About

I’m a journalist and magazine editor from Aotearoa, New Zealand.

I write longform stories about scientists who devote their summers to counting albatrosses, through-hiking the length of New Zealand with kids, training search-and-rescue dogs, unpacking kākāpō DNA, and what it takes to win the Great Easter Bunny Hunt. My story on the aftermath of New Zealand’s worst maritime environmental disaster was reprinted in Tell You What: Great New Zealand Non-Fiction 2017.

I was previously the editor of New Zealand Geographic, the bimonthly, independent publication of record which documents New Zealand culture, nature, and scientific research. I speak on national radio, in classrooms and at conferences. Here I am co-presenting an audio version of one of my magazine features.

I’ve written travel stories for The Washington Post and a range of airline magazines, and political analysis for The Guardian.

I’m a Fulbright scholar, graduate of Columbia Journalism School’s science journalism program and a Pulitzer Grant recipient.

You can find me (occasionally) on Twitter, Instagram and Bluesky.

Photo: Benjamin Brooking