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. 

The Team


Lisa Friis


 021 087 94411

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Lynda Papesch


Passionate about print media, Lynda is a seasoned journalist who has worked on newspapers in the Bay of Plenty, Marlborough and Nelson. She’s run her own media consultancy company in the past and particularly enjoys writing people stories.

021 073 2786


Jo Hender

Marlborough Advertising Executive

021 264 755


Wendy Rankin

Advertising Executive

027 221 6969

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Jack Martin


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.