NEVERTHELESS: An Interview With Director Sarah Moshman

What would you do if you weren’t afraid to fail?  is a bold question that Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker Sarah Moshman put into our minds with her striking documentary The Empowerment Project, as she travelled across America for one month, highlighting and interviewing ordinary women doing extraordinary things. Then came the empowering statement Everyone has … More NEVERTHELESS: An Interview With Director Sarah Moshman

RYAN EDWARDS

RYAN EDWARDS Singer/Songwriter I was born in Hastings in the Hawke’s Bay, the most ideal place for a young sports-mad kid to grow up in. We had a quarter-acre section with tons of fruit trees in our  backyard, each of those making great cricket stumps. Then my dad got transferred to Wellington and my parents … More RYAN EDWARDS

MEL PARSONS

MEL PARSONS Musician   I grew up down south in a little place called Cape Foulwind, just outside of Westport. My parents are definitely not musical but there was always music around. I still can’t describe the feeling, but I remember from a very young age that playing and listening to music always made me feel … More MEL PARSONS

SOPHIE HAMBLETON

SOPHIE HAMBLETON Actress I was born and raised in Wellington. My Dad is an actor who worked solidly in theatre as I was growing up and my Mum taught acting, clowning and ran performing arts schools. While my parents always encouraged me to have a big imagination, there was never any pressure to become an … More SOPHIE HAMBLETON

JACK GRAY

JACK GRAY Dancer, Choreographer & Artistic Director at Atamira Dance Company  I was born and bred in West Auckland. The beauty of being raised in Te Atatu Peninsula is that it was a tight-knit community of big families. Even though I was raised away from my turangawaewae on my mother’s and father’s sides, I still … More JACK GRAY

JOSIAH TUALAMALI’I

JOSIAH TUALAMALI’I Pacific youth advocate & Chairperson at PYLAT Council – Pacific Youth Leadership And Transformation My Dad was born in Samoa and my Mum was born in Australia to my Scottish-English grandparents who were born in New Zealand. My Dad moved to New Zealand when he was 17 and Mum grew up in Dunedin which is … More JOSIAH TUALAMALI’I

CAM CALKOEN

CAM CALKOEN Inspirational Speaker Neither of my parents are from Holland but I was born there while they were on their OE. My mum was a nurse and my Dad is a dog trainer, they were always very adventurous. We moved back to Hawke’s Bay where I grew up before moving to Auckland and starting at Ponsonby … More CAM CALKOEN

ESTHER STEPHENS

ESTHER STEPHENS  Musician & Actress I grew up in Howick, East Auckland. Music was something you kind of didn’t have a choice with in my family.  Dad had been playing instruments and writing songs his entire life, my mum and sister were both musical and my brother was in a band called Artisan Guns. So … More ESTHER STEPHENS