Writers

Alayna Flighty

Alayna Flighty

Alayna lives in Pukerua Bay with her husband and two beautiful children, where she runs Laynescreative.com. She's a qualified primary school teacher with a passion for the arts. Alayna believes when children engage with the arts they develop their language, fine motor and problem-solving skills, and improve their overall confidence.

Alicia Harris

Alicia Harris

Alicia is mother to two amazing children and has been influential in the nursery industry for over 5 years. With a flair for demonstrating and educating people about the right products for their lifestyle, Alicia brings clarity and relevancy to any topic. All served with a distinctive sense of humour that puts even those unfamiliar with baby products at immediate ease. Alicia currently runs www.safercarseats.org

Amy McLean

Amy McLean

Amy has two girls under 5 and works in Marketing in the Fitness Industry. Her life experiences have formed the values and ideals she lives by today, and are the backbone of her writing. Amy shares her journey to finding the right work-life balance - if it even exists - through her blog and Facebook page

Andrea Palmer

Andrea Palmer

Andrea has a passion for food and health and has turned her passion into a profession. As a qualified dietitian and chef Andrea wants to help others feel the same way, which is why she started her own business Food Habits based in Lower Hutt. To find out more go to www.foodhabits.co.nz.

Angela Humphrey

Angela Humphrey

Angela is Mum of two small children, and she likes to cook, photograph and blog her way through the day. Occasionally she braves doing craft with her kids.

Angela Noy

Angela Noy

Ange Norton is a health and fitness specialist, lifestyle coach, qualified personal trainer and founder of women’s online health, wellbeing and fitness magazine NZ Real Health. Find out more about Ange at Creative Action Fitness.

Barbara Morris

Barbara Morris

Barbara Morris, author of “Leading to Reading the easy way”, spent most of her career as a primary school teacher, a new entrant teacher and a specialist reading teacher for the last 26 years. When her grandson was four years old he wanted to read so Barb and her daughter searched for a resource to help them. Unable to find a suitable resource, Barb decided to research the acquisition of pre-reading skills and after seven years wrote, Leading to Reading the easy way.

Barb’s book covers all the pre-reading skills your children need to know to give them a great start to reading and writing at school.

Brian Sorrell

Brian Sorrell

Brian Sorrell has worked as a cook, typist, computer programmer, woodworker, bicycle repairman, and university lecturer, all of which inadequately prepared him for his current full-time role as Dad. In February 2012, the family packed up their house in California and relocated to Auckland, where he now specialises in chasing his always-on-the-run son, drinking coffee, and recording his adventures at Dadding Full Time

Carol Gardiner

Carol Gardiner

Carol Gardiner is the Pamol® Brand Manager and proud Mum.

Cassandra Heke

Cassandra Heke

Cassandra and her partner Rick live in the sunny Hawkes Bay, with their two beautiful girls. She has a passion for good food and has worked with many top chefs in a range of food roles. Cassandra loves creating great food for her family and friends and also loves to share this love with others.

Cecilia Robinson

Cecilia Robinson

Cecilia Robinson, founder of My Food Bag, and Au Pair Link, is one of New Zealand's most successful female CEOs. Cecilia's business awards include: 'Her Business Best New Business award' in 2009, 'Businesswoman of the Year 2012’, ‘Best SME 2012’ and 'Supreme Winner of the Woman of Influence Programme' in 2017.

Dame Susan Devoy

Dame Susan Devoy

Dame Susan Devoy is New Zealand's Race Relations Commissioner, and a World Open champion squash player. She's the former CEO of Sport Bay of Plenty and super-mum to four boys.

Daniel Carney

Daniel Carney

This article was written by Daniel Carney. Daniel is an Authorised Financial Adviser at Goodlife Financial Advice* and is also a proud dad to two gorgeous kids. He's fanatical about the need to help kids become financially literate and can't wait until his own kids are old enough to play Monopoly with him. When he's not helping people sort their finances, Daniel plays guitar and drums in a band and enjoys spending time with family and getting lost in a good book.

