Creative Writing full-term semester paper, Creative Writing, B+ @
Auckland University of Technology
I'm on a mission to make people's lives better! I do it through writing and being as colorful and authentic as I can be both on and offline.
I've had 20+ years working in media and communications, gained a Master of Philosophy degree with first class honours in 2012, and was Accredited in Public Relations in 2006.
I'm on a mission to make people's lives better! I do it through writing and being as colorful and authentic as I can be both on and offline.
I've had 20+ years working in media and communications, gained a Master of Philosophy degree with first class honours in 2012, and was Accredited in Public Relations in 2006. I also have qualifications in reflexology, massage therapy and Reiki III. I’ve written a novel (unpublished) and am currently writing a non-fiction book. And I'm addicted to Les Mills BODYJAM.
I also recruit bloggers for bloggersclub.com so please express interest to me: [email protected]
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Head Girl @ Writing, editing and curating content for nzgirl.co.nz; community management of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram; three-weekly newsletters and Hot Five, creating and running comps, and generally having a whole lot of fun and celebrating every aspect of being amazing, dynamic, youthful women!! I also recruit bloggers for bloggersclub.com... feel free to email me: [email protected] to express interest! From September 2014 to Present (1 year 4 months) Auckland, New ZealandOnline Editor and Community Manager @ I research and write about social media to enable small business to use the Internet better. See and read more here: http://aboutus.co.nz/who-is-belinda-nash/. Or go straight to the hothouse here: http://aboutus.co.nz/ and our Newsroom here: http://aboutus.co.nz/newsroom. From August 2013 to Present (2 years 5 months) Auckland, New ZealandFreelance Copywriter @ Tasks include: edit web copy, write and advise on media releases and media relations for mHealth apps now available in the Apple Store: Asthma 360°, The Phobic Trust Mood Diary and Asthma Oz. Liaise with VADR CEO, Ministry of Social Development and The Phobic Trust. From March 2013 to Present (2 years 10 months) Auckland, New ZealandBlogger @ I blog to let the creativity within me unfold in curious ways. My first love is writing (as are my second, third, forth and fifth...). I like to write, so write I do. Pop by some time and enjoy the fruits of my labour: http://iheartprocrastination.com. You're very welcome! From March 2012 to Present (3 years 10 months) Photo blogger @ I see the world through various lenses. It's not about quality, it's about point of view. And I have one. It's here: http://belindanash.wordpress.com From my eyes, to yours... Enjoy! From February 2012 to Present (3 years 11 months) Freelance writer, PR and events manager @ Project, freelance and contract work in writing, sub-editing, blogging, events management, radio, PR and advisory. This is paid work also including voluntary and charitable projects. From January 1993 to Present (23 years) Head of Social Media @ This commenced as a part time position, growing into its current full time position. Tasks include: Social Media training for CEOs, businesses and individuals from 101 through, finding purpose in social media, digital crisis and issues communication and customer device through to creating a blog calendar and writing your first blog. Other tasks include social media and digital content creation for About Us and #thebigupgrade newsfeed, online community management in Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Groups, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine, Wordpress, Path, Cinemagram, Circle and Google+; digital projects; and recruit web developer and writing superstars to join the team. From August 2013 to September 2014 (1 year 2 months) Auckland, New ZealandNon-executive director @ I was appointed to the Global Kea New Zealand Board of Directors as non-excutive member with strengths in digital technology and social media. This is a tenured position. I am enthusiastic for all things Kiwi, both locally and globally. I am a keen ambassador for our borderless nation of 4 million Kiwis and want to see all New Zealanders succeed (including the wonderful people who adopt New Zealand as their home either temporarily or permanently). I believe the more connected we are in both digital and real life, the better it will be for all the planet's populations. Proud to be Kiwi! From September 2013 to August 2014 (1 year) Auckland, New ZealandCouncil Member @ Advocate for peace and grow, challenge and support the actions and activities of the New Zealand Peace Foundation.
I believe that by every action and inaction we each contribute to a thriving or dying planet. It can be as simple as every person on the planet waking up tomorrow and taking full responsibility for themselves. Tiny acts like stopping to up rubbish on a walk to work, of giving money to people who are without and of sharing time to communities that need it add up to a successful planet. And we all have a share in that.
