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Well-known journalist and women's magazine editor.


For more than 25 years, Wendyl Nissen has been at the front of the media pack, first as an eager young journalist, then as the influential editor of a string of high-profile women's magazines, a television producer and writer, and as a popular radio commentator and columnist.

Current work


As the mother of five children and one grand daughter in her blended family, her popular Herald on Sunday column deals with life issues facing women and more recently she has become a Domestic Goddess guru bringing her natural cleaning recipes and green living ideas to the April in the Afternoon audience on the Living Channel and in her NZ Woman's Weekly column.

She is the author of the popular book ‘Bitch and Famous’ which details her magazine career and subsequent juggling act of motherhood and driving ambition and she is now working on a Domestic Goddess guide for Penguin which is due out next year. She is also a regular broadcaster on Newstalk ZB featuring every Friday morning on the Holmes breakfast show.

Wendyl loves to talk to audiences about gaining some work/life balance for women who grew up being told they can do everything and are now exhausted. She can also talk about the origins of celebrity and gossip and why we are obsessed with Paris Hilton, her five easy steps to stopping the chaos in our lives, working motherhood and blended families, how to live a green life without joining Greenpeace or voting for the Greens and discovering the writer in everyone with her tips for writing journals and maybe even a novel.

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