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Joanna Hunkin


Joanna is an award-winning travel writer and lifestyle journalist, with more than 20 years of experience across print, digital and broadcast media. The daughter of a pilot (Dad) and a Cordon Bleu-trained chef and food technology teacher (Mum), she was born to be a gourmet traveller. In 2019, she made it official, becoming the editor of Gourmet Traveller and leading the team as they repositioned the title as a luxury lifestyle brand. Before moving to Sydney, Joanna led the entertainment and lifestyle vertical at New Zealand's largest media organisation NZME, which publishes the New Zealand Herald newspaper. She is also an experienced broadcast journalist, spending five years at Television New Zealand, where she covered everything from red carpet live crosses to murder trials. Her career highlight remains interviewing Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, who were dismayed to learn their Ab Fab characters had inspired most of her life choices. As Saunders exclaimed: “They’re not supposed to be role models!”