Michaela Pointon is a Multimedia Journalist for the Rotorua Daily Post.
Michaela Pointon is a multi-media journalist for The Rotorua Daily Post and Bay of Plenty Times, based in the Bay of Plenty region. She began working for NZME in 2023 after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Communications and Media, Film and Television at The University of Auckland. In 2022 she worked as a feature writer for a magazine company based in Ōtautahi, Christchurch. She moved back to the North Island to work in the daily newsroom in the Bay of Plenty in 2023.
Nappies and dead animals: The 'revolting' items being dumped in recycling bins
'You wouldn’t want somebody to come in and throw a dead animal on your desk.'
Tarawera Ultra-Trail 2024: New and familiar faces take championship of ultramarathon
The event spans two days around Rotorua’s iconic lakes.
First Māori to play at Wimbledon honoured with global accolade decades later
Dame Ruia Morrison is still regarded as one of New Zealand’s best players of all time.
Muggy nights: Major retailer running low on fans as temperatures soar
Records tumble after 'very hot month' across Bay of Plenty.
Warning as families turn to buy-now pay-later for groceries at The Warehouse
Families are using it to cover the cost of groceries.
'Waitangi Day enables us to keep our culture alive': eventgoers celebrate history
An eventgoer said the day was about 'our history' and 'our future'.
Mountain biking: Crankworx expected to pump up to $5m into economy
The event has generated more than $34m in revenue over nine years.
A fantastic cast: Phantom of the Opera to be staged in Rotorua
“It’s one of the top shows in the entire world”
'We’re all learning together': Programme aims to encourage use of te reo Māori in classrooms
About 70 per cent of the school's students identify as Māori.
'On the water... everyone is equal': Meet the 93-year-old competitive rower
He had a taste of the sport as a child before returning to it in his 70s.
'It's just a joke': Noise limits 'impossible' for busy bar and eatery
Regulation requires noise levels at bars to be similar to moderate conversation level.
School's 'radical' $40k gamble of free uniforms for attendance. Did it pay off?
'We don’t want to have any barriers to learning.'
Young Kiwis at Harvard University on meeting Jacinda Ardern, campus culture
'It’s awesome to have her joining our little Kiwi Harvard community.'
'Absolutely appalled': Mum of teen vaper says axing Smokefree laws a step back
One parent called for 'moral leadership' from National.
'Making other people happy': How a piano turned up on a lake shore
'You see them walk past, come back, and then get their phones out, their cameras out.'
'Lifelong' healing journey: Rotorua woman honoured for violence prevention work
“I was born into a violent environment. That’s all I ever knew."
What NZ's El Nino summer could reveal about great white sharks
'There is a lot of unknown in the ocean,' shark expert Dr Riley Elliott says.
'People go nuts for them': Berry growers ready for a busy summer season
'It’s looking like it’s going to be a great summer.'
'Surprisingly therapeutic': My afternoon packing parcels at the foodbank
I saw first-hand how dedicated the team is to treating people with mana and dignity.
Iwi leader fears lifting pseudoephedrine ban will put more P on the streets
'You’re not doing your country any good to put it on the shelves.'
KiwiSaver fight: Seriously ill woman's battle to withdraw money
She has an incurable condition and needs the money to help extend her life.
'Beautiful kaupapa': Fill the Bus greeted with generous donations
One 12-year-old boy donated 120 cans to the campaign.
Fill the Bus live: Student's whopping donation to foodbank
Today we fill the bus for the Salvation Army Rotorua's foodbank.
'It’s like having a child': Owners of diabetic pets face big costs
One vet says pet owners should not “reward the waistline” with treats.
Anxiety, depression, social struggles: 'Dire' shortage of help for some young Kiwis
Kids aged 11-13 grapple with issues previously not faced until 15 or 16, says principal.