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About Greg
International broadcast journalist, videographer and photographer, based in Auckland New Zealand.  Available to cover stories in Auckland, Wellington and nationwide.

I assist foreign news agencies with TV and radio packages; interviews and photography. I can film, edit, produce and present video as well as high-quality photography.  My background includes news reporting roles with state broadcasters Radio New Zealand and TVNZ.  For more than two decades I freelanced as the BBC's New Zealand correspondent.

Video kit:  Sony Z90 4K video camera; Sennheiser radio microphones and Rode Podcaster microphone.
Home studio (and mobile) lighting: Two Nanlite Compac 100s
Video editing: Final Cut Pro
Photography kit: Sony A7III and A6300.  I shoot RAW and edit in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop.
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English
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Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
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Seven terms to know before your distillery tour

16 Sep 2023  |  Kentucky Living
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, a major event in Bardstown, attracts thousands of visitors and showcases nearly 50 distilleries. The festival underscores a growing interest in bourbon, with over 1.5 million visitors touring distilleries annually. Industry experts from various distilleries explain key terms such as fermentation, mash bill, proof, still, try box, maturation, and master distiller, providing insights into the intricate processes behind bourbon production. Heaven Hill, a prominent family-owned distillery, emphasizes the importance of education in the industry, while other distilleries like Woodford Reserve and James B. Beam Distilling Co. highlight their unique production techniques and legacy.

The 10 Best Beach Holidays in France for Discerning British Sunseekers

25 Aug 2022  |  telegraph.co.uk
The article presents a curated list of 10 under-the-radar beach holiday destinations in France, ideal for British sunseekers looking for a mix of sun, sea, and sand with a rustic and relaxed atmosphere. It highlights regions such as Provence, Normandy, Brittany, Languedoc, and the islands of Île d’Oléron and Île de Ré. Each destination is paired with recommended accommodations, ranging from boutique hotels and beachfront B&Bs to family-friendly campsites, emphasizing their unique features and proximity to beaches or other attractions. The article also includes practical travel tips, such as the nearest airports or ferry ports.

30 amazing family holidays that you can still book for this summer

18 Jun 2022  |  telegraph.co.uk
Despite a surge in travel bookings for the summer, there are still family holiday options available for those who have not yet planned their vacations. The article provides a list of 30 family holiday suggestions, categorized by preferences and budgets, including beach resorts, no-fly holidays, villas, and activity-filled trips. It highlights the need for flexibility and preparation due to high airfares and accommodation demand. The article also offers tips for stress-free travel, such as avoiding peak travel dates, booking packages for better protection, and checking in early. Nick Trend provides additional advice on payment methods and staying informed about Covid rules.

Why you should never accept a Ryanair flight schedule change

31 May 2022  |  The Telegraph
Ryanair passengers experienced multiple disruptive flight schedule changes, with some flights being moved to earlier times without adequate compensation unless the change exceeded five hours. Those who accepted the initial changes were not offered refunds, while those who didn't were. The article advises against accepting flight changes, suggests booking with PayPal or a credit card for potential refunds, and recommends choosing reliable airlines and considering booking closer to departure to avoid such issues.

The weird and wild outdoors of southern New Mexico

02 Mar 2022  |  lonelyplanet.com
Southern New Mexico offers a variety of outdoor experiences, from the alien-like landscapes of White Sands National Monument to the volcanic peaks of the Organ Mountains. The region is also home to Spaceport America, a commercial space flight launchpad, and the Very Large Array for observing galaxies. Silver City provides a hub for outdoor enthusiasts with its historic downtown, brewpubs, and proximity to the Gila National Forest. Events such as the Tour of the Gila and the Silver City Blues and Bikes Festival attract visitors, while the Riverbend Hot Springs offers relaxation along the Rio Grande. The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is a haven for migratory birds, enhancing the region's appeal for nature lovers.

The unashamedly old-fashioned hotels where time stands still

01 Jan 2022  |  The Telegraph
The article explores the charm and appeal of timeless British hotels, highlighting their unique characteristics and the sense of continuity they offer. It discusses various hotels, from family-owned establishments to grand dames, emphasizing their dedication to preserving tradition while providing modern comforts. Key features include warm and natural service, classic Anglo-French cuisine, and traditional British decor. The article lists ten hotels that exemplify these qualities, including The Nare in Cornwall, Northbank on the Isle of Wight, and Lime Wood in Hampshire, among others.

