After travelling the world, Angelo arrived in New Zealand in 1996, buying his first café in Auckland on Dominion Road. Since then he has run seven successful deli cafés before settling in the beautiful Wanaka region. Born to an Italian mother and a Cypriot chef father, food has been a significant part of Angelo’s life since he was a boy. He loves cooking, and he also has a passion for fishing, archery, hunting and getting into the great outdoors. It stands to reason that these two great loves would cumulate inThe Game Chef.
Jordan Rondel, The Caker
There are many reasons Jordan Rondel became The Caker. The most simple, underlying and undeniable reason is this: she see cakes as an edible expression of love. They can sometimes say what words can't. Jordan started her business in 2010, and since then The Caker story has been a surreal success story.
Bronwyn Kan is a graphic designer and photographer born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. A graduate and recipient of the Top of Class award at Auckland University of Technology in 2014, she has a passion for both fields. WHOLE: Recipes for Simple Wholefood Eating is her first book. In her spare time, Bronwyn loves exploring new places to eat, going on road trips, swimming, snowboarding and baking sweet things to share with her family and friends. You can keep up with her work at www.bronwynkan.com.
Lauren Marriott is, above all other things, a doodler. There was never any questioning her career path. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Design, majoring in Illustration, she has made a successful living of doodling. Endlessly.
Together with Kat Patrick, they make up the dynamic duo behind the infectiously fun-filled book, I Am Doodle Cat.
Romy Sai Zunde
Romy Sai Zunde is an artist and mother and loves delving into childish wild minds; the atavistic, joyful animals within us. She has rescued two echidnas and once went to sleep in the curl of a wooly mammoth's trunk outside Barcelona Zoo. An advocate of untamed creativity, Romy, along with Cinzah Merkins, is the team behind Release the Beast. She pens her thoughts on www.romysaizunde.com.
New Zealand-born Angela Redfern was raised in England, beginning a long career in hospitality when she earned a work placement at The Savoy in London. She later worked with Tricia Guild at Designers Guild before returning to Auckland in 2002 and opening Ripe Deli in Grey Lynn. Angela published her first cookbook, Ripe Recipes, in 2010, and, due to its massive success, followed it up with Ripe Recipes - A Fresh Batch in 2013.
Fraser Munro has been taking photographs in New Zealand for over a quarter of a century. Working as a newspaper photographer for a number of years, Fraser was inspired to attend Elam Art School through contact made with artists during his media work, and graduated with a masters degree. During his studies he researched outsider art, developing an interest in graffiti as part of this process, and ended up publishing graf/AK.
Toby Morris is an illustrator, designer, art director and comic artist recently returned to New Zealand after nine years of living and working in Melbourne and Amsterdam. An advertising art director by day and illustrator at night, Toby draws everything from comics, t-shirts, and editorial work to concert posters for New Zealand musicians like Liam Finn and Phoenix Foundation. In 2009, he released a book of 350 drawings Alledaags: A Year In Amsterdam and, in 2013, a follow-up published by us called Don't Puke On Your Dad: A Year in the Life of a New Father.
Courtney Sina Meredith
Courtney Sina Meredith has established a local and international reputation as a performer, poet, musician and playwright. Her work is an on-going discussion of modern urban life with an underlying Pacific focus and an educated, politically aware, international voice, as seen in the Beatnik-published poetry collection Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick.
Cyan Corwine grew up in the United States of America, completing a BA in Performing Arts and Design before moving to New Zealand to be with her then boyfriend, now husband. She is a performer, theatre artist, youth arts educator, constant collaborator and, most recently, mother and author. From the stage to the page, Cyan’s work, including May I Ask You Something?, explores the wider ideas of growing up and growing old, as our undying inner child tries to reconcile both our changing bodies and the constantly shifting world around us.
Karamia was born in Honiara, Solomon Islands and is of Samoan heritage. She practised as an architectural graduate before returning to the University of Auckland to complete a Masters of Architecture in Research. Her research into indigenising architectural practices serves as a compass for the Navigator book series, a series of bilingual picture books, the first of which is called How Do You Say 'Thank You'. Karamia is known as Aunty Kiki to seven nieces and nephews, and still loves to do handstands.
Heather McAllister has held several positions within the University of Auckland: Manager of the University Student Recruitment Team, Manager of a Faculty Student Centre and, currently, Faculty Development Manager. It was during her management of the Recruitment Team that she became interested in career development, especially for school leavers. She became an adviser to hundreds of secondary school students and published the school leavers' guidebook, Who You Are Is What You Do.
Design and architecture have always been a passion for Ben Crawford. This was publicly showcased when he and his sister won The Block NZ 2012 with their amazing design-led house, sending the auction room into a bidding frenzy. As well as running their advertising agency, Libby & Ben, he writes a well-regarded design column for The Herald on Sunday which is very much along the same lines as the beautiful Built For Caffeine, published in 2013.
Kylie Sanderson is the founder and director of Sanderson Contemporary Art. Since opening the gallery in 2002, she has worked continuously in the arts sector. Alongside (and within) her gallery operations, she has also undertaken projects that support the work of emerging artists in New Zealand, including establishing the City Art Rooms Project Trust, managing the highly successful White Night event for Parnell in 2011 and publishing The Artists in 2013 and 2015.
Christine Spring is a business professional and committed amateur photographer and writer. Her education includes engineering and business degrees, and a professional career in the aviation industry. In 2009, she chose to take a sabbatical to develop her photography skills. She studied at the Spéos Institute of Photography in Paris, which led to her writing and self-publishing Chasing Shadows - A Parisian Affair. Since then, she has undertaken a number of projects that combine her photography and writing skills - with the focus of the process being connection, collaboration, honesty and fun. In 2013, her book Liberating Self - A Soul's Journey was published with Beatnik. Today, Christine endeavours to balance her energy between her professional career and artistic passions.
FOUREYES is a New Zealand street style blog run by four guys with clear devotion to fashion and photography. Intended as a creative outlet for its four creators, Alex Blanco, Chin Tay, Danny Simmons and Mino Kim, the blog has become a fixture in the New Zealand fashion landscape, showcasing and celebrating the unique styles of the everyday people they find on the streets. The blog's beautiful and captivating portraits have been immortalised in book-form as FourEyes.
ANGUS C. MACKINNON & JAMES V. THORP
Angus C. Mackinnon: "Hatched and started growing straight away. Learned to colour in. Drew things I saw. Built a secret observatory and spied on the moon. Grew too big for my house and moved into an enormous city. When I ran out of normal things to colour in, I began to colour in the internet, which I’m still doing. MetJames V. Thorp on a trip up the Limpopo River. We made a funny book together about some of the animals we’d seen, The Weasel, Puffing, Unicorn, Baboon, Pig, Lobster Race."
James V. Thorp: "Raised in a den - on a farm - in Gloucestershire. Educated by dogs. Shipped to San Francisco. Worked as a toupee for a balding poet. Learned to write and read the word ‘piano’. Joined a rock-group as a hairy chest. Returned to UK. Voted London’s best-dressed caveman."