Our team


Healthy Life Media is staffed by a dedicated, tight-knit team of professionals with many years’ experience across most media sectors and platforms. They are passionate about helping people by delivering useful, practical information that makes it easy to live more healthily and sustainably.

Phil Ryan, Director

Phil is an experienced magazine publisher who founded the award-winning NetGuide magazine in NZ and Australia. He was named NZ Publisher of the Year at the 2002 Magazine Publishing Association Awards.

Niki Bezzant, Editor-at-Large

Niki Bezzant is a writer, speaker, editor and commentator. She’s the founding editor (now editor-at-large) of Healthy Food Guide magazine, a columnist for the Herald on Sunday and a frequent contributor to broadcast media. Niki has been involved in the food media for nearly 20 years. She is currently president of Food Writers New Zealand and a proud ambassador for the Garden to Table programme which helps kids learn how to grow, cook and share food. She is a member of the Council of Directors for the True Health Initiative, a global coalition of health professionals dedicated to sharing a science-based message of what we know for sure about lifestyle and health.

Jenny de Montalk, Editor

After a number of years working as a journalist and online content manager for the health sector, Jenny joined the team at Healthy Food Guide, bringing together her passion for good food with her fascination for print and digital media. During her career she has worked across both print and online publications but especially enjoys the challenges and opportunity for innovation generated in the digital realm.

Claire Connell, Sub-editor and Digital Content Creator

Claire comes to us after a decade as a news and digital journalist and sub-editor. Prior to Healthy Food Guide, she worked as a newspaper production manager. She loves cooking and all things food related. Claire has a strong interest in Asian travel and cuisine after living in Thailand for three years.

Rose Carr MSc (Hons), Senior Nutritionist

Rose is a registered nutritionist with a BSc and an MSc (Hons) in Human Nutrition. Prior to retraining she had a successful career in marketing ‘fast-moving consumer goods’ – that’s ‘grocery products’ to the rest of us – before making the change to nutrition. Rose has since worked in a private nutrition clinic, lectured at Massey University, and undertaken project work for the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation.

Claire Turnbull BSc (Hons), Nutritionist

Claire is the Healthy Food Guide nutritionist and the director of the private nutrition practice Mission Nutrition which operates throughout New Zealand. She is a professional speaker, has published two bestselling books and regularly features on TV and radio.

Meredith Baldwin, Art Director

With extensive experience in the magazine industry, Meredith has worked as designer and art director on numerous NZ titles over the years after starting out in design and advertising. A vegetarian with a keen interest in healthy eating and sustainable living, Healthy Life Media is the perfect place to be.

Hayley Pearce, Senior Designer (part-time)

Hayley has worked in the magazine industry across many NZ titles before coming aboard at Healthy Life Media. She has a keen interest in cooking healthy meals for her young family and teaching her daughters the basics in the kitchen. Hayley also runs her own screen-printing business The Art Room, specialising in printing designer pillowcases, bedding, homewares and limited-edition art prints.

Tasha Pienaar, Advertising Manager

After working in the magazine industry in South Africa, Tasha decided to move to the Land of The Long White Cloud and further her career in the industry she fell in love with. Her passion for well-being is reflected in her devotion to fitness. A self-professed ‘food addict’, Tasha is always on the hunt for healthier options of everyday food.

Aimee Fraser, Media Manager Health TV

Aimee has been with Healthy Life Media for over five years and has a strong background in account management within the media industry. She is passionate about helping her clients promote their products and services via Healthy Life Media platforms, and has witnessed first-hand how this can positively impact a brand or business.

Tim Mehrtens, Account Manager Workplace Wellness

Tim recently returned to New Zealand after more than a decade abroad. Tim consistently strives to be the better, healthier version of himself. This combined with his customer service background has made him passionate about helping companies improve their staff wellness.

Gail Lorigan, Marketing and Event Director

Gail has many years’ experience in sales and marketing across various industrues, but primarily in media and the exhibition industry. Gail in passionate about good food and good health, so loves being part of the Healthy Life Media team which combines both. She enjoys spreading the healthy food message via our magazine and events to everyday Kiwis who are looking for ways to be healthier.

Jake Nuualiitia, Digital Content Co-ordinator

Jake joined the team straight out of AUT with a Bachelor in Communication Studies majoring in Digital Media. An avid videographer, photographer and musician, Jake lives and breathes digital space, combining his passions and skill set to keep Healthy Food Guide fresh on all digital platforms with the odd recipe video thrown in here and there.

Christine Fairgray, Customer Service Co-ordinator

With over 30 years’ experience in customer service (covering everything from hotels and television to airlines, and many more between!), Christine is armed extremely well for her interface role at Healthy Food Guide. She truly believes it’s the little things that mean a lot when it comes to customer service, and is committed to ensuring your experience with us is as seamless and enjoyable as possible.

Dave Smith, Accountant / Office Manager

A fully qualified chartered accountant, Dave has nearly 20 years’ accountancy experience dealing with NZ businesses. He has a young family, which takes care of any spare time! The office eye candy, Dave is loved by all.

Tracy Hanify, Digital Data Entry Specialist

With fanatical attention to detail and a personal mantra that ‘nearly’ simply isn’t good enough, Tracy is contracted to migrate print content into the digital environment, for dissemination out across all digital platforms. She runs her own proofreading / content precision business, Final Word, and can be contacted for other assignments.

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