Health, ecology and culture writer | Freelance journalist | IFJ and NVJ-Accredited | Reporting balanced in Nature | English & Nederlands
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More about Sitara Morgenster*
I‘m an internationally accredited journalist from the Netherlands, based in New Zealand since 2001. I bring my love of people and life to all my projects, creating independent, compelling stories through interviews, rigorous research, experience and craftsmanship.
I’m registered with the International Federation of Journalists (via NVJ, the Dutch Association of Journalists), Press Patron (NZ) and PayDesk (UK). I’m fluent in both spoken and written Dutch and English – and SEO.
You can find examples of my writing on this website in both Nederlands (Dutch) and English. I live in regenerating native bush with all kinds of creatures big and small. I currently focus on writing feature stories and opinion articles on health, ecology and culture.
Because I’ve always felt that writing can get too theoretical or academic, I’ve also worked in PR, as a barista, as a caregiver for people with high needs, as a retail assistant (fashion jewellery!), as healthcare assistance in rest homes, as a volunteer for many organisations and as a mindfulness meditation teacher. In my spare time, I make mosaics and music.
*) For about a decade I wrote under my birth name, Marja Kooreman. In 2004, I changed my name to Sitara Morgenster – which is now my pseudonym/pen name.