Quick Review of Life!

27 Mar

It’s getting to that scary stage again where I forget to blog and it falls behind and floats around in the nothingness of the world wide web.
My last post was about the scholarship, before I went to Australia for the first time, such a long time ago.

Next week is the final week of term one of my Journalism course, so it’s been awhile!
I am enjoying it as well as finding it challenging. Our tutor Robin Martin, today reminded us that we’ll be setting up blogs soon which in turn reminded me that I do have one it’s just neglected! Oops :O

Anyway, I’m really excited as tomorrow is Wednesday, which is the day the North Taranaki Midweek is distributed around the place. It’s our free regional newspaper, and my first story of 2012 is going to be in there! I will have to remember to post a link here =D

Have been trying to master the difficult art of Shorthand. We are learning Teeline, which is the easier type, but so far it’s been a bit of a struggle! Need to keep up with constant revision yes yes.

So at the moment we are in class, at the TDN building, from 8.30am to 3pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Wednesday is our day to get out and gather news, and Friday is our short day, being 9am – 12pm. Then I can have my nana nap haha! On Saturday I am still supervising at Countdown Central, leaving Sunday as my lazy day off 🙂



3 Feb

What an honor it is to be the James (Senior) and Mary Garcia Scholarship recipient for 2012!
Words really do fail to describe how amazingly overwhelmed I am! A HUGE thank you to the Garcia family, Public Trust and WITT!
I am really stoked that someone out there who viewed my application saw potential and I will not let them down! I am incredibly excited  about beginning my journalism study,
which begins on the 20th. The scholarship covers $4000 of the course, which comes to a total of $5220 for the year. I am going to fund the rest, as well as course related costs though StudyLink (fingers crossed).

I will soon be off to Australia, for my first ever trip out of New Zealand. My partner is gearing up to make the move down here to New Plymouth, and study for both of us is not far off.

What an exciting year this is going to be! Watch this space =D

Good Morning!

1 Feb

So recently I’ve been working heaps to try and save money for my trip to Australia in about 3 days – and I think I’m more excited that you’d usually expect because I’m a first time overseas traveler! I haven’t even left for Hamilton Airport yet and I’ve already spent most of my savings I put away!! Mitch (my partner of travel) has put together an Itinerary, and I prebooked some of the attractions so we don’t miss out.

What really was disapointing was checking out the maintenance pages of the main theme parks – almost ALL of them have their best rides closed over the next month! Grrr!

We’re going to be heading to Brisbane on Monday morning, and staying in a place called Maroochydore. Will head to the Gold Coast for a few days to visit Movie World, Sea World, Dream World, White Water World, Dracula’s, and SkyPoint. Then back to Brisbane to see Mary Poppins on stage which I’m sure will be awesome – although I would have preferred The Lion King, I’m a few years late for that.

Had a letter come though the other day with some really, really awesome news – but I don’t want to share it yet because it’s going to be a newspaper story in the next day or two, and if I spoil it before then it’ll be old news and you won’t read the article. But as soon as it’s out, I’ll share! Promise =D

What else has been going on? Well not all that much. If you’re into US TV shows (and you download legally from iTunes US like me), I strongly recommend the following:
TOUCH: This show isn’t released until March, but the pilot episode is available free to download on iTunes right now. It’s about a little
boy who has never spoken a word – but can predict future events by studying patterns and numbers, which is how he
communicates. The show is different to anything else I’ve seen and will be a huge hit when it comes to NZ.

REVENGE: By now you would have seen or heard about this show – it’s huge in America and it’s being advertised on TV here right now
one of TV2’s biggest shows this year. It’s about a woman who returns to the Hamptons, to avenge her father’s death and
imprisonment for something he was framed for. Once you see a single episode of this show you’re hooked, and it leaves you
literally begging for more. The rich and famous in this show, have something to hide…

RINGER: Ringer has just returned to USTV after the Christmas break, and to be honest I can’t really remember how it ended for the
break but I was enjoying it. A woman on the run from being a witness to a murder takes on her twin sister’s identify when
her sister “fakes” a suicide, becoming a wife and step mother straight away – and gaining a lot of money.

Right well I’ma head off now but thank you for visiting my humble blog once again, can’t wait to share my Australian trip with you soon! 🙂


Too tired.

28 Jan

I know I haven’t blogged in a few days…but I’m far too tired and thoughtless to write anything tonight.

Beyond The Front Line

21 Jan

..is a book by Mike McRoberts. Mike has been the co-presenter of 3 News here in New Zealand.
His book covers some huge events in his career – from the Christchurch and Japan earthquake, to war in Iraq, and to making HUGE risks in order to get the story. It also shows us what it’s like being a journalist, the commitment, and how hard it is when you have a family. It’s fascinating reading all about what happens behind the story. Mike is luckily enough to travel overseas to major events to cover them, and his memoir tells us how it happens, what we don’t see on TV. The emotional moments, the VISA struggles, the shady hotels, the terrifying soliders, the violence and destruction they see.

It’s one memoir that I have been totally glued to, which is interesting because I’ve read a few. One part I found most interesting was how he worked for TVNZ, and had to struggle to resign from them when TV3 offered him a better opportunity.

I have nothing but respect and admiration for this man, whose career began in radio at a young age. His words have really reignited my passion to be a journalist, and couldn’t have come at a better time as I’m studying it this year.
I’ll admit that news has bored me recently. Our local paper, the Taranaki Daily News has seemed too light, fluffy and tryhard to excite me. TVNZ news seems bubble wrapped, and I just feel slightly uncomfortable watching/reading these sources. I don’t want to become a light and fluffy journalist, reporting on community events or the latest star in town. But I suppose you start somewhere.


15 Jan

As you know, one of my new year’s resolutions was to read a number of books during the year.
It’s the 16th of January and I’ve already read two, being the final two books in “The Ellie Chronicles” trilogy, a series based after the events in “The Tomorrow Series”.

Anyway, I decided to attempt reading “The Passage”. It’s a book I brought sometime last year, and one of my good friends raved about about two years ago, plus it was on a ‘NZ Top 50 Books’ list. I had tried to read the book before but I lost interest.
I had blamed the fact I was busy dealing with other matters, moving houses and reading 3 other books at the same time.

So tonight I started on this mammoth novel again.
And failed.

It’s just not holding my attention, I get really bored by it and find myself struggling to keep focus. In the end, I retired the book to my shelf and there it shall stay until I am ready. That’s if I ever am.

So a little disappointed. My next book is by Ellen Degeneres and is just a silly book of her babble. I catch her tv show
Sometimes and it’s a great laugh. So I’ll zap though this comedic book and then hopefully launch into Mike McRoberts’ bio.

Rant over! 🙂

Empty World

14 Jan

I write this post knowing that no one is going to see it. Well, at least for awhile.
I made the decision to close my old blog, you know, the whaioraignition.wordpress.com one. If you’ve found this post and I haven’t shared the link with you, you must be clever, well done.
I’ve had that blog since I was 15, when my adventures with TVNZ, South Pacific Pictures and Shortland Street began. But like all good things, those adventures came to an end and I was out and about making my own film projects.

But I moved to Hamilton a few years later, and stopped blogging. But now that I’m back at home, feeling inspired by blogging, creative, and have something worth saying, I am here blogging once again. Because I didn’t know who my readers were anymore, and I felt a bit lost with the old blog, I decided to start fresh, so here I am!

Anyway, welcome. Thanks for wanting to read my tales and share my stories. I can’t promise they’ll be the most interesting,
but I’m going back to where the blog first began – my thoughts, adventures, no impressing others or tailing to specific people. And I love it 🙂