My story is a lucky one. I had the great fortune to be adopted ten days after I was born into an extraordinary family with four children and two incredible guiding forces I have had the honour to call my parents. Very sadly, my father passed away just two months ago. In a trick of surprising timing, my mother, sister and I were able to care for him until he slipped quietly away at dawn.
This has been the most significant event of my life. Not because we cared for Dad until he died but because it has been a potent reminder of all that is good in this world. My father believed in the power of the individual to make change. He taught me that we can be bold every single day and lead change. My contribution isn’t going to be in inventing a magnificent machine; it is in being authentic and connecting people to their dreams by living mine.
In my household all people mattered. Differences like ethnicity, wealth, religious beliefs and sexuality made for dynamic and valued contributions. In it I learned integrity and generosity, and to seize opportunity and give people theirs. I also have a powerful family connection to peace with my great grandfather, Prime Minister Sir Walter Nash, having been a prominent pacifist. I am driven by his and my father's legacies and the belief I can connect people to their dreams by living mine. From August 2013 to August 2014 (1 year 1 month) Auckland, New ZealandDigital content consultant @ This was a fixed contract academic position. I was tasked to co-design and develop the wireframe for the new CfLAT website based on the user experience and vision to create empowered global citizens. Activities include writing, managing all web content to fit new vision and global readership; advise on social media, latest responsive web design; liaise with and interview all internal stakeholders: CfLAT advisors and AUT University senior academics; work alongside and advise the CfLAT Director and the AUT University Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching. (Total final content was 130 articles). From July 2013 to February 2014 (8 months) Auckland, New ZealandOnline Community Manager @ This was a temporary fixed contract position within the Corporate Communications team. I was tasked to manage and advise on Telecom social media channels Twitter and Facebook alongside the Online Response Team (ORT). Activities included liaising with and advising internal stakeholders - Retail Marketing, Digital Marketing, Internal Communications, the GM of Corporate Relations, Retail stores, the ORT, HR and Customer Services; and external stakeholders advertising agencies, sponsorship partners including the Sir Peter Blake Trust, Derek Handley, The Icehouse, Rally New Zealand, The Factory Story (http://thefactorystory.co.nz) and the Kila Kokonut Krew. From May 2013 to July 2013 (3 months) Auckland, New ZealandDigital & social media manager @ Create and lead AUT University's social media presence in Facebook www.facebook.com/autuniversity, Twitter twitter.com/AUTuni, Pinterest http://pinterest.com/autuni/ and Tumblr http://seenatfashionschool.tumblr.com/. Train communication team staff and academics in the use of social and digital media, and blogs. Community manage all social streams.
Deliver social media strategy against measurable objectives. Be a spokesperson and advocate for social media within and outside the university. Keep plugged into the rapidly evolving world of digital and social media. Train colleagues and senior staff in the use of AUT's social and digital media channels. Seek and promote the best digital solution for communication challenges. Undertake speedy, responsive and transparent issues and crisis management alongside the director of corporate communications at AUT University. Be an advocate for student needs within the university by responding to online queries. From January 2011 to May 2013 (2 years 5 months) Novelist @ I wrote a novel capturing the everything of the nothing set in the everyday of Auckland, New Zealand. This was accomplished on top of full time, professional work. It is now in the process of being published. From April 2009 to June 2011 (2 years 3 months) Communications manager @ Manage all communications for the Faculty of Business and Law to include the AUT Business School and the AUT Law School.
Plan and implement annual communications strategies for each Faculty alongside Deans and Head of Departments (to include: Accounting, Advertising, Business Information Systems, Design, Economics, Finance, Human Resource, Management and Employment Relations, International Business, Management, Marketing, Retailing, Sales, Sustainable Enterprise, Tourism)
I undertook key media and stakeholder relations for high profile business events including the Trans-Tasman Business Forum 2007, the India Business Forum 2008, New Zealand’s largest forum on innovation and new product development, ZED 2008, the China Business Forum 2009, the Entrepreneurial Summit 2009 and the Brazil Business Forum 2009. These events were a partnership with Duco and the AUT Business School held at the Pullman and Sky City Convention Centre. I also undertook publicity for several book launches gaining maximum event attendance and broad media coverage.
