New Zealand has some fine science and environment reporters reporting for print, television and radio. Based all over the country, from Auckland to Wellington to Christchurch, they help to ensure that New Zealanders are kept up to date with science and environment issues both here and abroad.
The Science Media Centre has made a list of some of the journalists regularly reporting on science-related issues in New Zealand, with details on where they are and their main focus areas; science and technology, environment, and health. There is also a list of data journalists and broadcast producers and hosts. Many of the reporters profiled here work across several categories.
Science reporter, The New Zealand Herald
Location: New Plymouth
Jamie has been the Herald’s science reporter since 2012, covering research, medicine, technology, conservation, the environment and climate change. He writes regular stories for the Herald and NZME’s print and online platforms, along with feature articles and a Saturday science column in the Weekend Herald. He is interested to hear about new research from or directly relevant to our people and environment.
National Correspondent, Stuff
Location: Based in Wellington, covering stories across the country
Katie reports on the trends and technologies changing the way we live and work. It’s a broad remit; from emerging technologies to artificial intelligence to social media. While she focuses on multimedia, digital storytelling, her work also appears in print, and she’s even produced a podcast.
Contact: email@example.com, +64 27 839 9858
Continually curious storyteller for radio, web and TV
Simon has reported on science, health and technology as the founder of the award-winning programme ‘This Way Up’ which ran on Radio New Zealand for 13 years. He’s presented 2 series of Forensics NZ, and is currently in pre-production for a brand new 6 part TV series. He regularly produces tech stories/features for the BBC World Service Click programme, and is always on the hunt for a cool story.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, +64 27 224 5403, and @simonmorton. www.about.me/simonnz
Senior Longform Journalist, RNZ
Naomi covers a wide range of science, environment and technology stories, particularly enjoying conservation, environment, robotics, and technology. She has been a health and environment reporter at the Nelson Mail, a contract science writer for the Cawthron Institute, and has won multiple awards for her work. Naomi freelanced full-time for seven years before joining RNZ’s In Depth team as a senior long-form journalist in May 2021. She is always happy to have a chat about research and help identify interesting story angles for the general public.
Multimedia Journalist, Re: News (TVNZ)
Baz produces articles and documentary and has a keen focus on science related topics – including technology, environment, climate, conservation, and natural sciences.
Contact: Baz.email@example.com, +64 27 2699 451
Climate editor, Stuff
Eloise has covered climate change, the environment and science for a number of years at various publications and now manages climate coverage for Stuff.co.nz. She’s interested in climate-related stories from around New Zealand. As well as daily news, she coordinates Stuff’s climate-themed magazine and video/podcast series.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, @eloise_gibson
National Correspondent, Stuff
Charlie reports on environment and climate change as part of Stuff’s national correspondent team. He has an interest in anything related to climate change, water quality and conservation, among other environmental issues, and tends towards longer, interactive features.
Contact: email@example.com, +64 3 943 2824, +64 27 886 1309
Kate is an award-winning science and environment journalist who writes for a wide range of outlets including New Zealand Geographic, North and South, the Scientific American, and the Guardian. She lives in Raglan and is writing a book about feijoas.
Freelance journalist and Vetscript editor
Location: Wellington, remote.
Mirjam is a freelance science journalist and editor. She writes news stories, features and video scripts on issues related to science, technology, and health, particularly how they overlap with ethics or society. In New Zealand she writes for The Spinoff and North & South. Internationally, her work has appeared in Motherboard, The Cut, Canadian Geographic as well as on the YouTube channels SciShow and Hot Mess. Before becoming a full-time writer, she gained her PhD in Zoology from Massey University and went on to complete a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Alberta, Canada.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, @MirjamJG
Environment editor, South Island correspondent and investigative writer, Newsroom
David writes on a variety of topics, including health, but his main beats are conservation, water quality and climate change. He tends towards longer reads, and enjoys burrowing into the detail.
Contact: email@example.com, +64 22 051 7923, @ddub_news
Digital Journalist, RNZ
Leith primarily writes stories for the RNZ website. He’s keen on finding ways to make stories about the environment interesting and understandable for everyone.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, +64 27 550 4073
Multimedia Journalist, Newstalk ZB
Demelza covers environment and climate change stories for Newstalk ZB. She primarily writes for ZB’s radio news bulletins and website, and occasionally for The New Zealand Herald. Demelza has a keen interest in conservation, sustainable living and agriculture, climate change mitigation and global warming’s impact on indigenous communities and infrastructure. She would like to hear about any new research or recommendations in these areas.
National Correspondent, Stuff
Michelle covers health and social issues for Stuff, with a special interest in inequality, maternal health, psychology, social justice and gender. Michelle has worked on staff for Stuff, the Sunday Star-Times, The Dominion Post and the Manawatū Standard. Her freelance work has been published by Vice, the Listener, the NZ Herald and North & South. She is an award-winning investigative feature writer, and has also carved out a distinctive voice as a columnist covering health, women’s rights and lifestyle. Her most recent interactive work focused on child abuse and neglect.
Health correspondent, Newshub
Lucy specialises in health stories but also covers general news for Three’s Newshub at 4pm and 6pm, as well as Prime News.
Health reporter, The New Zealand Herald
Emma has been covering health stories at the Herald since 2018. Her reporting interest ranges from groundbreaking studies to human interest stories of medical failings and successes. Her stories are published in print editions of NZ Herald, the Weekend Herald and Herald on Sunday, as well as online. Before working for the Herald, she was a reporter at the Whanganui Chronicle writing on a range of topics including health, business and general news.
Contact: email@example.com, +64 27 551 5041, +64 9 373 6400 ext 39342
Health reporter, Stuff
Hannah covers health stories for Stuff and the Sunday Star-Times, and is based in Auckland. She has an interest in anything relating to public health, women’s health (sexual and reproductive health), and health sciences. She loves to hear about cutting-edge medical technologies, quirky research projects and innovation in health in general.
Freelance journalist, columnist and speaker
Niki has been covering health and nutrition science for 15 years and writes weekly columns in the New Zealand Herald and the Herald on Sunday, as well as feature writing for various outlets. She is always interested in research relating to food, nutrition, farming and sustainability.
Data and long form journalist, RNZ
Farah covers a wide range of topics including the environment, water quality, conservation and health. She does interactive data projects as well as long-form stories.
Producer/presenter, RNZ Our Changing World
Claire produces and presents RNZ’s weekly science and environment programme Our Changing World. The focus of the show is on research happening in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the range of topics is extremely broad. Claire travels around New Zealand to record sound-rich interactive radio interviews in labs and in the field and produces stories between 10-25 minutes long.
Contact: Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org; +64 27 395 8914
Co-host of The Detail podcast for Newsroom
Emile covers a wide range of science-related stories and is particularly interested in quirky, off-the-beaten track stories, and stories concerned with environmentalism and conservation. Also anything to do with dogs, sport, gastronomy, the periodic table, and critters. Despite dropping all sciences in fifth form he once got 31/32 in his year 10 biology exam.
Chase Producer, The Project
We cover the news of the day in exciting and fresh ways – we’re interested in almost all science stories but especially those that affect all New Zealanders, and anything that is oddball or amusing.
Contact: email@example.com; +64 9 928 9036 ext. 9036; +64 21 205 1501