2018  judges

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Allan Baddock

Allan is a journalist, screen writer, film and documentary maker who has covered scientific, health, social, and environmental issues for newspapers, magazines, radio, and television over 40-plus years. His work includes science, and natural history films for broadcasters in 130 countries, as well as high profile NZ documentaries, covering the country’s environmental management, revolutionary designer John Britten, the 1990 Aramoana massacre, the controversial Bain family killings, the ozone hole, and climate change. He frequently serves as executive producer, series editor, story and script editor for local and international television and film productions.

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Andrew Holden

Andrew Holden was a journalist for more than 35 years in Australia, New Zealand and England. He was Editor of The Press for four and a half years (through the Christchurch earthquakes) and then Editor-in-Chief of The Age, Melbourne, for another four years. Both titles won Best Daily Newspaper at Panpa during his tenure.

Since leaving journalism he has been the Head of Communications for Cricket Australia, and recently returned to New Zealand to become the Director Communications for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.
Andrew has been a judge for the Walkley Awards in Australia and the Ifra Asia Media Awards.

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Ant Phillips

Antony Phillips is General Manager of Pagemasters, a division of Australian Associated Press and global leader in the provision of editorial production solutions to media and other sectors. He is a former editor of Hawke's Bay Today and held senior editorial management roles at the Herald on Sunday, Sunday Star Times and Sunday News. 


Bernard Lagan

Bernard Lagan, a former New Zealand journalist of the year, began his career on The Dominion and covered the last Muldoon government and the first Lange government from the press gallery before joining the The Sydney Morning Herald in 1987.

Bernard covered New South Wales state politics before joining the Canberra press gallery. He later became national editor, then chief of staff on the The Sydney Morning Herald. He later wrote for the newspaper from New York before returning to Sydney where he is the Australian correspondent for The Times (London).

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Bill Ralston

Bill Ralston’s career as a journalist, editor and broadcaster, working in television, radio and print in New Zealand spanned more than 30. He worked for TVNZ, TV3, ACP magazines and also contracted for various roles with Sky TV, MediaWorks, NZ Magazines, Fairfax, Bauer, APN and TRN.
 His roles included political editor for TV3, host of the Ralston Group at TV3, editor of Metro magazine and Head of New & Current Affairs at TVNZ.

For the past several years Bill has been working with his wife, Janet Wilson in their communications company, Deadline Ltd, providing clients with media training, communications strategies and crisis management.

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Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson has been the CEO of Australian Associated Press (AAP) since 2010. He began his career as a cadet journalist in regional Victoria, before moving to community newspapers in Melbourne and a stint in the UK. Bruce joined The Herald and Weekly Times in Melbourne in 1980. He moved to the Sun News-Pictorial in 1985, working in various several senior editorial roles. He was also the founding deputy editor of the Sunday Sun, now the Sunday Herald Sun. In 1991 Bruce formed Pagemasters, a design and editing services company. In 2002, Pagemasters was acquired by AAP, and Bruce stayed on as managing director until his appointment as AAP’s CEO.

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Bill Moore

Bill Moore completed the Wellington Polytechnic journalism course in 1972 and has been a print journalist, on and off, ever since.  He was with the Hawke's Bay Herald-Tribune for three years before eight years overseas, joining the Nelson Mail in 1984. There he was a proof reader, reporter, chief reporter, deputy editor and editor, spending his last years at the Mail as the newsroom's senior writer. He left in 2016 and is currently editor of the Seafood New Zealand magazine.

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Cate Brett

Cate Honoré Brett is an award-winning writer with 20 years’ experience as a journalist, including a five-year stint as editor of the Sunday Star Times. She has an enduring interest in the rights and responsibilities of the news media and in 2013 worked with media and privacy law expert, Professor John Burrows, on the Law Commission’s report to Government recommending the establishment of a single converged standards body for all New Zealand news media.

