Born in Tapanui, near the bottom of Aotearoa, Bronwyn now lives in the capital near the south coast. She believes our land is always confronting, with its beauty and rawness, and she takes photos to try and acknowledge this.
David Owen, 84, is a self-taught photographer based in Masterton. He spent more than three decades photographing the outdoors in New Zealand, the South Island in particular. One highlight was walking the Milford Track in 1984 as a “freedom walker” with four kilograms of camera gear, then pitching a tent at the end of the runway at Milford and spending four days tramping in Fiordland. (He recalls the whole trip costing just $40.) David has never been a member of a camera club. He did apply to join the New Zealand Professional Photographers’ Association but was declined because he was “only a part-timer”.
As an international award-winning talent, Jodie has garnered recognition for her exceptional work. From captivating visuals to thought-provoking narratives, she knows how to bring a concept to life in a way that captivates and inspires. She’s teamed up with big-name international brands, as well as local legends. Jodie also captures personal work that exudes wit and ingenuity, weaving a captivating narrative beneath the surface. Her photographs are a delightful blend of humour and cleverness, each frame telling a compelling story. Jodie is represented by Film Construction
Jay is a global photographer who calls New Zealand home. He has created campaigns and imagery for a host of prominent brands such as Nikon, Red Bull, Macpac, Tourism New Zealand, Samsung and many more. Jay’s dramatic style has led him to be a grand finalist for Red Bull Illume, World Sports Photo and NZ Geographic Photographer of the Year, among other achievements. He’s a big fan of coffee and dark beer, and gets excited by sunsets. When he’s not at work, and sometimes when he is, he can be found in the mountains, running, biking or hiking with his wife Nicola and dog Ted.
Kat is an artist who grew up in London before moving to Wānaka nearly 20 years ago. She loves to capture snippets of joy through pen and ink, collage and photography. Her art is informed by her life experiences, studying at the Learning Connexion for several years and working at libraries, cinemas, Wastebusters, the Tate Modern and art colleges. She has a particular love of old paper and books, as well as making art from things which otherwise would have gone in the bin.
Tobias has been going to the mountains for as long as he can remember. As a teenager, he hated it, but when he graduated from school his mother gave him a camera, and that brought him back to the mountains. He loves the sea and the mountains, but in Italy they’re always two different places, which is why he’s been captivated by New Zealand for a long time. At the end of 2022, Tobias travelled through New Zealand in a camper van with his girlfriend for six weeks and fell in love with this country.
Meg is a writer, zine-maker and mountain biker from the border of North Wales, UK. She is fascinated by story, folklore and the way memory lives in landscapes. Meg co-creates -Scaef, a zine exploring nature-connection through art and writing and is one part of The InBetween Collective, a creative collective hosting book clubs, workshops and international art projects. Her interest in writing is driven by a love of people, of the things we collect, and our legacies on the land and each other. Get in touch on [email protected].
Born and bred Tasmanian, Victoria made her way to the South Island of New Zealand in search of snow and Antipodean familiarity after being brutally thrust into an urban central London greyscale hellscape in her mid-teens. In pursuit of escape, a short-lived career in freeskiing landed her in Wānaka, where she found a place that felt more like home than home. The quaint time-warp feel and simplicity of yesteryear that pervades South Island living is what pulled at her Tassie-born heartstrings. Though stubbornly still pursuing a snow-adjacent career, Victoria otherwise enjoys getting out and about in the mountains and ocean, occasionally writes (mostly about skiing), and rehabilitates a rolling list of avoidable injuries.
Fox Meyer is the editor of Critic Te Ārohi, the University of Otago’s student magazine. He studied earthquake science at the University’s Geology Department, won the 2022 Best Feature award for student journalism, and he can also drive a Zamboni, which is more important than anything on his CV. His favourite petrol station in the world is in Franz Josef, where the Alpine Fault runs directly under the forecourt. He recommends the Dusky Track and thinks the Newton Saddle walk was personally designed by Satan.
Jessica Allen grew up across the ditch in Newcastle and always had an interest in all things literature – she was a library monitor at school, who dreamed of becoming a writer. After travelling, she arrived in Aotearoa six years ago. She went back to her roots in the writing industry and started freelancing for various publications, and is now based in Queenstown. On the weekends you’ll find her doing laps snowboarding, hiking, setting up camp by the beach and paddling out for a surf, or indulging in all the fabulous craft beer the region has to offer.
Eliana Gray is a poet living in Ōtepoti. They like cold water and clouds. You can find their work around the internet and printed in various places, such as: Poetry Aotearoa Yearbook, Minarets, Landfall, and Mayhem. They’re not on social media, but carrier pigeons may be sent to: [email protected].
