Rebecca Greaves, Deputy Editor - Country-Wide

Rebecca lives on a hill country sheep and beef farm near Pongaroa, on the East Coast of the North Island with her husband Richard and daughter Phoebe.

She’s a writer, mum, avid amateur equestrian sport competitor, and chief gate opener, sheep chaser and admin lady on the farm. Horses and farming are her most favourite things in life to write and talk about.

Rebecca studied towards a Bachelor of Art at Canterbury University before completing the Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism, also at Canterbury.

She started out in daily news, writing for Hawke’s Bay Today and the Waikato Times, before specialising in agriculture and eventually becoming editor of The New Zealand Farmers Weekly, as well as doing a stint in the press gallery in Parliament. When she met her husband and moved to the farm, Rebecca started her own business – luckily a landline, internet and laptop are all that is needed to work from a remote farm!

In 2015 Rebecca authored the books ‘Hawke’s Bay Hunt 1990-2015’ and ‘Tangihau’, and more recently has ventured into the world of broadcasting, hosting the Young Country Down to Earth podcast celebrating innovation in agricultural businesses. She also previously co-hosted the Rural Exchange (REX) radio programme alongside Hamish McKay.


2019 – MPI Rongo Award for excellence in journalism in the rural sector

2012 – Robert Bell Travelling Scholarship in Journalism

2012 – B+LNZ News Award

2011 – Rural Women NZ Journalism Award