Summary

  • 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

Work History
Oct 2015 - Present

Online and magazine journalist

Tarawera Publishing Ltd

Business and general reporter, Rotorua

  • Regularly write news stories for local website, Steam n' Mud. 
  • Co-ordinate and contribute articles to business trade magazines, New Zealand Property Investor and NZ Mortgage Mag. 
  • Help update financial websites, www.goodreturns.co.nz, landlords.co.nz and mortgagerates.co.nz. 


Aug 2013 - Oct 2015

Online and social media journalist

NZME. (Rotorua Daily Post)

Digital reporter, Maori affairs, back-up court and emergency services reporter.

• Regularly covers 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.

• Produces and uploads stories, video, photos and polls to website.

• Liaison with key contacts both locally, regionally and nationally to ensure issues effecting the district and local iwi are covered.

Jun 2011 - Feb 2013

Broadcast jouranalist

Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport – The Radio Network

Regional reporter for the Northland area

  • Compile and voice morning bulletins which are played on Newstalk ZB and Classic Hits radio stations.
  • File breaking news and human interest stories to Auckland for national broadcast
  • Fast, clean turnover of stories for half-hourly deadlines
  • Live to air reports and pre-recorded voicers to cover events such as 2011 Election Night, Te Tai Tokerau by-election, Waitangi Day and Rugby World Cup 2011
Feb 2013 - Jun 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 2009 - Jun 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 2008 - Dec 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 through Indesign programme.

Education

Education

Jul 2015 - Present

Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Business

Massey University (extramural)
Currently studying towards double bachelor degree by correspondence
Feb 2006 - Jun 2007

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

Waiariki Institute of Technology
Jul 2004 - Dec 2005

Second year, Bachelor of Arts

University of Auckland
Jan 1999

High School Diploma

Caloundra Christian College

Interests

  • Meeting  new people
  • Reading
  • Travelling

References

  • Kim Gillespie

General manager of editorial operations (regionals) for NZME. media

 (09) 373 6083 or  021 676 065

  • Kelly Makiha 

Head of News ,  Rotorua Daily Post

(07) 3484526 or 021 806 568

  • Lesley Deverall

Editor, NewstalkZB
(09) 366 0466 or 027 430 7548