“There is nothing better in life than commitment to personal development and lifelong learning.”

 Lailah Gifty Akita

Thanks for visiting. This is a personal non-work blog in my own name. I started this as a creative outlet during Melbourne’s Lockdown, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic…sparked by the novel coronavirus SARSCoV2.

At the end of the day, this blog is about making sense of this unprecedented experience and learning and growing from it. I’m a big believer in lifelong learning although I did not expect that the teacher, in this instance, would be a global pandemic, the likes of which we’ve never seen before.

Copyright

I shouldn’t have to say this, but experience suggests otherwise. Please respect the copyright of content published here. All writing, unless otherwise attributed, is original and by my own pen. Photos are either my own, or licensed images, or available under a creative commons non-commercial license. If you wish to re-use content, please put your request is in writing, with acknowledgement that proper attribution will be included in the republishing, and a link back to this website.

Please note that any family images I may use here, including the non-identifying image of a family’s ‘feet’ standing on the shoreline of a beach, are family photos and are not available for use.

Qualification

I hold a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, journalism major (Auckland University of Technology, NZ, 2001). My degree study programme included digital technology and multimedia papers, as well as public affairs, television and radio journalism and writing papers. Other than my degree study, I’ve also done professional courses in coding apps for mobile and a crash course in data science.

Writing Interests

I have been writing professionally off and on for the last 20 years. My first piece of paid writing was in 1996 – 1998 for HarperCollins New Zealand, a chapter on Cultural Perspectives for a book on maternal health. From 1998 to 2000, I juggled freelance writing as a columnist for the New Zealand Herald, the country’s largest daily newspaper, whilst full-time studying at university.

After graduating from university, I was one of two graduates from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) selected in 2001 by TVNZ to join its graduate programme. I have worked in producing roles on breakfast radio and TV news, and I’ve also worked as radio news editor for Pacific news.

As a writer and former journalist, I’ve covered lots of different topics. Women, health, wars, massacres, natural disasters, education and politics have been staples of the day. Later, science and medicine and environmental issues including climate change in the Asia – Pacific region. Working in health sector communications, particularly in emergency response in communicable disease outbreaks, exposed me to the world of science and medicine. That started in 2004. I love helping to demystify the world of science and medicine to non scientific and medical communities.

Multimedia – Digital Tech

Multimedia and digital technology remain one of my key personal interests since my degree study. It coincided with the start of the Internet revolution and the social media revolution.

This site, which I’ve built, helps me keep my web tech skills up to date as well as provide a creative outlet for the communicator and writer behind the site. Changes happen fast with web and digital development.

If you experience any IT tech issues when you’re viewing this site, please let me know. So I can address it. I love solving a problem.

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Stay Safe. Take Care.

“Learn as if you might live forever and you’ll live as if you might die tomorrow.”

sTEVE GOODIER

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