I was pivotal in the media launch of the announcement of the AUT Law School and ensuring unbiased media coverage. In this role I was required to liaise with team players and management from the Vodafone Warriors and Auckland Blues rugby in conjunction with the media. Played a role in major biennial events, Māori Expo 2011, 2009, 2007 and 2005, assisting with publicity, media and VIP management on the day and stakeholder relations on the VIP evening launch prior to expo day.
Key asks: Media relations; writing internal and external publications and press releases; event management; internal communications; issues management and crisis communication; feature writer Insight alumni magazine. From June 2007 to December 2010 (3 years 7 months) PRINZ Northern Committee board member @ After gaining my APR I was invited o be a member of the PRINZ Northern Committee board with a tenure of one year. The Committee members oversaw spend of the budget, advised on events, rates and venues, and general profile and activity of the Northern Division of PRINZ. From 2009 to 2010 (1 year) Communications advisor @ Manage all communications for the Faculties of Applied Humanities (renamed Culture and Society), Te Ara Poutama (Māori Development) and Business, to include the AUT Business School; the New Zealand Tourism Institute (NZTRI); and the Institute for Public Policy (IPP).
Plan and implement annual communications strategies for each Faculty alongside Deans and Heads of Schools and Head of Departments (to include: the Schools of Education, Social Sciences and Public Policy, Hospitality, Tourism and Events and Language and Culture; and Accounting, Advertising, Business Information Systems, Design, Economics, Finance, Human Resource, Management and Employment Relations, International Business, Management, Marketing, Retailing, Sales, Sustainable Enterprise, Tourism)
I undertook key media and stakeholder relations for the opening of the Business School in 2005, events including the China Business Forum 2006 and book launches gaining maximum attendance and broad media coverage. In this role I was required to liaise with team players and management from the Vodafone Warriors and Auckland Blues rugby in conjunction with the media.
Key asks: Media relations; writing internal and external publications and press releases; event management; internal communications; issues management and crisis communication; feature writer Insight alumni magazine. From June 2005 to June 2007 (2 years 1 month) New ZealandPress officer @ Portfolios: Economic Development and Regeneration, Community Safety and Public Safety - Media relations; writing internal & external publications & press releases; event management; internal communications; issues management & crisis communication. Brighton & Hove City Council employs 10,000 employees.
In this role, I was required to liaise with 10 Downing Street and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former home secretary David Blunkett and contribute with speeches and media releases and liaise with the media. From September 2003 to December 2004 (1 year 4 months) Columnist, writer and sub-editor @ (42,000 copies monthly) - Wrote regular monthly columns: Sex & the Seaside, Dating & Mind Body Spirit and yoga & restaurant reviews, wrote features, sub edited whole magazine. In particular, I wrote about theatre and the arts. Interviews included with Dylan Moran from Black Books and Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke. From January 2002 to December 2004 (3 years) Brighton, United KingdomSenior feature writer @ (142,000 copies monthly) Pitch, research and write feature articles. Key feature articles were on domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and living on the street, hate crime, antisocial behaviour and the LGBT communities. From September 2003 to November 2004 (1 year 3 months) Owner operator/Therapist @ Reflexologist, massage therapist and Reiki practitioner for private business. From July 2001 to September 2004 (3 years 3 months) Feature writer @ Pitch and write travel features. From January 2002 to January 2004 (2 years 1 month) Brighton, United KingdomEvents manager @ Create, manage, publicise and promote theclub (AMEX social club) events (several thousands of employees). From January 2003 to August 2003 (8 months) Reviewer @ Radio theatre reviewer. From May 2002 to May 2003 (1 year 1 month) Brighton, United KingdomCommunications advisor/Office manager @ Montana Wines UK Limited was a small office of six people when I joined it which grew over the years and was taken over by Allied Domecq. Day-to-day we were concerned with wine importing, distribution, promotion and publicity and running wine tastings. In addition, I undertook media relations; writing for internal and external publications and press releases; event management; run wine tastings all over the UK including London, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Cardiff and attend food and wine festivals in the UK and Europe; internal communications; issues management & crisis communication; bank reconciliation and budgets.
