Mike has more than 20 years experience in the creative and business industries as a media and communications manager, producer, photographer, researcher, writer and oral historian. He has produced annual reports and research items, managed media engagement and press releases, edited video items, hosted seminars and workshops and published and content managed websites, social media properties and general publications.
He has a BSc & MCPA (Masters) from the University of Auckland, and worked within the media industry and on culture and heritage projects across the country. With a specialty in oral history interviewing and oral tradition filming & archiving, Mike has worked with both local and central government and has established close ties and connections throughout Te Tai Tokerau, Tāmaki, Te Arawa & Mātaatua.
He has produced projects such as the Te Kakano & Ko Tawa exhibitions with the Auckland Museum, directed the award winning 6-part Ko Tawa series with Māori Television, the Te Wehi Nui research project and website with the James Henare Māori Research Centre at the University of Auckland, the Māori Maps project with Te Pōtiki National Trust and on the Waka Wairua research project, again with the James Henare Māori Research Centre.
Mike's personal research, writing and filming has focused on traditional knowledge and new media, cross cultural communications, waka traditions and associated kōrero, and the mapping of traditional landscapes and marae.