I was born in Auckland but, after 33 years living around the wider Eastland district, call Gisborne my home. I drew on over 12 years in journalism and a degree in English to establish GEMS Communications in early 1997. I was a reporter for The Opotiki News for two years before becoming sub-editor and senior journalist at The Gisborne Herald for 10. I have specialised in meeting the communications needs of a variety of clients ranging from Gisborne District Council and Te Runanga o Ngati Porou to the Ministry of Fisheries and the Seafood Industry Council.
My business includes providing proofing and editing services, report writing workshops, communications strategies, company profiles, consultation documents, annual reports, newsletters, reports and policy documents, media releases, brochures, websites and magazine articles. Writing local history is an add-on to this.
Publications and Research
Isolated Lines, a history of the Poverty Bay Electric Power Board and Eastland Energy Ltd, Te Rau Print, 1998;
Historic Journeys, East Coast Driving Tours, Te Rau Print, 2000; updated and reprinted 2019
Making a Killing, a history of the Gisborne-East Coast freezing works, Te Rau Print, 2004;
Small City, Big Heart, built heritage of Gisborne’s commercial district, Te Rau Print, 2006;
A Splendid Isolation, Gisborne-East Coast 1950-2012, PrintLink, 2012;
Flying Moas: Gisborne arts collective 1986-1995, Te Rau Print, 2017;
Wainui Surf Life Saving Club: the first 80 years 1937-2017, Te Rau Print, 2017
Editing and design for:
Pakarae, An Historical Report, by Stan Pardoe, Te Rau Print, 2019
Arai Matawai, An Historical Report, by Stan Pardoe, Te Rau Print, 2019
Tragedy and heroism at Kopuawhara, by Gillian Ward, Te Rau Print 2019
Taku Ao, Taku Ora My world, My Life, by Stanley Pardoe, Te Rau Print, 2020
PHANZA Joining Date 2005