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…makes you think

For whatever reason, this article grabbed my attention and made me think. The beautifully academic and verbose language of the article surprisingly delivered a powerful message. A few days later, Ayana posted a Listener comment to CFM’s blog page…which made me want to share both.


Despite strong instincts to preserve the past, historian Dr Felicity Barnes explains why she won’t be sad to see monuments to our colonial legacy removed 

Dr Felicity Barnes is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Auckland
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astrophotography with hakan nedjat

On CFM recently, I spoke with local Coromandel Photographer, Hakan Nedjat about his Astrophotography. I originally discovered Hakan’s work on the Whiti ChitChat facebook group in early 2019. Upon looking into his work, I discovered Hakan is a Sony Digital Imaging Advocate – shooting with the Sony A7 series of cameras, which I was introduced to a few years ago by Cinematographer – Dr Daniel Maddock, endorsing its extraordinary low light ability. I have watched with interest Hakan’s work on the socials, so finally my curiosity got to the stage where I needed to have a chat to him and learn more… Keep Reading

it’s been a while

As an administrator in my day job, and a voice actor in the other part of my professional life; the opportunities to get back to my old days of radio imaging production have been fairly rare. So whilst taking a couple of days leave, I was inspired to give a little freshen up to some Request promos. Apparently, I’m not too bad at it after all this time.


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it’s about local

During the Covid-19 lockdown April 2020, I was asked to work on a series of radio promotional spots, pushing local. There were a number of scripts in the series, some got to air, some didn’t. As this particular script came together, I could really hear in my head how I wanted it to sound more than the others – and was glad when the client let me be the voice actor. Keep Reading

vegan ice-cream cakes

ingredients:

  • 350 gram Raw cashews
  • 1 tbs Coconut Oil
  • 20 mil Vanilla paste/essence or variation
  • 80 mil Maple syrup
  • 1 tbs Mesquite powder (alternative less flavour impact – Lucuma Powder)
  • 400 mil MYLK (nut/rice/coconut milk blend – quite creamy)

method: blend/grind cashews as fine as possible – set aside. add coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup, mesquite and some MYLK, start blending gently.  continue to add MYLK and blending until all liquid has been added.  blend until smooth.  pour into silicon form.

alternative: when making Mango version:  a cup of mango and 300 mil MYLK.  ie:  reduce liquid to match fruit/flavour addition.

alan hopping

The Lost Spring is returning magic to the lives of many and we are driven by a commitment to excellence

www.thelostspring.co.nz

Following 50th birthday celebrations, I was fortunate enough to spend a few weeks working on air for Coromandel’s CFM. This was a wonderful opportunity to make some new stories and share them. My dear friend, Alan Hopping – is a passionate man who cares about our future, and who is going to be leading New Zealand in the future. Alan’s passion is infectious, hence my compulsion to share the story of the Ambassador Leadership Foundation. Alan Hopping is the creator and founder of The Lost Spring, Whitianga… one of my favourite places in the world.

Lost Spring
Alan and Jason chat about Ambassador Leadership Foundation on the Coromandel’s CFM

The story of The Lost Spring and Alan’s relentless pursuit of his dream of re-discovering the once-lost water source is a history that we cherish. Our heritage is woven into the fabric of The Lost Spring and makes it all the more rewarding for us to share this magical place with visitors. Alan now runs The Lost Spring alongside his daughter, Alanna, who grew up in Whitianga. 

 

te-whanganui-a-Hei

I decided to give the low light ability of the iPhone 11Pro a trial run. ~wedged in the sand – a 30sec shot of the full moon rise over Mercury Bay

the 309 road



The photo is a bit of a private joke; mainly within my own head… but that’s why it holds such a special place in my NZ story.

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the return…

After commencing my involvement with the CFM in January 2019. (different blog post)

John & Lynda invited me to discover Whitianga, New Zealand for my first time… and to fill in for Casey (Production & Onair) while she went on holidays. I was also tasked with setting up some Production processes and mentoring Casey in her role of Commercial Producer.
I arranged for two weeks leave from the day job; flying out of Toowoomba via Syndey to Auckland, Thursday June 6, 2019 – returning Wednesday 19 June. Thursday 20th; back to USQ as Acting Associate Director, Media Design & Development.
The following blog post was written for family in aussie (lacking detail). Keep Reading

the branding

I don’t really understand this one; but the branding started in a simple email like this…

Hey Ed,
The story is, I’ve been doing some work remotely, into a place in New Zealand called Whitianga.
Te Whitianga o Kupe – meaning Kupe’s crossing place… Kupe being a great Polynesian navigator… i was thinking ocean-fish-canoe …all having Polynesian and Māori symbols…see what you can come up with.

’twas a typically bleak Melbourne morning when I received an interpretation of a place I had never been to… carved upon my skin by a Polynesian artist I truely respect.

May 9, 2019
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