About us

RiverSideMedia has been in the publishing business for more than 20 years. It has a stable of three publications all with proven track records: Vibrant Hutt magazine and The Stokes Valley Times and Taita Times community newspapers.

RiverSideMedia also works with external clients producing publications from concept to print. These range from brochures through to magazines and books.

Our publications

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Vibrant Hutt Magazine

The Hutt Valley’s FREE lifestyle magazine

Published bi-monthly by RiverSideMedia. A total of 10,000 copies are printed each issue with 6,000 of these distributed by letterbox drops to “better addresses” throughout Hutt Valley and wider Wellington area.

The remaining 4,000 copies are delivered to advertisers (branches/outlets and targeted mailing lists), cafes, restaurants, dental and doctor’s surgeries, libraries, I-Site, hairdressers, motels and hotels throughout the Hutt Valley.

Competitive advertising rates. Significant discounts available for advertisers signing up for multiple issues.

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The Stokes Valley Times

Voice of the Valley for more than 60 years

Published monthly (except January) by RiverSideMedia and delivered to homes in Stokes Valley on the first weekend of the month.

Stokes Valley’s own FREE community newspaper designed not only to keep residents informed about local people, organisations and events, but also to support local businesses.

  • Quarto size and stapled it is an easy to read, user friendly publication.
  • Attractive advertising rates and opportunities for complementary editorial. Colour available.
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Taita Times

Informing the communities of Taita and Pomare

Published monthly (except January) by RiverSideMedia and delivered to drop off points around Taita and Pomare at the beginning of each month.

Taita and Pomare’s own FREE community newspaper designed not only to keep residents informed about local people, organisations and events, but also to support local businesses.

  • A4 size, it’s easy to read, user friendly publication.
  • Attractive advertising rates and opportunities for complementary editorial.

The RiverSideMedia Team

Leigh Sutton

RiverSideMedia is led by Leigh Sutton, a born and bred Hutt-ite, who has an extensive background in journalism, public relations and publishing.

Her journalistic career includes stints with Hutt-based community newspapers and three-years with “The Evening Post”. Later she turned her talents to public relations working first in television and then taking up a position managing publicity/promotion for the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board.

She also spent three years working in a communications advisory role for a top ranking Cabinet Minister and more recently held a marketing management role with a leading private girls’ school.

Leigh has extensive experience producing a wide range of quality publications for both internal and external audiences.

Yvonne Airey

Yvonne Airey (nee Blackett) is born and bred in Lower Hutt and still gets a real thrill from every new publication that appears. Sharing the highs and lows of others’ lives has been a real privilege for her over the years since as a 16-year-old she joined “The Evening Post” as a journalism cadet. Stints with the “Aldershot News” in the UK (and ‘stringing’ for the likes of “The Times” of London – “they always loved a good Court Martial”) and as the Hutt Valley’s sole representative for radio and television in the good old NZBC days, along with writing several local history books, have filled in the years since.

Being able to end her career with such a prestigious publication as Vibrant Hutt magazine means every day is exciting and different and she is proud to be writing about the many amazing people who live in the Hutt Valley – and helping promote so many organisations who do such a great job with so little means to help others.

Jenny Mayer

Design professional and passionate Wellingtonian Jenny Mayer (nee Abernethy) was born and bred in the capital, and is married with two grown up daughters and two growing grandchildren.

Jenny worked “in-house” for many years for leading printing companies before going solo. She has designed for a wide range of clients including corporates and government departments, large and small businesses and schools. Her creative skills and experience cover the whole gamut of creativity from business cards, annual reports, magazine and newspaper advertisements to magazines, monthly newspapers and books.

Jenny has worked on Vibrant Hutt since its launch and loves the challenges it affords her. She enjoys working with Leigh and Yvonne to bring it all together in time to meet yet another deadline. And Jenny is proud of the fact RiverSideMedia has never missed a deadline under her watch – “as a team we never have problems just challenges,” she says.

Kate Watkins and Julia Philipott

Twin sisters and young Mums, Kate and Julia are RiverSideMedia’s delivery arm. Together they ensure Vibrant Hutt and its sister publication, The Taita Times, get out to the people.