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Summary

  • Highly experienced in providing communication advice and support
  • Skilled in website content management systems and social media management 
  • Strong media contacts throughout New Zealand
  • Proven ability to write, photograph, film and edit engaging content  
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills

Work History

Jan 2017Present

Communications Subcontractor 

Various PR and Communications Organisations 
  • Contracted in the iwi engagement and digital sector to interview, produce content for iwi members and shareholders 
  • Wrote press releases that prompted media follow-up and publication
  • Analysed data and statistics to provide simple to understand text for e-panui  (iwi newsletters) 
Jan 2017Present

Communications and Marketing Manager

Rotorua Boys' High School
  • Garnered national and local media attention to highlight and promote the school
  • Strategically grew social media audience, especially Facebook with a 300% growth in followers
  • Developed internal and external communication strategies 
  • Wrote and distributed press releases with a 100% media pick-up success 
  • Produced and distributed electronic newsletters
Oct 2015Jan 2017

Online and Magazine Journalist

Tarawera Publishing Ltd

Business and general reporter, Rotorua

  • Co-ordinate and contributed articles to national business trade magazines
  • Updated financial websites, www.goodreturns.co.nz, landlords.co.nz and mortgagerates.co.nz and generate and distribute e-newsletters 

Aug 2013Oct 2015

Online and Social Media Editor

NZME. (Rotorua Daily Post)
  • Digital Editor, Māori affairs, 2015 General Election, 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 management and uploading and maintaining stories on the Rotorua Daily Post website 
  •  Produced and uploaded stories, video, photos and polls to website.
  • Liaised 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
  • Covered court appearances and sentencing in the Rotorua District and High Court
  •  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

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

Third year, Bachelor of Arts

University of Auckland

Deferred to study Journalism

Graduated1999

High School Diploma

Caloundra Christian College

Sunshine Coast, Australia 

Interests

  • Global, national and local politics 
  • Love spending time at Rotorua's amazing lakes and forests
  • Enjoy unwinding with a good book
  • Actively involved in my marae, Tunohopu

References

  • Marisa Balle 

Managing Director, Hono PR

022 542 6728 or [email protected]

  • Bruce Buckton 

Deputy Principal,  Rotorua Boys' High School

021 190 0466 or [email protected] 

  • Kelly Makiha

Head of News, NZME. Rotorua Daily Post 
(07) 348 4526 or 021 806 568