Begin Again

It seems like an appropriate title- I found another blog of mine that I never actually published, so now seems like the right time to start again.

I didn’t mean to casually chuck a little Taylor Swift in that title, but I did. Sorry. Or not sorry.

Where do I start?

I am TWO days away from graduating!

TWO! It feels a lot weird. That this is it. I will no longer be a ‘student’ and will be fully-fledged and thrown into the outside world. Dun dun duun.

It’s super exciting. And nerve-wracking. At the moment my concerns are will my dress be too long to walk in? Will I trip up the stairs? I’m sure if it happens, I will let you know.

I do feel very nostalgic, thinking the first time I came to uni, my Rip Curl backpack (note to self: don’t do backpacks), my 2012 PHS Leavers Jersey worn with pride (currently sitting at the top of my wardrobe… since about October 2012), and that excitement of a new challenge, new goals and following a dream.

Now that dream is about to become a reality. Or the graduating part of it anyway.

I’m sure a proper reflection on my three years at Uni is due, and 10pm at night is not really the time to be doing it, (my bed is calling).

University years have been some of the best years I’ve ever had. I’ve only had 21, so semi-limited, but there are memories I will never ever forget, and people I hope to continue to do life with.

But while I’m waiting to see the Journalism class of 2k15 I’ll be persuading my parents to make me a lolly lei.

Muliticolors of Candy Kukui Nut Leis


Map- Data Journalism

In the last few days I have been stressing over my final university assignment. Ever.

So between feeling nostalgic and stressed, it has been an interesting last few weeks.

I’ve added a link to the map that I did as part of my data journalism assignment. Handing in a hard copy doesn’t show the pop up boxes as you scroll, so at least this way, you are able to see the statistics.

The map about the gender pay divide- looking at statistics from the Global Economic Forum.

It shows the top 30 countries/ economies who are closest to achieving gender equality. Yay.

The key is 1= equality and 0= inequality. The top few countries are ranging about an 0.88… so not too bad, but still a little off the mark.

Here’s the link to the map:

And here’s the link to the data:

Assignment 3: Reflection

Going into assignment three I felt a lot more confident about what I was able to do.

This assignment I was the reporter. I did background research into the Rainbow Warrior and about Martini Gotje to make sure that the questions I would ask him were relevant and interesting.

Miriam and I got to travel to Waiheke Island which we thought was really awesome- a nice change from interviewing in the city!

We got along really well with Margaret Mills (Interview #2) and her husband Trevor. They invited us into their home for lunch, which was lovely, but also took up a lot of time! Next time I would probably be a bit more forward so that we could get more time to interview and film more shots.

I recorded the voice overs for the bulletin, but unfortunately when Miriam went to edit it on the weekend, they weren’t saved, so she had to redo them .

We worked on the editing together, and Miriam finished it off on the weekend and uploaded it to youtube.

One thing I found difficult was when we thought we had finished our assignment (completed the rough-cut), but we had to change it all to focus around one question. This was because the angle we took was different to our outlined angle. Martini wasn’t so keen to visit the radio station where he has his show, so we did not get any footage of that.

Looking back, we could have got more cut away shots, but this was only an issue when we had to change the angle of our story.

What was good though was we were able to interview Martini in a very beautiful place on top of a hill on Waiheke- it had gorgeous views of the ocean, so it was nice to have aesthetic shots.

Martini Gotje was also very good talent- just with his rugged look. He was great to interview, and talking to him before hand (over lunch) allowed me to understand his Dutch accent.

This assignment taught me that it is important to get to know your sources and take time to know them. I learnt a lot about their lives and their passion for Greenpeace and the Rainbow Warrior.

I really enjoyed working with Miriam, we were a good team, and were able to bounce ideas off each other- especially when we were editing.

Next time, I would make sure that we got more shots of things, like cutaways of the radio tools. I would probably also stick with the theme that came out most in the interview.
Watch it here:

Reflection: Assignment One

My roles in Assignment One: I filmed most of the footage- all of the interview footage, and several extra shots. I also did a lot of editing. While Jess and I helped to edit the piece together, on Thursday, I grasped a better knowledge of the program, so she worked on the script, while I edited.

This assignment was a challenge, but a good one. Right from the start, I had a few issues with my pitch- it was too much of a PR story. However after I talked to the person I wanted to interview, I was able to see a different angle, one that focused less on the ‘event’, and more on his personal story.

In the end, that interview fell through because he was performing in Tauranga, and wasn’t back in time to film.

We decided to go with Jess’s idea of Public Transport issues- because this has the news values of timeliness, relevance and continuity. It always seems like something is wrong with public transport.

When it came to filming, we were very lucky. It had been raining a few hours before we filmed, but the sun came out, just for us.

