Keith Mexsom – Profile

I have been writing fiction and non-fiction for more than 30 years and I have had a good deal of magazine and newspaper experience in both New Zealand and Australia as a publisher, editor, sub-editor, journalist, feature writer and copywriter – working in both a team environment and as a freelancer. I am now based in Sydney.

I have a Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies from Massey University (2009) and in 2008 I was awarded the Freelance Writer category of the 2007/2008 Statistics New Zealand Journalism Award. In that same year, I was also the recipient of the Bruce Jesson Critical Writing Award which included a grant toward the writing of a book about certain aspects of Auckland’s transport history.

Part One of that history – Waka Paddle to Gas PedalThe First Century of Auckland Transport – was published October 2016 and is available as a paperback and EBook from Amazon at and as an EBook from Kobo Books at

Part TwoGas Pedal to Back-Pedal The Second Century of Auckland Transport and Part Three – a more in-depth study of those who may have unduly influenced transport decision makers and profited from those decisions, remain works in progress.


Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies, Massey University, New Zealand – Awarded February 2009.


More than 30 years as a journalist, feature writer and copywriter, and 7 years as an editor and sub-editor.


The Freelance Writer Category of the 2007/2008 Statistics New Zealand Journalism Award.

The Bruce Jesson Critical Writing Award 2008.

Professional Affiliations:

The New South Wales Writers’ Centre

National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (USA)

Past member of the Society of Editors, Western Australia


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