Erin Kavanagh-Hall

Journalist and Editor

Location icon New Zealand

I am an experienced editor and journalist, with 10 years of writing and editing experience in New Zealand, and extensive experience in community reporting. I recently worked as Editor of the Wairarapa Midweek, a community newspaper in Masterton, New Zealand. I am currenly a freelance writer and proofreader, and am co-founder of newsnet.live wairarapa inc, an online, non-profit media hub in Wairarapa.

Areas I am most passionate about include arts and culture, social and bicultural issues, youth, animal welfare, food and travel.

Portfolio

THE WIRELESS

The Wireless
'We don't yet know the full scale of what happened'

Thousands of New Zealanders want an inquiry into historic abuse of children in state care. When Eugene Ryder was barely a teenager, a grown man broke a rake over his back. This was one of the many assaults - "corporal punishment, as it was known in those days" - the young man endured as a ward of the state in the early 1980s.

The Wireless
'I'm not here for the dancing, I'm here to fight'

Few Kiwi women can say their favourite sport involves hitting their friends with an axe. Or that they own a suit of bespoke steel armour, weighing close to 40kg. Or that their sport will take them Europe, to fight in an arena where women were traditionally banned.

newsnet.live

newsnet.live
10/15/2017
Hometown aroha rings wedding bells for Terri-Lee - newsnet.live

By Erin Kavanagh-Hall [email protected] A dying wish came true for a Masterton mum-of-three to walk down the aisle with her soulmate - thanks to a generous Wairarapa community. Terri-Lee Waipuka-Governor died on Tuesday afternoon after a six-year battle with cancer. Her whānau and friends, however, were determined to fulfil her dream of marrying long-time partner, Joe ...

newsnet.live
11/10/2016
'Eel man' seeks funding to help renew Wairarapa waters - newsnet.live

[email protected] As Wairarapa artist and "eel man" Sam Ludden puts it, "ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au": I am the river, and the river is me. Ludden, a child of passionate conservationists, a keen kayaker, and world-renowned sculptor of river creatures- and plans to user his skills in ceramics to raise awareness of, and advocate for, Wairarapa's waterways and the taonga within.

newsnet.live
10/15/2016
Steampunking Wairarapa a town at a time - newsnet.live

By Erin Kavanagh-Hall [email protected] Skirts with bustles, goggles, crockery on wheels, and a most elegant way of settling disputes - Wairarapa's steampunk club is taking the region back to its pioneering Victorian roots. Wai Steam is a society dedicated to all things steampunk, a genre of science fiction, known for its Victorian/Edwardian aesthetic and celebration ...

newsnet.live
10/08/2016
Wairarapa voter surge puts more women in power - newsnet.live

By Erin Kavanagh-Hall [email protected] WAIRARAPA bucked the national trend to put more women in power during this year's local body elections - with two of its three districts reporting a surge in voter turnout. Voter returns were, overall, dismal throughout the country, with only 39.5 per cent of eligible voters making their voice heard at the close of polling yesterday.

The Wairarapa Journal

The Wairarapa Journal
11/16/2017
PLANTING A FOODIE FUTURE - The Wairarapa Journal

It's no secret Wairarapa loves its animals. With renowned producers of paddock-to-plate beef, award-winning butchers, and a burgeoning artisan cheese industry, there's no shortage of quality tucker in our corner of the globe. But even this carnivorous region has caught on to the phenomenon of plant-based eating - one of the most popular dietary trends of the last few years.

The Wairarapa Journal
11/26/2017
Stitching Masterton Together - The Wairarapa Journal

On Heather Bannister's dining room table sits an 80-year-old sewing machine. Black with gold trimmings, it was made by English manufacturing giant Vickers, most famous for its Supermarine Spitfire aircraft, favoured by the Royal Air Force during World War II. Beside it, in pale green, is a machine by rival Messerschmitt - whose Bf 109E ...

The Wairarapa Journal
09/01/2017
Holly and Zac Winterwood - The Wairarapa Journal

When musicians Holly and Zac Winterwood greet you, it's hard to miss their Aussie twang. But the couple's latest piece has been a chance to explore their almost forgotten New Zealand roots.

The Wairarapa Journal
11/02/2016
FAB LAB

YOUNG INNOVATORS: Masterton's Fab Lab is dedicated to helping youngsters discover and work with technology

The Wairarapa Journal
11/02/2016
ANOTHER LIFE

NEW INCARNATION: Yogi Andy Bearpark, once chief of staff for Margaret Thatcher, now prefers to lead a quieter existence in Featherston.

The Wairarapa Journal
02/28/2017
Pongaroa - The Wairarapa Journal

"People don't always want to travel the main roads - they'd rather drive through and see all the little places." At first glance, Pongaroa is similar to most small rural settlements, with limited cellphone coverage and tractors parked outside the local watering hole.

The Wairarapa Journal
05/07/2017
Dayanne Almeida - The Wairarapa Journal

When Dayanne Almeida first landed in New Zealand in 2009, the words "sheep" and "hot dog" were the extent of her English language skills. Brazil-born Dayanne arrived in the country on a month-long visitor's visa - hoping to intern on a sheep farm, to "get more experience, and pick up English as a bonus".

The Wairarapa Journal
05/07/2017
Kererū - a national treasure - The Wairarapa Journal

The most characteristic sound made by the New Zealand native wood pigeon isn't a song - since only a relative few hear the quiet coo. Rather, it is the noise as it crashes through the forest canopy to alight on a branch, or the heavy wingbeats as it heaves its 650 gram body into and through the air that usually indicates a kererū is nearby.

