Arwen Hann

Freelance Writer and Blogger

Cookie-loving, playdough-hating mother of one, freelance writer, journalist, blogger, lover of travelling, juggler (of many roles and occasionally inanimate objects).

I have worked on local and national newspapers and with a number of web-based clients. I specialise in writing about parenting and early childhood and travel




Travel Sprout Magazine - Issue #2 November 2014

Great family travel articles and other goodies. Read about great camping spots in Australia, road trip on the Great Ocean Road, hiking in New Zealand, safari in South Africa,...


Travel Sprout Magazine - Issue #3 December 2014

Travel Magazine for families who love to travel and explore the world. This issue is filled with inspiration and ideas for a great beach holiday ...


10 Surefire Things to Do with Kids in Sydney (

Sydney is an unbeatable holiday spot when it comes to keeping kids entertained. Australia's biggest city has an endless lineup of family-friendly events, a bustling waterfront,...

My Destination

A Book Lover's Guide to Wellington (My Destination New Zealand)

Wellington may be known as the city of wind, but it is also a city of words with many of New Zealand's best known authors, poets and playwrights having a connection to the capital.

My Destination

Life's a Beach in Christchurch (My Destination New Zealand)

If you like to feel the sand between your toes, the coastlines of Christchurch and the nearby Banks Peninsula offer plenty of opportunities to indulge. During my years in...

My Destination

The Quieter Side to Queenstown (My Destination New Zealand)

There is no disputing that Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand, but you should not let that put you off visiting the southern town even if adventure sports are...

My Destination

Skirting the Red Zone (My Destination New Zealand)

In the aftermath of the February 2011 earthquake, Christchurch's central business district was a black hole in the middle of a city rocked by a major disaster. Military...

My Destination

Family Fun in Wellington (My Destination New Zealand)

One of the great things about Wellington is its compact size, making it an easily manageable place to explore even with young children. The first stop on any family tour has to...

Parenting and Early Childhood

Social Moms

Put Away The Puree: Start Solids With Baby Led Weaning (Social Moms)

Starting your baby on solids is a fantastic milestone, but it can also be a daunting prospect. Most moms take the traditional route of starting with pureed fruit and vegetables...


10 Toddler Craft Ideas

10 Toddler Craft Ideas 1 out of 1 people found this helpful When your bored toddler is tugging on your arm, waiting for you to organise an activity it can be all too easy to...

What to Expect Word of Mom

Five Ready-For-School Skills to Teach Your Child (What to Expect Word of Mom)

Starting preschool is a big milestone for parents and children alike, but it can also be a daunting time for parents, as it is yet another step along the road to a child's...

What to Expect Word of Mom

Easy Ways to Incorporate Early Childhood Education in Everyday Life (What to Expect Word of Mom)

Early childhood education is a hot topic among parents: Some believe their kids should leave home for educational daycare before preschool, others believe in formally teaching...

What to Expect Word of Mom

Mom Gets Her Toddler a Spray Tan Before Pageants (What to Expect Word of Mom)

At an age when most little girls are playing with dolls or trying out their mother's lipstick, two-year-old Savanna Jackson is having her make-up done by a professional and...

What to Expect Word of Mom

Crafts for Kids for Non-Crafty Moms (What to Expect Word of Mom)

If you are anything like me, then the thought of crafts for kids probably sends you running for cover. I am not a big fan of crafts, but my son enjoys them and so I make myself...

The Press

The Cost of Raising a Child

Raising a child can cost as much as a car or a new house, but the reward is worth it.

Education and Teaching

The Press

Txt Spk Apprvd

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority deemed it acceptable for students to write in "text speak" in their exam papers sparking outrage among teachers and parents. This story...

The Press

The Benefits of Early Childhood Education

Exploring the benefits of formal early childhood education and its impact on future learning.