Kirsty Cameron


Kirsty is an experienced journalist, editor and publisher. She was a writer, editor and editorial executive for Time Inc Magazines in Sydney, a period of 13 years which also saw her work as bureau chief in Los Angeles, and as the launch editor of InStyle Australia. Prior to joining Time Inc, Kirsty was a journalist and political columnist at The Australian newspaper. She began her journalism career with Radio New Zealand. 

Kirsty worked for both ACP and NZ Magazines companies in senior editorial roles on her return to New Zealand. Recently she has managed her own business, publishing community magazines and custom titles. 

Tess Nichol

Deputy Editor

Tess spent the first years of her journalism career as a reporter at the New Zealand Herald, after which she worked for Metro magazine as a feature writer and digital editor until Bauer closed in April 2020.

She has a deep love of journalism and its potential to do good in the world, and a particular fondness for print. She now counts herself as an Aucklander after spending most of her life as a Wellingtonian, but don’t hold that against her.

George Driver

South Island Correspondent

George’s writing career began as a five-year-old when he won a Central Otago writing competition for a story about befriending an alien. It was another 20 years before he landed his first paid writing gig, as a reporter for Warkworth community newspaper, Mahurangi Matters. He went on to work for Wilderness magazine and has freelanced for the country’s major publications including the Sunday Star Times, RNZ, The Listener and The Spinoff.

He’s now back writing in Clyde, where it all began.

Martine Skinner

General manager

Martine was with Bauer Media Group when the company suspended its New Zealand operations in early April. As head of marketing, she led marketing strategies across all platforms for 15 brands and their extensions. Thanks to working in publishing for many years, Martine has an extensive range of magazine experience, spanning across management, marketing, retail, operations and logistics.

Imogen Greenfield

Art director

Imogen spent years in London and Munich, working for tech companies and boutique design agencies. After returning to New Zealand, she took a job as the senior designer for the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. She moved sideways to work for a short stint at NZIA (New Zealand Institute of Architects). Both positions offered great opportunities to design for publishing.

Kim Blewett

Commercial Director

Kim fell in love with magazines as a teenager, when she’d walk to her local bookstore to collect her special order copy of Seventeen magazine — though she also loved the NZ Listener growing up and can even remember the old large format.

Over her career in advertising sales she’s worked on titles including the Listener, North & South, Metro, Fashion Quarterly and NZ Woman’s Weekly.

After Bauer’s closure in 2020 she worked with the team that launched School Road Publishing before coming back to work on North & South again — she’s stoked to be part of the team again. Kim says she loves how New Zealand is reflected within the pages of North & South, and how the images selected capture the essence of what makes us different to every other country in the world.

Danielle Butler

Communications & Administration Executive

Danielle joined the North & South team after graduating from AUT with a Bachelor of Communications. Originally wanting to work in the radio industry, she was fascinated by and quickly drawn to the exciting and creative industry that was communications and social media. To help kickstart her future career within this industry, Danielle completed various volunteer and internship roles which led her to taking on her current position at North & South.

Verena Friederike Hasel


Verena was born in Berlin. She studied forensic psychology and screenwriting and worked as a reporter and feature-story writer for the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel and for the highly respected weekly Die Zeit. She has won several journalism awards and taught media literacy to high school students in Germany. Verena has written four books and is working on her fifth. She feels that North & South is like a book, too, something to keep and hold onto.

Verena first came to New Zealand as a student when she won a round-the-world trip and wanted the journey to end right then and there. She cannot dive, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters.

Konstantin Richter


Konstantin was born in Berlin, too. He studied at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York and worked as an editor and reporter for the Columbia Journalism Review, the Cambodia Daily and the Wall Street Journal. He has published three novels (all in German) and writes regularly for numerous German and English-language publications.

For ten years, Konstantin was a regular for the German writers’ football team that plays matches against the poets and novelists of other countries. In the final of the European Writers Cup in 2010, he scored the winning penalty against Turkey, a seminal event that he keeps replaying in his head.

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