Arwen Hann

Freelance Writer

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 working with small and medium-size businesses and organisations to get their message out.



The Good Registry
Reducing the stigma around perinatal mental health

By Arwen Hann - Pregnancy and having a new baby should be a joyful time, but for some parents, it doesn't quite work out that way. For some, especially those who have previously suffered from depression or other mental health issues, the overwhelming feelings that come with being a new parent can be just too much.

The Good Registry
Coming to the rescue for sick and injured birds

By Arwen Hann - From tiny tauhou (silvereyes) and sparrows to tūī and ruru (moreporks) to ducks and kororā (little blue penguins), all kinds of sick and injured wild birds find their way to the caring hands at BirdCare Aotearoa's rehabilitation centre in Green Bay, Auckland.

Book Box NZ
Top Tips: Our tips for encouraging teens to read

If you have joyful memories of sitting and reading with your toddler, but now they've turned into a teenager and would rather eat brussel sprouts than pick up a book, then you're not alone. Many parents worry that their teens have lost interest in reading and about the impact that it might have.

Small Business

Recruitable Blog
Employment reference checks | How to reduce fake references using Recruitable

Reference checks are a vital part of the recruitment process but how do you know if your candidate has provided you with genuine of fictitious references? Recruitable lets you take the guess work out of conducting reference check and provides your with a professional an reliable platform to conduct your phone and online reference checks.


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, big city camping, cool camping gadgets and loads more ...

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, clean beaches, plenty of well-funded and well-maintained attractions, and a vibrant food scene (even for littlies). Here are 10 surefire activities to fill your itinerary with the kids in Sydney.

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 Christchurch I spent many a happy summer's day, and quite a few spring, autumn and winter ones as well at the beach.

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 be Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Be prepared to spend several hours exploring here.

Newspaper articles

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 appeared on the front page.

The Press
Boys Only Classrooms

Exploring the benefits of boys only classes at school and the effect it can have on learning.

The Press
A Gentle Soul

A homeless man found dead under a bridge was fondly remembered by those who knew him.