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JannetteTGENERAL MANAGER  •  Jannette Thompson

After finishing high school at Lynfield College, Jannette (nee Railey) undertook a journalism diploma with the former Auckland Technical Institute and joined Suburban Newspapers. She completed her cadetship at the Greymouth Evening Star before heading to Australia where she worked on numerous dailies and weeklies. In other incarnations, she has been a radio & television reporter for the ABC; chief reporter on the Samoa Observer; and a corporate communications manager for a major Queensland city. It has always been her wish to settle in the Whangateau/Pakiri area where her family has lived for many generations.

Terry12EDITOR, Hibiscus  •  Terry Moore

Terry was brought up in Auckland but has also lived in Christchurch and spent five years living in London and travelling. After completing a photography diploma at Whitecliffe College, and a BA in English at Auckland University, both as a mature student, Terry decided to combine her writing and photography skills. She worked in magazines for many years, as a freelance journalist, editor of NZ Adventure and NZ Skiing and deputy editor of NZ Gardener. A strong desire to live near the sea led to Terry, partner Andrew and daughter Rose settling in Whangaparaoa. When she’s not putting together stories for Hibiscus Matters, you’ll find Terry in her garden.

James Addis 2017EDITOR, Mahurangi  •  James Addis

James grew up in England but emigrated to New Zealand with his family in his teens. He went on to complete a BA in History at Auckland University and a certificate in print journalism at Northland Polytechnic. After working for a year at various newspapers, James joined World Vision and began to report on humanitarian crises around the world. Eventually, he moved to the United States where he served as a senior editor for World Vision magazine. James returned to New Zealand in 2017. He and his wife Sharon fell in love with Mahurangi and decided it would be a great place to settle. When not working, James enjoys running and long bike rides with his family.

Ben DJOURNALIST, Mahurangi Matters  •  Ben Donaldson

Ben joined the Mahurangi Matters team as a junior reporter in March this year (2016) after deciding he would rather work his way into the industry than go to university. Although his Dad is a Kiwi and his Mum is Canadian, he was born in Hampshire, in England. Ten years ago the family moved back to NZ and settled in Sandspit five years ago. Ben attended Mahurangi College where he developed a passion for sports reporting and ran his own media venture with a Facebook page and Youtube channel. He is a keen tennis player and has also been known to enjoy a game of football.

Sally MardenSPECIAL PROJECTS  •  Sally Marden

Sally Marden has been a journalist since leaving school in England, where she trained with her local newspaper, the Sussex Express & County Herald. She later became a wine writer and broadcaster, contributing to numerous national and international wine magazines and books, before moving to Australia to work in the Barossa wine region in 1998. Sally and her winemaker husband moved to Matakana (via a spell in Western Australia) in 2007, since when she has juggled freelance writing and editing projects with raising their two sons, before happily returning to her local reporting roots with Mahurangi Matters in 2015.

SPECIAL PROJECTS  •  Cathy Busbridge Cathy

Cathy was born in Wellington but her father’s job, as a civil engineer, meant the family was constantly on the move. She has lived in Napier, Auckland, New Plymouth and Rotorua. Her first home in the north was at Snells Beach, but she now lives in Mangawhai with her husband Denis, and a cat and dog. Cathy is the mother of Naomi and Tony, and her interests include tramping, kayaking, music and reading. She has a background in nursing and retail, and has been involved in advertising for Local Matters for around 10 years, where she enjoys the interactive and relational aspects of her job.

MAHURANGI  •  Ken LawsonKen Lawson 2017

Ken grew up in the South Island and moved to Auckland in his teens. He furthered his education and qualified with a NZCE qualification. After working with some of the larger manufacturing plants in Auckland, he moved on to be self-employed for 10 years in this industry. From there Ken took a sales engineer’s role in the agritech industry, which he enjoyed for over 19 years promoting NZ agritech manufactured product throughout the world. Ken had the opportunity of moving to Warkworth two years ago and has enjoyed this shift immensely. He actively supports the NZ Heart Foundation and the NZ Leukaemia Blood Cancer Foundation.

MAHURANGI  •  Rob AndersonRob Anderson 2017

Rob was born and bred in Auckland before travelling the world where he met his darling Maria in Sydney. Home was calling and Matakana seemed like the perfect spot to put down some roots and raise a child close to whanau and friends. Now with a daughter Siena at Matakana School, and having been in the area for four years, Rob loves helping out around the community. He enjoys music and sports, particularly football and basketball.  Rob’s previous career is varied with experience in banking and finance, small business coaching, Djing, organising events, sponsorship and marketing for local organisations.

Lorry 2012HIBISCUS  •  Lorry McCarthy

Lorry has been in the printing/advertising industry for over 25 years. She attended ATI studying Graphic Design, her first job was at an Auckland advertising agency where she got to dabble in TVC production. After a couple of years living in Canberra she came back to NZ and settled in Whangarei for a decade. Shifting to Whangaparaoa in 2006, with her two children. Lorry then worked part-time for a Warkworth wedding photographer where she learned a few more Photoshop 'tricks'. Joining Hibiscus Matters in January 2009, she is the 'mouse-click' behind the design for the Hibiscus ads, paper and website. Lorry was a volunteer firefighter for five years at Manly, and now enjoys playing hockey for Mahurangi hockey club.

MartyMAHURANGI • Martin Tomars

Westie graphic designer Martin is a relatively new resident of Warkworth, having moved to the area in 2015. After obtaining his Graphic Design & Animation Degree at Auckland’s Unitec Mt Albert Campus he moved around the North Island sampling what different the regions had to offer, before deciding to settle in the Mahurangi. He is an avid fan of simplicity and functionality in design and can be counted on to extol the virtues of white space, contrast and repetition. A supporter of the Breakers and Warriors, he is hoping this fandom rubs off on the other staff members at the Mahurangi Matters.

CathyA.jpgDIGITAL EDITOR  •  Cathy Aronson

Cathy is a journalist, multimedia producer and editor, with a passion for online communities. As a journalist she has reported for community and daily newspapers - covering everything from environment, councils and transport to entertainment. As an online editor she has worked on three of New Zealand’s largest websites NZ Herald, Yahoo, Scoop and NZ’s creative community website The Big Idea. She is the Digital Editor for Local Matters - in charge of sharing and engaging our readers on 'local matters' online.  She lives at Leigh by the sea and can often be found swimming, snorkeling, fishing or walking along the coastline.

craigcartoon150200.jpgLMLive PRODUCER & CARTOONIST  •  Craig Powell

Much to my parents embarrassment, my drawing ability is attributed to the untold hours of waiting in pub carparks, placated with a scrapbook and 2B pencil. This basic grounding was expanded upon at boarding school, where I discovered the power of caricature and satire. Initially, this caused great amusement, but when the humour subsided, I learnt another lesson.
When not drawing cartoons, I’m either making videos, playing Mr Handyman or looking after our two children. The latter role comes with additional title Head of Department for humorous birthday cards and videos, which I admit is rather fun. And who knows, maybe some of this creativity will rub-off on the kids, which would be preferable to the pub carpark. (Sorry Mum & Dad)

Angela 2012OFFICE MANAGER  • Angela Thomas

A Warkworth girl, born and bred, Angela is a keen sportswoman playing touch rugby for Low Key in the Whangateau Domain competition, netball and competing in half-marathons. She originally trained as a veterinary nurse in Orewa, where she worked for six years, before moving to administrative work with Tranz Pictures, in Auckland, and then the Art of Cheese, Puhoi. Angela, who has been with Local Matters for over eight years, is married to earthmoving contractor Mark and they have two gorgeous children, Jordon and Drue.


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