Hester is a multi-disciplinary artist from Hull, England, now resident in Aotearoa. Working predominantly as an actor, writer and director, original works include ‘Notes on a migration’ (Tiny Fest 2021), award-winning film poem ‘I am all the rooms of the house’ (RADA/HOME 2020), solo plays ‘Paragon Dreams’ (Hull Truck/Auckland Writers Fest 2022) and ‘The Ballad of Paragon Station’ (Winner: ‘Stellar Original Content’ NZ Fringe 2020). Her poetry has been published by Catalyst, A Fine Line, Takahē, A Breach of All Size and Wild Pressed UK. She founded Common Ground Spoken Word in Lyttelton, Te Whakaraupō in 2022
Ray Shipley (they/them) is a Ōtautahi-based comedian, poet and professional book-pusher. In 2019, Ray was nominated for the Billy T Award, the biggest award for the rising stars of comedy in Aotearoa. Ray has won the Christchurch Poetry Slam four times, and placed third in the NZ National Slam in 2018. Their poetry can be found in the anthologies Solid Air (UQP, 2019) and in Out Here (AUP, 2021), among others. Since 2020, Ray has been running Late Night Poetry Hour – a celebration of poetry and feelings and staying up past bedtime – regularly at Little Andromeda Theatre in Christchurch.
Jay Cassells lives in Queenstown Tāhuna. He was formerly a lawyer in Sydney, specialising in the interesting double of Water/Environment Law and Film/Art/Entertainment Law. For much of his life (perhaps troubled by the Flaubert quote: “every lawyer carries within himself the débris of a poet”) he has drawn and painted and written. He was the regular cartoonist for the NSW Law Society Journal, occasionally published in The Bulletin and elsewhere, and was a member of the Australian Black and White Artists’ Club. He has published two books, and written some poetry, lyrics, scripts and countless planning submissions. Jay is a contributor to the Lakes Weekly Bulletin and works on commissions and other long-term projects including conservation, trout and putting.
Lucy O’Hagan is a doctor and writer who worked for 20 years as a rural GP in Wānaka. She is currently finishing a book of stories and personal essays, using poignancy, humour and irony to explore the experience of being a doctor (and the limitations of the medical model). She is about to record a short book of reflections on being a GP in Aotearoa during the pandemic and is a regular columnist for New Zealand Doctor / Rata Aotearoa magazine.
Jason Charles Hill
Jason Charles Hill is a landscape and travel photographer based on the east coast of Australia. With a dedication to meaningful storytelling, Jason’s work has led him to explore many offbeat destinations, including all seven continents. From the windswept dunes of the Kalahari to the remote isolation of the Arctic and Antarctic Jason’s imagery aims to document and immerse the viewer in the wild and unknown parts of our world. His photographic works consist of travel, lifestyle and commercial projects and hosted photo tours in some of the most far reaching places on earth.
Julie Chandelier is a passionate French/Swedish conservation and wildlife photographer based in New Zealand. She advocates for the ocean and the wider natural world by telling stories about the connection we have with the amazing natural world we live in. Her passion leads her to contribute to meaningful projects and to work with individuals and organisations who strive to improve our environment and our communities’ wellbeing. From documenting whale research in the Subantarctic Islands to working as a guide in the polar regions, or exploring the most remote parts of New Zealand, out in the elements is where her storytelling is at its best.
Viv Head is a Welshman at heart who spends at least four months every year in Aotearoa. He lives in Cardiff and Christchurch when he is not on the road somewhere else. Viv likes remote places, and while in and out of lockdown in the UK, he travelled around the coast of Britain and wrote the book Exploring the Coast by Degrees.
Kanari Zukoshi (Kanary)
Kanari describes her camera lens as a portal, one that invites you to step into her shoes and see the beauty of the world surrounding us. She says her home is in the solitude of alpine terrains and the wilderness of the coast, and in between are the people. Kanari is an advocate for women in surf, “building sisterhood and creating a supportive community for our future generations of wahine to thrive”. Through photography and videography, she hopes to create content that people can relate to.
An award-winning filmmaker and photographer, Eiko strives to capture the natural and human world in a way that inspires and motivates people to appreciate and care about this planet we call home. He works with companies such as National Geographic, BBC, PBS and Patagonia. Water-based filming and photography, including underwater images of the waterways and the life forms that inhabit these areas, make up a lot of Eiko’s body of work. Underwater filming of Pacific Salmon was one of his main focuses while living in Canada. Now based primarily in New Zealand, he continues to explore out of the way places and document the life that exists there.
After fifteen years in the outdoor industry, both selling high-end gear and scribbling down his frequent escapades, Dan feels he can discourse knowledgeably on many topics, from huddling under a wet tarp during a lightning storm, to fighting off a pack of drop bears with a broken trekking pole. It’s experiences such as these that make the difference between merely an enjoyable trip, and an “adventure”. With writing credits in all of Australia and New Zealand’s outdoor publications, reputable or not, plus his own three full-length books, Dan has honed his craft to perfection. Now, he’s ready for 1964!
