The WildTomato Story
WildTomato launched in July 2006. The first edition was 16 pages and soon found a loyal following by fulfilling an unmet need for an inspirational local journal. WildTomato has grown to cover the Top of The South and acquire a reputation for exciting journalism that is passionate about Nelson and Marlborough.
Laura arrived in New Zealand in late 2015 from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA with her husband and two young daughters. She has fallen in love with the Nelson region’s proximity to world class outdoor activities, sunny skies, and friendly locals. She brings to WildTomato a wealth of experience in sales, marketing, and management, and is excited to be a part of a quality publication highlighting the best of what our region has to offer.
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Josie has been working in publishing for more than 25 years. The majority of her career has been spent in consumer magazines. Some of Josie’s stand-out roles have included chief sub-editor at Horse and associate editor at 25 Beautiful Homes (IPC now TimeInc in the UK) and chief sub-editor for Next (ACP now Bauer in NZ).
In between staff roles she has freelanced for a multitude of titles including North & South, Home NZ and Fashion Quarterly as a writer and sub editor. British-born, Josie has lived in New Zealand for 11 years and recently became a NZ citizen. She has moved to Nelson from Auckland and describes WildTomato as her “dream job with the fact that it’s in Nelson the cherry tomato on top”. Josie enjoys horse riding, hiking, travel, African drumming and sampling local food and wine.
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Nelson/Tasman Advertising Sales
Chrissie has enjoyed the Nelson region for 13 years and considers herself lucky to have found such a great place to live. During this time she has worked extensively in sales and marketing mainly in wine and hospitality, which has enabled her to gain a good understanding of what the locality has to offer. With her energy, drive and enthusiasm she is very happy to be part of the team at WildTomato and have the opportunity to promote all of the good things Nelson has to offer.
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Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough Advertising Sales
Following a successful career in Design and Marketing in the UK, the opportunity arose in 2008 for a change in lifestyle and a move to beautiful New Zealand.
Working in Sales and Hospitality in the wine industry since arriving has given her insight into the diversity and seasonality challenges that exist at the Top of the South Island. Sara understands how marketing is a key component that underpins growth and profitability to ensure business success.
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Jack grew up on a farm in Great Britain. After dropping out of university to travel round the world, he started his first business, Meon Valley Barbecues, spit-roasting pigs and lambs at weddings and corporate events in the beautiful Hampshire countryside. Jack came to New Zealand to marry his wonderful Kiwi girlfriend, and bought WildTomato in 2008, installing himself as editor and publisher. After 10 years of epic adventures in business, the great outdoors and Nelson generally, he has moved back to England to launch a dairy products company from his family’s dairy farm. Jack is married with three children and enjoys football, mountain-biking, skiing and great stories of every sort.