Wendyl Nissen is a journalist, broadcaster and former magazine editor who is the author of nine books, mostly about living a chemical-free, old-fashioned life. She gave up her corporate life 19 years ago and now lives in the Hokianga with her husband, 28 chickens (and counting), two dogs and two stray cats.
As the mother of five children and one granddaughter 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. March 2020 marks the release of her book, ‘A Natural Year’ which follows Wendyl’s life in the peaceful New Zealand countryside over one year. It’s the story of what happens in her garden, her kitchen and her life through the seasons, and the thoughts inspired by each passing season.
She writes about the freedom that she has found in ageing and the joy that comes along with it. She addresses her depression, anxiety and the mental well-being she’s gained from her back-to-basics lifestyle and the practical things she does to live in a sustainable, natural way.
With photographs taken at her home in Northland, Wendyl shares 100 new recipes, including how to make yeast from grapes, yoghurt using chilli stalks and many others she has discovered over the seasons.
In a world which can be full of stress and confusion, A Natural Year is a guide to a simpler, less complicated life.
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 were all 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 and discovering the writer in everyone with her tips for writing journals and maybe even a novel.