She is currently working as Chief Advisor, Judicial Communications and Development, in the Judicial Office for Senior Courts. She retains an active interest in the constitutional role of the news media and last year contributed to a new book on the future of journalism in New Zealand, titled Don’t Dream It’s Over: reimagining journalism in Aotearoa.  She is an occasional contributor to The Spinoff.

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Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is the former editor of Weekend Life in the New Zealand Herald, and Simply You Living, deputy editor of Simply You, and New Zealand launch editor of Houzz.com, a contributor to The Spinoff, Paperboy and Noted.

Her writing includes travel, food and gastronomy, lifestyle, urban design and architecture and she has published two non-fiction books. 

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Cathy Strong

Dr Catherine Strong teaches journalism and multi-media communication at Massey University.  

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Cheryl Norrie

Cheryl Norrie is a Wellington journalist whose work has been published in a wide range of newspapers and magazines including the Dominion Post, the science journal Nature Biotechnology and the Australian women’s magazine, ME.
Cheryl lived in Eastern Europe for three years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when she interviewed Czech President Vaclav Havel for the New Zealand Press Association, worked as an English language editor at the Hungarian News Agency (MTI) and put together a guidebook for expats living in Hungary.
Recent gigs have included writing features for the Dominion Post’s motoring section and covering New Zealand affairs for the German Press Agency, DPA.

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Clive Lind

Clive Lind left a shearing gang to become a cadet at The Southland Times. He went on to work for Truth before returning to The Times. After eight years as editor, he joined The Evening Post, becoming its last editor. After a short stint at The Manawatu Standard, he took up a development role with Fairfax Media. His career ranged from pounding out stories on a Smith Corona Sterling to helping train young journalists to shoot, edit and file videos from the field using iPhones. He continues to write, his latest being two children’s books.

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Daron Parton

Daron Parton is a graduate of Central St Martins School of Art London. He moved from the UK 20 years ago with his New Zealand-born wife. Daron has been illustrating for 25 years in NZ but also in the UK, Europe, US and Australia. Predominately in editorial he has also worked on advertising, packaging and animation projects. 

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David King

David King started as a junior reporter at The Waikato Times in 1992 and spent the next 21 years in journalism. He is the former general manager of Fairfax Editorial Services, and former editor of The Timaru Herald. He also worked as business news editor, chief reporter and digital editor at The Press and worked as a business journalist in London and Edinburgh for seven years. He is now Corporate Affairs Manager at Ryman Healthcare.

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Deborah Coddington

Deborah Coddington has worked as a journalist, broadcaster, and writer since 1972 with many media organisations - Metro, North & South, Herald on Sunday, Sunday Star Times, BBC World Service, Radio Live, and Newstalk ZB - winning numerous awards, including the Qantas Feature Writer of the Year, and the Wolfson Press Fellowship to Cambridge University.

From 2002-2005 she was an MP for the Act Party. Deborah’s memoir, The Good Life on Te Muna Road (Random House, 2015) sold out, and her next book, with photographer Jane Ussher, will be published in November 2018.

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Deborah Hill Cone

Deborah Hill Cone has a background a hundred years ago as an award-winning financial journalist and was slightly more recently named best columnist (humour and satire) in 2015 for her weekly column in the New Zealand Herald. She has written short stories and television drama and is currently studying psychotherapy.

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Debra Millar

Debra Millar began her career as a reporter on the New Zealand Herald in the 1980s before moving to Australia, where she worked at the Melbourne Herald. Returning to New Zealand in 1990, she spent 15 years in a range of senior roles on New Zealand magazines, rising to Group Publisher at ACP Magazines.

In 2009 she moved into book publishing, working first as Publishing Manager for Annabel Langbein Media. She joined Penguin New Zealand in late 2010 as General Manager of Publishing and with the merger of Penguin and Random House in 2015 was appointed Publishing Director for Penguin Random House New Zealand. She has recently set up her own small publishing company, Point Publishing Limited, providing a full range of publishing services to clients.

