Waikato journalist joins Hamilton public relations consultancy

February 22, 2016

Waikato journalist Chris Gardner has joined Hamilton public relations consultancy HMC Communications.

Gardner joined the HMC Communications team, at Waikato Innovation Park in Ruakura Road, in February after a decade with Fairfax Media in the city. He served the Waikato Times as farming editor, business editor, technology editor and senior reporter during those years, as well as stints seconded as news editor and chief of staff.

HMC Director Heather Claycomb said, “We’re excited to welcome Chris to our growing team. His experience as a senior journalist, plus his knowledge of farming, business and technology is a perfect fit for HMC’s client base.

“He will add a new dimension to the services we offer to organisations who require media relations advice, in particular.”

Gardner came to New Zealand in 2001 from the UK and worked as a senior reporter at the independent community newspaper Waitomo News in Te Kuiti and Otorohanga until 2003. From 2003 until 2006 Gardner worked as a senior reporter at the NZME owned Hawke’s Bay Today regional daily newspaper.

Gardner began his journalism career in 1989 in Britain writing for the Isle of Wight county magazine The Islander while still at school. His first published work was the history of Appuldurcombe House, a ruined 18th century mansion in his home village of Wroxall where he served as a schoolboy guide and would go on to become keykeeper and custodian. He is now writing a book on the house.

He wrote for the privately owned South Wight Chronicle and Isle of Wight County Press while completing a Higher National Diploma in Communication Design (Journalism) at what is now Surrey International Institute. Gardner joined the County Press as a reporter in 1994 and served until his move to New Zealand.

Gardner is also a contributor to Lucasfilm’s Star Wars weekly title Build the Millennium Falcon, Star Wars Insider and Star Trek Magazine. He also blogs for various Doctor Who sites.

“I am excited to have joined such a dynamic team,” Gardner said. “I love stories. I get to hear plenty in this job, and pass on what I have learned.”

-ENDS –

Chris Gardner

021 869 807 or chris@hmc-communications.co.nz