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11 Jun

This blog includes very thing from when I was 14 to age 19. Five years, not including the gaps!

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It’s rewarding and I love it

15 Apr

Hey blogging world!
Welcome to the holidays!
They began a week ago, so we’re halfway though but for me, they really begin tomorrow because the last week I have been volunteering with two other students and our tutor at the New Zealand Surf Festival.
I loved it because I was essentially, helping run the festival’s social media. And I loved it! I also got a few stories out of it (two of which I am still writing, one has been published thus far and is on my website

I am loving WITT journalism SO much. It is brilliant. I am learning, I’m writing, and that is more than I can say for Wintec last year which was really to me, a mess so never again!

The surf festival was intense! Taryn, Jimmy, Robin and myself worked from roughly around 6.30am each day until 4pm. While Jimmy, Taryn and Robin roamed the site as well as updated the web, I focused more on handling the internet as I knew most about it and there were a few hicups to sort out. Plus it was my equipment, and I wanted to write up a few stories. We all managed to get stories out which was really cool.

We got fed and well looked after. First night of the festival, Taryn, Robin and myself enjoyed a few drinks at a VIP function hehe. It was good.

Right – just had an email about reworking one of my stories so I better get onto it. See you around!



5 Apr

It’s Easter!
Strange word, Easter. Reminds me of yeast.

By the time I post this, it’ll be Easter Friday. It’s Easter Friday right now actually. Im not sure what I’m going to do today, everywhere is closed!

Random mashup of thoughts

4 Apr


A little mixed today.
Thinking about journalism and the like.

It’s pretty clear who the star students are going to be come end of the year, and I won’t be one of them!
I think I’m alright with that. I’m enjoying what I’m doing so much more than Wintec

My third story will be published next week, which is cool. Some people are up to 5 or 6 stories which is a little scary. They’re doing so well and they know it lol. But in my¬†defense¬†I kinda like how I’m going so I think I’ll just plod along some more. Haha.

Tomorrow we have a text on local government – and it’s pretty important. It’s open book though. I am making sure I have¬†absolutely¬†everything I need to know in my revision book – so tonight shorthand and stories are taking a major backseat. I always get a little paranoid about tests, assignments and the like.

Next week a small group of us will be going to work at the TSB Bank New Zealand Surf Festival, which is held here in Taranaki. Very exciting! I know nothing about surf, but I am really looking forward to being out of my comfort zone – waking up at 6am each day to be there by 7am is going to be a challenge hehe. Our tutor has put me in charge of social media, which is really just running the facebook page and twitter account. I’ve always wanted a job like that so I am quite excited about it! Hehe =D

Sorry about the dull post today, am quite tired yes yes . . . changing the topic, Glyn was working at WITT tonight, hosting a¬†function¬†for New Plymouth’s top bar and¬†restaurant¬†owners. So proud of him! He’s put his name out there really well and from what I heard, a lot of people were impressed by what he can do! He’s a really special bright guy . . . . actually scrap the special bit because that makes him sound . . well you know. He’s brilliant. So I ran him a bath with candles and all that romantic mush hehe – and it was his first ever BUBBLE BATH!

Crazy fool, I can’t believe he’s never had one before.

Also tonight, I forced my family to try wraps for dinner. You know, like the tortilla things you get at Subway? Yeah those! I made them wraps with lettuce, tomato, carrot, bacon, chicken with honey mustard and caesar dressing. Mum, Dad and my little brother Jamie have never tried them before and I kinda made them to force Jamie to try food other than pies, mince, pasta etc. And he loved it so yay for healthy eating!

Right….i should really get back to my revision so see you!

Living the high life

31 Mar

Ooh swanky post! Haha.
Okay I should probably admit no, I don’t live the high life lol. But it feels nice to be able to say that!
I am totally shocking with money. I’ve got two credit cards which are maxed and an overdraft big enough to afford a reasonable second hand car. But this is only because I spent $2000 in Australia (which I think is fair enough considering it was my first overseas holiday EVER and the exchange rate was shit) and Glyn and I have been making a few home improvements and buying study resources:
1) A new study desk (old one was braking fast)
2) TiVo (analog is going soon and it was $100 off)
3) A new iMac because the last one died, along with my laptop
4) A iPad 2 (for study and because it was like $300 off)
5) Lots of textbooks for journalism (Around $500)
6) A professional digital camera for journalism (Around $300)
7) A voice recorder for journalism ($150)
8) Extended warranties ($100)
9) Apple accessories + camera SD card ($160)
10) Lamp ($40)

Probably didn’t need the last two, but that’s okay. Lol. Anyway now the TiVo areal isn’t working and the new lamp is getting in the way of life and petrol is quite expensive. Grr. But we’re not flagging at the moment, we are boarding so that’s made life easier for us both.

Ooh and another thing I love- Moccas are only 50c at the Taranaki Daily News!! I have one every day I am there lol, so good!

I’ve published two stories so far and I am really happy about it. Wrote a third on Friday for Saturdays paper but they didn’t publish it because I think it was more of a Midweek story, which means it’ll be published next Wednesday in the free community paper. That is still good! I hope I publish it before James hehe, just because then I’ll be ahead of the class in terms of publishing stories heh heh heh ūüėČ

Anyway that’s all I needed to rave and rant about for tonight. I am going to sleep now, wish me luck. :p

Top Chef is Reaching for the Stars

30 Mar





















View on the North Taranaki Midweek website¬†¬Ľ

The Blogging Requirement

28 Mar

Hello world,

This afternoon when class starts up again, we’ll be setting up and talking about blogs.
And I’m going to feel mega guilty because I haven’t been keeping my up to date! Haha, Robin our tutor refers to me as the tech guru so I should really set an example ūüėõ

This week has been exciting because yesterday I was published in the North Taranaki Midweek, and today I was published again in the Taranaki Daily News! You can view my stories at

It’s been a real learning experience having articles published, because you learn to fact check what the interviewee is saying so you don’t look like a dick in the article lol.

But I’ve been stoked that two of my stories were published within two days, and I’ve already moved on to my next story! Exciting stuff.

There’s some students in our class who don’t have a Facebook (!!!) and are reluctant to set that up, as well as a blog. But I hope in time they’ll learn what important and useful resources they are when it comes to the modern world of journalism.