Skills and qualifications

Skillset

I have strong skills in:

  • Journalism
  • Copywriting
  • Technical writing
  • Creative writing
  • Digital photography
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Indesign and Photoshop)
  • Basic graphic design
  • Use of content management systems including basic knowledge of HTML.

I was a fast adopter of the major social media platforms and gained a strong early grounding from professional development events such as Social Media Junction (2010), Nethui (2011-2013) and Webstock (2013). I have strong skills and track record in effectively deploying social media content on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram and managing social media channels.

I am also well versed in all aspects of using the Microsoft 365 suite and in use of online conferencing and messaging platforms (Zoom, Teamchat, Slack etc). In March 2022 I was a voluntary moderator for the online conference Te Tiriti Based Futures.

Higher education qualifications 

  • Master of New Zealand Studies (with Merit) at Victoria University of Wellington, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts (Politics major) at Victoria University, 1996 
  • Certificate of Adult Teaching at Central Institute of Technology, 1993 
  • Certificate of NZ Library Studies at Wellington College of Education, 1990 
  • Certificate of Journalism at Wellington Polytechnic, 1982 

Additional papers completed at Victoria University

  • Information Design Practice, 2018
  • Poetry at the International Institute of Modern Letters, 2001
  • Research Methods & User Studies, 1996

Continuing education courses completed in:

  • Te Reo Māori – Beginners level
  • Italian – Beginners level
  • Photography
  • Mixed Media and Collage
  • Media training