Meet the local…..TOM Editor

Published July 24, 2013

TOM Magazine Editor Kim Ferens. Each month we profile different people in our community and discover what makes them tick!

Where do you live?

I live at Omata on a two acre lifestyle block. It is an awesome location looking out over the Tasman Sea, Sugar Loaf Islands and New Plymouth city. I have three cute alpaca’s who come running when I call out “boys”. I also love my four chooks who keep my family and some of my friends in fresh eggs.  I don’t garden very often these days but I keep a small veggie patch going with greens for me and the chooks. I have one other animal – a very rowdy miniature schnauzer called Rosie. She is only rowdy when people knock on the door or ring the doorbell, otherwise you find her sleeping! On our property is one acre of native forest and we have various fruit trees and native specimens planted around.


I’m married to Dave and we have been together 27 years (phew!). We have three  children – Alex (23), Sarah-Jane (21) and Louis (17). All three attended Omata School. Alex and Sarah-Jane are currently in Wellington and Louis goes to NPBHS. I grew up in Opunake so I haven’t ventured far! But a long way in my mind!

What is your association with Oakura/Omata?

When Dave’s grandmother moved into a rest home when she was in her 90’s we bought the property and have lived here ever since (22 years). Our house started out as a little cottage and we have done it up over the years to suit our growing family. As a child we often came to Oakura Beach for swimming, fish and chips and occasionally staying at the beach camp. When I was a child I thought Oakura was a place where hippies and surfies hung out. I remember an old store in Omata and also a sawmill.

What is your job?

As editor and owner of the TOM, I work part time on bringing the community’s news to locals. I have been involved in community news and journalism for 10 years. I have a Diploma in Business Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies. Basically I answer the phone, send out emails, interview people and write up stories, gather advertising material and keep my ear to the ground for interesting tid bits!

What do you love about your job?

Meeting interesting people and writing articles about them – there are so many talented and vibrant people in Oakura! I am enjoying the challenge of bringing community news through my new website which is a daily affair so has the potential, if everyone uses the site, to be the ‘go to’ place for information.

What is something you hate about your job?

Sometimes I hate working by myself – it would be nice to have a bigger team and I hate asking people for money!

Favourite past time

Reading books on my iPad – especially crime novels.

Two things on your bucket list

Go to Morocco on a cooking tour with Peta Mathias and buy a Mustang – the faster the better!