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Ashton Young
Senior News Editor - Data Centres
Embracing a passion for inventive ideas and the written word, Ashton graduated from AUT University with a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in creative advertising. After 18 months working as a copywriter, he went for a change of scene with content marketing and is now a news editor. Ashton reserves a fond spot for really fast motorcycles, really loud music and really fine dining.
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+64 9 973 1868
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ashton@techday.com
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Austen Hammon
Marketing Intern
Austen was born and raised in Portland, Oregon of the United States. He has attended the University of Oregon for the last four years, furthermore earning his Bachelors degree in Advertising from the School of Journalism and Communication. Upon graduating he chose to come to New Zealand for an internship for the work experience as well as being able to explore another part of the world. From his internship, he is hoping to gain more knowledge about the technology market as well as experience the relationships made with clients and how that can positively impact the growth of a company. In his free time he loves to be active, some of his choice activities include basketball, football, hiking, wakeboarding, and working out. When he's not being active he enjoys travelling, photography, shooting/editing video, listening to music and hanging out with friends.
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austen@techday.com
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Ben Moore
News Editor - Channel
Ben was born in the UK and was promptly shuffled across the universe to Auckland at a young age. He is a total geek but tries to be pretty casual about it. He was sucked into theatre in his teens, which led to a lot of time on stage, as well as writing and directing when he could. After spending four years as high-school Drama teacher, Ben decided that it was about time for him to move on and see what else the world has to offer. However, wherever he goes he will always be sure to return home to his best-friends/cats.
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+61 2 9133 8779
+64 9 973 5964
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benm@techday.com
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Jacques-Pierre (JP) Dumas
Senior News Editor - Enterprise
Born in South Africa, Jacques-Pierre moved to New Zealand in mid-2011. He has a passion for writing, editing and generally producing newsworthy content. JP studied Media and English at the University of Auckland and during this time, he realised he has an immense passion for both the spoken and written word. In his free time, JP is an active gamer and adventurer. Some of his hobbies include parkour and freerunning as well as rock climbing. He's also an aspiring novelist and a poet with one published book to date.
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+64 9 973 5956
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jp@techday.com
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Lama Farhat
Head of Account Management
Lama was born and raised in Lebanon. She studied dental technology for two years and worked at an animal shelter for two years. She moved to New Zealand on New Year's of 2017 looking for opportunities to expand her knowledge and expertise. Lama is really friendly and loves to leave people smiling. She's passionate about food, art, music and fluffy animals. In her free time, she enjoys long walks and painting.
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+61 2 9042 2880
+64 9 973 5968
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lama@techday.com
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Lew Kai Ping
Editor-in-Chief & News Editor - Security
KP was raised in Malaysia and graduated with a degree in Journalism and International Business at AUT. After graduating, she did a stint in broadcast media at TVNZ before deciding to return to her true love, the written word. In her spare time, KP enjoys exploring fictional universes through books, spending time in the sun, playing volleyball, and dancing.
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+61 2 9133 8758
+64 9 973 1868
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kp@techday.com
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Neelam Cheema
Customer Acquisition Coordinator
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!
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+64 9 973 5585
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info@techday.com
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Sara Barker
Senior News Editor
Sara lives and breathes the written word. She brings an academic background in information systems, marketing, radio, and journalism to her role. For the last two and a half years she has been delving deep into the rich world of tech news and reviews. After more than a year as a dedicated security editor, she's now back to writing for Techday's entire network of sites. She enjoys concert photography, casual gaming, cats, documenting inane things, and reading.
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+64 9 973 5154
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sarab@techday.com
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Sean Mitchell
Publisher
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.
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+64 9 973 5960
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seanm@techday.com
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Valentin Sadoine
Marketing Intern
Valentin was born in France and will be New Zealand until end January next year. He is here to do an internship following his business engineering studies. He loves skiing and playing basketball in his free time. When he's not doing sports, he likes to listen to music and explore new places, challenging himself and testing his skills in extreme conditions to see where it can take him. He is also passionate about travelling and discovering new cultures.
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valentin@techday.com
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Damian Seeto
Gaming Contributor
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.
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+64 9 620 9671
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damians@techday.com
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Darren Price
Technology Writer – Australia
Darren 'VicBStard' Price has been playing video-games for nearly 30 years and writing about them for the last six. 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.
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+61 4 1378 9269
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darrenp@techday.com
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Greig Strafford
Reviewer / Contributor
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.
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+64 22 475 8650
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greigs@techday.com
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Owen McCarthy
Reviewer
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.
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owen@techday.com