I started working in the film industry as a production manager and second assistant director before making my directorial debut on backch@t (Gibson Group Ltd) in 1997. In 2000 I began reporting and presenting for the award-winning rural report programme, No.8 Wired. I was runner-up for the BNZ Rongo Award, Excellence in Agricultural Journalism for my storyRural Nurse. In 2004 I joined Gibson Group's Frontseat and directed the television documentary Behind the Scenes at the Lexus: SongQuest 2005. Over the past ten years I have produced and directed video content as EJR Productions. In 2017, I directed and edited 13 x 1 minute videos for the new Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre. View the compilation video here.
I also had a great time taking production photos and making the trailer forI Am Not Margaret Mahy, a one-woman show adapted and performed by Jane Waddell. It premiered at Bats Theatre, May 2018.
In February 2019 I will be exhibiting my photographs at Thistle Hall(Cuba Street, Wellington). The exhibition, All Good Things, runs from Feb 18 - 24 and includes work by fabric artist Michele Irvingand ceramist Stephanie Hall.
I studied acting at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, photography at Photofusion Photography Centre, London and creative writing at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters in Wellington. My writing and photography is published in print and inonline journals. My story Milk and accompanying photograph Cake was published in Café Reader, vol 16, summer 2017. I have photographic cards for sale in Wellington, Waitarere Beach, Tokanui and in the Wairarapa. See emmacards.weebly.com