Simon thinks of himself as an obsessive observer and never goes anywhere without a camera. He studied Design at university and moved to Otago back in 2012. Based in Dunedin, he uses the region of Otago to create authentic projects that are inspired by the landscape, culture and geology of the deep south.He specialises in black and white photography and occasionally photographs in colour, with the goal of capturing images that show drama, emotion and atmosphere.
Raised in Invercargill and with her home base currently in Tāhuna / Queenstown, Kelsey hasbeen chasing summers and mountain biking since 2016. Kelsey is a professional mountainbiker and ambassador for Pivot Cycles USA, Mons Royale and Wide Open. She competesinternationally in Downhill and Freeride, writes a column for Pivot’s global market, and contributes to publications like Spoke Magazine. Outside of mountain biking and writing, Kelsey is a real estate agent.
Sarah is a mixed media artist and nurse. Originally from Somerset, England, she emigrated to New Zealand in 2008, making her way to Wānaka in 2014. Thirty years after gaining a diploma at art college in the UK, she enrolled in a course with The Learning Connexion Wellington to study from home. In her art space, she creates pop art collages using paint, pastels, torn pieces of magazines, text and image transfers. The inspiration is drawn from her children, imagination, textures in nature and the beautiful mountains.
Ben Brown (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Koroki, Ngāti Paoa) is an acclaimed writer, poet, performer and publisher who lives in Lyttelton, New Zealand. Born in Motueka, he has previously worked as a tobacco farm labourer, market gardener and tractor driver, and has been writing and publishing since 1992. Brown is the author of an evocative memoir, A Fish in the Swim of the World, a number of children’s books, non-fiction works, and short stories for children and adults. In May 2021, Ben was appointed the inaugural Te Awhi Rito New Zealand Reading Ambassador. He is also a father of two, which he considers his best work to date.
Photo: Sophie Taylor-Brown
Tara Black is a cartoonist and visual chronicler of book events. You can find their comics in many places, including The Sapling, Stasis Journal, The Spinoff, Salt Hill Journal, Takahē and their website, taracomics.com. Their first graphic novel, This Is Not a Pipe, was published in 2020.
Photo by Ebony Lamb.
Hayley Rata Heyes
Hayley Rata Heyes is a Pākehā poet and painter based in her hometown, Ōtepoti Dunedin. Her work has been published in Takahē and Landfall, among other places. She came to know the Clutha / Mata-au via trips through Central Otago to stay in her family’s small corrugated iron hut on the edge of the Poolburn Dam.
Sara Litchfield is a writer, editor and photographer based in Te Anau, on the doorstep of Fiordland National Park. A member of the New Zealand Society of Authors, the Queenstown Creative Writing Group and the Fiordland Arts Society, Sara holds a Masters in Theology from the University of Cambridge, where she is currently completing a Diploma in Creative Writing. She is happiest out in the wild, exploring the forests, lakes, mountains and coastlines that make Aotearoa so special.
Janu Kewish is a Christchurch-born former Wānaka resident who now lives in Australia. New to film photography, he uses film “for that rush when you get a roll back after two to four months, and that time, location, memories and beautiful people flood back into your present mind.” He also works to capture the beauty in all aspects of the earth, and in the people who walk on it. Outside of the arts, you’ll probably find Janu in the kitchen; he’s been working as a cook for nearly three years.
Michael Hall grew up on a farm in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, and went to the University of Canterbury, where he completed a Geography degree. His poem, The Map Room, refers to the map library in the Geography department itself. It was a continent of a room, with old and new atlases, grey mesa-like map drawers, and unmoving globes. Out the window, west, was the world of the university, its campus buildings and a few leaf-clinging birches, empty Elysium fields, halls of residences, and beyond that, the snow-covered Southern Alps. This was an age ago, and the poem may be more the confluence of youthful myth and faulty memory. Recent poems of Michael Hall’s have appeared in the NZ Listener, Poetry NZ Yearbook 2022, Otago Daily Times and Love in the Time of Covid: a Chronicle of a Pandemic.
Jase Blair is a professional photographer, drone pilot, writer, and adventure seeker based on Te Tai o Poutini / the West Coast. Photographing professionally for about 15 years, Jase likes to spend his spare time in the hills as much as possible, climbing, skiing, mountain biking, trail running, and generally exploring the incredible natural environment of The Coast, and further afield. He was named the New Zealand Landscape (In Camera) Photographer of the Year and was a finalist for the Commercial Photographer of the Year at the 2021 NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards.
