Over the past year, North & South has relaunched and redesigned its print magazine and created a standalone website. Now, to bring readers closer to the re-established brand, publishers Konstantin Richter and Verena Friederike Hasel are announcing key editorial appointments.
Editor Rachel Morris has stepped down from her role to focus on freelance projects, and will be succeeded by the experienced magazine editor Kirsty Cameron. Additionally, Central Otago-based journalist George Driver will join the magazine as its South Island correspondent, a full-time reporting role.
“We’re very proud and happy with the development of North & South over the past twelve months,” says Verena Friederike Hasel. “And we are extremely grateful to Rachel, who has done such a great job re-establishing the magazine.”
Morris says of her departure: “After an intense year and the combined effect of two prolonged lockdowns in Auckland and the US, like many people I’ve found myself reassessing the balance between life and work. I’ll be stepping down as editor but will remain connected to the magazine in its next chapter.” She adds that “it’s been a huge privilege to help revive North & South. And I’m extremely proud of the work our dedicated and talented team has done.”
The incoming Cameron is an experienced journalist, editor and publisher. She was a writer, editor and editorial executive for Time Inc Magazines in Sydney, a period of 13 years which also saw her work as bureau chief in Los Angeles, and as the launch editor of InStyle Australia. Prior to joining Time Inc, Kirsty was a journalist and political columnist at The Australian newspaper. She began her journalism career with Radio New Zealand.
Cameron worked for both ACP and NZ Magazines companies in senior editorial roles on her return to New Zealand. Recently she has managed her own business, publishing community magazines and custom titles.
“Being appointed editor of North & South feels like all the strands of my journalistic career have converged,” Cameron says.
“I have an abiding love of great journalism and well-told stories. Many of the journalists and writers I hold in the highest regard are connected with the magazine and I am looking forward to working with them.”
Konstantin Richter says that “Kirsty brings a lot of commercial journalistic experience to the table, and North & South will benefit from that in its next iteration. She is the right person to lead the magazine into the future.”