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Donna Chisholm

Donna Chisholm is editor-at-large of North & South magazine and a senior writer for the NZ Listener. She began her career at the Auckland Star in the 1970s and became the paper’s first female chief reporter before moving to the Sunday Star and Sunday Star-Times, where she was deputy editor. In 2009, she joined Metro magazine and North & South.  She has been named the Qantas/Canon (newspaper/magazine) feature writer of the year three times, was awarded the inaugural nib health journalism scholarship (senior) in 2016, and received the NPA’s outstanding achievement award for contribution to journalism in 2017.

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Fay McAlpine

Fay McAlpine is a graphic designer with a background in publishing, advertising and corporate design and a passion for typography. She has over 15 years’ experience designing corporate identity systems and publications for DesignWorks, working in their Wellington, Auckland and Sydney offices.

Fay is interested in experimenting with letter form and handmade type, environmental graphic design, information and editorial design, alternative book structures, binding techniques, design methodology, contemporary art and design history.

Fay teaches visual communication design at Massey University. Specialisations are teaching typographic fundamentals, type history, publication design, typographic practice in spatial environments and interpretive, navigational or informational typography.
 She has been an assessor for both Best Awards and the International Society Typographic Designers.

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Felicity Anderson

Felicity Anderson was a journalist for 28 years before setting up Trio Communications, a PR agency that uses a contractor business model and doesn’t do “fluffy stuff”. Between 1990 and 1995 Felicity was programme leader and senior lecturer in journalism at AUT.

Her last journalism posts were as chief reporter of The National Business Review and business editor of TVNZ’s nzoom.com, then NZ’s leading online business news source. Felicity has been self-employed - as a freelance/contractor, owning a sports import and retail business and now Trio Communications - for 23 years.

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Foster Niumata

Near the end of the typewriter era, Foster Niumata started his journalism career doing cops and councils at the Kawerau Gazette and Whakatane's Radio 1XX. At school he contributed to the Franklin County News. After graduating from the first journalism course at Waiariki, he grew up in the New Zealand Herald sports department. Sports took him all over the country, so he went and checked out the world. He's yet to come back. Still covering and editing sports, he's with The Associated Press in London. He doesn't miss typewriters.

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Fran Tyler

Fran Tyler trained as a primary school teacher and subsequently worked as a reporter in community newspapers and at The Dominion and The Dominion Post. During her time at those newspapers she also worked as a sub-editor and assistant chief reporter. On leaving The Dominion Post, she worked as a media manager for the Green Party in Parliament for five years. She completed a Master of Journalism in 2016 and is currently working on a PhD in Journalism. She is also a lecturer on the Master of Journalism course at Massey University on Wellington and also teaches courses in Media Law and Ethics, and Editing and Publishing.

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Gilbert Wong

Gilbert has held senior roles in the media and the communications sector. For the New Zealand Herald and Metro, he worked as a senior writer, arts and books editor and travel editor. His work has been recognised by multiple awards, including the New Zealand newspaper feature writer and magazine feature writer of the year and as a Fulbright Journalism Fellow. In recent years, he has led the communications teams at the Human Rights Commission and the Auckland District Health Board. Gilbert believes that it is always possible to write clearer, sharper and smarter.

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Grant Dyson

Grant Dyson is a freelance journalist, writer and editor with an environmental focus. He works part-time as a communication advisor for Fish & Game New Zealand and contributes to their magazine. His background includes many years as a broadcaster beginning at Radio Television Hong Kong.

Varied media roles have ranged from business reporting for the former Sunday Star Times, to work as a spokesman for the specialist company cleaning up after the Rena shipwreck.
As a freelancer, he co-wrote and edited a book called New Zealand Surfers and published a Bay of Plenty guide book, The Best of Tauranga.
As a keen traveller, Grant has cycled extensively in South America in particular, and written travel stories for various publications.