*A disclosure statement is available, on request and free of charge by calling 0508 GOODLIFE.

Dean Stewart

Dean Stewart

Dean Stewart is the owner of WebSafety NZ and has over 27 years of experience in the IT industry. His career has taken him to Australia, UK and South Africa, before returning home after a 14 year overseas stint. Outside of work, Dean has two teenage children, is a keen tramper in the outdoors and enjoys growing his own produce.

Debbie Knowles and Julie Mulcahy

Debbie Knowles and Julie Mulcahy

Julie Mulcahy is married to Peter, a Primary School Principal and is descended from a long line of teachers. Julie has taught Years 4 through to Year 13, moved from country schools in Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Northland and spent the past 10 years in Auckland where she has worked for six large secondary schools taking referrals for senior students who had learning or behaviour needs.

Diane Levy

Diane Levy

Diane Levy’s warm, humorous, practical and commonsense approach to raising children is evident in her writing, her speaking and her private practice in Auckland as a family therapist. Her main focus is on coaching parents.

She is also the author of the best-seller “Of course I love you…NOW GO TO YOUR ROOM”, “They look so lovely when they’re asleep” and “Time Out for tots, teens and everyone in between."

Diane Vivian

Diane Vivian

Diane Vivian is the founding member and chair of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ. When in 1997, Diane Vivian took over the care of her small, traumatised grandchildren, she could not believe the stress she encountered.
Setting about to discover what help or support was available in 1999, she found there was none! The organisation formed to meet this need salutes all Grandparents/kin who have taken in Grand/kin children and put the needs of those precious ones before their own.

Dr Shira Michaeli

Dr Shira Michaeli

Shira’s background as a competitive swimmer is what steered her towards a profession helping people unleash the untapped potential of their bodies. As a Family Wellness Chiropractor in Auckland, she enjoys helping babies, children and adults reach their full health potential.

Emma Mildon

Emma Mildon

Emma Mildon is an author and columnist who specialises in adoption, foster, orphans and inspiration. Yes…they are all linked and Emma writes about them all on her website - www.emmamildon.com

Emma Ranson

Emma Ranson

Emma Ranson is a stay-at-home mum to two beautiful girls- Grace and Sienna. She followed her heart to Hamilton and loves hanging out with her family- including her Australian Terrier Cross dog, Ruby. Emma is a whizz at all things crafty and loves the challenge of creating something new.

Eric Bakker

Eric Bakker

Eric Bakker is the clinical director of The Naturopaths and holds a Bachelor Degree of Science majoring in Complementary Health Care, as well as separate diploma qualifications in Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine and Homeopathy. Eric has 20 years clinical experience in natural medicine, and received post-graduate natural medicine training in Australia, India, America as well as New Zealand. Eric has four children and lives in the sunny Hawkes Bay

Fiona Boyle

Fiona Boyle

Fiona Boyle is a registered dietitian and nutritionist. She runs a private practice and gives nutrition advice to individuals and families to help meet their health needs and personal goals.

Fiona Jenkin

Fiona Jenkin

Fiona Jenkin is the founder of True Expression Personal Image Coaching. Fiona has a passion for helping people embrace their own beauty, style and confidence. Fiona lives in Dunedin with her sewing machines, and is kind enough to share her wardrobe space with her husband.

Fiona Rouse

Fiona Rouse

Fiona Rouse has visited more than 30 countries with her family, including a trip to Samoa when her newborn was jut 5 months old. She's now Director of Adventure Together, a self-guided tour booking service for families who want to travel a little further off the beaten track.

Genevieve Simperingham

Genevieve Simperingham

Genevieve Simperingham is founder of the New Zealand Peaceful Parent Institute. She  is passionate about supporting parents and helping them learn how to stay emotionally connected with their children through the inevitable conflicts. Genevieve is also mum to two young people who have been her greatest teachers.

