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Stuff’s editors bring decades of experience and energy to our newsrooms and key topic areas, including business, sport, travel, politics and climate change. Meet the team, below.
Mark Stevens is Stuff’s editorial director
Mark Stevens: Editorial Director
Mark Stevens was appointed Stuff’s editorial director in 2017, and is responsible for leading our journalists around the country. He oversees the editorial vision for Stuff and the group’s 60 national, regional and community newspapers.
Mark was previously group editor, digital and visual, and has spent most of his career in Wellington on Stuff-owned titles as a reporter and an editor, since the late 1990s. As the editor of Stuff and then the group digital editor, he played a leading role in building Stuff to be the number one news site in the country.
Patrick Crewdson, Stuff Editor in Chief
Patrick Crewdson: Stuff Editor in Chief
Patrick Crewdson started in journalism as editor of the Otago University student newspaper Critic-Te Arohi in 2002-3.
He joined the Herald on Sunday for its launch, then moved to The Dominion Post, where he worked as a reporter and web editor before four years as Head of News.
As editor since 2014, Patrick has prioritised quality journalism, multimedia innovation, and climate change coverage. In 2019, he was named editorial executive of the year at the Voyager Media Awards and awarded the prestigious Wolfson Fellowship.
Patrick chairs the Science Media Centre advisory board, and sits on the Media and Courts Committee.
Bernadette Courtney, Newsrooms Editor in Chief
Bernadette Courtney: Newsrooms Editor in Chief
Bernadette Courtney is responsible for all of Stuff’s newsrooms, the print and opinion teams, and a team of specialist senior writers. She worked in the UK editing local newspapers and as a reporter on the Sunday Mirror before arriving in New Zealand in the mid 1990s.
Bernadette has been a reporter, chief reporter, assistant editor and editor of The Dominion Post, winning reporting awards. Under her editorship the paper was named Newspaper of the Year and Weekend Paper of the Year. She also edited the Manawatū Standard.
Geoff Collett, Stuff Verticals Editor in Chief
Geoff Collett: Verticals Editor in Chief
Geoff Collett oversees Stuff’s specialist reporting teams across such varied topics as sport, business, lifestyle and travel, as well as its magazines. His journalism career has seen him work on metropolitan, regional and community titles around New Zealand in a wide variety of reporting, feature writing and editing roles.
Geoff has been with Stuff and its predecessor companies for 25 years, moving into a national editor role in 2015.
Sunday Star-Times Editor Tracy Watkins,wants to know when the housing market craziness will end.
Tracy Watkins: Sunday Star-Times
Tracy Watkins was appointed Stuff’s Sundays Editor in 2019, overseeing the Sunday Star-Times and the Sunday News. Tracy is an award-winning journalist and political editor with more than 25 years experience. She led Stuff’s political team for 10 years.
Tracy has worked for The Dominion Post, Waikato Times, Evening Post, Napier Daily Telegraph and the NZ Press Association as a senior reporter, and was shortlisted for best investigative reporter at the annual media awards.
Carol Hirschfeld, Head of Visual and Audio
Carol Hirschfeld: Head of Video and Audio
Carol Hirschfeld joined Stuff in 2018. She has had a lengthy career as a presenter and producer with both TVNZ and TV3, presenting the news with John Campbell at TV3 and later producing Campbell Live.
In 2009, Carol joined Māori TV as head of programming. She became head of content at RNZ five years later, re-launching Checkpoint as the organisation’s first foray into multimedia programming.
Anna Fifield, Editor of The Dominion Post
Anna Fifield: The Dominion Post
Anna Fifield is the Wellington editor at Stuff and editor of The Dominion Post. She returned to New Zealand in 2020 to take up this role after two decades abroad working at the Financial Times and The Washington Post.
She was a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard University in 2013-14 and was awarded Stanford University’s Shorenstein award in 2018 for excellence in reporting on Asia. A graduate of Victoria University, Anna loves all things about Wellington – even the wind.
Kamala Hayman, Editor of The Press
Kamala Hayman: The Press
Kamala Hayman has been a journalist since 1990, including a decade in the UK where she worked for local newspapers before a stint with the BBC.