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Greg Dixon

Greg Dixon was supposed to be an accountant. Instead he entered journalism in 1992 and has been fighting a sense of regret ever since.  He has worked for the New Zealand Herald, where he was deputy editor of Canvas for seven years, and North & South and Metro magazines. He has won awards for his writing and editing, but would have much preferred pay rises. He has since fallen into happy semi-retirement in Wairarapa, where he co-writes a column on country life for the New Zealand Listener and mows his lawns.

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Irene Chapple

Irene Chapple is a senior media and communications professional. She spent eight years as a digital journalist and editor in the United Kingdom, nearly five of which were at CNN International. She took up the digital editorship of the New Zealand Herald on her return in 2015, helping drive editorial direction and develop strategy focused on its evolution into a digital-first newsroom. In 2017 Irene joined award-winning communications consultancy SenateSHJ as an associate partner, specialising in digital strategy. She also develops crisis and financial communication strategies.

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James Hollings

Dr James Hollings is head of journalism at Massey University. He worked as a reporter for 18 years, mostly at The Evening Post, and is co-founder of the New Zealand Centre for Investigative Journalism. He is the editor of A Moral Truth: 150 Years of Investigative Journalism in New Zealand (2017).

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Jane Ussher

Jane Ussher is regarded as one of New Zealand’s foremost portrait photographers and is well known for her documentary work as a photographer. She was the chief photographer at The New Zealand Listener for 29 years after which she took up a career as a freelance photographer working with various magazines and producing several books.
In January 2009, at the invitation of Antarctic New Zealand and the Antarctic Heritage Trust, she travelled to the Antarctic to photograph the historic huts of Scott and Shackleton. These images have since been published in her book Still Life.

Other published books include the award winning Coast – A New Zealand Journey, Face to Face, Worship a history of New Zealand church design, and Islands: A New Zealand Journey. In 2009 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to photography, and was also inducted into the Massey University Hall of Fame.

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Jenny Nicholls

Jenny Nicholls is an Art Director, and a regular writer, reviewer and columnist for North & South magazine, and former Art Director of Metro magazine. Jenny's magazine cover designs for North & South and Metro have won industry awards nine times. She has won the Magazine Publisher Awards Designer of the Year award (Current Affairs) twice, and also the MPA Supreme Designer of the Year. Her covers can be found on the international cover design website Coverjunkie.

Before training in graphic design, Jenny graduated from Wellington Polytechnic School of Journalism. This training in journalism, and her writing work for North & South, informs her graphic design work for New Zealand's leading monthly current affairs title.

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Jim Tully

Jim Tully is Adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury and Senior Tutor and Researcher-in-Residence at the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University. He joined academia in 1987 after 18 years in daily newspapers during which he was the inaugural New Zealand Journalist of the Year and held such positions as editorial manager and assistant editor of the Auckland Star and editor of the 8 O’Clock weekend newspaper. Jim received the Canterbury University’s Teaching Award in 2007 and in 2011 at the Canon national media awards, the NPA’s award for Outstanding Achievement. He is a frequent commentator on the media.

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Jim Eagles

Jim Eagles has filled a variety of roles in his 50 years as a journalist, including being editor/owner of community newspapers the Northern News in the Bay of Islands, and Gulf News on Waiheke Island. He is a former editor of the Bay of Plenty Times and Hawke’s Bay Today, business publications National Business Review and the Business Herald, the Herald’s Travel magazine and the satirical magazine NZ Joker. In his retirement he edits magazines for the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi and the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre as well as writing travel articles and book reviews.

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John Hudson

John Hudson has been a journalist for the past 42 years.  He has worked for print and radio but mostly television.

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Joseph Barratt

Joseph Barratt, a former award-winning journalist for the Herald On Sunday and The Aucklander, is now a leader in the content and media space in Southeast Asia. He is founder and oversees two very different businesses both with content at their heart - Mutant Communications and Trouble Brewing - with more than 35 staff across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. He is driven by a desire to produce quality content and strategic content marketing for brands including BBC, Facebook, LinkedIn, PayPal and more. In 2017 he was named one of Campaign Asia's Top 40 Under 40, declaring him one of the most influential media and content leaders in Asia.

