BayBuzz is a bold and lively magazine reaching Hawke’s Bay’s premium audiences.

The thinking, engaged people of Hawke’s Bay – who span all social strata of our region – crave a ‘space’ where issues are brought forward, a ‘big picture’ is presented, and the pot is stirred. At the same time, they want this ‘space’ to be well produced, stylish, diverse in content, digestible, and even fun.

They want a media voice that reflects the intelligence and ambition we all see in Hawke’s Bay. Something to be as proud of as our best food and wines, our best talent, and our outstanding natural assets.

That’s the space BayBuzz aims to fill.

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Tom Belford – Editor, Senior Writer

Tom’s past includes the Carter White House, building Ted Turner’s first philanthropic organization, doing heaps of marketing consulting for major nonprofits and corporates. Tom writes an acclaimed blog for professional NGO fundraisers and communicators in North America and Europe, and is a HB Regional Councillor.You can reach Tom at

keithKeith Newman – Senior Writer

Keith is a journo with over 45 years of experience across mainstream and trade media. He’s won awards for writing about hi-tech, produced music programmes for Radio NZ and published five books, one on the internet in New Zealand and four on New Zealand history.

markMark Sweet – Senior Writer

Napier-born, Mark worked overseas in Hong Kong and Scotland, before returning to Hawke’s Bay, and establishing Pacifica restaurant. Re-creating himself as a writer, Mark’s first novel Zhu Mao was published in 2011; an extract from his next novel, Of Good and Evil, has been short-listed for the Pikihuia Awards, will be published soon.

bridgetBridget Freeman-Rock – Senior Writer

Bridget is Hawke’s Bay grown, and a bookworm by vocation, or a ‘literary scientist’ to borrow a German term for the ubiquitous arts degree in English. She freelances as a writer, editor and translator (German), and proofreads BayBuzz, alongside postgrad study and ventures in poetry and fiction.

Michal McKay — Assistant Editor

Michal has spent most of her working life involved in the world of style and publishing. And living in other parts of the world. A year ago Havelock North became her home. The arts, interior design, cooking, travel and a new cuddly canine keep the spark in her eye. So does writing about the same.

Lizzie Russell — Associate Editor 

Lizzie is writer, project wrangler and arts promoter. She’s been living and working back in her home ground of Hawke’s Bay for five years, initially with Hastings City Art Gallery and more recently as a freelancer. She also co-ordinates the Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition and Pecha Kucha in the Bay.

The BayBuzz team

Editor: Tom Belford.  Assistant Editor: Michal McKay. Associate Editor: Lizzie Russell. Senior Writers: Bridget Freeman-Rock, Keith Newman, Mark Sweet, Tom Belford. Columnists: Andrew Frame, Mary Kippenberger, Matt Miller, Paul Paynter; Sarah Cates.  Editor’s Right Hand: Brooks Belford. Photography: Florence Charvin, Sarah Cates, Tim Whittaker. Illustration: Brett Monteith. Design: Unit Design. Advert Art Management: TK Design. Advertising Sales: Robyn Henson. Marketing: Carlee Atkin. Distribution: Sarah Cates. Social Media: Liz Nes. Web: Mogul. Business Manager: Bernadette Magee. Printing: Format Print.