Venetia Sherson began life as a journalist in the women’s department of the Waikato Times, where she covered society weddings and hunt balls. Four decades later, she took over the editor’s chair. “Journalism is a hard habit to quit,” she says. “People, everywhere, tell interesting stories. I am forever jotting notes on paper napkins.” Her story on Raglan’s efforts to rid the town of plastic bags had its genesis in a massage clinic, where her therapist mentioned she was living plastic-free (see page 78). After leaving the Waikato Times, Sherson was appointed Wintec’s inaugural editor-in-residence, where she worked with journalism students to produce two books: The Baches of Raglan and Heritage Hamilton. In 2003, she was awarded the ONZM for services to journalism. She now freelances as a writer and divides her time between New Zealand and Italy, where she has worked as a WWOOFER (Willing Worker on Organic Farms). In 2015, she won Travel Writer of the Year for a story about trekking with a flock of sheep.