500,000 Emails Later

Posted by on Jan 22 2020

This is a story about my inbox.  In 2006, a friend opted me to gmail beta account. In early 2019, I noticed that I had over half a million emails. Comparatively, my combined old Yahoo and Hotmail accounts have roughly 5000 emails between them from active use from 1998-2006. How did this happen? Google accounts translates roughly to:

  • 38,500 emails a year (vs 625 with Yahoo/Hotmail)
  • 3,200 emails a month (~vs 52 with Yahoo/Hotmail)
  • 740 emails a week (vs 12 with Yahoo/Hotmail)
  • 105 emails a day (vs 2 with Yahoo/Hotmail)

While I know this glut is not an uncommon experience, but I pride myself for my efficiency. How could I seriously consider over 100 emails a day being productive?  I decided to take matters in my own hands.

I am proud to say that my inbox is now just under 35,000 mails. Here’s what learned about my experience.

A step back in time

In 2010, I had a colleague who began deleting old emails from his gmail account. I told him there is no need because he will likely never run out of space. Otherwise he could do some old school folder filters to categorise things. He just said he needed a clean inbox for clear mind. I just nodded and left him to it. I thought to myself he was looking at it backwardly. Now, 10 years later, I felt he was on to something.

I had constantly battled my inbox tidy by keeping unread messages at the top. If my inbox has less than 20 unread messages, I was at the top of my game. If it went over 1,000 unreads (which happened several times), I would work for hours to get this under control. For the most part it worked. Until it didn’t.

In the days of my early internet experience (lets just say 1998-2008) I remember my inbox as pretty sacred space. I like writing, and if given the option to write or call, I typically preferred to write.

But email had become so habitual – first thing I do when I wake up. What new mails did I get? Sitting on a bus, train or ferry, yep, emails were my go to before surfing the net (I am not really on social media; I imagine the noise there is just as bad). The constant check was an inane practice, and wasn’t adding anything, but taking away time I should be enjoying life. So early last year, I checked my gmail email account (you can do this by typing “in:all” in your search bar. My result was over 500,000 emails.

I started to think of these emails as analogues of pieces of paper. If that was the case, would I keep that that piece of paper? I wanted to actually get to the bottom of why I would have so many emails. So over the course of a year I decided to clean up this digital horde of information.

Sadly, I should have documented the numbers, it just didn’t seem important at the time. This wasn’t the case, as I have to rely on my potentially faulty memory. Nonetheless these here are a few things I’ve learned along my journey.

User Engagement is socially acceptable spam.

Going from 50000 to 35000 is sizable, 93% reduction. What were those emails rendered useless? Most of them came under the guise of ‘user engagement’ from e-commerce and social media sites.:

  1. Purchase confirmation receipts
  2. Purchase status updates
  3. Delivery updates
  4. Automated newsletter signups from when you bought a product
  5. Alerts from things you did on a website (you just logged in, you have items remaining in your account)
  6. Alerts from what others did on the website (auction bids, others looking at your classifieds)
  7. Social engagements (you got a like, someone wants to connect to you)
  8. Reminders that you haven’t engaged in the service for a while
  9. Reminders of expiring services or renewals
  10. Verification of email or identity
  11. Terms of services change & Policies updates.
  12. Engagements with customer service

Of the above, I want the paper trail of purchase receipts. However the worst noise came from numbers 4 – 8. I would suspect that 75-80% of my deleted emails came from those. I had 2 simple rules for keeping something in this group:

  • Is it useful for record keeping?
  • Did it add meaning or colour to my life?

For the above: purchase receipts and some customer service engagements where the only ones worth holding on to. It was the latter that most of these succumbed to. Its highly subject to me, but I was going to be brutal. No more noise.

The most noise came from Twitter, Facebook (before I deleted my account) and Google+ (before they deleted their account). These were constantly barraging me into engagement from people I didn’t particularly care about. Even after I disengaged or deleted my account, I would still get occasionally notices, but these are at a complete standstill.

The most annoying were the coy newsletter and promotional emails opt-in:  this result from missing a pre-ticked box, requirement for the terms and conditions, or simply opted in without asking. Among those, a financial advice – one I had signed up for was particularly bad: In the course of 10 months, over 2,000 emails were sent from their products, talking heads and sales. I had just signed up for a once-a-month video cast about the financial market. Other furtive opt-ins had accumulated for years sending 5-10 emails a month resulting in 1,000’s of emails.

