The people

Here are just some of the people who work with us, find out more about what they do. Or search for jobs like theirs here.

Digital Creative Director

Amie Mills

Commissioner - Digital & Children

What do you do?

I spend my days working with talented team of Commissioners at TVNZ and alongside brilliant writers, directors and producers to create scripted, factual and interactive content that reaches New Zealanders across multiple screens and devices.

No day is the same, which is why I love this job. On any given day, I might be watching an animated children's series, feeding back on a script for a webseries, working with writers to extend their stories across social media, or learning about new technologies and platforms for interactive storytelling.

What's your TVNZ story?

I worked for a digital agency in London that was on the roster for broadcasters like Channel 4 and BBC right when transmedia was taking off and the concept of building story worlds around shows to promote them was gaining traction. I moved back to New Zealand and found my way to Blacksand. The first campaign I worked on was the Shortland Street Clue Hunt, which was a joy to work on. I left briefly for a year to go back to London, but I missed TVNZ too much and when this role came up, the suitcases packed themselves.

What is it like to work at TVNZ?

A gift.

1 NEWS Reporter

Chris Chang

1 NEWS Reporter

What does a typical day look like for you?

There's no such thing as a typical day. I've been setting up in court for the day's coverage of a murder trial and ended up flying to Fiji for flooding after Tropical Cyclone Winston.

If I'm covering a breaking story, I'll head out to the scene with a cameraman and shoot pictures/interviews. We might provide live crosses for the Breakfast/Midday shows, and I'll send written copy/photos/videos back to the Online team. I'll also tweet updates and stay in contact with a producer about how we're going to package the story for the 6pm bulletin.

Then, it's back to the newsroom and I'll start scripting the story and editing the footage that we've shot during the day.

What's your TVNZ story?

I was awarded an AUT internship at TVNZ and got a full-time job a few months later. I then joined Breakfast and worked as a producer/reporter for a couple of years, before eventually moving to the 1 NEWS team. I've done a bit of weather presenting and newsreading.

Why TVNZ?

The variety and the opportunities. Not only do we get to cover all manner of stories from crime to politics to sport - but we get to see the best (and sometimes worst!) of people around this magnificent country.

Supervising Producer- Seven Sharp

Anna Colquhoun

Supervising Producer- Seven Sharp

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day starts with scanning the news headlines at home before heading into the office for our 9am editorial meeting. This is where we decide what stories we're chasing that day and where we talk through the stories we already have planned. From there I build the show which involves writing and editing our promos, openers and break teases. At 2pm I meet with our director to talk through any technical requirements for that night and at 4pm I meet with TVNZ's online team to chat about our content. Then at 7pm we're live!

What's your TVNZ story?

I started as an Assignments Desk Coordinator in the TVNZ newsroom. This involved monitoring the news coming in, making calls to emergency services and organising the news cameras. The shifts were brutal- I worked through the night on many occasions! Then I moved to Breakfast as a Producer / Reporter before taking a producing role on Seven Sharp in 2014. At the start of 2016 I moved into the Supervising Producer position.

What is it like to work at TVNZ?

It's all about team work. No one can operate without the person next to them. Although at times it's very stressful it's so great how everyone pulls together to get the show to air.

Lead Designer

Mark Fleming

Lead Designer

What do you do?

Design and oversee graphics across TVNZ's News and Current Affairs shows, 1 NEWS NOW and 1 NEWS Facebook page.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Reviewing the local and world news from overnight and the morning to begin planning what daily news work will likely come up, then I meet with members of the team to track progress on our more complex project work. I will spend the afternoon taking briefs from content producers and working on designs for upcoming News events, ensuring the daily work is on track, and meet with the Design Director to plan and brainstorm new graphics.

What's your TVNZ story?

Moments before I first met the CEO, a colleague emptied a small tube of glitter onto my head. I kept getting funny looks and people were grinning at me, maybe I just had an odd expression on my face I thought. When the CEO and I got a photo he commented that he couldn't match my hair style but hopefully the photo would turn out alright anyway. I assumed that I must have done my hair really well that day, but then someone asked if I had noticed the glitter. No, no I hadn't...

Why TVNZ?

The reason I come to work every day is to be a part of creating compelling and creative content that New Zealander's can enjoy watching and learn something from. I believe that at TVNZ I can do that.