Geoff Andrews

Geoff Andrews

Geoff Andrews is CEO of TOUGHLOVE Auckland, part of a nationwide network which organises support groups for parents of teens. A former teacher with three adult children, Geoff believes that boundaries, consequences and consistency are vital to parenting teenagers. But he says that love is also an essential part of the mix.

Gilly Nash

Gilly Nash

Gilly Nash is a passionate foodie who calls her kitchen Gilly's Pantry. She loves to develop her own recipes and is always keen to find new ways of getting healthy veggies and good food into her boys. She also believes that we all deserve a treat!

You can contact Gilly on Twitter to find out more about her recipes.

Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince

Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince

Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince are the two No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip. They travel the country delivering free talks to schools, businesses and community groups about how to reduce household rubbish. All of The Rubbish Trip resources, including tips and tricks for low-waste living, and regional zero waste shopping guides, are based on their own experience of living without a rubbish bin.

Heba Shaheed

Heba Shaheed

Heba Shaheed is a women’s health coach and physiotherapist. She is the founder of The Pelvic Expert, a premium provider of online women’s health programs. Recently becoming a new mum, she is passionate about helping women recover from pelvic issues like prolapse, incontinence, diastasis rectus abdominis, anal sphincter injuries, endometriosis, pelvic pain and sexual pain.

Jacqueline Taylor

Jacqueline Taylor

Jacqueline Taylor, mum of two, worked for 25 years in ECE and currently works as an early intervention teacher. As a qualified ECE teacher, she is especially interested in working with under 3s to understand and help them develop a strong foundation for the future.

Jarrod Rendle

Jarrod Rendle

Jarrod is a quintessential Kiwi Dad. He lives in Pukerua Bay, and works from home in an office that overlooks the sea. His inspiration and motivation in life come from his wife and two children.

Jayne Eddington

Jayne Eddington

Jayne has over 18 years experience in caring for children and has worked in both New Zealand and the UK. She has a vast range of expertise and can offer help and advice if you are struggling with your children. You can read more about Jayne on her website- Everything But The Stork.

Jayne writes regular columns for Kiwi Families and will also answer your questions about babies and children

Jennifer Pollard

Jennifer Pollard

Jennifer Pollard (aka The Kids Coach) is an energetic and dedicated coach and the mother of two beautifully boisterous boys. Her unique, engaging and fun approach to helping children and families develop the mindsets, skill sets and tools they need to thrive has established her reputation as a sought-after coach, speaker and author.

Jonathan Collins

Jonathan Collins

Jonathan Collins is a father of two trampoline enthusiasts (daughter Jemma now bounces competitively). He is also a member of the Injury Prevention Network Aotearoa New Zealand (IPNANZ). As an acrobatically-challenged parent, Jonathan is proud to embarrass his children with a few safety moves of his own on their family Springfree.

Judith

Judith

Judith is passionate about ensuring all children can approach food confidently and from a place of safety and joy, not fear. She works exclusively with parents of picky eaters, whether a little fussy or with pronounced food fears, giving them tools to get their children eating. Find out more at The Confident Eater.

Julian Kardos

Julian Kardos

Julian is managing director and a founding partner of Electric Kiwi, an independent online power retailer designed specifically for homes with smart meters. Electric Kiwi launched to the public in mid-2015. The company aims to maximise technology to bring cheaper electricity to New Zealanders. Julian has over a decade’s experience working in technology businesses in New Zealand, the US and Asia. He holds a PhD in Information Science from Otago University.

Julie Mulcahy

Julie Mulcahy

Julie Mulcahy is married to Peter, a Primary School Principal and is descended from a long line of teachers. She has taught Years 4 through to Year 13, moved from country schools in Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Northland and spent the past 10 years in Auckland where works in a high school.

Julz Darroch

Julz Darroch

Julz Darroch provides education and resources for those who want to get fit and introduce exercise into their lives but aren’t sure where to start- the exercise allergic are her speciality! Julz is also mum to two great kids who help keep her moving. You can find out more on her website.