The ones I thought would be worst – Ebay and Amazon, were surprising benign. While there was a lot of noise for auction or purchase events, but it  died down afterwards. I think what matters here, is that though there was flurry of emails here, they were expected, and at the time, useful. However, there was no need to keep the myriad of bid notices as history, only winning bids.

Getting rid of unwanted email was surprisingly easy. It was simply a matter of putting the domain in the search box, and then excluding keywords that I didn’t want to match. I used a negative match “-” for the types of email I want For example:

from:biffsbargainbarn.com -receipt -”account information”

This would find all the emails sent from biffsbargainbarn.com, and exclude anything that would be a receipt or account information. You will have to experiment with the negative keywords.

This way, I could select all and delete swaths of unwanted emails to my satisfaction.

More Difficult Decisions

The more difficult decisions were emails that enjoyed reading. I belonged to Quora, which is a social question & answer website. I found myself spending a lot time on their emails simply because they were interesting. But what I find is that they were creating aof n artificial feedback loop. For instance I had read 2 or 3 articles about the Beatles. Soon enough most of my engagement was around the Beatles. After awhile it felt all the same. The problem here was, as they gathered information on my interests, they couldn’t hold me there because there was little novelty.

This one was one of the email types I deleted. I did so because they were a time suck: though interesting and engaging, but over the course of years it wasn’t meaningful. It was just something that held my attention. So why did I decide to delete these emails?

The decision was made by how I shared the emails. Out of the thousands of emails from Quora I got, I shared 8 articles from Quora. When I looked at the articles I shared, half them didn’t originate from the emails, but where part of other online research I did.

Quora wasn’t the only newsletter I decided to delete, it was just the most significant one. The litmus test was whether I would miss it. As much as it held my attention, I actually don’t miss that email at all.

The remaining 7%

Although it took a good year to get to this point, it has been a great treasure trove of discovery including the first email I sent to my future wife!

  • I’ve found very meaningful emails from significant events in my life
  • I realised emails that I sent to myself – whether links or photos, where far more interesting than nearly all the newsletters I subscribed to. Even from 14 years ago, still are meaningful to me
  • I’ve been able to reconnect with mates outside of noise of social media
  • The vast majority e-commerce emails are noise; hitting the unsubscribe was a relief.
  • I’ve moved on from Gmail to paid, privacy focused email using my own domain.
  • I spend less time on email, but the time I spend communicating is more enjoyable.
  • It makes it easier to put down my mobile phone or close the lid to my laptop.

Also, please excuse me know, I am going to call my mum.





NoRoot Firewall and 40+ pending remote access requests on Android.

Posted by on Dec 15 2019

I use NoRoot Firewall on my Android Phone, and I have to stop it at times because it breaks my applications.  Because of this, I decided to do deeper dig into some of the system services, particularly Google Backup Transport, Google Play services, and Google Services Framework. These Google services made up for 30+ services requesting remote access (the IP addresses are listed below this post) These  IP addresses connect to either port 443 or 5228. Port 443 is a well known port for secure tunneling, meaning its likely used to transmit encrypted data. Port 5228 is used by Android Market & some Chrome processes.

What is interesting is that NoRoot Firefall by default blocks outgoing connections, which is the same thing that got Disconnect.me banned from the Google Play Store in 2015:

Google removed Disconnect Mobile from the Google Play store for violating its policy against apps that interfere with other apps. To protect user privacy, Disconnect blocks “unsolicited network connections” between a mobile user’s app or browser and services involved in tracking or malvertising.

Perhaps Disconnect.me they should have listed as a firewall in Google Play instead of marking unsolicited network connections. From a practical point of view it would have kept them in the store, though I suspect they would have some disgust from such a decision.  In either case, I am grateful for the privacy minded focus of both of these apps. Note that Disconnect.me is still not available in the Google App store, but is available on IOS.

Here is a list of 33 ip addresses connecting out shown as google services. Why are so many IP addresses going, and what do they all do?



Google puts indigenous communities out of search’s reach

Posted by on Sep 30 2019

14-Dec-2019 - Addendum added.

On the 24th of July, 2018 Google hailed a new era of web security by marking all non secure sites on Chrome. While aimed at making commerce, email and corporate information secure – what about the rest of the web? Indigenous sites, many of which convey important historical and cultural information which should be made available for the public. Here we’ll explore Google reason’s for fixing https, how and how it may affect the Maori community in New Zealand.

