Naomi Arnold is a Nelson-based freelance writer. At Featured.org.nz she collates outstanding feature articles from New Zealand and around the world and sends them out in a handy weekly email. We asked her to pick her favourite long reads for a long weekend by local journalists.
Here are Naomi’s picks:
Charlie Anderson, Lost in the long white cloud: the first true New Zealand feature in to fully use a multi-media format and which could reasonably be called a 'digital longform piece'.
Duncan Greive: Lorde, for Metro. This was such a great get. As well as the writing and the getting of it, he also sold it to Faster/Louder, an Australian publication which produced a great digital rendering of it.
Alistair Bone: Turangi tourist attack, Cracking it on welfare in Huntly, Storm Clouds over Kawhia. Alistair was the Waikato Times’ 'colour writer'. He has reported stories with flair where others would have done a boring old report.
Steve Braunias: Impossible to choose one. The Killings at Stilwell Rd, On my Way to the Border, Trouble in Mosgiel are just some of my favourites. He really is a godfather of good feature writing in New Zealand.
Anna Pearson is a former Press reporter who is freelancing now. As well as being a good feature writer she takes her own award-winning photographs and creates her own multimedia pieces - including a cooperative effort on a West Coast skateboarder, an audio slideshow for the BBC about a photographer and a plain old audio piece too for Monocle.