GE­OR­GIA MER­TON

North & South - - Contributors -

Mil­len­nial Ge­or­gia Mer­ton emerged from Otago Uni­ver­sity bran­dish­ing a shiny de­gree in nu­tri­tion and not a clue what to do with it. To South Amer­ica it was, then, and there she stayed for a year and a half, “find­ing her­self” and sell­ing choco­late truf­fles off a tray. She re­turned with a rekin­dled love of sto­ry­telling and a per­sis­tent ex­plorer’s cu­rios­ity, so de­cided to fol­low her nose into jour­nal­ism. Mer­ton, who spent sev­eral weeks work­ing as an in­tern for North & South last year (see her sto­ries on page 20), hopes to com­bine an in­quir­ing mind with a lick of shrewd, sci­ence-based cyn­i­cism. “I want to en­gage peo­ple on real is­sues but make them ac­ces­si­ble” she says. “I also love to write about peo­ple break­ing the mould.” When she’s not study­ing jour­nal­ism at AUT or sell­ing Mex­i­can street food around Auck­land’s week­end mar­kets, she can be found with her nose in a book or stop­ping strangers in the su­per­mar­ket to prac­tise her Span­ish.

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