Marc Blake was born and raised in Auckland. After graduating Auckland University, he spent several years living and painting in Yokohama, Japan and in Sydney, before moving to Queenstown in 2015. Marc is represented in collections both nationally and internationally, including 17 works held in New Zealand’s largest private art collection. A recipient of and finalist in numerous awards, Marc’s work has been shown in exhibitions at the Auckland Art Gallery, the Kyoto Cultural Museum and The Dowse, as well as a residency and exhibition at BankART NYK, Yokohama. Marc is the director of Queenstown Contemporary, the largest artist-run space in New Zealand.
Instagram: @marcblake__ Marc Blake
An industrial designer by day, Jemma embraces bikes and cameras as an escape from office life. She is forever grateful for the places and people she has been lucky enough to capture, and is drawn to find “the moments in between” and tell stories with images of “how it felt”. Jemma believes that the best days end dusty, dirty, wet and/or cold, with a bowl of hot chips, a cold pint, and a story or three to share.
Dougal Rillstone was mesmerised by the beauty of moving water while growing up beside the Mataura River. He has fly-fished in both salt and fresh water from Cuba to Russia, and many places in-between, but he continues to be drawn back to the Mataura, for its trout, and the landscape of his happiness.
His writing on fly-fishing and the outdoors has been published in Australia, the USA and New Zealand. His book, Upstream On The Mataura, is, in part, a chronicle of his 240-kilometre walk beside the river from the coast to its source, high in the Eyre Mountains. Dougal splits his time between Dunedin, the Ida Valley and Northern Southland, where he shares a fishing cottage with an old friend. His late life heart continues to be captured by rivers.
Georgia Merton has succumbed to the allure of the mountains and now lives in Wanaka. Happiest writing about eccentric folk, interesting food and our environment. Currently attempting to master the art of compost. Read her work here: ww.georgiamerton.com
Zack Black is a photographer based out of Montana in the U.S. He typically spends his time adventuring throughout Montana in the summers and then goes international for the winters. He is an avid fly-fisherman and outdoor enthusiast who has pursued and photographed trout for most of his life. Zack’s work has been featured in galleries and shows around the U.S. as well as Salt Water Fly Fishing magazine. He has dedicated his life to conservation and preserving the wild places of the world.
Lizzie Carruthers draws on her farming career to bring wit and playfulness to her art, showing her subjects in a joyful light. These bright paintings are rendered in luscious oils, illustrating characters with interesting life stories.
Nathan Weathington is the co-founder and publisher of 1964 and also the author of Where the Hell Were Your Parents? and Invasion of the Bastard Cannibals (Winner of the Bronze Medal for Humour at the 2016 IPPY Awards).He has worked as a civil engineer, bartender, math teacher, secretary, publisher of several newspapers/magazines in British Columbia, and a smart-ass astrologer named Mr. Asstrology. As an up-and-coming media mogul, he responsibly decided to ditch his career to pursue the untold riches of becoming a stay-at-home dad and author. Nathan now lives with his family in lower Albert Town where he pursues his obsession with fly fishing.
Peta Carey spent 20+ years making documentaries in NZ and various other corners of the globe, at the same time as writing freelance features. She published her first book, A Place for the Heart, in 2017, and just recently published Tamatea Dusky (see Chapter 19, ‘Seabirds, Beyond Tamatea’ for her story of grey-backed storm petrel). She lives just outside Queenstown, high on a hill, with her daughter and her dog; loves time in the hills, skiing, tramping and climbing (“only safe stuff”), mainly in Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks, close to home.
An award-winning freelance writer, photographer and tour guide originally from Oxford, UK, Richard is on hiatus from chasing the wheels of the professional peloton across Europe at events like the Tour de France. He and his partner Genny can now be found biking, hiking and writing in the forests and mountains of the South Island from their van, Mizzie.
Bill Nelson lives in Wellington with his partner and two children. He likes to spend his time in either the mountains, or the sea, and he puts up with the inevitable places in between. He is a co-creator of Up Country: A Journal for the New Zealand Outdoors, which was started by a few friends around a borrowed boardroom table and a six pack of cheap beer. ‘How to do just about anything’ first appeared in his book of poetry, Memorandum of Understanding, published by VUP in 2016.
Web: upcountry.co.nz or vup.victoria.ac.nz/memorandum-of-understanding
Iona Winter (Waitaha) lives on the East Otago Coast. Her hybrid work is widely published and anthologised in literary journals internationally. She has authored three collections, Gaps in the Light (2021), Te Hau Kāika (2019), and then the wind came (2018). Skilled at giving voice to difficult topics, she often draws on her deep connection to land, place and whenua.
