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Catharina lives in Auckland where she reads, writes, walks and sometimes teaches.


Van Bohemen


Sam is an artist, performance designer, and director of transdisciplinary performance company The PlayGround NZ,

and of The Performance Arcade:

an annual festival of performance

art on Wellington Waterfront. He

creates solo performance art

works, installations, and

theatrical productions.

Sam Trubridge

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Lily is a freelance writer and occasional designer who ceaselessly battles gale force winds and salty sea spray on Wellington’s south coast.

Lily Hacking

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Sarah is an award-winning feature writer who began her career at North & South magazine. She currently works from Toi Poneke Arts Centre and runs the Wellington Classic Literature Meetup group.

Sarah Lang


Isabella completed a Master’s of

Arts in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York where she continues to live and work as a writer and curator. Previously, she has worked in private art advisory and

for Howard Greenberg Gallery.

Isabella Howard

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Cherie is constantly curious and loves a good story. She's currently completing a Masters of Museum and Heritage Practice from Victoria University and was recently appointed Director of Katherine Mansfield House & Garden.

Cherie Jacobson


Leilani is a journalism graduate from Massey University. Her writing skills consist of predominantly non-fiction however, she has developed a strong appreciation for poetry and lyrical writing.

Leilani Baker


Francesca is a freelance writer based in Wellington. Most of her writing is non-fiction work for magazines and websites, but she also writes plays and stories for film, stage and radio.

Francesca Emms

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Craig spends much of his day on gallery websites and can justify it

by saying it’s work related.

Craig Beardsworth


Diana is a freelance photographer living in Auckland. She graduated from AUT University with a Bachelor

of Communications Studies and has exhibited in the Auckland Festival

of Photography.

Diana Simumpande

Originally from Arizona, Ashley is

a New Zealand photographer specialising in portraiture. Ashley

also works as a visual artist under

the label dinosaurtoast.

Ashley Church

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Sophie works with museums in

New York and Beijing as a program evaluator and strategic advisor. She

is originally from Wellington.

Sophie McKinnon


Emilie Hope is currently completing her Master's in script writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters. She is a writer and performer based in Wellington.

Emilie Hope

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Alex does a little bit of everything. When she’s not painting, cartooning or making tiny objects, she’s writing and sub-editing. 

Alex Scott

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Maeve lives in a tall house in Wellington. She has studied Fine

Arts and Creative Writing. Her first publication Horsepower won the 2018 Story Inc Prize for poetry and is set to be launched later this year.

Maeve Hughes

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Benn Jeffries is a writer, photographer and our newest editorial assistant. With a background in design and literature, he enjoys writing about all things arts and culture.

Benn Jeffries

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Hanahiva Rose is an art historian and writer from the islands of Ra’iātea and Huahine and the people of Te Atiawa and Ngāi Tahu. She has been widely published for her work on Māori and Pacific art practices in Aotearoa. 

Hanahiva Rose

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Sam is a Wellington based journalist who studied at Massey University's School of Communication and Marketing. Sam's writing has been published by Art Zone, Capital Magazine, Stuff and Te Karearea.

Sam Hollis

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Art writer Dan Poynton is also a widely respected pianist and composer.

Dan Poynton


Mary-Jane Duffy is a poet and essayist. She manages the Creative Writing programme at Whitireia Polytech. She lives in Newlands where she wants to establish an artists’ colony.

Mary-Jane Duffy

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Mia Gaudin is a writer, lawyer and

arts advocate. Her work has been published by Radio NZ, Turbine, Hue & Cry, Mimicry, and The Pantograph Punch. She’s currently working on a novel and a travel memoir. Find her

on Instagram @am_i_mia

Mia Gaudin

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Peter Adds is an Associate Professor

in Maori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. His primary tribal affiliation is to the Otaraua hapū of

Te Atiawa in Taranaki. He is the Chair of the Māori Association of Social Science, the Chair of the Archaeology Committee of Heritage New Zealand, a member of the management board of the He Tohu exhibition and the Chair of Te Pae Whakawairua, the Māori advisory group to the National Archivist. 

Peter Adds

Matariki Williams (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Hauiti, Taranaki) is a Curator Mātauranga Māori at Te Papa. She is also a writer and editor for Pantograph Punch and other arts platforms.



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Michelle Duff’s writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines and news websites in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, including The Dominion Post, Sydney Morning Herald, The Melbourne Age and the Irish Independent. She is a three-time finalist in the New Zealand’s premier journalism awards, the Canon Media Awards.

Michelle Duff

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Madeleine fuels her days with black coffee and hot tea, topping up each alternatively in between paragraphs.  When she isn’t writing, you can find her looking for dogs.

Madeleine Boles de Boer

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Sarah Catherall is an award-winning Wellington journalist who loves writing stories about interesting people and places, and important issues.  When she isn't writing or hanging out with her three daughters, Sarah loves running around the city's green belt, or dining at one of her favourite eateries.

Sarah Catherall

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Helen is a freelance curator. She is

a graduate of Victoria University, Massey University, the Ecole National Superieure des Beaux Arts and the Ecole du Louvre. Her international museum work includes the Science Museum in Oxford and The National Gallery of Zimbabwe. She has served on many arts governance and advisory boards and has been invited to judge numerous art awards both in New Zealand and overseas.

Helen Kedgley

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Jess Scott is currently completing her Masters of Journalism at Massey University. She is a Wellington-dwelling writer and vintage clothing enthusiast. She enjoys experimental cinema, pop surrealism and discovering the work of emerging artists. Sometimes she wishes she went to art school.

Jess Scott