The Dominion Post features team

Sarah Catherall
Life & Style reporter
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Sarah has been the editor of Life, The Dominion Post's Wednesday magazine which covers food, fashion and travel. Sarah has been a journalist for more than 20 years and has worked as a news reporter and feature writer.

She has previously worked at the Sunday Star-Times and The New Zealand Herald, and was a founding writer on the Herald on Sunday.

Sarah has won several journalism awards including Qantas Junior Reporter of the Year, a Qantas arts writing award, and also the David Low Chevening scholarship to study at Oxford University in England.


Nikki Macdonald
Senior feature writer
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Nikki is a senior feature writer at The Dominion Post, following a stint as assistant chief reporter and four years as a health reporter. In that role, her investigation into serious and fatal events at Wellington Hospital led to national reporting of medical mistakes. She also covered the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, and the 2009 tsunami in Samoa.

In 2011 Nikki won a Canon Media Award for a feature reconstructing the tramping expedition that resulted in the death of Te Papa boss Seddon Bennington. She was also the 2011 Fairfax Feature Writer of the Year.

Nikki has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Otago University and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Massey University. She previously worked on The Marlborough Express in Blenheim.


Bess Manson
Senior feature writer
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Bess Manson joined The Dominion Post in 2000 as a news reporter.

She left in early 2004 to work as a journalist in the United Kingdom, first with East End News Agency/National News and later for the (British) Press Association in their exclusive features department.

She covered the July 7 bombing in London for the national press in the UK as well as myriad other stories, from health and relationships to and crime and justice.

She graduated with a journalism diploma from Massey University in 1997.

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