BayBuzz is a bold and lively magazine & online service reaching Hawke’s Bay’s premium and most engaged 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 … with both our flagship magazine and much-expanded online service, The Buzz.

Many BayBuzz magazine articles are posted 30 days after publication here on the site.

We also publish new articles daily on the website, and wrap-up the week with our Saturday e-newsbrief, The Buzz.


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Editorial team

Tom Belford – Editor, Senior Writer

Tom has been a two-term HB Regional Councillor. His past includes the Carter White House, building Ted Turner’s first philanthropic organisation, doing heaps of marketing consulting for major non-profits and corporates.  You can reach Tom at

Lizzie Russell — Assistant Editor 

Lizzie has a background in arts management and promotion, and MA in creative writing and a preoccupation with the cultural and social goings-on of Hawke’s Bay. She began writing for BayBuzz in 2012. Most days you’ll find her at Tennyson Gallery in Napier.

Bridget Freeman-Rock — Assistant Editor & 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. For BayBuzz, she focuses on environmental and health issues. She freelances as a writer, editor and translator (German), and proofreads BayBuzz, alongside postgrad study and ventures in poetry and fiction.

Keith 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. Business, economic development, councils, technology … you name it, Keith covers it for BayBuzz.

Kay Bazzard — Writer

Kay began writing as a late career move shortly after moving to Hawke’s Bay in 1999 with a focus on the arts and culture. Her other passion is figurative clay sculpture.

Abby Beswick — Writer

Abby is two years into Hawke’s Bay (with family) and brings a print journalism background. She’s focused on social issues for BayBuzz.

Brenda Newth — Business Writer

A well-known HB business communicator, Brenda focuses on weekly online content for The Buzz.

The BayBuzz team

Editor: Tom Belford. Assistant Editor: Lizzie Russell. Senior Writers: Abby Beswick, Bridget Freeman-Rock, Kay Bazzard, Keith Newman, Mark Sweet, Tom Belford. Columnists: Andrew Frame, Charles Daugherty, Dominic Salmon, Jessica Soutar Barron, Louise Ward, Ian Thomas, Paul Paynter.  Business Writer: Brenda Newth. Editor’s Supervisor: Brooks Belford. Photography: Florence Charvin, Tom Allan. Illustration: Brett Monteith, Israel Smith. Design: Max & Giselle at Unit DesignAd Sales: Tom BelfordOnline: Liz Nes at People&People. Business Manager & Distribution: Kathleen Botha. Printing: Blue Star Group.