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Kate Coughlan

Kate has been involved with magazines since she left the inky-fingered world of daily news journalism where she'd been a news and feature writer, and features editor. In 1998 she joined the world of glossy magazines as editor of NZ House & Garden. Since then Kate has edited, launched, relaunched and managed many of the country's leading lifestyle titles including Cuisine, NZ Gardener and a second stint editing NZ House & Garden. Her company, Lifestyle Magazine Group, publishes NZ Life & Leisure (which she edits), NZ Lifestyle Block, In Your Backyard, Insider's Guide and thisNZlife.co.nz . She has been awarded five Qantas and Canon Media Awards and numerous MPA Magazine Awards including Best Editor twice and Supreme Magazine of the Year twice.

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Kerryanne Evans

Kerryanne Evans has more than 35 years’ experience working as a radio and television news and current affairs journalist.
She started her career at Radio New Zealand before working on secondment to Radio Deutsche Welle, one of Germany’s most respected international broadcasters.
 Kerryanne’s television career began on TVNZ’s Network News and Eye Witness News programmes.  In 1989, she became one of the founding journalists to work on the Paul Holmes programme. Kerryanne also worked on TVNZ’s flagship current affairs programme Assignment.
For the past 12 years, she has worked as a Director for the highly successful Country Calendar programme.

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Lauren Quaintance

Lauren Quaintance has edited some of Australasia’s most high-profile magazines including MetroGood Weekendthe(sydney)magazine and Sunday magazine. After joining North & South as a staff writer at the age of 23 she was named Qantas Senior Magazine Feature Writer of the Year two years in a row. She has a Masters of Journalism from Columbia University in New York and won a New York Foreign Press Association Award for a portfolio of work that included coverage of the September 11 attacks. Lauren held senior roles at Fairfax in Australia including Managing Editor of Magazines and General Manager of Travel and in 2013 she launched Storyation, an award-winning content marketing agency in Sydney.

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Lorelei Mason

Lorelei has worked as a journalist in New Zealand and Britain for more than 30 years, in firstly newspaper, then radio and latterly television. She was One News’ Health Correspondent for 18 of her 24 years at the network. In that time Lorelei covered all manner of health issues, winning more than a dozen New Zealand and international awards for her health reporting, including twice being awarded the Qantas NZ Daily Television News Reporter of the Year in 2002 and 2005. She resigned from TVNZ last June to fulfil a long-held ambition - to establish her own specialist Health PR Consultancy, representing health institutions, NGOs and medical businesses and organisations across the country.

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Louise Matthews

Louise Matthews is head of journalism at Auckland University of Technology with more than 30 years’ journalism experience in the UK and NZ industry, in print, broadcast and online, and more than 18 years’ academic experience in journalism education, in both NZ and the UK.

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Lynda van kempen

Lynda's reporting career has spanned 25 years, working for community and daily newspapers. Her most recent full-time role was Central Otago bureau chief for the Otago Daily Times. She is taking a break from daily news reporting but is continuing her writing career by freelancing.

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Matthew Straker

Matthew Straker is a creative director and artist living in the UK. 
After graduating art school in 1997, Matthew joined the Independent newspaper where he became deputy art director. In 2003, he moved to New Zealand and became group art director for APN Holdings and helped launch the Herald on Sunday.

Following this, he joined AGM Publishing, a specialist in design and architecture magazines, as creative director.

He redesigned Urbis and helped launch Interior magazine. 
Matthew returned to London in 2012 to work for the Guardian as art director. He set up the in-house creative studio, working primarily on advertising campaigns and events. 
He has received 16 international and European design awards and has recently founded his own design agency, Biscuit London.

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Michael Field

Michael Field has been an AFP foreign correspondent for decades, mostly covering the South Pacific. Recently he has been a contributing reporter to the new WikiTribune which recently published his extensive investigation into the deaths of fishing observers on foreign boats.