Having https is for secure communication. This is important for payment transactions, keeping email private and securing corporate information. However – this is only a portion of what is on the web; many websites only offer information. In fact much of the web is an archive of information – in many instances work required to convert them is not worth the effort.

Why Google banks on HTTPS

Why did Google make an effort to update https?

  • A web server delivers something bad back to the browser (Eg A bad website harms the person visiting).
  • Google transitions toward being an answer engine, in part to keep users engaged in their ecosystem
  • It is not particularly hard to set up, so long as you stay in the Google ecosystem

The bulk of Google’s revenue is from ad revenue (116.3 Billion USD). Since https is an essential element for e-commerce, it is only natural that GOOG would want to protect its primary source of income. However, has this come at a cost?

On the surface, it would appear that the internet has grown at a phenomenal rate – in terms of web pages. Below is screenshot of over 6 billion webpages indexed in 2019, well above the 2018 that hovered just below 5 billion:

Graph show increase of pages on the web, however there has been a reduction of websites.

Of note, see the drop of webpages around July of 2018 for both Google and Bing. This is likely because of the rollout of https done on However, there is a difference between webpages and websites. While webpages have grown, the amount of websites diminished. It is indicative, but not conclusive, that Google filters old content. Consider the following:

  • Bloggers Tim Bray and Marco Fioretti both point to an specific instance of older content disappearing from the Google index (in some cases younger than 10 years)
  • An Article by BoingBoing points to Google forgetting about older websites indicates that google de-emphasises older content
  • Google is now an answer engine as oppose to a search engine. This means answering queries faster and keeping users in Google’s ecosystem; ultimately this means more income for Google from their ads and services.

How does Google keep users in their ecosystem? Though completely ubiquitous now, these are known as “snippets”. These present clear and fast data at the top for the search results. Featured snippets is information that feature on top of Google’s organic results below the ads in a box. This presents an immediate answer with in the search results, and may actually reduce traffic and keep users within Google’s product network.  See example below to see how this looks:

google search page components

click to enlarge.  The order of results emphases clicks on top.

All though featured snippets were around for years, the complete roll-out was just a few months prior to the release of their https roll-out. In addition, featured snippets appear below ads, those reducing impetus for viewing lower ranking ‘natural’ results. The roll out of https soon after snippets would be certainly be a boon to commercial interests of Google. On one hand, it places information immediately at the fingertips of users; on the other hand it discourages users to think that other answers might exist, as this cheeky post titled  Why Page 2 Of Google Search Results is the Best Place to Hide a Body.

Finally Google states we’ve helped make the process as simple and inexpensive as possible. There solution is either get users to implement Let’s Encrypt for a secure certificate for themselves, or find a hosting that does. The former adds an additional technical layer for webmasters to learn, the latter ensures that hosting servers are compliant to Google’s rules or be left out of Google’s search ecosystem.

How does this effect indigenous New Zealanders?

Google since used HTTPS as a ranking signal since least 2014; and now penalises insecure sites. Furthermore, Google Chrome and its derivatives  marked such sites as ‘non secure’. But how do Maori websites stack up?

I did an informal search on 93 Maori/Iwi (many of whose domains are iwi.nz) sites to see how their websites are configured for https. I choose .iwi as it has stricter criteria than .maori, and as such, as stronger cultural importance.

  • 54% of sites had https fully configured
  • 16% had https partially configured (did not redirect http to https)
  • 2% had https configured incorrectly (allowing insecure elements)
  • 30% did not have http configured at all

The list can be found here: iwi-sites-on-https.csv, and was updated 23 Sept 2019. So some caveats:

  1. I did not do an exhaustive research on all iwi domains.
  2. I do not have access to web analytics, so I do not know if sites have lost traffic.
  3. As mentioned above, I did not take into account .maori domains

My concern is that commercial interests undermine the cultural importance of the world wide web, and certain communities, particularly indigenous ones, stand to lose the most. In New Zealand, Google search engine share is 95%, Google Chrome browser is nearly 60%, and Google Android hold 40% of the market share. Each of these products leads the New Zealand market; so a change favouring commercial interests could have dire impact against those that don’t. If 30% of our indigenous sites can not get proper exposure on Google, then not only New Zealanders, but the greater world miss out on something of great value.

Maori have an innovative outlook on Artificial Intelligence. ‘Iwi Intelligence’ by Te Aroha Grace, the innovation officer Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, is one such solution that may shine a light on Google’s commercial influence.

“Are we outsourcing to much to tech?” he asks in the podcast.

