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.



the core team

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
Trinity Mildenhall


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Find all our covers from every edition of the magazine and follow our evolution from the beginning 'til now!




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.

Hazel Redmond

Hazel is a Hawke’s Bay-based architectural and commercial photographer. Her experience in the creative and architectural industry has given her a sharp eye for detail and composition. She has worked alongside household names such as Karen Walker and architectural photographer Simon Devitt. Born and raised in Ashburton, Hazel’s partner, who now lives in the Bay, recently convinced her to move to Havelock North, which she’s loving! Back in Ashburton she owns The Photo Shop, which provides photo processing and other photography products. When Hazel isn’t working, she can be found travelling, running or illustrating.

Susan Wylie

Susan is a writer and communications consultant now living in Napier. Originally from Whanganui, she has lived in Hawke’s Bay for 25 years after visiting from Wellington one weekend and asking, “How do I get to live here?”


She worked for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council until last year when she went freelance and now is part-time manager for the national Singing School NZ and helping clients with their words. When Susan isn’t working, she’s still writing – poetry and fiction – and in 2005 won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award. She also loves making music and sings in the Cathedral Choir.

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