One Summit, Five People, Two Lightning Bolts

A tragic lightning accident on the summit of Yosemite’s Half Dome still haunts its survivors today.

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Published in NZ Adventure Magazine, Apr/Mar 2018

A humbling deflower

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

Dirtbag Dispatches – Ode to Vanlife

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Published in Adventure Magazine NZ, Feb/Mar 2016

Dust Angels

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.

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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

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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

Suffering in Silencecanvascover (1 of 1)

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

Meet Grant Robertson

A political profile on New Zealand Labour MP Grant Robertson, touted as a future party leader and Prime Minister.

Weekend Herald, April 2, 2011

My 26 hours trapped

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 Hobbit’s Tale

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

Hone Harawira – profile

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

The Tastemaster

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.

Can we just talk?

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