She returned to Christchurch to raise her now teenage sons and joined The Press as a reporter covering environment and health. Kamala was chief reporter through the earthquakes before helping drive the digital transformation of the newsroom as Canterbury’s digital editor. She was the deputy editor for three years before being appointed editor in 2018.
Jonathan MacKenzie, Editor of the Waikato Times
Jonathan MacKenzie: Waikato Times
Jonathan MacKenzie has been a journalist for 28 years and a Stuff editor for the past 15. He’s currently the editor of the Waikato Times in Hamilton where he lives with his wife, three kids and a highly strung standard schnauzer.
He was in London working for Reuters and watched live as the planes struck the Twin Towers in 2001. Jonathan also worked for The Times, WSJ.com and the Sunday Telegraph.
In 2020 the Waikato Times won Newspaper of the Year (in its circulation category) for the third year running at the New Zealand media awards.
Natalie Crockett, Editor in Auckland
Natalie Crockett: Auckland
Natalie Crockett started her career in 2008, working as a journalist at the South Wales Argus newspaper in South Wales. She covered the education, council and crime beats. In 2013, she moved to BBC Wales to work as a broadcast journalist for online, radio and TV. Natalie rose to the role of assistant news editor at BBC Wales and led the website’s coverage of the EU Referendum, the General Election and the Euro 2016 football tournament.
As an escape from writing about Brexit, Natalie made the move to Auckland in 2018 and was named editor in 2020.
Matthew Rilkoff, Editor of Taranaki Daily News
Matthew Rilkoff: Taranaki Daily News
Three decades after a brief but memorable stint as a delivery boy for the Taranaki Daily News, Matt Rilkoff was appointed Stuff’s Taranaki regional editor. He brings more than 15 years of reporting experience. Before taking on the editor’s job in 2018, Matt was an award-winning feature writer who thrived on finding adventure close to home.
A father of four, his hobbies are mostly unfulfilled but when time allows he’s been known to disappear into the sea on his kayak for an afternoon of mostly fruitless fishing.
Matthew Dallas, Editor of ManawatÅ« Standard
Matthew Dallas: Manawatū Standard
Matthew Dallas is the editor of the Manawatū newsroom and has been with Stuff since 2000. He started as a reporter for the Kapi-Mana News in Porirua, covering a myriad of rounds including council, court, sport and arts.
Matthew was promoted to editor in 2004 and enjoyed several successful years in the city, capped off with a Canon Media Award for Community Newspaper of the Year in 2013. That same year Matthew transferred to the Manawatū newsroom to be its deputy editor and editorial writer. He was appointed regional editor in 2018.
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Victoria Guild, Editor of Nelson Mail
Victoria Guild: Nelson Mail
Victoria Guild started working as a reporter in Ashburton before picking up a job at The Press in the mid-1990s. After a short stint overseas, she returned to Nelson and began working at the Nelson Mail. After several years as a sub-editor she became New Zealand layout editor for all of Stuff’s daily and Sunday titles before being appointed editor of the Nelson Mail in 2015. The paper was a finalist for Newspaper of the Year at the PANPA awards in 2016 and won the Canon Newspaper of the Year in 2017.
Victoria spearheads the multi-award winning Wasp Wipeout project helping to protect New Zealand’s biodiversity from these invasive pests.
Brooke Black, Editor on Timaru Herald
Brooke Black: Timaru Herald
Brooke Black was appointed to the role of editor of the Timaru Herald and Stuff South Canterbury in April 2018.
Having graduated with a broadcast journalism degree from the New Zealand Broadcasting School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canterbury, Brooke’s career has seen her work as both a print journalist and television news reporter in various roles across the lower South Island.
She joined the Timaru Herald in 2015 as a news director and was appointed chief news director in July 2017.
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Natasha Holland, Editor of Southland Times
Natasha Holland: Southland Times
A journalist for more than 20 years, Natasha Holland is a born and bred Southlander. Trained at Aoraki Polytechnic, she has worked for INL, Allied Press and Stuff in a variety of roles including journalist, web editor, digital editor, chief reporter and head of news.
She leads a dedicated and diverse team of reporters and visual journalists. A major project that originated in Southland in 2020 was In Honour, a database, created to New Zealand’s World War II veterans.