As a published author he was written a key historical work on Samoa’s independence movement, another on Fiji’s 2000 coup and a collection of Pacific reporting tales. His most recent book, The Catch, followed on from his award- nominated journalism on the use of slave crews in the New Zealand fishing industry.

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Michael Donaldson

Michael Donaldson is a journalist with 30 years' experience and currently works as a freelance writer and editor. He is a former deputy editor and sports editor at the Sunday Star-Times and prior to that worked for Australian Associated Press, New Zealand Press Association and The Press. The author of six books, he is also a beer judge and critic.

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Michele Hewitson

Michele Hewitson has been a journalist for a very long time. She worked at the New Zealand Herald for 20-odd years (some of them very odd.)

She now lives on 12 acres outside Masterton where she pretends to be a sheep farmer. She writes a week-and-week about column for the Listener with her partner, Greg Dixon, about country life.  She is an award-winning — six prizes at the 2018 Masterton A&P Show!  — flower and vegetable grower.


Miguel D'Souza

Miguel D'Souza is an internet producer and editorial trainer at Australian Associated Press, and set up the company's video, interactive graphics and live-blogging units.

Miguel started his career online in 1996 and has produced content and websites at some of Australia's biggest online news publishers. He has a keen interest in the ephemera of the internet and has channelled a chronically short attention span into an asset in finding the best in internet video and multimedia.


Mike Fletcher

Mike Fletcher worked in journalism – mainly newspapers- for 53 years. Mike began his career with New Zealand News. He worked in New Zealand and Australia as a reporter, sub-editor, chief reporter (daily and Sunday newspaper), community newspaper editor and metropolitan daily newspaper editor.
In 1990 Mike was appointed editor of the metropolitan daily the Christchurch Star. Later he switched to senior business management with Wilson & Horton (later APN), responsible for business units in Christchurch, Oamaru and Wellington.

He retired in 2007 as a Rotorua-based regional manager for APN. In October 2007 he was appointed executive director of the New Zealand Journalists Training Organisation. He set up the industry’s first work place training scheme for journalists employed in newspapers, radio and television. Mike retired in May 2014, to settle at Opotiki.
He is a life member of the New Zealand Community Newspapers Association and a former president.

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Mike Valintine

Mike Valintine is an investigative journalist with a 40-year track record in television both in front and behind the camera. His roles have included reporter, producer, director and executive producer working across news, current affairs and documentaries.

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Mike Bowers

Mike Bowers is a photographer, a regular commentator on ABC Radio and host of Talking Pictures on Insiders which airs on Australian ABC 1 and ABC News 24.

Mike spent 25 years in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery working for a number of publications including The Australian, The Canberra Times, The Age, The Bulletin, The Australian Financial Review, BRW, Time, The Daily Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald. He covered nine Federal election campaigns and has accompanied six prime ministers on assignments both around Australia and overseas.

He has covered conflicts in Cambodia, Kosovo, Bougainville, PNG and the Middle East.

Mike was Pictorial Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald from 2001-2008. He was Chief Photographer for the Sydney Morning Herald before striking out on his own in late 2008.

He took up a role with philanthropically funded online news venture The Global Mail in 2011 as photographic editor and photographer before moving to The Guardian Australia as photographer at large when they established a presence in Australia in 2013. He lectured in photojournalism for four semesters at UTS during 2010-2011.

Mike has published four books, Gallipoli Untold Stories, The Big Picture 175 Years of The Sydney Morning Herald and A Century of Pictures, 100 years of Herald photography. His fourth book, Armageddon-Two men on an ANZAC trail was a joint venture with journalist Paul Daley.

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Nathan Burdon

Nathan Burdon is a former Southland Times sports editor with more than 15 years' experience in the newspaper industry. During that time he won the TP McLean Young Sports Writer of the Year award, was twice named Regional Sports Reporter of the Year and was a finalist in the news and feature writing categories at the New Zealand Sports Journalist Association annual awards.

