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Summary

  • Expierienced in providing communications advice and support
  • Skilled in website content management systems
  • Strong media contacts throughout New Zealand
  • Highly-experienced in online and social media
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills

Work History

Oct 2015Present

Co-director and communications advisor

Te Arawa Māngai Nui
  • Promote externally the work of iwi trusts and organisations
  • Provide communications advice and media strategies
  • Write press releases and content for social media
  • Produce electronic newsletters highlighting the client's positive work
Oct 2015Present

Online and magazine journalist

Tarawera Publishing Ltd

Business and general reporter, Rotorua

  • Wrote community news stories for local website, Steam n' Mud (now offline).
  • Co-ordinate and contribute articles to business trade magazines, New Zealand Property Investor and NZ Mortgage Mag. 
  • Update financial websites, www.goodreturns.co.nz, landlords.co.nz and mortgagerates.co.nz. 

Aug 2013Oct 2015

Online and social media journalist

NZME. (Rotorua Daily Post)

Digital reporter, Māori affairs, back-up for court, council and emergency services.

• Regularly covered a wide range of rounds within the Rotorua, Eastern Bay of Plenty and Taupo region.

• Experienced in social media and uploading and maintaining stories on the Rotorua Daily Post website using  Zen content management system.

• Produced and uploaded stories, video, photos and polls to website.

• Liaisoned with key contacts locally and nationally to ensure issues that impacted the district and local iwi were covered.

Jun 2011Feb 2013

Broadcast jouranalist

Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport – The Radio Network

Regional reporter for the Northland area

  • Compiled and voiced morning bulletins which were played on Newstalk ZB and Classic Hits (The Hits) radio stations.
  • Filed breaking news and human interest stories to Auckland for national broadcast
  • Produced fast, clean turnover of stories for half-hourly deadlines
  • Delivered live-to-air reports and pre-recorded voicers at events including the 2011 general election night, Te Tai Tokerau by-election, Waitangi Day and the Rugby World Cup 2011
Feb 2013Jun 2011

Journalist

The Daily Post – APN News and Media, Rotorua

Health, entertainment, Weekender newspaper, court and back-up police reporter

  • Regularly wrote health awareness stories and features shared among four newspapers nationally.
  • Cover court appearances and sentencing in the Rotorua District and High Court.
  • Often called to cover police and emergency services reporting throughout the Rotorua region.
Jan 2009Jun 2011

Journalist

Cook Islands News, Rarotonga

Crime, justice and general news reporter

  • Regularly broke stories nationally as police reporter.
  • Covered trials and weekly appearances in the High Court.
  • Quickly built contacts and dealt with emergency services daily.
  • Sub-edited and laid out international and regional news pages.
  • Represented the organisation at Pacific regional conferences in Samoa and Vanuatu.
Jul 2008Dec 2009

Journalist

Whakatane Beacon

General reporter

  • Broke national stories, including the Ruatoki raids and Kutarere “body snatching” controversy.
  • Back-up reporter for police and emergency services round, gained experience in district court and district council reporting.
  • Trained as a sub-editor. Skilled in page layout using the Indesign programme.

Education

Feb 2006Jun 2007

• National Diploma of Journalism Level 5  and Waiariki Diploma of Journalism  

Waiariki Institute of Technology  (now Toi Ohomai Institute of  Technology).
Jul 2004Dec 2005

Second year, Bachelor of Arts

University of Auckland
Graduated1999

High School Diploma

Caloundra Christian College

Sunshine Coast, Australia 

Interests

  • Love spending time at our district's amazing lakes and forests
  • Enjoy unwinding with a good book
  • Actively involved in my marae, Tunohopu

References

  • Greg Taipari

Press Secretary for the Minister of Māori Affairs, Te Ururoa Flavell

021 943 070 or greg.taipari@hotmail.com

  • Kelly Makiha 

Head of News ,  Rotorua Daily Post

(07) 3484526 or 021 806 568

  • Marisa Balle

Senior communications advisor, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology