Your Friendly Neighbourhood Vegan is a periodic email newsletter about veganism – featuring reviews, recipes, essays, and interviews. It came about as a response to being often asked for my thoughts around veganism and there being few New Zealand-centric resources which had a pragmatic, empathetic, and inclusive tone.
So far Your Friendly Neighbourhood Vegan has covered topics such as what to bring to a good-old-fashioned kiwi bbq, how industrial agriculture contributes to climate change, and why all-or-nothing veganism isn’t realistic.
All photographs are taken on my OnePlus 5 and deliberately minimally styled – so they look like the real food I made for dinner, not impossibly fancy photographs of food no one has ever managed to cook in 30 minutes.
GovHack Hamilton is a weekend hackathon, where small teams come together to do interesting things with government data – usually in the form of apps, websites, and visualizations.
Over the course of the 46 hours, I supported the competing teams as their marketing mentor – creating the videos which form part of their entries, helping them with their pitches, and general moral support.
In 2016, I created 13 videos in the 46-hour period- supporting more than seven different teams – and came back for round two in 2017.
From 2015-2017, I was responsible for video editing the data mining course content from the University of Waikato Department of Computer Science & Mathematics for YouTube and online education platform, FutureLearn.
There are three data mining courses – Data Mining with Weka, More Data Mining with Weka, and Advanced Data Mining with Weka – with over 13 hours of video content across the three courses. I updated the initial two courses with new slide designs from the University for the FutureLearn platform, and did all the editing for the third course – Advanced Data Mining with Weka.
Hire-A-Mum was a film I made as part of my Master’s in Media & Creative Technologies programme – it was a finalist in Tropfest New Zealand 2015, playing at the New Plymouth Bowl of Brooklands to a crowd of 9 000.
The concept centered around the unpaid labour that mothers do, and if you were going to hire someone to be your mother, how much would that cost? What kind of skill set would you expect? Shot in the style of an infomerical, we had a budget of NZ$60, which mostly covered pizza for the team.
Hire-A-Mum was also selected to screen as a part of the Women Over 50 Film Festival in Brighton, UK. It screened as part of a selection of 44 international short films, championing and showcases the work of older women on screen and behind the camera.
The transcript from Hire-A-Mum also features in book Introducción a la traducción: inglés – español by Dr. Antonio F. Jiménez Jiménez as a translation exercise for subtitling.
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I worked on the 2017 General Election campaign for the Green Party of Aotearoa; a core member of the election team, responsible for managing the social media for the two Kirikiriroa-Hamilton candidates – Jo Wrigley and Sam Taylor.
This was as well as providing photography for MPs and other candidates whilst in Kirikiriroa, including Catherine Delahunty, James Shaw, and Chlöe Swarbrick.
A collaboration with poet essa may ranapiri, Black Sand is a 12-page collection of photographs and poetry, featuring a new take on the iconography that makes Raglan stand out as a small town, holiday location, and home to the small community that thrives there.
Perfect for sending to homesick kiwis overseas or keeping on your coffee table; it provides an overview of Raglan by looking at the details. It debuted at Hamilton Zinefest 2016, and is available for purchase via Etsy.
I was asked to take some stock photographs of the Monty’s Surprise apple for the Heritage Food Crops Research Trust, for comparison in shape, colour, and size. Providing a variety of styles (still life, in the kitchen, and simple portraiture allowed them the most coverage for use of the images in the future and allowed me to highlight the different photography styles I can provide with one subject matter.
The chemical analysis of over 250 apple varieties has identified a unique New Zealand seedling – the Monty’s Surprise apple. This apple contains very high levels of procyanidins as well as quercetin flavonoid compounds. In vitro cancer testing conducted in France and Australia on this variety has shown its potent effectiveness at inhibiting cancer cell proliferation – heritagefoodcrops.org.nz