And this is a fascinating time to be in New Zealand. With the borders closed, we have a lot of time for reflection. In dining rooms, in public spaces and on the internet, New Zealanders are asking questions about the country’s past, its future and its place in the world. We want to be a part of that national conversation, helping us to understand the perspective of others we might not otherwise talk to in the course of our daily lives. North & South is a magazine for all New Zealanders.
As you know, North & South stopped publishing in April. We will be relaunching on November 16. If you want to get in touch, you can write to us at email@example.com
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Rachel, a journalist raised in Hastings, has made a name for herself in the United States. She is one of the founding editors of HuffPost Highline, a digital magazine that takes the best of print-magazine journalism online: the depth of reporting, the beautiful writing and the visual appeal. Since its inception in 2015, Highline has won numerous awards including the National Magazine Award. Its most popular stories have drawn upward of a million readers. Throughout her career overseas, Rachel has kept in touch with New Zealand, coming home several times a year and working remotely to spend time with her family. Rachel cherishes the opportunity to bring a magazine back to life she has known for as long as she can remember. Her grandmother used to read North & South from cover to cover.
Rachel’s first full-time job was with a theatre company that toured the country in an ambulance. There’s hardly a town in New Zealand that she hasn’t been to.
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. Imogen currently works as design and creative manager for Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects. She has designed various books and created her own fonts. She is also a keen illustrator who never leaves the house without her sketch book. The renderings of the team members are hers. You will see a lot of her drawings in the magazine.
Imogen grew up with four brothers. By the age of twenty, she had managed to acquire more stitches in her body than all of her siblings together.
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.
When Martine was ten years old, she met Diana, Princess of Wales, at Parnell’s Holy Trinity cathedral. They had a meaningful conversation. But Martine wants the content to remain confidential.
Kelsi grew up on a farm in Te Kohanga where she used to help her parents milk the cows. Kelsi studied journalism. During her time at university, she wrote and read the morning news for a radio station. But she soon found out that getting up before sunrise is not her thing. She started working in advertising, lived in London for two years and travelled to 51 countries. All the while, she kept a keen interest in journalism. In her last job she was a senior account manager for the BBC in Australia. She is greatly looking forward to selling advertising for a magazine that she loves to read. She found Mike White’s investigation into the Lundy murders so fascinating that she read it several times.
Kelsi knows everything about farm animals but is terribly frightened of seagulls.
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 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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