“The Iwi Algorithm magnifies the essential and existential dimensions of a visible and invisible world, whose core is a genius framework of timeless and eternal values left behind the invisible giants of our past whose shoulders we are privileged to tenant today.”

This type of innovation brings hope;  and Google should learn from indigenous cultures for a solution that embodies mana taurite, or equality.

Final Thoughts

I collated information here to the best of my ability, but I suggest you do further research as data can change quickly. This article was influenced by this.how article on HTTP. I’ve used several points written in the article. It also includes several points which I did not use here, so I recommend reading it.

Here is a list other related interesting articles:


I have changed my thinking about https: I  believe that all sites, as much as possible, should move towards https. However, culturally significant sites should not be punished by search algorithms if the site is safe (no malware). 

Browser plugins such as https everywhere can work as a stop-gap measure for users wanting to use visit non-https sites. While this has no effect on Google’s  search algorithm, but it can give users peace of mind. The EFF, who sponsor https everywhere, give an excellent outline why the web should go to https. For those who do not have the ability to configure ssl, then https everywhere might be an easier solution. It does still require configuration.







Its going to be a hugey! The unlikely first year of a quirky kiwi startup

Posted by on Nov 22 2018

With over 200 employees and based in 5 countries around the world, Online Republic can certainly hold its own among big New Zealand businesses.  Online Republic’s beginning was humbler, and dangled on the precipice of failure. Despite this, our ragtag company remained both dogged and optimistic about our future. This is the story of how I was swept into that adventure.

Make your decision now or this offer won’t be available anymore.

CarHire4Aussies was an early site targeting Australian travellers to NZ. The header of each page featured unique kiwi/aussie banter.

I stammered on the other end of the phone.

That ultimatum forced a choice: a career as a database engineer, or write code for an unproven start-up. The database job was with an established company and the job paid more. The other offer came from a internet travel start up by two brothers, Mike and Paul Ballantyne. The start up’s novel strategy was to create travel sites for seniors, families, women, and young travellers. Their emphasis was on design and usability. The interview for this job was amazing – we exchanged ideas for nearly 3 hours!

Soon afterwards, doubt crept whether I should accept this job or go for the job with higher pay.

A day later, after I phoned my overseas family (who advised to go with the established company), Mike called. He wanted to know if I was going to take the job. When I told him I had another offer, Mike coolly delivered the ultimatum: “Make your decision now or this offer won’t be available anymore.” So I had to choose from the higher paying job using my qualified skills – or venture into uncharted territory with the scrappy start up.

I made my decision. I told Mike I would take the job. [1]

From coder to business partner in 1 month.

My first day was in a tiny 7m² shared office. At the time there were only there 3 people: myself, Mike and Shantala, our designer. I had no desk, but I fashioned a temporary one by stacking yellow page books as supports and an plywood board as the desktop.  I  was the entire IT team.  It was hot, noisy, and chaotic – but I relished every moment of it.

My job was to quickly launch sites and make them look good.  Though often introduced as employee #1, I was actually the 2nd employee. Paul hired a designer first. Inspired by Steve Jobs, both brothers had sharp eyes for design and a knack for retailing. Before we were Online Republic, we were known as iMallbrands [2] – a reference to Apple’s range of i-products.

As for my skill level, my strength was not in Linux or server architecture.  I started by buying 20 cheap cpanel [3] hosting sites for $5 a month, and it was actually cheaper than local dedicated servers at the time. My work load was heavy, I had little time to learn server basics.  It was messy and total kludge – however we went live and to market at lightning speed (and even the multiple servers provided a hokey form of redundancy).

Our first sites went live in a month. During that time Paul and Mike saw something in me. They offered me shares in the business. At the time, I had no clue of what ‘skin in the game‘ meant. From my experience, you were either a boss or worker. It took time to sink in, but when it did, I was forever grateful for this gift.

Crisis; Crises Averted

The ‘Hub’ Concept was a simple doorway page that led to our different niche sites – the concept was borrowed from the ‘Bang Bros’ network.

Though we launched car rental sites in rapid succession, they were not able to cover costs. The seed money that Mike and Paul invested depleted rapidly. We stopped advertising car rentals in August 2005. We needed a new source of income, and needed it fast.

An insight for a new revenue stream came from one Ryan Posa, who then worked for the THL Campervan Rental division. He urged us we needed to get more involved with motorhome rentals.  While we dabbled in campervan bookings, we never gave it our full attention.   We switched emphasis from car rentals and launched a new range of campervan hire sites.

