Meet the Editorial Team

Lydia Truesdale


I’m a news junkie – I’m all about discovering, consuming and delivering newsworthy content. I’m especially interested in topics that affect the routines and wellbeing of people, communities and businesses; topics that fascinate; that people want to explore and become informed and educated on; that matter to individuals who wouldn’t ordinarily have the time or resources to investigate themselves.

I’m very ‘outdoorsy’ and my background is speckled with recreational and sporting endeavours. These days I compete to a high level in eventing (equestrian) with a team of four horses that I train myself, so am kept pretty busy (and broke!) outside the office.

I’m delighted to be the newest member of Academy’s editorial department. Together with my degree in journalism and four years’ experience in print I hope to present the Academy readership with informative and engaging articles that provide a pleasurable albeit momentary break from daily life.
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Natalia Rietveld


I bunny-hopped from job to job after I left school, I never knew what it was that I wanted to do. After having my daughter I decided I needed more consistency, so took some time to discover what it was that I enjoyed the most. I love meeting new people and hearing what it is they have to say, particularly what their passions are. Being able to share people’s stories gives me a sense of pride.

I completed the Certificate in Media Communications at Ara in 2016 and knew from day one that I would never get bored of journalism.

I love the diversity of my role at Academy Group and the range of interesting people I have had the chance to meet.

In my spare time you will find me outdoors with a fishing rod in hand or anywhere away from cell phone reception. I grew up rurally so love nothing more than escaping the hustle and bustle.

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Marie Sherry


Marie Sherry is a journalist with 17 years’ experience within the print industry.

With a degree in English literature from Otago University and a certificate in journalism from Aoraki Polytechnic in Timaru, Marie worked as a daily reporter at The Southland Times in Invercargill for four years before joining Academy Publishing’s Christchurch-based team in 1997.

Marie worked fulltime for the company for three years before switching to freelance work after the birth of her first child in 2000.

Since then she has worked continually from home on a freelance basis, undertaking work for a number of publications including Academy Publishing’s range of business newspapers.