Contributors

Benn Jeffries


Editorial Assistant

Benn is a writer, photographer and Capital's Editorial Assistant. A lover of all things outdoors – you’ll find him on the water with his rod and reel or in the bush scribbling down god-awful poetry. 

Shalee Fitzsimmons


Art Director

Shalee (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) blew in on the wind from up north many years ago and couldn't figure how to get back. She's our resident Art Director, stylist & designer. Obscure music enthusiast and sav-guzzling misfit, Shalee puts the it into Capital.

Anna Briggs


Photographer

Anna is a young freelance photographer. She has a love for photographing her surroundings showcasing their natural beauty in a stylish and tasteful way. You can check out her work at annabriggsphoto.com

Luke Browne


Designer

Luke is a Capital designer by day and owner of skateboard brand Daylight, by night. Originally from Hastings, England, he immigrated to Hastings, New Zealand as a wee lad. He now lives in Lyall Bay with his girlfriend and cat Chewy.

Sanne Van Ginkel


Photographer

Originally from the Netherlands, Sanne moved to Wellington to study for her Masters in Design, majoring in Photography at Massey Uni. She also runs her own company, In the Flash Photography.

Melody Thomas


Writer

Melody is a writer, columnist and producer for radio who uses her work to offset terrible FOMO, or Fear Of Missing Out. Writing for Capital provides just the excuse she needs to pry, consider and explore the world vicariously, all from her little window desk in Island Bay. Catch up with Melody between issues on Twitter @WriteByMelody.

Chevron Hassett


Photographer

Chevron, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine ki Kahungunu, from Naenae is a multidisciplinary artist whose interests include cultural identity, whakapapa and urbanisation. In 2017, he was awarded the Nga Manu Pirere Award from Te Waka Toi and Creative New Zealand.

Bex McGill


Photographer

Bex has just completed her final year of study at Massey University, majoring in Photography. She loves fashion, cats and large amounts of chocolate.

Francesca Emms


Staff writer

Francesca is a Wellington-born, Wairarapa-raised writer. The things she writes vary in content and length. Sometimes people say the things she writes aloud and other times they read them silently. She enjoys tap dancing, avoids the sun and gets carsick really easily.

Sarah Lang


Writer

Sarah Lang, Capital's books and culture writer, lives in Mt Cook with coffee-geek husband Michael and Theo, nearly three. She works from Toi Poneke Arts Centre, but often pops into Capital HQ with baking. She also runs the Wellington Classic Literature Meetup group.

Matthew Plummer


Writer

Matthew is in the buildings team at Beca. In his spare time he runs the Old Wellington twitter account (@oldwgtn), and is slowly renovating a 1900s house in Mount Cook. He’s a seventh generation Wellingtonian and isn’t a fan of the Water Whirler.


Deirdre Tarrant


Writer

Deirdre Tarrant, mother of three boys, founder of the former Footnote Dance Company and teacher of dance to generations of Wellingtonians will sort out your troubles as our Agony Aunt.

David James


Photographer

David James aka Marlborough Lights is a photographer from Marlborough - though he calls Wellington his spiritual home. He regularly shoots fashion for retail and labels like Lela Jacobs and The Service Depot. Emotional images come first for David, who prefers a fun, energetic and low-fuss aesthetic.

Hanahiva Rose


Writer

Hanahiva Rose is an art historian and writer from the islands of Ra’iātea and Huahine and the people of Te Atiawa and Ngāi Tahu. She has been widely published for her work on Māori and Pacific art practices in Aotearoa.

Nicola Young


Writer

Nicola is a writer and city councillor. Her career began at The Evening Post, followed by an extended (20 year) OE in England. She’s a born ‘n bred Wellingtonian; for the past 14 years she’s been part of Te Aro’s population boom.

Rachel Helyer


Journalist

Originally from Te Waipounamu, Rachel spent 16 years in London. In 2014 she sensibly settled in Wellington to set set up as a freelance feature writer and filmmaker. Taking part in her first-ever Round the Bays in February made her feel like a true Wellingtonian.

Emily Wakeling


Campaign coordinator

Emily is a keen coffee drinker, online shopper and traveller who found her way to Wellington as a young student, then never left. As Capital’s campaign coordinator, you’ll find her around the city with the latest Capital issue and always ready for a chat.  

Fairooz Samy


Writer

Fairooz is a Wellington writer, researcher, and pop-culture fiend. When she isn’t writing, she analyses the internet as part of a media studies doctorate. She enjoys social commentary, buffets, intellectualising reality television, and Oxford commas.