Another contribution to our success was the creation of a thumbnailed doorway site we call the ‘Hub’.  Paul actually got the idea for our Hub from an an erotic site network: it was gateway page to other ‘niche’ sites featuring easy-to-click thumbnail image links. Using a similar strategy, used a gateway site with thumbnails for each travel site we owned. It was an effective strategy in Adwords until they banned doorway pages a few years later.

With our new supply of campers and hub strategy we effortlessly got traction in the Australasian market. Our business grew over 250% from August 2005 to October 2006 off the back of this new division. Incredible high conversion online booking rates were owed to the new established hub strategy.

Paul exclaimed ‘It’s going to be a hugey!‘ That became our favourite rally cry in times of success.  Now we had proof that our ideas worked and we could run a sustainable business.

The aforementioned Ryan Posa was also not forgotten. He later joined to head our cruise division in 2008.

Of Stool Samples and Noobies

Our technology stymied our growth. Or more precisely, that I had built it. With more and more bookings coming in, my 8 wired system was inefficient for the long haul.  Paul, Mike and I had long conversations about this. Put simply, it had to be rebuilt.

We put our heads together and designed the ultimate booking system – one that could handle bookings, suppliers, our multitude of websites, reporting, finances – the whole 9 yards. We dubbed the system ‘The Generator‘.  It was to be built in-house so we owned the technology. My job was to find the programmer to build it to our exacting conditions.

It was now October – we had a deadline to complete this January 2006. In hindsight, this was a ridiculous completion date. This type of software can take 6 months to a year to build. I scrambled to find someone locally and via international freelancer sites. After 3 weeks, I finally found someone with a good profile who could deliver The Generator by January 1st 2006.

We waited for an eternity.

He would only sporadically answer our emails saying he was almost done.  Finally we had enough and asked him to turn in what he had. He turned in 15 lines of code on php which was just a list of variables. It was just a few short weeks before Christmas.

We fired him. Mike took his contract and smeared peanut butter on it; the effect made it look like excrement. For laughs, we kept the ‘fecal’ document on our desk for years . Whenever someone did a poor job it became know as getting ‘handed a stool sample‘.

I immediately reviewed the emails I sent to internet freelancers. I gave each programmer a simple task to test their skills. Most didn’t respond. Those who did, worked too slowly or did a poor job. There was communication from a programmer in Russia which I revisited. Responding to my simple task, he wrote:

“This is job for noobie. Write back when you have real job.”

I informed Dmitry Ruban of Moscow that he had a real job now: build The Generator.

120 hour + work weeks and 1000% Growth

This was our growth curve after launching The Generator in April 2006.

January – April 2006 meant 120 hour+ work weeks. Everything was a blur, I have but few memories outside of work. I slept only 3-4 hours a day; filling the remainder with work and caffeine. A friend asked me to shoot a wedding in February, to which I should never have agreed. I overslept the wedding day even though my alarm clock blared for 3 hours! Its doubtful I will ever be employed as wedding photographer again.

There was good news however. Dmitry was the genuine article. We reset the due date to mid April.  He knew exactly what we were trying to achieve and we all worked relentlessly together to meet that deadline.

Money was tight and our Motorhome rental stock was depleting out even though demand was high. We needed to get the system live so we could relaunch cars with the hub.

On the evening of Friday, the 14th April The Generator was launched. Car and camper ads went live in Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. Finally it meant sleep!

I woke to Mike’s call on that Saturday morning. ‘Our bookings are on fire, ol’ son!‘ – we had in fact got more bookings in 1 day than we did for the entire previous month.  However, what we didn’t know is that it was Easter, we had all worked so hard that we completely forgot a public holiday was coming up.  The result was both boon and bane; we manage to get an abundance of last minute bookings. However, our system had no live availability – which meant that we had to cancel the majority of the bookings!

Despite the cancelled bookings, The Generator proved robust. By June our bookings had grown over 1,000%!  We were able to open our markets to North America and Europe that year. Though no system is perfect, The Generator helped us scale quickly. Not only did it host our internal data, but at one point it controlled over 4000 e-commerce sites around the world.

Not only that, our ad spend caught the eye of Google by growing 4000% from April to June. They reached out to us and put us in touch with some of the smartest people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Those early years, Google proved valuable collaborators to take our business up to the international level.

 Ants Marching and the Gentle Art of Mojo Tampering

Our tiny team gathered more important contributors that year.

