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…
The Lost Spring is returning magic to the lives of many and we are driven by a commitment to excellencewww.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.
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.
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).
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