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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.

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