Meet the team


Alysha Dudley

Digital coordinator (aka Social Sensei)
Alysha’s job involves updating the website, managing social media, making videos, running competitions and responding to online enquiries. She loves that her work involves a mix of advertising and journalism – the best of both worlds! Alysha grew up in Warkworth until she moved to Wellington in 2015 to attend university. After graduating she stayed on for a couple of years until the pull of family, good weather and great beaches brought her home in February 2020. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and baking, but her all-time favourite thing to do is travel. So far, she has visited 22 countries and is counting down the days until it is safe to visit a few more.

p: 022 544 0249 e: online@localmatters.co.nz


Angela Gallagher

Ad media sales, Hibiscus Matters (aka Little Miss Sunshine)
I was born and raised in rural Zimbabwe, even representing my country swimming. Married and with a young son, my husband and I left for the UK for a better life. After 9 years, in 2006, we headed for New Zealand.  I have a background of working in the Legal field, Medical and now sales.  At home, I am surrounded by animals, kids and consequently smashed tiles – I love mosaicking.  It almost sounds like the opening of a joke, A Zimbabwean, An Englishman and a Kiwi walk into the kitchen … but it’s a true story, I have 3 children, one from each continent. I have worked with Hibiscus Matters since 2015 not having had any sales experience, but my love for talking and people suits this role.

p: 022 029 1895 e: sellit@localmatters.co.nz


Angela Thomas

Administration manager (aka Mrs Master Multi-tasker)
Angela is a Warkworth local and although she spent some seven years on the Hibiscus Coast, she and husband Mark moved back to Warkworth to bring up their two children and enjoy the beaches and close knit community lifestyle. She has been on the Local Matters team for 13 years working in accounts, distribution and administration, and has watched the papers and staff grow over the years. She loves being part of the team that reports on community news. On the weekends, you’ll find Angela on local walking tracks and bike routes or competing in adventure racing, rogaine or the odd half marathon.

e: admin@localmatters.co.nz


Heather Arnold

Graphic designer, Mahurangi Matters (aka JPEG Jedi)
An egg, each is individual and unique. The variety of colour and pattern, different sizes and shapes, an expression of each hen. We tell your editorial stories and share your unique advertising messages. I look forward to designing your advertisements with your unique messages. Your audience awaits.

e: design@localmatters.co.nz


James Addis

Editor, Mahurangi Matters (aka Word Herding Wizard)
After living in the United States for 13 years, James Addis was delighted to return with his family to New Zealand in 2017, and end up in what he considers a true piece of paradise – Mahurangi. Before joining Mahurangi Matters as editor, James previously spent about 20 years with the international aid organisation World Vision in a variety of communications roles. This saw him cover many of the world’s major trouble spots including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, East Timor, Haiti and numerous African countries. But his passion remains a good story – whatever the context. He says the great thing about working at Mahurangi Matters is unearthing stories that are as gripping as anything he has found on his travels, and yet could so easily have been lost forever.

p: 022 549 9801 e: editor@localmatters.co.nz


Jannette Thompson

General manager (aka Director of Deadlines)
Jannette has been at the helm of Local Matters for nearly 15 years, working firstly as editor and now as general manager. As a journalist for most of her working life, she still keeps her hand in, writing stories for most issues. She has no fears for the future of newspapers as she believes social media and advertorial based magazines will never replace a properly researched and balanced story, written by a trained journalist and printed in a trusted local paper. Jannette’s family has lived in the district for generations, and she loves the outdoor life that this region has to offer. Off duty, she has three so-called grown up children, two adorable grandchildren, a rescue cat and a rambunctious puppy to keep her busy.

p: 021 263 4423 e: gm@localmatters.co.nz


Jonathan Killick

Journalist, Mahurangi Matters (aka Vice-president of Notepads)
Jonathan covers general news, features and sport. He is not afraid to sink his teeth into in-depth research or challenge authority with his reporting. Jonathan pursued journalism because of a love of the classic kiwi yarn. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2011 and a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism in 2013. His goal is to ensure that Local Matters is north Auckland’s number one news source. In his spare time, Jonathan can be found cruising around in his British racing green ‘mazda-rati’ with the roof down, or taking his camera to a far-flung location. He has called Matakana home for two years after moving from the big smoke.

p: 022 549 8271 e: news@localmatters.co.nz


Ken Lawson

Ad media sales, Mahurangi Matters (aka The Escalator)
Ken loves living and working in the great Mahurangi community. In any working day, he is meeting a diverse range of people from new and existing business owners to community club officials and fundraiser organisers. In his spare time, Ken enjoys spending time with his wife and family, especially his grandchildren, along with squeezing in some fishing, tennis and house renovations and sneaking in some jamming on his guitar in the quiet hours. He also enjoys being a member of Warkworth Toastmasters.

p: 022 029 1899 e: advertising@localmatters.co.nz


Lorry McCarthy

Graphic designer, Hibiscus Matters (aka Fitter of Square Pegs into Round Holes)
Mum of two (one now 21!) full-time graphic designer and part-time op shopper. If you want a deadline extension, she is the one to talk to. Lorry has been working for Hibiscus Matters since the dawn of time (2008), back before Instagram and Covid 19 were even a thing. She is the mouse click responsible for the ads, paper layout, website and Facebook. She has worked as a graphic designer in New Zealand and Australia, with more than 30 years experience (read that bit fast). Lorry was a volunteer firefighter for five years, and likens working for the paper as again doing her bit for the community.

e: hibiscus@localmatters.co.nz


Marc Milford

Ad media sales, Mahurangi Matters (aka Head of Schmoozing)
After years travelling the globe and living abroad, Marc decided he was finally over Auckland city’s woeful traffic congestion and headed north in 2019 for a change of scenery and lifestyle. When he’s not plying his trade in advertising sales, he loves to fish (surfcasting), spend quality time catching up with friends and family, as well as occasionally tinkling the ‘ol ivories! Marc also enjoys going to the cinema and admits to having a soft spot, in particular, for the odd romantic comedy or Disney classic! His basic motto in life is simple, ‘have courage and be kind’.

p: 022 029 1897 e: local@localmatters.co.nz


Sally Marden

Journalist & Proofreader (aka Curator of Commas)
Sally Marden has been a journalist since leaving college, when she joined her local paper in the UK, the Sussex Express & County Herald. After stints with a drinks trade newspaper and as a freelance wine writer, she moved to Australia to live and work north of Adelaide for the Barossa Winemakers. It was there she met her husband Richard, also a winemaker. They moved to New Zealand in 2007, after a spell in Western Australia, and once their two sons were settled at school, Sally happily returned to local journalism with Mahurangi and Hibiscus Matters.

p: 022 478 1619 e: reporter@localmatters.co.nz


Terry Moore

Editor, Hibiscus Matters (aka Recycling Regulator)
Terry never planned on being a journalist, but a love of words and photographs eventually got her there. Earlier career moves include the music business and NZ Gardener magazine. She keeps it quiet that she was born in Palmerston North, but most of her life has been spent in Auckland along with a few years in London and Christchurch. Although Terry has lived on the Hibiscus Coast with her family for almost 20 years working for Hibiscus Matters means always discovering something new about its people and places. She is never happier than when browsing a good garden centre, spending time with family and friends, baking, reading crime novels or gardening.

p: 022 019 6569 e: terry@localmatters.co.nz