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Damian Seeto
Gaming Contributor
A freelance writer born and bred in Auckland, Damian has been contributing for Techday since 2009 and is always available whenever a video game needs to be reviewed. Aside from being a big gamer, he is also one of New Zealand's biggest professional wrestling fans. Damian likes Star Wars, comic book movies and Metallica.
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damians@techday.com
Darren Price
Technology Writer – Australia
Darren 'VicBStard' Price has been playing video-games for nearly 30 years and writing about them for the last six. Darren hates sport, but loves sports video games - which he puts down to a mixture of being annoyingly contrary and extremely lazy. While he is completely tone deaf, he considers Rock Band and Guitar Hero to be his guilty pleasures. A geek from way back, Darren builds his own computers, collects comic books, owns several lightsabers and is a sucker for video-gaming merchandise. Since 2012 he has lived in Sydney where he writes reviews and reports back on the local gaming scene.
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darrenp@techday.com
Greig Strafford
Reviewer / Contributor
Greig started life as a bobby on the beat in London, yet couldn't keep the anarchist geek locked away, ending with him being incarcerated in a lengthy stint as a technology innovator and implementer for the Police. Once he moved to New Zealand, Greig started working his way into the Auckland technology industry. A lover of shiny things, he can usually be found installing some new piece of tech into his house, car, or brain. Greig loves spreading the word of innovation (and guides of how to break terms and conditions). As a resident of Waiheke, he's a lover of live music, getting his hands dirty, and fine wine and whiskey.
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greigs@techday.com
Jacques-Pierre (JP) Dumas
News Editor - Enterprise
Born in South Africa, Jacques-Pierre moved to New Zealand in mid-2011. He has a passion for writing, editing and generally producing newsworthy content. JP studied Media and English at the University of Auckland and during this time, he realised he has an immense passion for both the spoken and written word. In his free time, JP is an active gamer and adventurer. Some of his hobbies include parkour and freerunning as well as rock climbing. He's also an aspiring novelist and a poet with one published book to date.
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+64 9 973 5956
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jp@techday.com
Ashton Young
Senior News Editor - Data Centres
Embracing a passion for inventive ideas and the written word, Ashton graduated from AUT University with a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in creative advertising. After 18 months working as a copywriter, he went for a change of scene with content marketing and is now a news editor. Ashton reserves a fond spot for really fast motorcycles, really loud music and really fine dining.
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+64 9 973 1868
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ashton@techday.com
Lew Kai Ping
Editor-in-Chief & News Editor - Security
KP was raised in Malaysia and graduated with a degree in Journalism and International Business at AUT. After graduating, she did a stint in broadcast media at TVNZ before deciding to return to her true love, the written word. In her spare time, KP enjoys exploring fictional universes through books, spending time in the sun, playing volleyball, and dancing.
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+64 9 973 1868
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kp@techday.com
Tom Richmond
Digital Account Manager - Channel
Tom was born and raised on the tiny Isle of Man, and moved over 18,000km across the globe to Auckland at the end of 2017. He graduated in 2012 with a BA Honours degree in Journalism & Media, and has since held various roles in Sales, Account Management, Marketing and Social Media. Tom enjoys socialising, meeting new people and travelling the world. In his spare time, he loves a round a golf and watching his beloved Liverpool FC (when the time difference allows it).
Phone
+61 2 90988254
Email
tom@techday.com
Lama Farhat
Head of Account Management
Lama was born and raised in Lebanon. She studied dental technology for two years and worked at an animal shelter for two years. She moved to New Zealand on New Year's of 2017 looking for opportunities to expand her knowledge and expertise. Lama is really friendly and loves to leave people smiling. She's passionate about food, art, music and fluffy animals. In her free time, she enjoys long walks and painting.
Phone
+61 2 9042 2880
Email
lama@techday.com
Colleen Song
Digital Account Manager - Campaign Desk
Colleen has worked as a swim instructor in the pools then moved to the call centres as a sales consultant. She's not a major sports junkie but has a strange affinity to cheerleading and has been an elite cheerleader for 8 years. Colleen has a passion for cars and animals and is finding that her home is slowly turning into a mini zoo.
Phone
+64 9 973 5959
Email
colleen@techday.com
Isabella Silva
Key Account Manager - Security
Bella was born in Brazil and moved to New Zealand in 2009. While studying IT at AUT she also spent her time in the fitness industry working for a gym, supplement company as well as winning multiple Body Building competitions. She is passionate about health and fitness and loves being able to help people achieve their goals. Bella is very talkative, friendly and outgoing however most of the time she cannot stop talking because she has had too much coffee.
Phone
+64 9 973 5967
Email
isabella@techday.com
Eden Acraman
Digital Account Manager - New Markets
Born and raised in Auckland, Eden has recently completed her Bachelor of Business majoring in Market Insights and Management. Having worked part time in the events industry for 4 years whilst studying, she has developed a passion for people and ensuring their dreams become a reality. Brought up in a large family, Eden is bubbly, friendly and social. She enjoys a range of sports and music, and is also obsessed with cats, wicked wings and coffee.
Phone
+64 9 973 5961
Email
eden@techday.com
Ben Moore
News Editor - Channel
Ben was born in the UK and was promptly shuffled across the universe to Auckland at a young age. He is a total geek but tries to be pretty casual about it. He was sucked into theatre in his teens, which led to a lot of time on stage, as well as writing and directing when he could. After spending four years as high-school Drama teacher, Ben decided that it was about time for him to move on and see what else the world has to offer. However, wherever he goes he will always be sure to return home to his best-friends/cats.
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Phone
+64 9 973 5964
Email
benm@techday.com
Valentin Sadoine
Marketing Intern
Valentin was born in France and will be New Zealand until end January next year. He is here to do an internship following his business engineering studies. He loves skiing and playing basketball in his free time. When he's not doing sports, he likes to listen to music and explore new places, challenging himself and testing his skills in extreme conditions to see where it can take him. He is also passionate about travelling and discovering new cultures.
Email
valentin@techday.com
Sean Mitchell
Publisher
Having started his career at Renaissance in Auckland, Sean joined Apple in Melbourne for a number of years before working in the media space. This started with Review Publishing and later the tech publisher IDG Communications in Auckland. In 2006 he was involved in the launch of The Channel magazine. As they say – the rest is history.
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+64 9 973 5960
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seanm@techday.com
Neelam Cheema
Customer Acquisition Coordinator
Neelam was born and raised in India. She has worked in Retail Industry for over a decade. Her last stint was for a telecom operator, Bharti Airtel in India. After which she has moved to Auckland and has completed her Business istration Degree from AIS. Neelam loves talking and has a contagious smile. You will always have a good laugh when you are around her! She likes to explore nature's Scenic beauty & trying different delicacies!
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neelam@techday.com
Sara Barker
Senior News Editor
Sara lives and breathes the written word. She brings a varied academic background in information systems, marketing, radio, and journalism to her role. For the last two years she has been delving deep into the rich world of news and reviews. After more than a year as a dedicated security editor, she's now back to writing for Techday's entire network of sites. In her spare time she enjoys concert photography, (very) casual gaming, all things cats, documenting inane things, and reading pop psychology.
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+64 9 973 5154
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sarab@techday.com