Rebecca Hayter has enjoyed a successful career in journalism, firstly as a freelancer for several magazines including Boating New Zealand and ArtNews Auckland. She joined BoatingWorld magazine as associate editor in 1995 and became editor of SeaSpray magazine a year later.
In 1998, Rebecca began what would become a decade as editor of Boating New Zealand. During this time, she wrote two books: Endless Summer and Oceans Alone. In 2006, she was named MPA Editor of the Year – Supreme Winner, and Boating New Zealand won Magazine of the Year – Special Interest.
Rebecca was awarded the 2011 Journalist of the Year, Sports and Leisure, in the 2011 Magazine Publishers Association Magazine Awards, as well as Journalist of the Year, Custom and Membership (Trade magazines).
After leaving Boating New Zealand, Rebecca co-wrote What You Wish For. She continues to write for Boating New Zealand and is Australasian correspondent for YachtingWorld, UK. Her work has also appeared in House and Garden, NZ Life and Leisure, SkySport, Alive and NBR. Her first novel is underway, with the encouragement and guidance of the Creative New Zealand mentor programme.