Wairarapa Midweek

Wairarapa Midweek
07/07/2015
Dedicated to animals

ALL ABOUT ANIMALS: Masterton's Juliet and Hamish Qualtrough, with dogs Bogart and Bob, founders of home-based animal rescue The Q's Zoo.

Wairarapa Midweek
08/04/2015
Hope in times of need

LOVING SHEPHERD: Rev Elizabeth Snowsill, chaplain at Wairarapa Hospital

Wairarapa Midweek
01/20/2016
Rachelle aiming to live

STAYING POSITIVE: Rachelle McIntyre, who has MS, has made a goal to leave the rest home she is confined to and live independently.

Wairarapa Midweek
03/16/2016
Masons taking a stand

TAKING A STAND: Stopping Violence Services Wairarapa clinical leader Kay Wilton and manager and White Ribbon ambassador Jeremy Logan (middle), with senior Freemasons of the Hutt Wairarapa District.

Wairarapa Midweek
04/27/2016
Call to reduce speed limit

TOO FAST?: Featherston residents are appealing to South Wairarapa District Council to reduce the speed limit to 50km/h at the northern entrance to the town -- to prevent accidents and noise pollution.

Wairarapa Midweek
06/15/2016
Fighting the killer

LIFESAVER: A young boy in Blantyre, Malawi, who brought his puppy to be vaccinated by Mission Rabies

Wairarapa Times-Age

Wairarapa Times-Age
02/11/2015
Do you value your life?

CAREFUL: Chrissy Shaw, with daughter Sonya, whose car collided with a motorcyclist driving recklessly on the Rimutaka Hill Road

Wairarapa Times-Age
03/11/2015
Another franchise closes its doors

TO GO: Masterton's Bed, Bath and Beyond was facing closure, a reflection of hard times for landlords and retailers

Wairarapa Times-Age
04/29/2015
Customer aid beyond belief

BACK IN BUSINESS:Nicole Marsden and Karina Woolf are thrilled Bed, Bath and Beyond is staying open.

Wairarapa Times-Age
06/06/2015
Tempers flare at SPCA debate

CLOSURE: Emotions ran high at a public meeting to discuss the future of the Wairarapa SPCA

Wairarapa Times-Age
08/26/2014
Region needs Mark spill

TWO TICKS: NZ First leader Winston Peters endorses Ron Mark as Wairarapa MP

Wairarapa Times-Age
08/26/2014
Region needs Mark as MP

TWO TICKS: NZ First leader Winston Peters endorses Ron Mark as Wairarapa MP

Wairarapa Times-Age
10/04/2014
Dairy drop huge blow for Wairarapa

NO CASH COW: Wairarapa is predicted to struggle following the global dairy plunge - losing $36.6 million in farmer income.

OPINION PIECES

Wairarapa Midweek
11/24/2015
OPINION: Grieving for a whole world

GRIEF: The terrorist attacks on Paris provoked an outpouring of grief around the world - whereas the terrorist attacks in Beirut the same week were largely forgotten.

Wairarapa Midweek
12/15/2015
OPINION: Time to give te reo a try

GIVE IT A TRY: Te reo is part of our cultural fabric as New Zealanders - so why not make more effort to give it a go?

Wairarapa Midweek
04/27/2016
OPINION: Remember young lives on Anzac Day

LEST WE FORGET: As we commemorate a century since WWI, let us remember the young lives lost - in the hopes of never repeating such atrocities.

FEATURES

Wairarapa Times-Age
06/15/2013
Clouds of depression cont

FEELING DOWN: Steve Thomson struggled with depression in his early days as a farmer

Wairarapa Times-Age
12/24/2013
Tangiwai...60 years on

DAMAGE: Masterton man Ted Brett was 17 when he escaped the wreckage of the Tangiwai disaster

Wairarapa Times-Age
08/16/2014
Fitting into a new skin

CHANGE: Featherston's Adrian Renor in the midst of his transition from female to male

Wairarapa Times-Age
08/16/2014
Fitting into a new skin cont

NEW SKIN: Adrian is more comfortable in his new skin, but says the transition hasn't been easy

BICULTURAL

Wairarapa Times-Age
08/09/2014
Education initiative launched

GIFT: Makoura College principal Tom Hullena was presented with a feather cloak at the launch of Kahungunu ki Wairararapa's education strategy

Wairarapa Times-Age
11/21/2014
Roadshow has anti-suicide message

REACHING OUT: Tirau Te Tau (left) and Michele Elliott say Kahungunu ki Wairarapa's suicide prevention programme will target older people, rural communities and families bereaved by suicide.

Wairarapa Midweek
12/08/2015
Kapa haka revives Te Reo

PASSION: Being in Wairarapa's new adult kapa haka team Te Rangiura o Wairarapa has helped members re-connect with their culture and language.

Wairarapa Times-Age
12/22/2015
Young chess whizz comes on top

CHESS WHIZZ: Joseph Teofilo, winner of two Wairarapa Maori Sports Award, is all concentration at a chess tournament.

Wairarapa Midweek
02/03/2016
Connecting Maori to past

CONNECTION: Awhina Twomey (in front), Shaia Twomey and Ruairi O'Conner enjoy a day out on Lake Onoke in one of the waka sourced by Reuben Tipoki.

Wairarapa Midweek
05/25/2016
Helping others to prevent suicide

BRINGING BACK KNOWLEDGE: Ezra Stobbart, 19, hopes attending the World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference will give him the tools needed to help Wairarapa's young people..