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Lottie Hedley

Writer and editor Rachel Morris grew up in Hawke’s Bay, and with photographer Lottie Hedley spent two months reporting the feature on the cyclone clean-up (page 64). A lot of that time was spent alongside the volunteers she writes about, helping to clear the endless silt. The work was dirty, dusty, strenuous—and deeply rewarding. Being able to help the owners finally move forward with their lives was “a huge antidote to the heaviness”.