In this role, I was required to liaise the the All Blacks in the UK in conjunction with the media. From May 1999 to November 2002 (3 years 7 months) London, United KingdomCommunications assistant @ Media relations; writing internal and external publications and press releases; event management; coordinate wine-tastings; internal communications; issues management and crisis communication. From January 1998 to April 1999 (1 year 4 months) Creative director @ Creative strategist for small video production unit; co-writer of television proposal for Pounamu Greenstone Television. From February 1997 to August 1997 (7 months) Promo director, studio and location director, presentation director, producer, MCR operator @ ATN pioneered Maori Television in New Zealand and I had the privilege of being part of the first wave of indigenous broadcasting in Aotearoa New Zealand. I was hugely honoured to be the first MCR operator to start the whole station along with the then Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jim Bolger. In addition, while at ATN, I was tasked to produce on-air promotions and station image; create & direct live and pre-recorded programmes; train MCR operators. From May 1996 to February 1997 (10 months) Producer and presentation director @ Produce and presentation direct weekly shows, including breakfast TV with host Justin Brown; coordinate on-air interviews (including with Jeff Buckley and Ben Harper, etc), train all studio directors; studio direct live on air and pre-recorded interviews. In the role I also co-hosted the Juice Music Television internet chat room, my first foray into online social media and brand experience. From January 1995 to November 1996 (1 year 11 months) TV producer and presentation director @ Produce and direct weekly shows with a hosts including Zane Lowe and Toni Marsh, for: Libra Talkzone, Max Trax, Max Rocks, Max Overdrive; coordinate on-air interviews (including with Meatloaf, k.d. Lang, Pearl Jam, Toni Braxton, Toni Childs, Silverchair, Tool, Beastie Boys); train other producers and presentation director. From January 1994 to August 1996 (2 years 8 months) Production assistant @ Production running; working with producer to ensure a smooth-running production. From June 1994 to December 1994 (7 months) DJ, co-host, news presenter and voice artist @ On air radio DJ for morning radio shows, collate and read news, voice advertisements – regular show Chat café Thursday 9.30am-midday; co-host and co-music programmer of The Women’s Show every Sunday. From March 1992 to November 1993 (1 year 9 months)
Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Creative Writing, First Class Honours @ Auckland University of Technology From 2009 to 2012 Creative Writing full-term semester paper, Creative Writing, B+ @ Auckland University of Technology From 2008 to 2008 Te Kākano I - Te Reo Māori level I - full-term semester paper, Te Reo Māori, COP - certificate of Proficiency @ Auckland University of Technology From 2006 to 2006 Te Kākano II - Te Reo Māori level II - full-term semester paper, Te Reo Māori level II, COP - Certificate of Proficiency @ Auckland University of Technology From 2006 to 2006 Accredited in Public Relations (APR), Public Relations (post-grad equivalent) @ Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) From 2006 to 2006 News Media Writing short course, Journalism writing, A @ Auckland University of Technology From 2005 to 2005 Sub Editing Professional short course, Sub editing, A @ London College of Communications From 2005 to 2005 Diploma of Reflexology IPTI, Reflexology @ College of Classical Massage and Natural Therapies From 2003 to 2003 Reiki III (Usui), Reiki @ Evolution Arts and Natural Health Centre From 2003 to 2003 Diploma of Indian Head and Shoulders Massage IPTI, Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage @ College of Classical Massage and Natural Therapies From 2002 to 2002 Reiki II (Usui), Reiki @ Evolution Arts and Natural Health Centre From 2002 to 2002 Diploma of Classical Massage IPTI, Classical Massage @ College of Classical Massage and Natural Therapies From 2001 to 2001 Reiki I (Usui), Reiki @ Evolution Arts and Natural Health Centre From 2001 to 2001 Bachelor of Music (MusB), Music theory and composition, music technology, aesthetics and psychology of music, A- GPA @ University of Canterbury From 1990 to 1993 Bachelor of Arts (BA), Psychology, English literature, Te Reo Māori, French literature in translation, feminist studies, A- GPA @ University of Canterbury From 1989 to 1993 A Bursary, University Entrance, School Certificate, Music, English, Statistics, French, Art, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, History @ Napier Girls' High School From 1984 to 1988 Belinda (APR) is skilled in: Copywriting, Social Media, Media Relations, Marketing Communications, Strategic Communications, Corporate Communications, Blogging, Editing, Public Relations, Press Releases, Internal Communications, Copy Editing, Journalism, Event Management, Social Media Marketing
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