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. Also for Gibson Group, I joined Frontseat as a presenterthen directed the documentary Behind the Scenes at the Lexus: SongQuest 2005. Over the past fifteen 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.
It was fun to return to the theatre 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.
I recently completed work on new audiovisual content for E Tu Whanau. These videos feature interviews recorded at Waiwhetu Marae in Lower Hutt and at the PALMS/Rangtahi hui held in Rotorua, July 2019. 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 publishedin printand inonline journals. I have photographic cards for sale in Wellington, Waitarere Beach, Tokanui and in the Wairarapa. See emmacards.