James Addis has taken over the editorship of Mahurangi Matters following the departure of George Driver, last December.
James has spent more than 20 years with the international aid organisation World Vision in a variety of communications roles.
Prior to that he worked as a reporter for several Auckland community newspapers and had a brief stint at the Northern Advocate newspaper in Whangarei.
He first joined World Vision’s New Zealand office, but later moved to the United States to become senior editor of World Vision magazine, which circulates to more than 500,000 World Vision donors and supporters.
His work for World Vision has seen him sent on assignment to cover most of the world’s major trouble spots including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, East Timor, Haiti and numerous African countries.
He has documented the impact of earthquakes, famine, disease and war and his work won several awards from the US-based Society of Professional Journalists and the Evangelical Press Association.
But aside from covering major world events, James is equally at home covering the passions, struggles and fascinating stories of individuals closer to home.
“Sometimes the best stories are found when digging a little more deeply into something that might otherwise seem mundane,” he says.
Early this year James returned to New Zealand to be nearer to his family.
He and his wife, Sharon, fell in love with the Mahurangi area and decided it would be a great place to settle.
He looks forward to getting to know the area intimately and overseeing reporting on the good and the bad.