A teller of stories using light and motion, Joe has had a camera in his hand since he learnt to walk on the bumpy streets of South Auckland. He is now a filmmaker and cinematographer based in the stunning alpine town of Wānaka. He is a creative thinking, whisky drinking, Swanndri wearing kinda guy who has an extensive background working on news and broadcast, TV series production and documentary production.
Nick grew up in the mountains around Wakatipu: Kawarau, Coronet, Pikirakatahi. Despite a taste of the Himalayas and Europe, it’s the Southern Alps he considers home. The bliss of the mountains inspires photography and poetry. When not at altitude, he’s probably on a vineyard or in a winery.
Whitney Thurlow is a mountain guide fully-qualified by the IFGMA, NZMGA, SPCA, OMG, NASA, CAPTCHA and YOLO. On social media he can be found @ (at) Rhyme and Reason Brewery.
Lou is an ocean, surf and adventure lifestyle photographer based in Mount Maunganui. She is fascinated by the colours and light that are cast across the sky and on the water in blue and golden hours. Find her on the beach or in the ocean at first light, no matter the season or water temperature. While her focus is on capturing fragments of time spent with nature, she loves to document adventures around New Zealand and beyond with her partner, as well as surf sessions with fellow ocean-loving wahine.
Mickey moved to Wānaka in 1996 to finish high school and to be close to the mountains. Chasing winters and racing gates for years led him to a university scholarship in Lake Tahoe, where he studied digital art. A couple of winters in Revelstoke, Canada gave Mickey a taste of backcountry skiing, and he developed a love for documenting adventure and the life around it with a camera. In between photographing winter adventures, weddings and commercial projects, Mickey likes to slow down and capture the places and situations surrounding him using older film cameras.
Based in New Zealand’s wildlife capital, Ōtepoti / Dunedin, Jamie Fraser’s award winning photography focuses on capturing a unique perspective on New Zealand’s natural world. His passion for photography combines particularly well with his love of the outdoors, mountains and wildlife. His creative take on subject behaviour makes for intriguing and captivating wildlife imagery.
Education consultant in the Middle East, barista, shop owner/manager, mentor, reporter – flexibility is the word since Jan left her position as principal of Cromwell College. She lives in Bannockburn with photographer husband Tim Hawkins, loves the written word in many forms, and is a passionate co-founder of the Bannockburn Arts Festival, Across the Bridge.
Nick Ainge-Roy is a freelance writer based in Wānaka. A child of the mountains, Nick grew up experiencing everything his hometown had to offer, and the impact of his alpine upbringing can be felt in the articles, poems and short stories he writes. When not behind his desk, Nick can be found walking, cycling and kayaking around Wānaka, or in the company of his partner and a few good friends indulging in the town’s most premiere refreshments.
Who wore it best? Hank Bilious. Always. As part of the Freeride World Tour, Hank is known as one of the best, and most entertaining skiers in Aotearoa. It’s Hank’s style and originality that you’ll remember. He dresses like an up-and-coming rockstar, and no matter the Hawaiian shirt, onesy, or killer blond moustache, it somehow always works. This originality has carried over into Hank’s photography. Using a busted Wastebusters’ camera and a roll of film, he’s able to produce unique images, which occasionally have proprietary ‘duct tape effects’. And again, somehow it just works.
Mike Wilson is a North Islander who felt like he came home when he moved to the South Island many years ago. Trained as an industrial designer, he is a jack of all trades with a passion for photography, who is happiest on a bike, off the beaten track, or making things by hand. He currently earns a living restoring old cars to their former glory and in the past, among other things, was a designer for Macpac. His partner Lizi and their fourth Irish Setter, Baxter, live in Nelson and explore all over.
Instagram: @instameccanica, @cartel.works, @baxterthesetter
Pia Davie studied Fine Arts at the Dunedin School of Art. She collects vintage paper maps of Aotearoa, sourced from friends, op shops and tip shops and repurposes these into original art works. “Maps are used to describe and record ownership, showing culture and features relating to land use and value. My birds are unaware of these man-made pressures and ideas, they continue to wing their way across the skies, following migratory paths and returning to breeding grounds they have used for thousands of years.”
Erik Kennedy is a poet, editor, critic and sea-bather. His two books of poems are There’s No Place Like the Internet in Springtime (2018) and Another Beautiful Day Indoors (2022), both with Victoria University Press. He has also co-editedNo Other Place to Stand, an anthology of climate change poetry from Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific, out with Auckland University Press in 2022. Originally from New Jersey, he lives in Ōtautahi Christchurch.
Zoe is an escapee from agency land in the big smoke, now enjoying the low-key life in Lake Hāwea with her husband and 1.5 children. Co-founder of Wānaka’s conscious marketing company ‘Brand+Butter’ and original music and poetry open mic night ‘Creative Juices’, she splits her time between helping businesses and nonprofits unlock their gold and letting her weird out through spoken word.
