Catherine McGregor

Catherine McGregor is the Spinoff’s production editor and social media manager, and is former digital editor of Metro magazine. Email her on

‘I thought, wow, I’m going to do that when I get back to New Zealand’: Michelle McCarthy on going local on an Asia OE

From Chinese 3D manufacturing to Korean soap operas to Japanese street fashion, the 21st century belongs to Asia. Little wonder, then, that an increasing number of young New Zealanders are ditching the UK OE and heading to Asia instead. In the second of a two part series on The Asia OE, Catherine McGregor talks to Wellingtonian Michelle McCarthy about her experiences living in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan post-university.