Kirsten Matthew: bio
Kirsten Matthew
I'm a New Zealander, an editor, a journalist, an author and the creator of Mabel Maguire, a boutique content marketing agency. From 2002 to 2012 I lived in New York, where I wrote hundreds of features for publications, including The New York Times, New York Post, nymag.com, Marie Claire, Page Six Magazine, and Time Out New York. I've been published in many foreign magazines and newspapers too.

I also worked as an editor for Page Six Magazine, InStyle.com, Country Living, myhomeideas.com, and New York Post. And I wrote one book.

Before I moved to New York, I worked as an investigative journalist in New Zealand. I was awarded three national journalism awards for my work: for a profile of a local politician with a rampant ego and an inconveniently batty family; a feature uncovering the crooked conduct of a big-time property developer; and an investigation into mail-order Russian brides. I've written about everything from murder trials to meat pies in the past two decades, and love to craft stories that explore what makes people tick, and how they (and what they do) fit into contemporary culture.

I returned to New Zealand in 2012 to become the editor of Urbis, a magazine that focuses on interiors, architecture and design. Almost three years later, I left print journalism to establish Mabel Maguire, a small-but-perfectly-formed agency that helps brands big and small curate and enhance the way the world sees them.

In 2013 my second book, The Modern Woman’s Guide to Domestic Bliss, was published by Penguin Books. In 2016, my third book The Greatness of Dads, was published in New Zealand and Australia; in 2017, it was released in the US.

When I'm not working, I'm planning trips abroad, reading about the Mitford sisters, listening to ‘70s disco, cooking and attempting to meditate.