He was part of the Fairfax NZ team which covered the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and also covered the 2011 Netball World Cup in Singapore. Since leaving the Southland Times, Nathan has worked in communications roles with regional sports trust Sport Southland, but continues to cover a range of sports as a freelancer, including cycling, rugby and golf. 

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Ngahuia Wade

Ngahuia Wade is interim producer of Native Affairs at Māori Television after producing TVNZ’s iconic Te Reo documentary series, Waka Huia. A Panekiretanga graduate, she is a former Press Gallery reporter who has won two Qantas awards and one AFTA for her work in Te Reo Māori programming.

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Nick Brown

Nick Brown worked for NZPA, the former national news agency, for 27 years in various roles including correspondent in Sydney and London, news editor and editor. He moved back across the Tasman in 2010 to work for AAP, Australia's national news agency, where he is now editor of the agency's court reporting service.

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Nick Venter

Nick Venter covered politics, general news and sport for the Dominion Post, the Dominion, the New Zealand Press Association, the Evening Post and the Taranaki Herald during a 30-year journalistic career. Sadly, only one of his former employers, the Dominion Post, still exists.  He is a past Qantas feature writing award winner and finalist on several other occasions in leader writing, feature writing and sports writing categories. He now works as a communications contractor in Wellington.

Nikki Mandow

Nikki Mandow has been a business journalist for almost 30 years in New Zealand, London and Vietnam, including working for NBR, the Independent Business Weekly and Idealog, where she was editor. In 2017 she snuck off for a round-the-world trip, writing a travel blog along the way.

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Noelle McCarthy

Irish broadcaster Noelle McCarthy’s latest podcast series Ours: 20 Objects That Shaped New Zealand is a collaboration between RNZ and Te Papa. She is also a writer and reviewer for the New Zealand Herald’s Viva magazine and Metro.

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Owen Poland

Owen's career in broadcasting and business journalism spans more than 40 years in New Zealand, Australia and the UK and includes roles as business editor at both 3 News and ONE News.

Now a freelance writer and broadcaster, he is currently chief reporter for the NBR Rich List and New Zealand correspondent for the China Global Television Network (CGTN), the 24/7 English news channel of Chinese state broadcaster, CCTV.

Paul Cutler

Paul Cutler has worked in the news media for more than 45 years, across five continents.

He is currently an international Media Consultant, having established his own consultancy - Cutler Communications Ltd - in 2014. Since then he has completed assignments in Beijing, Shenzhen, Washington DC, Jakarta and Auckland.
Prior to this, Paul was Director of News & Current Affairs for SBS Television, Radio & Online, based in Sydney. He had previously been Managing Editor of CNN Asia Pacific in Hong Kong and during his time at CNN he played a leading role in the coverage of the 9/11 attack in 2001 and the 2004 Tsunami in Asia/pacific.

For some years he was Managing Editor at TVNZ where he also served as the inaugural Executive Producer of the Holmes programme.

During his career Paul also worked for Reuters in Fleet Street and at BBC Headquarters in London. He has covered five Olympic and three Commonwealth Games, both as a print and television journalist.
In 2012 he was a judge of the International Emmy Awards in New York.

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Paul Mansfield

Paul Mansfield is the Director of Plump + Spry, a creative content agency based in Sydney, Australia. Paul has worked in publishing for more than 20 years and worked on newspapers including The Independent on Sunday (UK), The Observer (UK), The Mirror (UK) and The Herald on Sunday (NZ).

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson is the chief executive and editor-in-chief of RNZ. Previously he was the Group Executive Editor of Fairfax Media in New Zealand, editor of The Press (2001-2007) and editor of The Nelson Mail (2000-2001). Paul was a director of the Newspaper Publishers Association from 2007-2013. He started his career as a cadet journalist at The Gisborne Herald.

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Prof. Peter Fray

Peter Fray is Industry Professor of Journalism Practice, Head of Journalism and Co-Director of the Centre for Media Transition at University of Technology Sydney. He is the former editor or editor-in-chief of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra Times, The Sunday Age and The Sun-Herald. He is also the former deputy editor of The Australian and the founder of PolitiFact Australia, a stand- alone fact-checking site. He is a regular commentator on media, the co-host of the radio show, The Fourth Estate, a member on the Online News Association executive in Australia and industry advisory to the global News Integrity Initiative and Australian Science Media Centre.