In January, Paul had hired Rohan “Marxi” Marx, a local Waikato legend [4], to ramp up our sales. At the time, Rohan worked from Hamilton and commuted to the office a few times a week. A favourite early Marxi was that of fighting a rampant ant infestation in our office. Nowhere was safe and we had no idea how they travelled up to our 10th floor office. We found the source: they entered and exited though the heatsink on Rohan’s laptop. Thes ants hitched a ride from the backwoods of the Waikato. We vacated the office for an hour of fumigation.

Later Rohan would became our General Manager and shareholder, his doggedness ensured our business survived during tough times.

Later in 2006, I put out an ad on my personal website [5] looking for a new programmer to join the ranks of Dmitry and myself. I received several applications from around the world but there was one that stood out to me. Sadly, I don’t have the original email anymore – but here is the opening sentence to the best of my memory:

“Hi – I don’t want to mess up any of my good mojo but I really want work to for your company. I can program and am skilled at cleaning toilets. “

His email had me and everyone in the office  in hysterics, so we had to give him a chance. The sender, Matej Drobnic did remote work his farm in Slovenia and eventually moved to New Zealand and became a key component to our success; he became our Chief Technical Officer as well as a shareholder.

He Tangata

When the company company sold in 2016, our fellowship slowly came to an end. Sue, who did so much amazing work behind the scenes left in 2016. Mike gradually reduced his hours and left in 2017. Rohan, Matej and Dmitry have signaled the end of their tenure in 2018.  That leaves Ryan and myself as last stakeholders linked to our origin.

As for myself, I now work remotely one day a week, a difficult compromise so I can live the next chapter of my life in Canada. Before I left, I happened to be in the Vero Centre in downtown Auckland. On the ‘wall of words’ I spied familiar quote. Though I’ve seen it many times before, this time it sent a chill through my body:

He aha te mea nui o te ao
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

What is the most important thing in the world?
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

Our founding team came from the far corners of the world, had different cultures and beliefs. If we all met previously, its unlikely that there would be any common interests! Paul instilled the ‘bus factor’ [6] principle to all stakeholders. Though we were valuable, we should never be so indispensable that if we got run over by a bus, the business would collapse. The ultimate proof of concept came after Paul’s terminal cancer diagnosis forced him to step down in the middle of 2010. No longer having our visionary leader at the helm, it forced us to step up. A year after the diagnosis, our business grew over 140%.  Sadly, Paul left us in January of 2011, within 6 months of his diagnosis. [7]

We all put aside our differences to make this team work, whole of business became greater than the sum of its parts. Though not without pain, by making ourselves smaller, we empowered our future leaders to shine.  In the end it wasn’t a clever idea or piece of technology that made us tick. Our business became bigger than ourselves, allowing for exponential growth that none of us could achieve through our own volition.

Before my flight to Vancouver this year, I walked around our new Auckland office [8]. There were so many people that I didn’t recognise. A friendly face in the kitchen asked me if I was a new person. I returned the smile and nodded as they explained to me that this was the best job they ever had.

In the end, it is the people that are most important.





  1. Later on, Mike told me he felt badly about forcing that decision on me. However, I never regretted the push to bring me aboard; I made that decision with my heart instead of my head and it has made all the difference.
  2. Archive of ImallBrands: Archive.org.
  3. What is Cpanel?: WPbeginner.com.
  4. waikatos msu lead singer a millionaire after webjet buys online republic: Stuff.co.nz.
  5. Talented Programmer Wanted: Vonnagy.com.
  6. The Bus Factor: Wikipedia
  7. A Wallet, Some Snappage, and the Northern Lights: OutlierCartel.com.
  8. Golden age of travel: Online Republic: ArchitectureNow.co.nz

New Zealand Photography

Posted by on Feb 07 2015

My arrival to New Zealand in 2002 was one of amazement; while I had seen a few pictures of New Zealand prior to my arrival that foretold it’s beauty, I was not expecting nearly every corner of this country to be so photogenic. When I arrived, I didn’t even have a camera at the time! I travelled both Islands for a month before I decided to settle down and find work. Eventually I did find work and with that money I bought a Canon EOS 10D and went to work!

This site you are visiting has recently been updated after 9 years of being a static website. Here you can find my latest work (which is old fashioned film photography) as well as my collection of New Zealand Photsos. Here’s a quick list of links that help you find your way through the photographs on this site:

If you like, feel free contact me through my website, always happy to get comments on my website (there are always typos in need of fixing!)