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Fred Woodcock, Sports Editor
Fred Woodcock: Sport
Fred has more than 15 years experience as a sports journalist and has been Stuff’s national sports editor since 2016. He started his career as a sports writer at The Dominion Post, chiefly covering football and cricket, before stints at the New Zealand Press Association and The Press, where he was sports editor before moving into national roles with Stuff.
Fred lists covering the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa, the 2012 Olympics in London, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2015 Cricket World Cup semifinal and final as career highlights.
Susan Edmunds, Business Editor
Susan Edmunds: Business
Business Editor Susan Edmunds has been a journalist for almost 20 years and has focused on business news for more than a decade.
She specialises in personal finance issues and is the author of Starting Out Starting Over, a single woman’s guide to money, published in 2019.
In her spare time, she writes fiction and has had two books published by Harper Collins.
Luke Malpass, Political Editor
Luke Malpass: Politics
Political Editor Luke Malpass has led Stuff’s press gallery team, based in parliament, since 2019.
He previously worked at the Australian Financial Review as an editorial writer, opinion and editorial page editor and features editor. He also spent time as acting foreign editor. He also worked at the Sydney Morning Herald.
Originally from New Zealand, he has covered New Zealand and Australian elections, budget lock-ups, the Christchurch terror attack and has written extensively on politics and economics on both sides of the Tasman. Luke has reported from the Middle East, China, India and the United States.
Eloise Gibson, Climate Editor
Eloise Gibson: Climate
With over a decade’s reporting experience, Climate Editor Eloise Gibson has written about business, science and environmental issues for New Zealand media outlets, and contributed freelance to BBC Earth, BBC Future and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
She travelled to New York on a Fulbright scholarship to get her Masters in science journalism, winning recognition for her writing on toothfish. Her reporting on methane and agriculture led to a UC Berkeley Food and Farming Fellowship.
Carmen Parahi, Pou Tiaki Editor
Carmen Parahi: Pou Tiaki
Pou Tiaki Editor Carmen Parahi began her journalism career in 2001. Since then, she’s reported for a range of community and regional papers, online, and television in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Career highlights include a reporting secondment with the Aboriginal Peoples TV Network in Canada; visiting town camps in Alice Springs; a journalism scholarship to explore Japan; and interviewing Michael Campbell while walking on the No 1 fairway at St Andrews in Scotland.
Emma Chamberlain, Lifestyle and Entertainment Editor
Emma Chamberlain: Lifestyle and Entertainment
Emma Chamberlain has been a journalist for 20 years, starting in digital news media in 2000 as a student writing rugby reports for what was then NZ Herald Online and ending up as head of Channel Nine’s digital content team in Australia.
She was news and homepage editor during her 11 years at Nine, and covered stories such as the Melbourne gangland killings, the Black Saturday bushfires and Sydney’s Lindt siege. She developed five new lifestyle brands for Nine before returning home to New Zealand in 2016.
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Colleen O’Hanlon, Homed Editor
Colleen O’Hanlon: Homed
Colleen has been editor of Homed since it launched in May 2017 and continues to hold responsibility for all its print and digital content. After starting her career in The Southland Times newsroom in 1999, Colleen headed to London where she worked for the Financial Times online in the early days of digital journalism.
She returned to New Zealand in 2003 and has spent the following years building a career within Stuff. Prior to being Homed editor she worked as a digital producer, homepage editor and business reporter, and was the recipient of a Stuff Pikopiko scholarship in 2019.
Trupti Biradar, Travel Editor
Trupti Biradar: Travel
Travel Editor Trupti Biradar has more than 14 years of experience in media, with nine of those in the travel industry.
German-born, and raised in New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and India, she brings a unique perspective to our travel content. Since 2015, she’s been responsible for all the travel content on Stuff, the Sunday Star-Times, The Press, The Dominion Post and seven regional newspapers.
Damien O’Carroll, Motoring Editor
Damien O’Carroll: Motoring
Following a lifetime of being in love with cars, Damien made a switch from the music industry to writing about cars in 2006. After four years as assistant editor of DRIVER magazine, he become the sole New Zealand content supplier to Top Gear magazine and spent the next eight years as one of New Zealand’s leading freelance motoring journalists.
Damien is the winner of three Henry Ford Awards for motoring journalism.
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