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 rounded up 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.
Science and Innovation Reporter, RNZ
Charlie is known in the newsroom as a “bit of a geek” and her interests include all things space, artificial intelligence and sustainability. She also dabbles in general reporting when the occasion arises and loves to hear from anyone with story ideas in the wonderful world of science. Another passion project is looking into the current state of mental health services in New Zealand.
Contact: email@example.com, 021 192 8734, and on Twitter
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 027 839 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: email@example.com, 027 224 5403, and on Twitter. www.about.me/simonnz
Freelance feature writer: New Zealand Geographic, VetScript, The Listener and others.
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. She has been freelancing since 2014 and enjoys the flexibility to travel, incorporating science research with people, history and place. Her book on the history of New Zealand astronomy, Southern Nights, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in 2019. She is always happy to have a chat about research and help identify interesting story angles for the general public.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 027 245 5522, naomiarnold.co.nz, @NaomiArnold
Environment and science reporter, Newsroom
Eloise covers science, health and environmental issues for Newsroom. She is particularly interested in stories about climate, agriculture, sea level rise, genetics and maternal health but will cover anything that matters, particularly if it’s exclusive or not well-covered by other media.
Farah writes about conservation, education and technology for Newsroom’s website. Biodiversity, predator control, the Billion Trees project and genetics are topics of interest as well as technology including artificial intelligence, smart cities and autonomous vehicles.
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, 03 943 2824, 027 886 1309
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, 027 550 4073
National Correspondent, Stuff
Health reporter, The New Zealand Herald
Emma has been covering health stories at the Herald for the past year. 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, 0275515041, 09 3736400 ext 39342
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.
Health reporter, The Dominion Post and Stuff
Location: Based in Wellington, covering health stories across the country
Ruby reports on all things health-related, with particular interests including euthanasia, Pharmac, period poverty and mental health.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 027 248 0922
Editor-at-large, North & South magazine, senior writer, NZ Listener
Donna has been covering science stories for many years, most focusing on the health sciences, and has won numerous awards for her work. She’s always open to approaches from scientists/researchers in any field to discuss the benefits of the long-form coverage available in both magazines, and their digital platform, noted.co.nz.
Contact: Dchisholm@bauermedia.co.nz, 09 3082809, 0272385158
Producer, RNZ’s Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, and The Panel with Wallace Chapman.
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.
Contact: email@example.com; 020 411 75759; or 04 474 1802 (9-5, Monday-Friday)
Assistant Executive Producer, RNZ Afternoons
We are interested in covering a wide range of science stories, preferably stories related to people’s daily lives or the flora and fauna of New Zealand.
Contact: Ali.firstname.lastname@example.org, Jesse@radionz.co.nz
Producer/presenter, RNZ Our Changing World
Alison produces and presents RNZ’s weekly science and environment programme Our Changing World. Her focus is on New Zealand research, and she covers everything from conservation to ultra-cold physics. She travels around NZ to record sound-rich interactive radio interviews in labs and in the field. Her in-depth stories are between 10-25 minutes long. Alison also writes accompanying web features and takes photos to accompany them.
Contact: email@example.com, 027 704 5739