Helping Waiheke businesses and organisation make the best out of social media.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Know Social Media Daily

Andrew Long (@socialspace) formerly of the University of Otago and instrumental in setting up the Internet Research Group Otago (IRGO) has setup a social media newspaper at

Basically its an online aggregator, a sort of rss reader on drugs; interesting how the continued use of the newspaper metaphor is lasting in the digital domain. Would make most local journalism professors have uncomfortable sleep though.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

My talk on Civic Engagement at NetHui

I recently spoke at the NetHui conference in Auckland on the topic of Civic Engagement (see post below this one). This is a video of that session; Russel Brown spoke first, then I come on at 21 minutes.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Going to NetHui

I will be at NetHui on Thursday the 30th of June talking with Luke Goode of the University of Auckland Film, Television, and Media Studies department, and Russel Brown, a journalist and broadcaster, and owner of the Public Address blogging network, about Civic Engagement online in New Zealand.

In the short amount of time I imagine we will have, I may talk about a project we worked on at Waiheke Radio in August 2010 after the creation of the Auckland Supercity and the subsequent reframing of local and community board powers.

Under this new structure, Waiheke Radio (a community run low power FM radio station) considered how it could facilitate conversations and discussion around the Waiheke local board election. With a very vocal political community and a record number of candidates standing for election, radio volunteers combined their skills with audio broadcasting and podcasting, with a strong web and social media presence to create a valuable online and on-air conversation and community discussion. I hope to give a brief overview of the project and highlight some areas where community approaches to media might be improved as a model for future political and civic engagement on Waiheke and elsewhere. 

Candidates for Waiheke Community Board 2010 page:

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Waiheke Budgeting Service on Wordpress & Facebook

We've been working away setting up a new Wordpress site for the wonderful Waiheke Budgeting Service and hooking it up with their Facebook Page and soon their Twitter account. RSS Graffiti, an app for Facebook, will take your RSS feed (this comes out of any blogging software like Wordpress) and turn any new posts that are made on your Wordpress site into Facebook status updates. Great way to post once and have the message multiplied across many social media platforms.

Check out their new website here:

RSS Graffiti:

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Website Design with Wordpress

I will be teaching another course on how to use Wordpress to create websites for personal or business uses this coming March. The course will help you to design your own professional looking, cost effective website using Wordpress, a freely downloadable and user-friendly content management system. Wordpress is ideal for those looking for an easy solution to publish and manage content online, whether for business, blogging or community projects.

Some computer literacy is required for the course and it is beneficial if you have a web-based email address; ie. one you can check from the computer lab at the centre.

Thursdays 7pm to 9pm
5 weeks  – 3 Mar to 31 March
Cost $110  (Early Bird Special $99)

Check the Waiheke Community Education site for more information and to sign up for the course.