Account Service Manager

Courtney Ramsdale

Business Manager

What do you do?

My job is to help agencies and advertisers talk to the millions of New Zealanders that tune in to TVNZ on a daily basis. My team and I manage a portfolio of advertising agencies, and are responsible for bringing in advertising revenue for TVNZ on-air and OnDemand.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Working with agencies to negotiate and implement advertising campaigns, keeping them informed about what's going on here at TVNZ and presenting them with opportunities to get involved with our content.

What's your TVNZ story?

I've wanted to work at TVNZ for as long as I can remember. When I saw a Sales Coordinator job advertised, I jumped at the chance! I was in that role for just over a year, and then moved into an Account Service Manager position. Now I'm a Business Manager, and loving it! TVNZ will always give you opportunities to grow, step up, challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone.

Why TVNZ?

The people are the best part. We have an amazing team here that are inspiring, fantastic at what they do and above all, awesome people. And it's great to work somewhere that everyone's just as passionate about content as I am!

Development Manager

Andrew Blakey

Development Manager

What do you do?

Manage the team that looks after the design, development, testing and operation of the TVNZ Online Platform. This includes the two main TVNZ online products 1 NEWS NOW and TVNZ OnDemand. The team consists of Solutions Architects, Web Developers, Testers and DevOps Engineers.

What's your TVNZ story?

I joined in October 2015 after just over ten years at Navman. Web and streaming video was all new to me so it has been an intense learning curve coming up to speed in the TVNZ environment.

Why TVNZ?

Friends and family are all fascinated by content so it's really cool to be involved with content and with such an iconic New Zealand brand. You're never short of something to talk about around the BBQ!!

TVNZ is a wonderful blend of creative people, commercial people, long time TV people and technical people which makes for a crazy, intense, fast changing, never boring and ultimately very rewarding workplace.

Media Manager

Alisha Parsottam

Media Manager

What does a typical day look like for you?

Every day is different and every day brings new challenges. My role is very diverse, from ensuring our content meets all broadcast & online delivery deadlines and technical specifications, to continuous improvement projects, training and development plans, daily problem solving and the testing of a wide range of technical programmes, systems & applications to identify faster and more efficient ways of delivering our content to NZ.

What did you do before TVNZ?

I joined TVNZ back in 2003, left in 2009 and came back in 2011 (once you leave you always come back!). Prior to first starting in 2003, I was studying Communications, working in a music store and reviewing music albums for various online and magazine publications.

Why TVNZ?

The people, the daily challenges, the fast-paced and constantly changing environment, the evolving technology and the personal satisfaction of knowing that I play a part in delivering great content to New Zealanders!

It takes all sorts.

TVNZ is a melting pot of amazing people with all kinds of backgrounds. We strongly believe in equal opportunities and celebrate diversity. Frankly, if you're a little different, you'll probably fit right in.

Working with us.

Join us for new experiences, every day.

Why TVNZ

Everyone is lovely, everyone is keen to have good yarns, and everyone is choice.
-- Austin King
It keeps you on your toes and is constantly changing so there's never a chance of getting bored.
-- Jeremy Hansen
Every day, we work with stories. It does not get better than that.
-- Amie Mills
There's great personal satisfaction of knowing that I play a part in delivering great content to New Zealanders!
-- Alisha Parsottam
A crazy, intense, fast changing, never boring and ultimately very rewarding workplace.
-- Andrew Blakey
I like being part of business which is in such a huge number of New Zealander's lives.
-- Cate Slater
You're never short of something to talk about around the BBQ!!
-- Andrew Blakey
Being here is like getting a ringside seat to all of New Zealand's most exciting moments.
-- Jeremy Hansen
No day is the same, there's always something crazy going on and everyone's like a big, somewhat eccentric but passionate family!
-- Courtney Ramsdale
It can be hectic but it is awesome fun.
-- Chris Chang
I've wanted to work at TVNZ for as long as I can remember.
-- Courtney Ramsdale
Everyone really goes out of their way to make sure you are supported in your work and are having fun.
-- Mark Fleming
It's all about team work. Although at times it's very stressful it's so great how everyone pulls together to get the show to air.
-- Anna Colquhoun
No day is the same, which is why I love this job.
-- Amie Mills
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