Hailing from good ol' Blighty, Zahra grew up in the rural Canterbury countryside in a small village called Swannanoa, so she never thought she'd be a big city gal. But the opportunity with New Zealand Doctor, with an office right next to the beach, was too good to pass up and now she finds herself trying to navigate her way around Auckland. This is her first proper gig as a journalist. A love of writing and telling important stories, fuelled Zahra to pursue a career in journalism, after completing a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and Japanese at the University of Otago. Many people have questioned the combination of science and the arts, but she believes she has found the perfect fit with New Zealand Doctor. Zahra attained her postgraduate journalism diploma from the University of Canterbury during which time she wrote for Stuff.co.nz, Radio New Zealand, and Vice NZ. She loves exploring beyond her comfort zone not only with her stories but in all aspects of her life, with a love of running, rugby and martial arts. She also enjoys exploring the world, for cultural experiences (and the food!) and has most recently been to Iran, Malaysia and Thailand.