Karyn Riley

Karyn Riley

Karyn Riley is a time management and life balance coach, author of “How to Keep the YOU in Mum”, inspirational speaker, writer and mother of two. For more information see www.rileylife.co.nz

Kate Anderson

Kate Anderson

Kate Anderson is a trained Well-Child Nurse with two little people of her own. She also runs Stroll Smart NZ and loves getting out and about with her buggy.

Kate Carter

Kate Carter

Kate Carter has spent the last six years working within the food and nutrition industry in a variety of roles. Ready for a change from the corporate world and excited about embracing two of her real passions in life, she took over Yum Yum Kids - New Zealand’s only online feeding specialist store.

Kathy Fray

Kathy Fray

Kathy is a wife; mother of three; north Auckland self-employed midwife; weekly Parenting columnist; founding director of BabyOK™ Products (producers of the renowned Babe-Sleeper); and author of NZ’s No.1 guide for new mums “OH BABY…Birth, Babies & Motherhood Uncensored” and the sequel “OH GROW UP…Toddlers to PreTeens Decoded”. You can find out more about Kathy on her website.

Kerry Burridge

Kerry Burridge

Kerry Burridge is mum to three great kids and was Kiwi Families founding Editor.

Lynda Lovatt

Lynda Lovatt

Lynda Lovatt is a qualified fitness exercise consultant with a special interest in pregnancy, post-natal fitness and promoting fitness for mums of older children. She delivers menopausal fitness classes and personal training sessions in Wellington. See her website for more about Lynda.

Mandy Sacher

Mandy Sacher

Wholesome Child founder, child nutrition expert and mother of two, Mandy Sacher, is a Paediatric Nutritionist and SOS Feeding Consultant. Her clinical practice focuses on prenatal and childhood nutrition, helping parents and mums-to-be-feed their children healthy, nourishing foods right from the start.

Mark Leishman

Mark Leishman

Mark Leishman is the devoted dad to three children- Paddy, Molly and Rosie. His children span 10 years in age so he has plenty of experience in everything from sleepless nights to teenagers.

Marta Fisch

Marta Fisch

Marta Fisch is a family and individual therapist, supervisor, and trainer. She loves playing with her son, dancing, and riding her bike to work. She's involved in community sustainability initiatives, which brings her hope and a sense of belonging. Marta grew up in California and has lived in New Zealand / Aotearoa for 20 years. You can find out more on her website

Michelle Kemp

Michelle Kemp

Michelle Kemp is the Author of Two Weeks to Sleep: A Sensible Guide for First Time Parents and soon to be released Little Book of Routines: A Practical Guide for Mums and Dads.

Michelle is married to James and a proud Mum to their son Max. The three of them love spending time together and experiencing new adventures as a family, whether that's just hanging out at the local park or travelling to new and exciting places. Michelle is passionate about helping families build key foundations in their lives. These foundations are quality sleep, a nutrient rich diet and plenty of movement. Michelle believes that these foundations go a long way towards supporting a full and happy family life.

Michelle Woolley

Michelle Woolley

Michelle Woolley is a qualified nanny, has worked in hospitality, accounts and advertising, and is now studying Bachelor of Social Work full-time, working part-time as a support worker for people with disabilities. In her teens, she volunteered at kids' camps and listened to real life stories, dried the tears of many young girls struggling with living in a broken family. She didn’t realise that one day she would be drying the tears of her own child while parenting alone. Join her as she writes about her journey.

Natalie Cutler-Welsh

Natalie Cutler-Welsh

Nat describes herself as a "hectic but happy" work-from-home mum of 3. When she’s not busy with the kids, she spends her time interviewing people for one of her two podcasts, facilitating Networking events and Biz Coffee Groups for Women in Business with her business Go to Girl Social Media and Networking.

Nicky Attridge

Nicky Attridge

Nicky Attridge is a busy wife and mum to two girls aged almost 9 and 10. She works part time and is also the creator and owner of the Chic Party Boutique and Inviting Designs. Nicky loves all things “party” and spends many an hour creating new designs and searching the internet to keep up with the latest happenings in party styling, particularly in the US. Nicky is very much looking forward to sharing some of her ideas and special party styling finds with you all.

