JUDE, THE writer

Jude has written for various publications over the years.

For a few years in the 1990s she had her own column called “Dear Jude” in the New Zealand Women’s Weekly. She answered reader’s letters on whatever their personal issues might be - their love life, their family, their career, whatever was on their mind. She used a mixture of solid research and her own experience and knowledge, and delivered it with a touch of humour if appropriate to lighten the message.

Later she had another weekly column in The Aucklander (part of The Herald) called “Family Matters”. For six years every week from 2006 to 2011, when the supplement finished, she wrote on whatever inspired, annoyed or amused her. Often based round issues of the day, and/or reflections on a busy family life with three children, columns were sometimes solemn, sometimes funny, and anything in between.

She has also enjoyed researching and writing material for MC’ing, hosting, debating, and doing speeches over the years for many and varied organisations.  

Video content she has produced has also needed writing input when creating the story and finding the intent of the message needing to be expressed.  Associated written text also needs to have a similar tone and manner and intent.

Report and proposal writing for funders and stakeholders is also another exercise in writing key information in a readable form.

Taking an idea and expressing it in a written form so it feels instantly understandable and relatable to the reader is something Jude enjoys doing. She also loves reading current research about her areas of passion.

Currently, with her love of travel, she can often be found in print about her travels and experiences. She also blogs regularly for Family Health Diary on family and health and anything in between. She end to end produces promotional videos - for which writing and editing is the backbone, and also regularly writes digital content for social media. She is also blogging for the Raising Children website and writing parenting tips in even briefer form in the way of push notifications for the associated app.

Jude is currently enrolled in a Postgraduate Certificate of Public Health, so doing some academic writing as well.