Personally, I felt a little under prepared for the filming aspect of this interview. I am a visual person, so I need to see what I have to film. In the next assessment, I will make a story board of all the shots that we need, so that when it comes to the editing process it is a lot easier.

I filmed this interview, while Jess was the reporter.

We filmed some cutaways first, with several shots of buses, and transport in Auckland city. We were able to get some good shots of people hopping off the buses.

The interview was good. Claudine was very natural and spoke quite well. One mistake we did make however, was not using the lapel mics. This would have boosted the sound for our interview and made it clearer to understand.

When it came to editing, we did a crash course in refreshing ourselves with the programme! We realised that we did not have a lot of shots, so this was a bit disappointing as it meant several of the shots and cuts were quite repetitive.

Not having enough shots (and a big enough range of shots) was probably the biggest issue in this assignment, but I think we did really well with what we had. I definitely have things that I would do differently next time- simply because I am now reminded in what is involved in the interviewing and editing process.

I am happy with how we handled the pressures involved in this assignment (this was mostly dealing with temperamental computers and semi-foreign computer programmes). Personally, I am pleased with how I was able to use Premier Pro CC again.

While I feel like the assignment is not near perfect, I am happy with what we produced and feel a lot more confident about what can be produced in the next assignment.

The Boys Are Back


Caption: The original building from 1930 is now needing desperate repair.

St Stephen’s boarding school for boys’, is looking to reopen its doors after being closed for over a decade.

Te Mano o Tipene, or the St Stephen’s Old Boys’ Association, have been discussing plans to reopen the school after it was closed in the year 2000, due to high debts, poor achievement and chronic bullying.

Secretary of the old boys’ association, Dean Kidd says “we don’t want to open the school simply because we’re all old boys’, but that is a driving factor.”

A submission has been put forward to the Ministry of Education, in which they aim to have the school open by February 2016. However, the site of the school in Bombay has suffered greatly after its closure 13 years ago, being the target of vandals, as well as being used by the police, fire services and the army, in training exercises in which the empty buildings were used to practice urban warfare. This has resulted in the deterioration and rapid dilapidation of the old structures.

For this reason, there is some trepidation as to whether the school will be opened at the Bombay site, or at an alternative site which is owned by the St Stephen’s and Queen Victoria School’s Trust Board.

Mr Kidd says “Ideally the Bombay site is preferred, but it is up to engineering experts to decide, because of the state of the buildings”. There is another option if the buildings are semi salvageable, to keep the front and rebuild the back ends, keeping the beautiful and iconic structures.

As the assets are owned by the Board whose views are Anglican, the school will retain it’s religious values. But the old boy’s association is looking for other partners too, with the likes of computer companies, Apple and Microsoft.

With this potential support, they wish to offer alternative educational opportunities, which will follow the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) system, but will be different to the structure of public schools, described by Mr Kidd as being, “totally different, fun and cool,” with the emphasis centered on each student being responsible for their own learning.

Mr Kidd said that St Stephen’s will be completely different to every other Maori Boys’ school in New Zealand, being more innovative, and a place where people of all races will want to send their boys.

Originally opening in 1844, and moving to the Bombay site in 1930, St Stephen’s is one of the oldest schools in New Zealand, boasting an impressive and loyal history. The plaque mounted high on the office building of the school states that it is ‘a school for religious education, industrial training and instruction in the English language for the children of both races in New Zealand and the islands of the Pacific.’

In past years, students have come from all over the country. With the reopening, it is expected that this will not change.

Mr Kidd says there is still more to be planned before the grand opening, with policies to be passed, teachers and staff to be chosen and students to be recruited.

There will be high emphasis on academic study, as well as sport. St Stephen’s is proud of its past rugby achievements, in which they dominated New Zealand secondary schools rugby for over 70 years.

The school has also helped shape the lives of prominent Maori men, such as Shane Jones and Hone Harawira, who remember the camaraderie that they had at the school.

Mr Kidd says, “St Stephen’s has been a pillar in many people’s lives, and we would love to see it opened to the community again.”


Caption: Outer building showing signs of the aftermath of army training

More photos

Decided to post some more photos. If you haven’t seen this post, then click it to see some more pictures of St Stephen’s. And if you haven’t looked at this video, from an Ex-Student of the school, then that too has some awesome clips of the school, as well as some history. 

But for now, enjoy these photos! 











These photos show that this site contains many beautiful and iconic buildings that have unfortunately not been looked after well enough and so over time they have been deteriorating, resulting in broken windows, broken gutters and general dilapidation. 

If the school were to reopen, the committee want to keep the iconic buildings, as you would think, but will it be too much work, and too much money to repair?