A tragic lightning accident on the summit of Yosemite’s Half Dome still haunts its survivors today.
Published in NZ Adventure Magazine, Apr/Mar 2018
A ski tour through Rogers Pass, Canada, turns very quickly into the hardest day ever on the slopes for Derek Cheng, and his humbled hubris
Published in Ski and Snow, June 2016
Published in Adventure Magazine NZ, Feb/Mar 2016
First-timer Derek Cheng heads to Burning Man in the Nevada Desert in search of fun and dancing, and discovers a creative and generous community, based on a set of values to admire and inspire.
The trimmed, slightly-less-raunchy NZ Herald version of this story can be viewed here.
Cover story in Travel, New Zealand Herald, December 1, 2015
The life and times of a dirtbag climber, shunning ‘real life’ for the road, for ultimate freedom, for passing time in the world’s most beautiful and remote rock climbing destinations
Published in Adventure Magazine NZ, DEC/JAN 2014/15
An enlightening journey through a 10-day vipassana retreat in Kathmandu, Nepal, where nobody is allowed to communicate in any way, and everyone meditates for 10 hours a day
Cover story in CANVAS Magazine, Weekend Herald, August 10, 2013
A political profile on New Zealand Labour MP Grant Robertson, touted as a future party leader and Prime Minister.
Weekend Herald, April 2, 2011
The first interview with Ann Bodkin, the last person to be pulled alive from the rubble of the Christchurch CBD following a devastating earthquake
Weekend Herald, Feb 26, 2011
A summary of the furore surrounding the potential loss of The Hobbit films to overseas locations, and the at-times vitriolic clashes that followed, involving unions, politicians and Hollywood heavyweights Warner Bros.
Weekend Herald, Oct 30, 2010
The self-confessed firebrand Maori Party MP admits his own prejudices, and doesn’t care what you think of him – but is he moderating his approach to be more effective?
Weekend Herald, July 31, 2010
What drives New Zealand’s charismatic chief censor Bill Hastings, who has to deal with watching filth every working day, and handle criticism that he’s too gay and has seen to much porn to do his job well.
Cover story in CANVAS Magazine, Weekend Herald, October 13 2007.
A visit to a brothel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and interview with one of the sex-workers.
Translated into Norwegian and published in the Norwegian International Labour Organisation magazine (Globalt Arbeidsliv), November 2005