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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
Born in Wellington, Daley started her career in the customer service industry and now has over 10+ years of experience. Throughout her journey, she also has a passion for volunteering for local community groups mentoring youth in the south Auckland region. Outside of that, she flourishes in creative outlets, and you'll most likely find her engaging in photography and videography or playing an instrument.
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.
Consumer & Gaming Writer - Australia
Darren 'VicBStard' Price has been playing video-games for nearly 40 years and writing about them for the last ten. 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.
Gaurav is a news media entrepreneur who advocates journalism for diversity. A mechanical engineer by training, he has worked extensively in New Zealand, Singapore and India; and has launched two multicultural newspapers in New Zealand - Multicultural Times and The Migrant Times. These days, he also looks after outreach and partnerships at a New Zealand tech start-up, Talk With Me, which is a fully customisable app to build social skills in autism.
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.
Jacques-Pierre (JP) Dumas
With a background in media, JP is the definition of a tech nerd. After a stint as a journo, he's moved on to marketing but in his spare time, he still loves deep-diving into the best of tech, games, and films. You can chat to JP about anything from the latest console releases to supercomputer teraFLOPs and he'll be sure to have an opinion.
Head of Account Management
Lama was born and raised in Lebanon. They studied dental technology for two years and worked at an animal shelter for two years. They moved to New Zealand in 2016 looking for opportunities to expand their knowledge and expertise. Lama is passionate about food, art, music, fluffy animals and new tech. In their free time, they enjoy playing video games and reading comic books.
Mitchell has a passion for people and communication. With experience in film, journalism and sales, he brings a vibrant sense of wonder and personality to his work, with clear attention to detail and a strong personal focus. When not writing, Mitchell can be found singing in his choir or spending his nights on the football pitch.
Nadine is born in South Africa and moved to New Zealand when she was 6 years old. Her passion and background has been within the copywriting/marketing and communications field, inspired to become a great writer/storyteller. Nadine has bubbly,outgoing personality and love to build relationships. Her hobbies are writing, arts and crafts.
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!
Digital Account Manager
Having studied Mandarin at the university in 2005, Nia moved to Guangzhou, a city in southern China and spent 13 wonderful years there in pursuit of understanding local people and their culture and making new connections. Nia came to New Zealand in 2018 to fulfil her long life dream - graduate from a foreign college. Having done that, she stayed in the country to explore the beautiful nature and make even more friends in this part of the world. In her free time, Nia loves reading books, watching movies and discovering interesting podcasts.
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.
Born in France, Quentin is a student in Business and Technology. He loves working, helping people and making them happy. He chose New Zealand to do his internship because it is a country that breathes life, energy and adventure. Quentin is passionate about sport, good food, cinema and people who speak several languages.
Romane is born in France and is a student at ESTA, the school of business and technology. She finds it very interesting to learn about new businesses. Romane loves to travel, discover new cultures and enjoy meeting people. She loves food and sports and has done rhythmic gymnastics for a long time!
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.
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.
Originally from the Isle of Man, Tom has been living in New Zealand for two years and has been contributing for Techday for most of that time. He loves sport, tech and cars. In his spare time, you’ll either find him on the golf course, playing football or test-driving a new car.
Valentin is a French student in business and technology, and he is going to be in New Zealand for five months for his Internship. He chose New Zealand because it is a country he has dreamt of discovering since he was a child. He is passionate about travel, cinema, cars and sports (in particular gym, judo and football). Valentin likes to meet new people and is interested in knowing about different cultures.
Zach has experience with filmmaking, magazine writing, and a curiosity about the world and the stories of the people around him. Having lived in Auckland his whole life, he is accustomed to the city life, but likes to get away to Whangarei to visit family when he can. Zach loves to create and when he is not in the office, he is usually drawing, writing fiction stories, or watching a movie.