Deep in the Hakataramea Valley, Chloe and her family have found their forever home. Since leaving her home shores of England 17 years ago, she’s trained as a photojournalist in Paris, lived and worked as a lifestyle, birth and wedding photographer across five continents, written a book entitled For the Love of the Photograph, co-written its sister Creative Journal, had two beautiful children, and is now mentoring photographers across the globe.
Instagram: @chloelodgephotographer / @fortheloveofthephotograph
Dan Root is an award-winning freelance commercial and editorial photographer. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he emigrated here in 2018 and now resides in Wānaka with his wife and daughter. Dan specialised in the world of sports and sports culture and has worked for brands like Epic Fly Rods, Les Mills, Merrell, Brooks Running and Manchester United. He is an avid fly fisherman and loves traveling the South Island with his family.
Instagram: @dan_root / @dan_root_photo
Maya K. Templer
Maya K Templer is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator based in Ōtautahi. When not drawing, she spends much of her free time biking in the countryside and tending to her tomato plants. After taking several gap years, Maya is about to undertake a Bachelors in Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury. She hopes to develop her storytelling abilities in order to highlight experiences and injustices through visual means.
Sven Grabow is an archaeologist by trade. After moving to New Zealand more than ten years ago, he started to use the skills he acquired as an illustrator of archaeological artefacts to reflect on the country’s breathtaking outdoors. He produces “technically-evolved scribbles”, and while he is uncomfortable sharing his work, he loves nothing more than when people enjoy it. Sven currently lives in Wellington and works for the Department of Conservation.
For the last seven years, Erika Galpin worked as an acquisitions editor for several eBook companies. Before that she was a professionally published author and even won an international haiku contest. Now Erika is concentrating on her own writing.
Liz Breslin writes poems, plays, stories, reviews and a fortnightly column for the Otago Daily Times. Her first collection of poems, Alzheimer’s and a spoon, was published in 2017 by Otago University Press, and listed as one of the NZ Listener’s Top 100 Books the same year. Recent performances include Verb Wellington’s Litcrawl, Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival, WORD Christchurch and a tour of bars, bookshops and a fairy-lit skatepark in BC, Canada.
Originally from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (UK), Bethany Rogers travelled the world a little before becoming ‘stuck’ in New Zealand. She writes and edits for magazines, particularly on her favourite topics of the arts and adventures. At night, she writes dark, short fiction. When she’s not writing she can be found hiking, trail running, paddle boarding or boxing. She currently lives in Queenstown with a very large rabbit called Oscar Wilde.
Facebook: @bethanygrogerswritesInstagram @bethanygrogers
Allan Uren lives in Wanaka. He’s a mountaineer, rock climber, skier, and in his spare time, a painter and decorator. He’s written stories for New Zealand Geographic, has a short story in a book, To The Mountains, a collection of New Zealand alpine writing and has had a column in Wilderness Magazine.
Contact Allan on [email protected].
Annabel Wilson is a writer from Wanaka. Her first poetry collection, Aspiring Daybook, was published in 2018 by Makaro Press. It was longlisted for the 2019 Okham New Zealand Book Awards and won the NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival award in the Fiction/Poetry category. Her work has also appeared in journals in NZ and overseas. Her play No Science to Goodbye was performed at the Southern Lakes Festival of Colour, BATS and Te Pou theatre. Annabel has been awarded the RAK Mason fellowship at NZ Pacific Studio, the inaugural Australasian Association of Writers’ Programmes Emerging Writers’ Prize and a residency at the Robert Lord Writers’ Cottage. She runs a NZ arts, adventure and culture guide at www.onmag.co.nz
Samantha Montgomerie is a poet based in Macandrew Bay, Dunedin. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Nga Kupu Waikato: An Anthology of Waikato Poetry, Takahe and Landfall. She is also a published author of fiction for children. When she is not writing, she enjoys roaming the forests and mountain tracks around the country.
Teresa Angell is a freelance photographer based out of Raumati Beach in New Zealand. A passionate action photographer of animals, wildlife and dogs. She is currently photographing and researching the history of the Sled Dog Racing community in New Zealand, to publish a pictorial book later in 2020. When not immersed in her projects, Teresa enjoys time with family, the beach, mountain biking and riding her motorbike.
Erin Maessen is a science writer based in Taranaki, and has recently completed a Masters in Science in Society at Victoria University. She is interested in science, people, and the way they interact, particularly in relation to conservation and the environment. She enjoys tramping, but especially likes stopping to look for birds and insects along the way, and loves all native creatures especially the weird ones.