Sarah Catherall


Journalist

Sarah is an award-winning journalist who loves writing about the city she has called home for more than two decades. When she's not writing stories, Sarah loves running around Wellington's tracks and soaking up the city's restaurants, cafes and art life.

John Bishop


Writer

John Bishop is a veteran journalist and longtime Wellingtonian whose writing career covers politics, economics, business and tourism and travel. Apart from journalism he’s worked in PR and marketing and for the last seven years he has been a business mentor for startups and “from home” businesses. He wants to own a dog but doesn’t have time to walk one.

Jess Scott 


Writer

Jess is a writer, eternal student and shopping fanatic. In her high school leaver's quote, she said her aspiration was to be a trophy wife with a PhD. Six years and ⅔ of a Master's degree later, she still thinks this is funny. Her boyfriend does not.

Claire Orchard


Poet

Claire was born in Wainuiomata, grew up in Hutt Valley, and now lives in Wellington. Her poetry has been published in various literary journals, including in her 2016 book Cold Water Cure (VUP). When not occupied with wrangling her own poems she enjoys reading and thinking about works by other poets.

Evangeline Davis


Photographer

Evangeline is a film photographer from New Zealand, now based in Toronto, Canada. Her practice explores aspects of girlhood, self-expression and desire. With compassion, she captures the female form in order to challenge homogeneity and embrace a continuum.   

Mia Gaudin 


Journalist 

Mia Gaudin is a writer, lawyer and arts advocate. Her work has been published by Radio NZ, Turbine, Hue & Cry, Mimicry, and The Pantograph Punch. She’s currently working on a novel and a travel memoir. Find her on Instagram @ am_i_mia

Chris Tse 


Poet

Chris Tse is the author of two collections of poetry published by Auckland University Press: How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes (winner of the Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry) and HE'S SO MASC. Chris and Emma Barnes are currently co-editing an anthology of contemporary LGBTQIA+ Aotearoa New Zealand writers.

Emma Steer


Illustrator 

Born and raised in Wellington, Emma is a small business owner of Steer Illustrations. She works full time at Iko Iko selling her art work and creating exciting window displays each week. 

Nikki & Jordan Shearer 


Food columnists 

Nikki and Jordan began their cooking journey on MasterChef NZ. Their Kiwi food philosophy is based on sharing, and cooking from the land using local, seasonal produce. As busy mums and businesswomen, they strive to serve up no-fuss meals to feed the whānau. 

Harriet  Palmer 


Journalist 

Harriet Palmer is a keen Wellingtonian who grew up in Lyall Bay and now lives on the side of a hill in Mornington. She’s come out of reporting retirement to write about her city. 


Tod Harfield


Accounts 

Head of our accounts department of one, Tod has been at Capital since its inception. As well as balancing spreadsheets, he enjoys dark beer and walking up steep hills – a handy hobby in Wellington.

David Cohen


Journalist

David is a Wellington-based journalist who's written for numerous publications including New York Times, the Guardian and National Business Review. He doubles as an author and has written a range of books including memoirs, anthologies, and a food book

Roger Walker 


Car columnist  

If there were a university for car designers in New Zealand, Roger, a successful Wellington architect, would have studied there. Over the years he’s owned more than 30 cars, written about some of them, driven a few slightly too fast (but, of course, not any more), and spent two seasons as a co-presenter on the AA Torque Show.

Freya  Daly Sadgrove


Poet

Freya is a writer, performer and theatre-maker from Pōneke. She has a Master of Arts from the International Institute of Modern Letters, and her work has appeared in various publications in Aotearoa, Australia and the US. Her first book, Head Girl, was published in February 2020.

Laura Pitcher


Journalist

Laura Pitcher is a writer, editor, and designer based in New York. Contributing to the Guardian, Teen Vogue, i-d, Dazed, Paper, Highsnobiety, Marie Claire, and more, Laura has created content spanning from fashion, culture and beauty, to social and environmental justice issues.


Piripi Walker 


Te Reo Translator 

Piripi, Ngati Raukawa, was manager of Te Upoko o Te Ika, Wellington city’s Maori language radio station from 1987 to 1991 and remains trustee and deputy chair of the station’s trust board in 2019. He lives with his wife Heather, in Silverstream, and is a hands-on Koro to his seven mokopuna.

Brittany Harrison 


Photographer 

Britt uses her studies in design at Vic to dabble in whatever is chucked her way. Taking photos of food is a happy accident generated by two passions of hers. You can catch her hanging out wherever the coffee is good.

Maddie Tait-Jamieson


Illustrator 

Maddie Tait-Jamieson completed a fine arts degree at Beaux Arts de Montpellier in France. She is currently based in Wellington, probing the in-betweens of contemporary art, and under the handle Madshrew, the wry world of comics.

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