Words: The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities

This short piece on Christchurch-based Gap Filler founders Coralie Winn, Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Just appeared in the Urban Heroes section of The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities, a book published in 2018.

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Words: Small House Design, Home Magazine

Small yet robust.

Mitchell Coll designed two compact homes to fit on a 300-square-metre site in Christchurch. The design was inspired by his time spend in backcountry huts in New Zealand. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mitchell for Home Magazine.

Read the story here.

Words: Gran's Place, North & South

My partner Joe and I met Noeline Sincock through a friend during a holiday in the Marlborough Sounds. The 86-year-old had a good story to tell. Joe shot some photos and our story appeared in North and South.

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Audio-Visual Slideshow: The Meter Reader and the Photographer

Derek Smith has been a meter reader in New Zealand for more than 30 years. He deliberately chose this job so he could pursue his vocation as a social documentary-style photographer. You can hear Derek explain his career choice, and check out his striking and clever images here.

Words: At Peace on the Edge, Your Weekend

My good friend George Staite died in a BASE jumping accident in Italy in 2012.

Two years later, I pieced together the years, months, days and minutes leading up to his final jump, with the help of his friends, BASE jumping peers and his dear mother Nancy.

Read the story here.

Radio: The medical advisers who bring Shortland Street’s hospitals to life, Monocle 24

I visited the set of New Zealand medical drama Shortland Street to meet a nurse who advises actors on how to treat their fictional patients - a job that involves fake blood, pretend CPR and a fair amount of pig skin.

I also spoke with actors Sam Bunkall and Sally Martin.

The interviews aired on London-based show Monocle 24’s weekly Culture show, which you can hear here.

Words: Thirty Odd People, Wilderness Magazine

Arthur’s Pass is home to just 30 people but together they maintain an active volunteer fire brigade, search and rescue unit and a wildlife trust that maintains hundreds of stoat traps to protect kiwi, whio and other native birds.

What’s it like living in a small community in the middle of the mountains? I asked some locals.

The story appeared in the April issue of Wilderness Magazine; read it here.

Words: Aoraki's holy mountain, Wilderness Magazine

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Mt Wakefield in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park is ‘not your average mountain’, according to members of a worldwide spiritual organisation.

Remaining skeptical, I joined the Aetherius Society on a mountain pilgrimage.

The story was published in the May issue of Wilderness Magazine; see a PDF here.