News Editor - Channel
Ben was born in the UK and was promptly shuffled across the universe to Auckland at a young age. He is a total geek but tries to be pretty casual about it. He was sucked into theatre in his teens, which led to a lot of time on stage, as well as writing and directing when he could. After spending four years as high-school Drama teacher, Ben decided that it was about time for him to move on and see what else the world has to offer. However, wherever he goes he will always be sure to return home to his best-friends/cats.
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Currently working as a freelance writer and content creator, Catherine has a keen interest in all areas of technology and storytelling in our digital age. Having worked with a number of businesses and people across media, education, publishing and communications, Catherine has a definite respect for common sense, great content and turning ideas into reality.
Digital Account Manager
Hubert is a South Korean born in New Zealand. He graduated from university with a Bachelor of Business degree, double majoring in Market Insights and Management. He recently completed an internship, gaining many skills and experiences at a fast-paced working environment and finding a true passion and enjoyment in marketing along the way. In his spare time, he likes to socialise with his friends, play basketball, football and listen to music.
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Jacques-Pierre (Jp) Dumas
Senior News Editor - Enterprise
Born in South Africa, Jacques-Pierre moved to New Zealand in mid-2011. He has a passion for writing, editing and generally producing newsworthy content. JP studied Media and English at the University of Auckland and during this time, he realised he has an immense passion for both the spoken and written word. In his free time, JP is an active gamer and adventurer. Some of his hobbies include parkour and freerunning as well as rock climbing. He's also an aspiring novelist and a poet with one published book to date.
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Kai Ping Lew
Editor-in-Chief & News Editor - Security
KP was raised in Malaysia and graduated with a degree in Journalism and International Business at AUT. After graduating, she did a stint in broadcast media at TVNZ before deciding to return to her true love, the written word. In her spare time, KP enjoys exploring fictional universes through books, spending time in the sun, playing volleyball, and dancing.
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Katarina was born in Slovakia. She graduated from University in Czech Republic with Bachelor of Tourism Management degree and now she is studying her Master of Economics and Management degree with specialisation in Commercial Communitation. She spent 4 months as a student in Ireland and fell in love with its nature and people she met there. She is interested in marketing area, so she was gaining skills during her studies and all the time looking for new experiences and adventures. In her free time, she loves spending time with her friends, hiking, travelling, exploring new places and playing the piano.
Head of Account Management
Lama was born and raised in Lebanon. She studied dental technology for two years and worked at an animal shelter for two years. She moved to New Zealand on New Year's of 2017 looking for opportunities to expand her knowledge and expertise. Lama is really friendly and loves to leave people smiling. She's passionate about food, art, music and fluffy animals. In her free time, she enjoys long walks and painting.
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Head of Operations
Neelam was born and raised in India. She has worked in Retail Industry for over a decade. Her last stint was for a telecom operator, Bharti Airtel in India. After which she has moved to Auckland and has completed her Business administration Degree from AIS. Neelam loves talking and has a contagious smile. You will always have a good laugh when you are around her! She likes to explore nature's Scenic beauty & trying different delicacies!
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Senior News Editor
Sara lives in a world of words and stories. She brings an academic background in information systems, marketing, radio, and journalism to her role. For the last three years she has been delving deep into the rich world of tech news and reviews for Techday. After more than a year as a dedicated security editor, she's now back to writing for Techday's entire network of sites. She enjoys concert photography, casual gaming, cats, and reading.
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Having started his career at Renaissance in Auckland, Sean joined Apple in Melbourne for a number of years before working in the media space. This started with Review Publishing and later the tech publisher IDG Communications in Auckland. In 2006 he was involved in the launch of The Channel magazine. As they say – the rest is history.
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Shannon is a freelance editor and writer. As a professional content creator over the last ten years, Shannon has worked across many industries including tech, business and travel, in a variety of mediums including media, publishing, communications and social media. She has a knack for finding the right voice for her audience and relishes the opportunity to tell stories.
A freelance writer born and bred in Auckland, Damian has been contributing for Techday since 2009 and is always available whenever a video game needs to be reviewed. Aside from being a big gamer, he is also one of New Zealand's biggest professional wrestling fans. Damian likes Star Wars, comic book movies and Metallica.
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Technology Writer – Australia
Darren 'VicBStard' Price has been playing video-games for nearly 30 years and writing about them for the last six. Darren hates sport, but loves sports video games - which he puts down to a mixture of being annoyingly contrary and extremely lazy. While he is completely tone deaf, he considers Rock Band and Guitar Hero to be his guilty pleasures. A geek from way back, Darren builds his own computers, collects comic books, owns several lightsabers and is a sucker for video-gaming merchandise. Since 2012 he has lived in Sydney where he writes reviews and reports back on the local gaming scene.
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Reviewer / Contributor
Greig started life as a bobby on the beat in London, yet couldn't keep the anarchist geek locked away, ending with him being incarcerated in a lengthy stint as a technology innovator and implementer for the Police. Once he moved to New Zealand, Greig started working his way into the Auckland technology industry. A lover of shiny things, he can usually be found installing some new piece of tech into his house, car, or brain. Greig loves spreading the word of innovation (and guides of how to break terms and conditions). As a resident of Waiheke, he's a lover of live music, getting his hands dirty, and fine wine and whiskey.
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Owen McCarthy has had a long love affair with all things technical since the dawn of the computer age. He vividly remembers when he first heard the Enterprise computer say, “Affirmative,” in the 1960’s. By the mid-1980’s Owen was learning how to code using C and he was coding in HTML by the turn of the century. After a teaching career as an ICT specialist, Owen has been pestering editors for new technology to review on an annoyingly regular basis. In his spare time, he likes British Triumph motorcycles, downloading new Linux distros and chatting to Siri. He lists his chief loves as his wife, new technology and visiting the TechDay offices.