Find her at erinmaessen.nz
Neil Kirby came to New Zealand from the UK in 2005, by accident. And stayed. He lives in Otatara with his wife, 3 young children and 5 sheep. When he’s not changing nappies or pretending he knows how to use power tools in his workshop, he runs his own Marketing & Brand consultancy business, the curiously named Atticus Road.
Pallas Hupe Cotter
Pallas Hupé Cotter was an Emmy award-winning former TV news reporter and anchor in the USA. Now she’s an award-winning speaker, writer and founder of a personal leadership development and strategic messaging consultancy, called POP. Pallas’ personal essays have been published in The Spinoff, The New Zealand Herald, Huffpost Australia, and Cultural Weekly. She’s also authored two books: The POP Process: Discovering Your Passion, Purpose & Personality and Discovering Yourself in New Zealand, Inspiration for Reinventing Your Life.
Originally from the antipodes of New Zealand (Portugal), Pedro Pimentel travelled a bit of the world working as a Mechanical Design Engineer, taking photographs and making videos of climbers and other adventurers before calling Wanaka home five years ago. His adventure photography work has been featured and published in numerous publications around the world like Nat Geo, The Guardian UK, The Daily Telegraph and The Sun, amongst others. Pedro is the creative brain behind his video production agency Katalyst Media, and his work recently went viral with the Wanaka Floods Daily Drone Episodes.
Ross Mackay started shooting photo and video for fun in 2012, then people started calling. He officially made a business of it in 2014 and has been running ever since. He has shot still and moving images all over the world in some of the hottest, coldest and highest parts of our amazing planet. According to Ross, “It provides me with a creative outlet that I hadn’t quite found in life, the variety of work and the people I have been involved with is quite incredible, long may it continue!”
Shayne Galloway is a recovering academic who splits his time between Dading, consulting in recreation, and photography. Based in Queenstown, Shayne pursues landscapes and portraits that are a bit different and – if he can get away with it – in black and white. He applies his training in leisure theory via mountain biking, skiing, and Jiu Jitsu. If you’d like to see more of his work go to: shaynegalloway.com
Claire Lacey is a Canadian writer. Her first poetry collection, Twin Tongues, won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her second book, Selkie, is a graphic novel collaboration with artist Sachie Ogawa. Claire is currently pursuing a PhD on the topic of brain injury and poetry at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Based in Wanaka, Fiona Murray spends as much time as she can in the mountains, while design and art keeps her ticking during down time. She says, “like a lot of people, I need art as an outlet for everything going on in my head, it allows my thoughts to become 3D and lets me process them better. Between sports, adventure, study and art/design, I can stay inspired and be creative in so many different ways, and am always looking for more.”
Jason Beacham first came to Wanaka nearly 20 years ago chasing winters and living the ski bum lifestyle. After a wee stint back in his homeland, he moved back to New Zealand, started a family, and eventually found himself returning to Wanaka four years ago. Now a full time photographer and media man, he splits his time being behind the lens, enjoying the Southern Alps, and creating new dad jokes for his daughter to be ashamed of.
Jillian Sullivan lives in the Ida Valley, Central Otago, in a strawbale house she built with her son-in-law Sam. A writer of creative non-fiction, fiction and poetry, her thirteenth book, Map for the Heart – Ida Valley Essays, is due out with Otago University Press in 2020.
Laura Williamson – Editor / Co-Founder
A writer, songwriter and poet based in Central Otago, Laura Williamson is the editor of 1964: mountain culture / aotearoa. She co-wrote The Blue Moments Project song and spoken word cycle, and her book The Bike and Beyond: Life on Two Wheels in Aotearoa New Zealand is out now as part of the BWB Text series.
Born and raised in the bush in the far north of New Zealand, Lennon Bright has always had a fascination with the outdoors. He first picked up a camera to document his adventures through photographs, only to realise he had found the creative outlet he didn’t know he was searching for. Lennon likes to shoot most things, especially the outdoor sports and activities he is passionate about. Living in Wanaka now provides him no shortage of fun things to point a camera at.
Sue Wootton lives in Dunedin. Her most recent publications are her novel, Strip, and her fifth poetry collection, The Yield, which were listed for the Ockham NZ Book Awards in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Sue edits the medical humanities e-zine ‘Corpus: Conversations about Medicine and Life’ found at corpus.nz. More about her work and how to purchase her books on her website: suewootton.com.
Wanaka-based writer Tim Brewster is the founder and editor of The Good South – thegoodsouth.co.nz – a locals’ guide for visitors to the lower South Island. Originally from Dunedin, Tim has written extensively about travel and adventure and runs his own digital marketing copywriting business. He has worked in skiing and tourism for decades and enjoys paddleboarding, mountain biking and cooking curry.