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Richard Harman

Richard Harman has spent most of his 40-year media career in television – as a reporter and producer on news and current affairs programmes at TVNZ and then for his own company, Front Page, producing shows like Agenda and The Nation.  He has also directed documentaries and these days runs a political news website, POLITIK.

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Rick Neville

Rick joined the NPA as Editorial Director in April 2013 following a 45-year career in publishing in New Zealand and Australia. He worked as a reporter on New Zealand newspapers and is a former editor of the Nelson Mail and the Evening Post (Wellington). He later held a number of senior roles with Independent Newspapers Ltd (INL), now Fairfax Media, including Group GM, CEO and Managing Director, Publishing. He was also an executive director of INL and a non-executive director of Sky Network Television Ltd.

In 2002, Rick was appointed Chief Executive of Advertiser Newspapers Ltd, News Ltd’s publishing operations in Adelaide. He returned to NZ in 2003 to work as a consultant setting up the Herald on Sunday and later held senior positions with APN including Publisher, Herald on Sunday; deputy Chief Executive; Publisher/CEO NZ Magazines; and Chief Operating Officer, APN Regional Newspapers. He is a former president of the NPA and chairman of the NZ Press Association and served for many years on the boards of the NPA and NZPA.

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Rob Taggart

Rob Taggart is Director of Commercial Photo Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa for the Associated Press (AP), based in London. Rob started his career as a cadet photographer for The New Zealand Herald in 1970. In 1976, he moved to the UK and worked in agency and freelance photography, covering news, sports and overseas royal tours, before joining Reuters in 1985 as a photographer and photo editor. He spent nearly 10 years in Hong Kong and Singapore as Reuters Picture Editor for Asia. In 2001, Rob left Asia for London to join the Associated Press as Picture Editor for EMEA before taking on his current position.

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Ross Land

Ross Land began his photographic career in 1972 joining Taranaki Newspapers as a cadet photographer. In 1975 he left to join New Plymouth based media company Creative Visual learning the skills of television camera work and sound recording as well as continuing photographic stills photography.
Following 18 months travel through Australia, Asia and the UK Land moved to Auckland and joined the New Zealand Herald photographic team from 1978-1986. After leaving Land worked as a freelance photographer before founding Fotopress News Picture Agency in 1993.

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Shane Taurima

Shane Taurima (Rongomaiwahine/Ngāti Kahungunu) has spent more than 20 years working in news and current affairs. He has held a range of positions in TV, radio and digital media including reporter, presenter and producer. Shane spent 12 years in the press gallery and was General Manager of TVNZ’s Māori and Pacific Programmes.

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Susan Wood

Susan Wood (MBA) is an accomplished broadcaster working as an interviewer at NBR.
The award-winning journalist had a television career of firsts at TVNZ – the first Australia correspondent, the first host of Midday, Breakfast and the 7pm show Close Up. For 15 years she was the regular stand-in for Sir Paul Holmes on the Holmes programme. 
She also hosted Q & A and Newstalk ZB breakfast and drive programmes.
Susan scripts and produces videos for a range of companies.

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Te Anga Nathan

Te Anga Nathan is a Qantas award-winning journalist with print and television experience. He was formerly the General Manager of News and Current Affairs at Māori Television before heading to Australia where he helped to launch National Indigenous Television (NITV) on the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).  Te Anga is currently the Head of Communications and Digital Media at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

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Wayne Thompson

Wayne Thompson’s career as a reporter and sub editor spanned 48 years, starting as a cadet reporter on the Waikato Times and later working for the New Zealand Herald until 2015. He is the author of Back Country Byways, with photographer Ross White, and as a freelance writer has completed an e-book history of efforts to protect the Waitakere Ranges.