LIVING Hawke's Bay magazine is an indepedent, locally-owned, community lifestyle magazine. It is produced by a small team of experienced editorial and advertising professionals. From writing and photography, to planning and designing, this magazine is Hawke's Bay made – and proud.



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Michal McKay
Editorial Director
Valerie Thompson
Managing Editor
Kristin Baylis
Art Director
Mandy Wilson
Sales & Marketing
David Trim
Publisher / Owner
Nick Jaggers
Technical Manager / Owner


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We are proud to have a great, local team of regular contributors to our magazine, from photographers, to enthusiasts, to writers. Below you'll find two of our most recent featured contributors which updates with each edition.

Cliff Fernandes

Cliff’s passion for fresh seasonal produce has only increased since he moved to Hawke’s Bay fifteen years ago from Australia’s food capital Melbourne, finding his love for Mediterranean foods and living here is a perfect match. “I can use fresh seasonal produce that is grown right at our doorstep.” 


His food philosophy is simple: “Let the ingredients do the talking.” And he says that what our farmers produce makes his job that much easier.

Having worked in top wineries and restaurants here, Cliff now has his own food cart at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market and recently opened his own café, Colab, in Hastings, where he serves mostly plant-based dishes – much to the delight of the locals.

Duncan Brown

Duncan shot his first roll of film at the tender age of ten. It was a 12-exposure black-and-white on a Kodak Instamatic – and, as the saying goes, he’s never looked back. After 33 years working for the Dannevirke Evening News, The Hawke’s Bay Herald-Tribune and latterly Hawke’s Bay Today, he now freelances, shooting everything from corporate websites to family portraits, events and weddings. And flying his drone has changed the way he sees the world – literally!


Duncan and Linda have four grown children and just the one grand-puppy.

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