tourism Board's annual tourism magazine. She also writes children’s fiction and non-fiction with articles, short stories, a picture book and short chapter books published by New Zealand and Australian, mainly educational, publishers.
Recent travels have been overland journeys – from Mexico City to Panama City, Colombia down to Brazil, Brazil to French Guiana, Guyana and Suriname, Buenos Aires to Santiago via Ushuaia. Other overland journeys in the last few years have been from Beijing to Xi’an, Hong Kong to Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. She also enjoys exploring New Zealand and cycling the rail trails. email:
EVA CADARIO has a passion for photography and has had her work published in travel guide books (Thomas Cook Publishing Travellers China, Bradmans Business Guides – Asia, Bradmans Guides – Far East) and in leaflets and brochures for Cancer Research Campaign, UK. She has exhibited her travel photographs of Mongolia in her solo exhibition “Landlocked” in Glasgow, and abstract work as part of a collective Christmas show, also in Glasgow. Her photo of a yellow crowned night heron featured in the 2007 calendar of the Galapagos Conservation Trust. Her written publications to date extend to medical research and a review of the film “The Devil and Daniel Johnston” in the Psychiatric Bulletin. Eva grew up in Germany, has lived in Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and Scotland, and currently resides in New Zealand. She has explored numerous countries on every continent except Antarctica.
EWAN McDONALD owns Turtle Pond Media, a communications, content, design and editing consultancy based in Auckland. As a freelance journalist, travel writer and editor, his work is regularly featured in the NZ Herald, nzherald.co.nz, MiNDFOOD and other New Zealand and overseas publications.
Previous roles include Managing Editor of Custom Publications for New Zealand's largest media company, APN, with responsibilities from travel publications to Motoring, Lifestyle, Food and Wine, Real Estate and Commercial Property, Entertainment and Sustainable Lifestyle & Business publications.
He and his staff have won more than 50 UN, international and national journalism awards including Travcom's 2011 Best Newspaper Travel Article (winner) and 2012 Best Story about a Journey (runner-up).
He was Founding Editor of New Zealand’s most awarded community newspaper, The Aucklander. For 12 years he was the country’s most widely read restaurant reviewer, featuring in Viva (NZ Herald) and www.nzherald.co.nz He has written about travel for more than 20 years, mostly for the NZ Herald, associated publications and the NZ Woman’s Weekly. His work spans Africa, Antarctica, Europe, Australia and America, as well as small and relatively perfectly formed islands and bylands between. His favourite place to visit is “the next one”.
Outside journalism Ewan is president of Travcom, the NZ guild of travel writers, photographers and industry professionals. He has been a national councillor for the NZ Football Association (now NZ Football) and led several sporting organisations and clubs.
FAY LOONEY is a landscape photographer and author of First Light Last Light Images of New Zealand (Hodder Moa Beckitt). New Zealand Lanscape Note card collection, authentic NZ& Australian Christmas card range.
FRANCES EDMOND is an Auckland-based freelance screenwriter, playwright, theatre reviewer (finalist in the 2009 Qantas Media Awards) and actor. A lifelong passion for travel – particularly in pursuit of ancient history – finally coalesced into words and her first travel article, on Uzbekistan, was published in the NZ Listener in December 2011.