Words & Pictures, based in Wellington, New Zealand, was established in 1990 by its director, Phil Stewart. The business has traditionally focused on print communication but also works in electronic media. By managing a print communication project from concept to delivery we can ensure it retains its integrity and purpose, is on time and is on budget.

Phil works with a team of independent associates on communications projects. These include experienced writers, editors, proofreaders, graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, printers and mail houses.

Clients have come from across the public, private and non-profit sectors. While we are comfortable working within any subject area, Words & Pictures has developed particular strengths around agriculture, science, animal health and welfare, and making technical subjects accessible to a broad range of people.


About Phil Stewart
Phil conducting video interviews.
Phil conducting video interviews.

I grew up on a Hawke’s Bay sheep farm, graduated with a BA in Geography from Victoria University and have spent nearly all of my adult life in Wellington.

After a brief stint in secondary teaching, most of my career has been in journalism and management of design and print. I started out working in public service communications, spending about eight years in the then Ministries of Transport and Agriculture and Fisheries. This was followed by a spell in London, working as a writer on Farm Business magazine. On my return to New Zealand in the late 1980s I worked in the PR industry on communications assignments for government departments, newly formed state-owned enterprises, management consultants and for various publications.

In 1990 I struck out on my own, building an integrated print communication service. Over the years we have helped our clients produce everything from simple business cards to glossy coffee-table books, but most of our work has been around content and production of brochures, profiles, newsletters and magazines. As the internet and outlets such as YouTube have grown, we’ve also created content for these media.

I’m married and have three adult children. In younger days I used to skydive in my spare time. These days I chase trout and also enjoy overseas travel with my wife Rose.