Nicky loves honing her graphic design skills and is always looking for something new to add to her designs.

Philippa Murphy

Philippa Murphy

Philippa Murphy, is an author, speaker, mother and one of New Zealand’s leading postnatal educators at her worldwide postnatal practice, BabyCues- Nurture with Nature. Offering ground-breaking solutions for the prevention and remedy of Digestive Overload for newborns and infants, Philippa is also the founder of the non-profit organisation, ‘The Pudding Club – Crafting Postnatal Care in the Antenatal Stages.’

Pip

Pip

Pip manages a busy office by day and is a closest blogger and computer geek by night. She writes about Parenting, City Living, Teenagers, Adventures, Faith, Travel, Single Parent families and whatever else takes her fancy, over on her blog www.wellingtonchic

She is precariously navigating an adventure filled life as a single parent to a very busy teenager and fits in her writing (via a 3.5 inch screen) whilst standing in Supermarket queues or on the sidelines of sports practices.

Rachel Binning

Rachel Binning

Rachel Binning is a full-time jack-of-all-trades who has an extensive background within the health sector. She now wholeheartedly agrees with ex US President, Bill Clinton that “the toughest job in the world isn’t being a president. It’s being a parent”. Rachel juggles being a mum of two active boys with her business, Bella Photography, volunteer work for many and varied organisations that support families, and contributes weekly to community newspapers throughout Wellington.

Rachel Faith Cox

Rachel Faith Cox

Rachel Cox is an Auckland wife and mother. She has two of her own children ...and two on loan from other mothers. She is a writer and blogger, an ex-teacher and a big believer that information is power. Her favourite topics to write about are all aspects of life with Pandysautonomia, parenting issues, chronic and invisible illness and disability, accessibility and the wonder of life in general. She blogs at www.rachelfaithcox.com

Robert Glensor

Robert Glensor

Robert Glensor is the founder of the Paraoa Bakehouse- the home of Purebread organic breads and Gluten Free Goodies. With a love of good bread and a passion for all things organic and sustainable, Robert writes about all manner of issues to do with living green.

Robyn Murdoch

Robyn Murdoch

I wife, I mum, I love Christmas, I make tassels, I cycle and run, I stitch things, I bead, I don’t clean or cook…..oh, and I’m always blown away by how clever people are! Oh yes! And I run www.tistheseason.co.nz

Rochelle Gribble

Rochelle Gribble

Rochelle is mum to three gorgeous daughters. She wishes she had more time to garden and read the newspaper in peace!

Rosalie Chamberlain

Rosalie Chamberlain

Rosalie Chamberlain is a freelance writer at Rapco, specialising in business, compliance, and family. She helps businesses create clear, easy to read website content, and improve their communications. She is passionate about families and enjoys providing useful information for Kiwi parents. Read more articles that Rosalie has written for Kiwi Families.

Rosemary Murphy

Rosemary Murphy

Rosemary Murphy is a trained teacher with a particular passion for helping children overcome learning difficulties. She is a graduate of the Extra Lesson™ post graduate training programme and is a Registered Extra Lesson Practitioner. She is also an Integrated Listening System Professional, a certified provider for The Listening Program®. Rosemary runs the Developmental Learning Centre

Sally Mangai

Sally Mangai

Sally is the Community Manager here at Kiwi Families. She fills her time with her handsome, busy boys and her handsome, busy husband; trying out new recipes and researching and writing about family life in Aotearoa.

Sarah Aiono

Sarah Aiono

Sarah Aiono is mum of three cheeky kids with an age span of 11 years. She holds a B.Ed (Dip Tchg), PGd.Dip.Ed (Dist) and a Master of Education. She is an Accredited Incredible Years Facilitator and Peer Coach. Sarah currently works as a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour, working alongside teachers to support their understanding of child behaviour and how to manage it appropriately in the classroom. You can read more about Sarah on her blog.

