About

Hello and welcome to The Roxborogh Report! I started this website in 2010 while spending 18-months travelling through Southeast Asia, Canada and Australia. I’d already been a travel writer, entertainment writer and radio host in my hometown of Auckland, New Zealand, but I wanted an extra outlet for my writing while I was off exploring the world.

A decade and 450+ articles on, The Roxborogh Report has now reached almost 1.5 million total hits at an average of 175,000 per year since 2012. In addition to my blog articles, I’ve been published over 300 times in newspapers and magazines like the New Zealand Herald, Listener, Let’s Travel, Woman’s Weekly, Concrete Playground and M2.

These articles have taken me everywhere from dodging kangaroos in the Australian Outback, to dog-sled riding in the Oregon snow, to swashbuckling through the Solomon Islands jungle, to staying in a crumbling palace in India, to snorkelling in a Mexican cave, to finding paradise on a deserted Malaysian island, to temple hopping in Cambodia, to climbing the Great Wall of China, to driving the Florida Keys in a convertible Mustang, to visiting the site in Memphis where Martin Luther King was assassinated, to teaching English to school children in Guatemala and a whole lot more. There are the 5-star hotels that have you pinching yourself and there are the 1-star dives where you have to plug the sinkhole to stop the cockroaches. Click on the Travel section to read more.

My published music articles have included features on U2, Paul McCartney, Queen, Katy Perry, Cat Stevens, Elvis Presley, the Eagles, Chicago,  the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gladys Knight, Lily Allen, Shania Twain, the Commodores, and my biggest musical heroes, the Bee Gees. Click on the Music section to read more.

My ethos – irrespective of writing about travel or music – is to overturn people’s preconceived ideas, often focusing on the underrated and the overlooked, even if that’s within the mainstream. As Barry Gibb once said about the Bee Gees, “We’re so overground, we’re underground!” And he’s right: sometimes the greatest treasures – be they musical or in the physical world around us – are the ones seemingly staring us in the face.

Speaking of Sir BG, it’s no secret I’m a mega-fan of the Bee Gees, so much so that they get their own menu heading on this website! It’s been one of the greatest privileges of my career to have met and interviewed Barry half-a-dozen times, and I’ll never stop wanting to bring in new fans to this extraordinary group.

So whether it’s diving deep into the back catalogue of one of history’s biggest bands, or finding a remote eco-lodge in dense jungle on a Malaysian island, The Roxborogh Report is all about the shining of light.

Here’s how I described my travel philosophy to Let’s Travel magazine in 2016:

“For me, travel is about storytelling. It’s hearing people’s stories and creating your own. It’s the fun when things don’t go entirely to plan. It’s being open to new experiences and the kindness of strangers. It’s about challenging stereotypes and misconceptions. It’s being unrelentingly curious; of wanting to know what’s down that street, what’s behind that door, what’s around that headland and what the view is like from that mountain.”

Thanks for stopping by! May the destinations inspire you and may the music open your mind as well as your ears. For enquiries please email me tim@roxborogh.com. Thanks for reading, all the best,

Tim

About Tim Roxborogh:

Tim Roxborogh is a radio announcer, travel/entertainment writer, podcaster and freelance cricket commentator with 21 years major market experience in Auckland, New Zealand. A former music radio breakfast anchor and programmer, he hosts the ‘Weekend Collective’ on the country’s premier talk station, Newstalk ZB, created the fortnightly ‘Trip Notes’ travel podcast, writes the weekly ‘Travel Bugs’ column in the NZ Herald and has done freelance cricket commentary – including international matches – for Radio Sport, Sky Sport and NZC.nz for the past five years. He also writes concert reviews for the NZ Herald and has been a guest travel and entertainment contributor for TVNZ’s ‘Breakfast’ and ‘Seven Sharp’ programmes.

Career Highlights:

– Commentating international and domestic cricket for Radio Sport, Sky Sport and live-streaming at NZC.nz (2015-2020).
– Being (at the time) New Zealand’s youngest metropolitan breakfast host (Easy Mix FM, aged 26, 2008).
– Record ratings for Sunday nights on Newstalk ZB with the highest Auckland figures for any station (23.7% all ages 10+) going back at least 10 years (2016).
– Doubling ratings in less than a year for Sunday nights on Newstalk ZB (2012).
– Creating own digital soul and R&B iHeartRadio station (‘Coast Soul’ – 2016-2018).
– Weekly columnist for the NZ Herald (‘Travel Bugs’ – 2017-2020).
– NZ Herald concert reviewer, incl. Paul McCartney, Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers (2017-2020).
– NZ Radio Award winner with former Commodores bassist Ronald LaPread (‘Best NZ Produced Music Feature’ – ‘All About Soul’ – 2008).
– Surpassing 1,000,000 total page hits for blog RoxboroghReport.com (2016).
– Seven interviews with Bee Gee Barry Gibb (2005-2016).
– Other memorable interviews include Burt Bacharach, Russell Crowe, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Backstreet Boys, Cliff Richard, Russell Brand, Duran Duran, Brian Wilson, Fleetwood Mac, David Crosby and Sheryl Crow.

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