Quite simply, I live to write.
My name is Justine Tyerman. I am a professional journalist, award-winning travel writer and sub-editor from Gisborne, New Zealand with 20 years' experience in newspaper and freelance writing. (For my latest work, see the Latest News and Publications and NZ Herald sections.)
I have worked as a feature writer, news reporter, designer of an award-winning Newspapers in Education programme and sub-editor on local, national, business, education and international news desks at The Gisborne Herald, and the Saturday publication, the Weekender.
However about four years ago, I got bored with all that and began an exciting new life as a travel writer.
The transformation came about largely due to that old saying: Necessity is the mother of invention. I had just returned from an overseas trip and had empty travel pages to fill in the Weekender. In the absence of any other material, I wrote my own travel story. It was a hit and since then I have developed an obsession for travel writing . . . I even write in my sleep.
Since then, I have been sponsored on many trips in New Zealand and overseas including an international media famil to the Jura Mountains with Switzerland Tourism and Swiss International Airlines; a Taiwan Lantern Festival famil with Taiwan Tourism Bureau and China Airlines; a Paradise Trail cycle tour near Queenstown, NZ, with Revolution Tours; an Ancient Kingdoms Classical Turkey tour with Innovative Travel Company; a CroisiEurope Imperial Danube Cruise with Innovative Travel Company; NZ's Great Walks the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler tracks with the NZ Department of Conservation; and villas, resorts and chalets in Santorini, Crete, Whangaparaoa (NZ), Arthur's Point (NZ), the Jagged Edge (Queenstown), Palm Beach (Australia), Bondi Beach and Sydney (Australia), Killcare (Australia), Lilianfels Resort (Australia), Grindelwald, Grimentz and Villars (Swiss Alps), Chamonix and Sixt Fer a Cheval (French Alps) and Wanaka, (NZ).
Recent adventures include tramping the Hollyford Track in Fiordland, New Zealand with Ngai Tahu Tourism; snowshoeing in the Remarkables Range near Queenstown, jet boating/wilderness hiking up the Dart River near Glenorchy , and heli-hiking on the Franz Josef Glacier with Ngai Tahu Tourism; an Ancient Kingdoms tour of Morocco with Innovative Travel Company; and a motorhome road trip around the South Island of New Zealand.
I have developed a wide network of outlets for my work.
Over 400 of my travel stories have now been published in The New Zealand Herald where many have been chosen as Editor's Picks, Australian Women's Weekly, NZ Woman's Weekly, the Weekender, AA Directions, Yahoo Travel, Sunday Star Times, the Christchurch Press, Stuff Travel online, NZME network, Backpacker Essentials, For the Love of Travel, Phuket News, Go Travel NZ, Let's Travel, NEXT magazine, UK Metro, NZ Tourism, The Luxury Travel Bible, Travelmemo.com, Destinations magazine, Traverse Magazine, A Magazine, NZ Winegrower magazine, World magazine and Over60.com.au.
I won a major prize at the 2016 Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards for my Magnetism of Fiordland story published in Destinations magazine.
My Roughing it on the Routeburn about the Routeburn Track and Lake to Lake about the Kepler Track were in the top 10 of two recent Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards.
I graduated from the University of Canterbury with a BA in English and Psychology with honours papers in English literature (Otago University). I topped Otago University English Department winning the Stuart Prize for Women. I have post-graduate papers in sub-editing and feature-writing.
Before becoming a journalist, I worked as a social worker at the Department of Social Welfare and a tutor at Tairawhiti Polytechnic, Gisborne, teaching English as a second language and social policy on the Bachelor of Social Work degree course.
Married for 37 years, I live in rural surroundings 10 minutes from Gisborne with my husband Chris, a banker. We have two adult daughters who now live and work far away in London and Sydney. I was a stay-at-home mum until our youngest daughter started school.
We love tramping, skiing, camping, travelling and spending time with our family and friends. I have been a writer, in some form, all my life but in the last few years travel writing has taken precedence over all else. I tend to write from a personal, quirky, emotive perspective and people seem to like my style, judging from the feedback.
Quite simply, I live to write.