Better than Cornwall: 10 best overlooked corners of Britain for a UK summer holiday

13 Aug 2021  |  The Telegraph
With Cornwall and Devon being popular UK staycation destinations, the article suggests ten lesser-known but equally charming locations for a peaceful summer holiday in Britain. These include the underrated shores of Carmarthenshire, the dramatic coastline of Northumberland, the underdeveloped Jurassic Coast in Dorset, the nostalgic Isle of Wight, the tranquil beaches of County Down, the ancient treasures of North Yorkshire, and the remote beauty of Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands. Each location offers unique attractions, from fossil hunting and historic sites to picturesque beaches and coastal walks, providing alternatives for those seeking a quieter escape.

The best beaches in Normandy, from rugged shores to turquoise waters

26 Jun 2020  |  www.telegraph.co.uk
Normandy's beaches offer a diverse range of coastal landscapes and activities. From the historic Omaha Beach with its D-Day landmarks to the romantic seaside towns like Cabourg, the region boasts long sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and hidden coves. Highlights include the family-friendly Jullouville, the secluded Chausey Islands, and the picturesque Etretat with its majestic cliffs and caves. Each location provides unique experiences, from surfing and sailing to exploring local markets and enjoying the regional cuisine.

Amazing beaches in Brittany, from family-friendly options to quiet spots

26 Jun 2020  |  telegraph.co.uk
Brittany offers a diverse range of beaches, from the sporty Sables-d’Or and Plentrez to the family-friendly Isle of Bréhat and the secluded Plage de Tahiti in Carantec. The region boasts charming seaside resorts, such as Sables-d’Or-les-Pins, and picturesque villages like Morgat with its sandy cove. Visitors can enjoy water sports, explore intimate creeks in Beg Meil, or relax at the accessible Plage des Sables Blancs in Concarneau. Kerfany-les-Pins offers a classic summer holiday experience, while Locmariaquer's Plage Valy provides a more private atmosphere.

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April 2020: Auckland city streets and motorways are deserted after 4 weeks of lock-down. New Zealanders were forced into strict self-isolation as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This 60 second clip was shot for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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The best beach hotels in Normandy

22 Jul 2019  |  The Telegraph
The article provides an insider’s guide to the best beach hotels in Normandy, highlighting top places for sea views, charming interiors, seafood restaurants, and coastal walks. Featured hotels include the Grand Hôtel in Cabourg, the Flaubert with contemporary styling, and the Manoir des Impressionnistes in Honfleur, among others. Booking.com is mentioned as the source for nightly rates.

Château la Chenevière

01 May 2019  |  The Telegraph
Château la Chenevière, located near the D-Day beaches and Mont-Saint-Michel in Lower Normandy, offers a luxurious stay with excellent service, spacious rooms, and two distinct dining options. The 17th-century manor, decorated by the Dicker family, combines chic country house furniture with contemporary pieces and features artworks by Norman painter Vit. Guests enjoy bespoke services, a charming outdoor pool, and special gifts in their rooms. The hotel's restaurants, Le Botaniste and Le Petit Jardin, offer gastronomic and bistrot-style menus, respectively, with Chef Didier Robin praised for his innovative dishes.

February 2018: Drone footage samples from Karekare beach in Auckland, New Zealand.

D-Day 70th anniversary travel guide: events and tours in Normandy

17 Apr 2014  |  telegraph.co.uk
The 70th anniversary of D-Day will be commemorated with various events and tours in Normandy, including mass parachute jumps, vintage military vehicle parades, and reconstructions of Allied camps. Accommodation is scarce during the anniversary week, but more available throughout the summer. The Caen Memorial and Musée Mémorial provide historical context, and there are numerous organized tours available. Self-guided walking and cycling routes, as well as kayaking and horse-riding trips, offer active ways to explore the region. No single website lists all events, but several resources are available. Ferry operators like DFDS Seaways, Brittany Ferries, and Condor offer crossings to Normandy.
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