The Dominion Post news reporters

23:49, Mar 19 2017


Michael Forbes
News director
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Michael is part of The Dominion Post's metro team and reports on transport, local politics and the Greater Wellington regional council.

Michael first joined The Dominion Post in 2010 as our Manawatu and Whanganui reporter and covered key regional stories including the Scott Guy murder, the Anzac Day Iroquois crash, and the polluted state of the Manawatu River.

He has a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Massey University. Before working at The Dominion Post he was a reporter at The Southland Times.



Tom Hunt
Breaking news reporter
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Tom joined The Dominion Post in early 2010. He works as a breaking news reporter covering news as it happens in the Wellington region. He has also worked on our Capital Day page and has covered stories including the high-profile Hobbit union stoush.

Tom previously worked on a newspaper in northern Canada and at the Nelson Mail where he covered health, arts, emergency services and the council. In early 2009 he moved back to Wellington and worked for a year on the Education Review. Tom has a Diploma in Journalism from Massey University.


Talia Shadwell

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Talia started at The Dominion Post in August 2013 as a general reporter. She joined the team after more than a year at the Manawatu Standard in Palmerston North covering councils and education. 

She studied fine arts before switching to politics, and gained a journalism diploma from the University of Canterbury in 2011. 

Her first newspaper job was a summer stint on the features desk at the Jakarta Post in Indonesia, where she covered everything from the arts to the plight of child beggars. 

Her work has been published in a number of New Zealand publications, including North & South magazine.



Marty Sharpe
Hawke's Bay reporter
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Marty has covered all aspects of the Hawke’s Bay region since joining The Dominion Post in 2007, including the Napier siege in May 2009.

He won a Qantas Media Award in the science and environment category in 2010 for his work on contaminated sites. His series of articles and Official Information Act requests resulted in the Ombudsman ruling that all council lists of potentially contaminated land should be made publicly available. 

In 2012 he won a Canon Media Award in the science and environment category for a series of articles exposing the extent of a contaminated landfill in Napier.

In 2014 he again won the Canon Media Award in the science and environment category for stories on the Ruataniwha Dam project and on water quality monitoring.

Marty is an avid skier and his book A Guide to the Ski Areas of New Zealand was published in 1995. He attended Massey's journalism course and has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age and Hawke's Bay Today.


Matt Stewart

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Matt Stewart joined The Dominion Post in August 2011 as the Wairarapa reporter and in 2012 moved to the Wellington newsroom to cover weather, science and the environment.

While working in Wairarapa, Matt covered the Carterton balloon crash and resistance to the proposed Castle Hill wind farm. In 2008 he covered the fatal attack on Featherston man Paul Irons and subsequent murder trial in 2010.

Before working at The Dominion Post he worked at the Otago Daily Times and for the Wairarapa Times-Age.



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