Who’s reporting science-related issues in New Zealand?

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.

Science and technology

Jamie Morton
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.
Contact: jamie.morton@nzherald.co.nz
Katie Kenny
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: katie.kenny@stuff.co.nz, 027 839 9858
Simon Morton
Continually curious storyteller for radio, web and TV
Location: Wellington
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: simonmortonnz@gmail.com, 027 224 5403, and @simonmorton.  www.about.me/simonnz
Naomi Arnold
Senior Longform Journalist, RNZ
Location: Nelson
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.
Contact: Naomi.Arnold@rnz.co.nz
Baz Macdonald
Multimedia Journalist, Re: News (TVNZ)
Location: Wellington
Baz produces articles and documentary and has a keen focus on science related topics – including technology, environment, climate, conservation, and natural sciences.
Contact: Baz.macdonald@tvnz.co.nz, 027 2699 451

Environment

Eloise Gibson
Climate editor, Stuff
Location: Auckland
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: eloise.gibson@stuff.co.nz, @eloise_gibson
Charlie Mitchell
National Correspondent, Stuff
Location: Christchurch
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: charlie.mitchell@stuff.co.nz, 03 943 2824, 027 886 1309
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Digital Journalist, RNZ
Location: Auckland
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: leith.huffadine@rnz.co.nz, 027 550 4073
Mirjam Guesgen
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: mguesgen@gmail.com, @MirjamJG
Kate Evans
Freelance journalist
Location: Raglan
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.
Contact: Kategevans@gmail.com, 022 399 0083

Health 

Michelle Duff
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-TimesThe 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.
Lucy Warhurst
Health correspondent, Newshub
Location: Auckland
Lucy specialises in health stories but also covers general news for Three’s Newshub at 4pm and 6pm, as well as Prime News.
Rachel Thomas
Senior health journalist, Stuff and The Dominion Post
Location: Wellington
Emma Russell
Health reporter, The New Zealand Herald
Location: Auckland
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: emma.russell@nzme.co.nz, 027 551 5041, 09 373 6400 ext 39342
Hannah Martin
Health reporter, Stuff
Location: Auckland
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.
Contact: hannah.martin@stuff.co.nz
Niki Bezzant 
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.
Contact: niki@nikibezzant.com

Data journalists

Farah Hancock
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.
Location: Auckland
Contact: farah.hancock@rnz.co.nz

Producers and hosts

Claire Concannon
Producer/presenter, RNZ Our Changing World
Location: Dunedin
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.concannon@rnz.co.nz; 027 395 8914
Emile Donovan
Co-host of The Detail podcast for Newsroom
Location: Auckland
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.
Ali Ventura
Chase Producer, The Project
Location: Auckland
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: aliventura@mediaworks.co.nz; 09 928 9036 ext. 9036; 021 205 1501