Sarah Amy Glensor Best

Sarah Amy Glensor Best

Sarah Amy Glensor Best moved away from a corporate career a decade ago to become a stay at home Mum. Since then she has been learning alongside her three daughters at Playcentre; become a kaiako/educator for Brainwave Trust Aotearoa; written numerous articles and opinion pieces; published her first book “Changing the World is Child’s Play” and started an education business focussed on children, parenting and play – Children Change. Sarah lives in Wellington with her family.

Sarah La Touche

Sarah La Touche

A qualified clinical nutritionist with over 20 years of knowledge and experience based on nurturing, educating and inspiring people through food, Sarah La Touche is a member of The Clinical Nutrition Association and the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation.

Sarah O'Neil

Sarah O'Neil

Sarah O’Neil lives on a small 3 acre lifestyle block. The family moved from the big city to the country in 2007. Sarah has published 3 books, including The Good Life, four glorious seasons in my country garden. She's also an award-winning blogger, winning a Yates Vegie Growing Challenge and still writes regularly. Visit Sarah’s website at sarahthegardener.co.nz.

Silvia

Silvia

Silvia is an ECE professional, Qualified science educator, global consultant, mother of 3 and founder of diverse international experiential learning projects for children and adults. The Little Kiwi Scientists is her newest project and encourages New Zealanders to embrace science learning and 100% human potential. Her daughter (11) started mindsurprise.com

Sue Hunter

Sue Hunter

Sue Hunter is mother of 4 boys and has a wealth of early childhood experience including lecturing on the subject. She has a special interest in how trauma and neglect can impact upon children’s learning and development. Sue believes that strong connected families are the building blocks to a healthy society.

Susan Hamilton

Susan Hamilton

Susan Hamilton has a rough and tumble two year old and is pregnant with her second child. She can't really remember life before kids but is pretty sure that there was a lot more sleep involved!

Thalia Kehoe Rowden

Thalia Kehoe Rowden

Thalia Kehoe Rowden began 2011 as the minister of West Baptist Church in New Plymouth and ended it as the mother of a charming newborn baby. She's also an awesome parallel parker, a wannabe runner and enthusiastic but rubbish at gardening.

She blogs at Kiwi Families on the spiritual practice of parenthood: listening to God as we parent our children, hearing God's voice through them and through the delights and despairs of bringing them up. Thalia also blogs at www.sacraparental.com

The Kiwi Families Team

The Kiwi Families Team

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Tracey Formosa

Tracey Formosa

Tracey is a full time Mum with two children, (one with special needs) and a part-time step-Mum to her husband’s three children. Being part of a blended family means some days are busy and filled with beautiful kiddie chaos and others are for just her and her gorgeous new husband. When Tracey is not running around striving to be super Mum, she is reading, researching and writing about step parenting, blended families or special needs.

Tracey Harris

Tracey Harris

Tracy Harris is a registered NZ naturopath and herbalist, and natural health writer, who has both a natural health shop and a natural mother & child store in Auckland.

Tui Fleming

Tui Fleming

Tui writes at dearmummy.co.nz. She believes to be the best mummy you can be means being the best YOU you can be and uses her extensive background in personal development to guide women with her musings, motivations and morsels that nourish the soul.

Vanessa and Ingrid Opera

Vanessa and Ingrid Opera

Vanessa and Ingrid share food and photography as their passions. They started www.foodopera.com in 2009, when they both started having kids. Their blog is a journey through the ups and downs of motherhood with ideas and recipes that have helped make their busy lives a little easier and more enjoyable.It also has lots of fun features such as cook offs between the two sisters.

Vinessa Orsbourn

Vinessa Orsbourn

Vinessa is passionate about assisting clients to achieve their financial goals. This passion, combined with specialist financial qualifications, and years of work and life experience makes her eminently qualified for advising families and individuals on the most appropriate way to protect assets and build wealth. Vinessa is married to Graham and together they have two boys and one daughter, Marc, Liam and Olivia.

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