MARK THOMASMark Thomas is 55 years old and lives in Hawea Flat with his wife Janey, dog Kramer and ginger cat Big Eddy. He earns a living as a chimney sweep, and spends his free time chasing swell, wind and snow. Other interests include a burgeoning belief in the right of all New Zealanders to good mental health, and he campaigns quietly for more openness and honesty around mental illness. He is a former newspaper reporter. Photo credit: Andy Cole
Leslie Eaton is an award winning graphic artist tucked away in the tiny community of Metchosin, Canada. She has over 25 years of experience in print and advertising. Her work has reached as far as NYC (andnow NZ!). When not in front of a computer you can find her coaching archery, fishing, walking forest trails with her dogs, practising some form of fibre-arts or painting medieval illumination recreations, all while being a military spouse and TCB.
Photo: Susan Robertson
Hayden is a full-time professional photographer living in the beautiful Catlins, New Zealand. He concentrates on weddings and portraits in the summer, which allows him to focus on surf and landscape during the winter months.
Oscar is 20 years old and has been creating images since he was about 14. He has a great passion for the outdoors, and loves shooting all aspects of the ocean, and the lifestyles and sports that surround it. Whenever he is not shooting in the water or on land, he’s surfing, swimming or planning the next adventure.
Scott Kennedy is a card-carrying multipotentialite, splitting his time between various creative projects, including working as a writer, photographer, installation artist, musician, filmmaker, educator and event planner. And, let’s be honest, he drinks a lot of coffee. Born in Canada, Scott has called Queenstown home since 2002. His words and images have appeared in numerous publications over the years, writing about topics as diverse as travel (remember that?), politics, adventure sport, art and culture. He is the co-founder of the post-rock band / art project EchoKnot, which released their first album, Under a Mountain, in 2019.
Ilja Herb is a Canadian artist currently based in Wellington, where he teaches photography at Massey University. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Geo, Outside, Powder and Bike magazines, and he has led community filmmaking projects in Ghana and South Africa on issues related to environmental governance and policy. Other recent work includes a visual media project documenting ecological impacts that come with the return of the sea otter in indigenous communities in coastal BC and Alaska. When not photographing chainsaws and outboard motors, Ilja can be found sailing the Canada’s West Coast aboard his temperamental sailboat Foxy.
Having graduated with a BA (English & Art History) from the University of Otago, Michelle worked in sales and marketing until 2004, when she followed her dream and became co-owner and Managing Director of the Artist’s Room Fine Art Gallery and The Framers Room Studio in Dunedin. An emerging photographer, she also co-founded the Dunedin and Otago Fonebooks. Both were bestsellers, and the Dunedin Fonebook was the highest selling self- published book in Aotearoa in 2016/17.
Wānaka-based mountain guide and adventure photographer Gavin Lang owns and operates First Light Guiding and is currently working on a project called Seeking The Light, for which he is climbing the24 New Zealand peaks higher than 3000 metres. He plans to write a book and produce a documentary to tell the story of the mental health benefits of adventure, challenge, and time spent in nature.
Camilla is a photographer who lives on her husband’s family merino station in Tarras. She loves to photograph adventures, but more recently has turned her art towards documenting the regenerative farming movement. She has travelled around the country photographing positive farming stories to be part of an exhibition that will tour New Zealand this autumn.
Web: healtheearthnz.com | camillarutherford.co.nz
Emile is an artist, photographer and outdoorsman based in Queenstown. He makes imagery around his interest in the beauty of natural landscapes and their relationships with light and shadow. With a unique eye for detail, his tight compositional style tends to capture intermediary areas between environments, cultivating a sense of curiosity and a desire within the viewer to understand the full picture. Emile is currently hiking the Te Araroa Trail.
Born in 1949, Cilla McQueen has lived in Te Waipounamu for most of her life. After formative years in Dunedin and some travel, she settled in Motupōhue, Bluff, in 1996. A poet, teacher and artist, her honours and awards include a Fulbright Visiting Writer’s Fellowship, two terms of the Robert Burns Fellowship, a Goethe Institut Scholarship to Berlin, three New Zealand Book Awards (1983, 1989, 1991), Hon.LittD Otago 2008, and the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry 2010. She was named National Library New Zealand Poet Laureate 2009 -11. In 2020 she was honoured with an MNZM for services as a poet. Her latest book of poetry, Poeta, was published by Otago University Press in 2018.
Jasmine O M Taylor
Jasmine O M Taylor [she/her] is a pākehā, bisexual, Pilates-enthusiast poet with a day job. She lives in Ōtepoti with her true love and two ridiculous cats. Jasmine is a member of Dunedin’s Octagon Collective and you can find some of her work in Landfall, NZPS Anthology 2018, Catalyst, Overcommunicate, Mayhem Literary Journal, Poetry NZ Yearbook 2021, blackmail press, and takahē.