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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.