Creative Welly Episode #15 | Queen Olivia & Pat Shepherd

Courageous conversations with bold humans (from the most creative little capital in the world).

Queen Olivia, Meta Drag Queen

Named one of New Zealand’s 10 most Iconic Drag Queens.

On Twitter simulating life on Space Station 1 in geosynchronous orbit about Wellington, NZ with their trusty pussy cat Cuddle Unit 5.

A regular at Rainbow Story Times. (also known as drag queen story time) in libraries across the Wellington region.

Featured in internationally renowned GayTM campaign for ANZ NZ, and modelled for Höpt Soda’s Nön Usual campaign, running nationwide, online, busses, and billboards.

Currently in collaboration modelling for Dave Roil of Hand Sewn Atelier, photo shoots for London Pacific Fashion week, and NZ photographers Tink Lockett, and Bern Stock.

Pat Shepherd – Chief Doer of Things at One Percent Collective

Pat Shepherd is a photographer, graphic designer and founder of NZ-based charity One Percent Collective. He loves making things better through creativity. He’s been doing that for years through his work with SpinningTop on the Thai/Burma border with refugee and migrant children and more recently through One Percent Collective and The Generosity Journal they produce.

One Percent Collective is a super simple concept. Over the past 8 years, almost 700 donors have collectively raised over $2 million dollars for Kiwi-based causes by giving just 1% of their income.

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Creative Welly Episode #14 | Audrea Topps Harjo & Alex Matthews

Courageous conversations with bold humans (from the most creative little capital in the world).

Audrea Topps Harjo – COO at A44 Games & Founder of InclusionFX

Audrea Topps Harjo has worked in the entertainment industry for over twenty-five years.

She has worked for Sony Pictures (CONTACT) Rhythm and Hues, Electronic Arts, WETA Digital (RISE OF THE PLANETS OF THE APES), James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment (AVATAR SEQUELS). She produced three independent films (SECRETS, ALL IN, THE AVAILABLE WIFE). She served as Mind & Machine’s VFX Producer on Ridley Scott’s (RAISED BY WOLVES).

She is currently COO at A44 Games and founder of InclusionFX, which is a platform designed to support and amplify underrepresented voices in the VFX for features, television and games industries in Wellington, NZ.

Alex Matthews – Xequals CEO

Alex is a Wellington business person and ‘serial entrepreneur’ with businesses in digital production, web/app development, gaming, and heavily engaged in the innovation sector.

An avid futurist focused on emerging technologies and social trends, Alex is passionate about discussing the future of society and how we can best shape it towards a world we all want to live in.

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Creative Welly Episode #13 | Mayu Suzuki & Trent Yeo

Courageous conversations with bold humans (from the most creative little capital in the world).

Mayu Suzuki – Petite Queen Bee of mariri New Zealand / JFW organiser

Mayu is a bridge between Japan and New Zealand – or at least that’s my goal! During the day I am a Mānuka honey expert gifting New Zealand Taonga to Japanese customers on e-commerce, I also organise one of the biggest cultural events “Japan Festival Wellington”.

As a Japanese-Kiwi, I am passionate about culture and identity issues. My mission is to connect Japan and New Zealand in all business, culture, sports and all sectors.

Trent Yeo – Loves team sports

Trent is Executive Director of Ziptrek Ecotours in Queenstown. Ziptrek is an adventure ecotourism zipline business that utilises the power of adventure to help create meaningful memories of place.

Ziptrek is a long time communicator about The Natural Step and now a Future-Fit Pioneer. Ziptrek’s business model assists tens of thousands of guests to learn about sustainability.

Trent is also an ex TEDx event organiser, once produced an online vodcast about NZ for China travellers, represents on board of Tourism Industry Aotearoa and co-starter of Startup Queenstown Lakes.

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Creative Welly Episode #9 | Janelle (Jay) Fenwick & Tom Probert

Courageous conversations with bold humans (from the most creative little capital in the world).

Janelle (Jay) Fenwick, Founder – Teulo CPD Education Platform 

Janelle Fenwick is an incredibly passionate, high-achieving entrepreneur, mother and founder of the architectural brainchild Teulo.

She began her career in insurance, but with a background in the arts, it wasn’t long until creativity changed her trajectory. With a reputation for seeing the world through a lens of endless possibilities and more than 15 years experience working in positions ranging from business development to National Sales Manager, Janelle thrives in the start-up space and has embraced innovation and technology with every step of her exceptional career.

Teulo is the perfect fusion of Janelle’s two creative loves – design and businesses – and since launching, the online digital / webinar platform has continued to grow, challenging the status quo and raising the technology bar on CPD learning while filling the communications gap between architects, designers and builders to ultimately evolve the industry towards our digital futures.

Tom Probert, Head of Marketing and Innovation – Powershop

Now in his third stint in Welly, Tom returned from the UK in 2016 to head up Sales, Marketing and Design at Powershop.

After a short stint as Head of Marketing at Contact Energy in 2019 he returned to Powershop to continue the fight to disrupt the energy category.

His diverse career to date has spanned Sales, Marketing and Product Development across everything from Chocolate, Toothpaste and Ice Cream to Plumbing, Drainage and Electricity.

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Creative Welly Episode #6 | Haritina Mogoșanu & Gareth Parry

Courageous conversations with bold humans (from the most creative little capital in the world).

Haritina Mogoșanu, Astrobiologist and Space Science Communicator

I’m a Martian at heart, a space science communicator for a job and an astrobiologist and amateur astronomer for the rest of the time. I think I’m good at connecting people, I’ve been creating networks that engage astronomy and space scientists with communities through hands-on programmes.

For me, the most profound and amazing connection we have with each other is that we are all made of stardust. And since Earth is the only place we have discovered life so far, we must do everything in our power to take care of it. And that is easy, all we need to do is learn our science, which is the universal language that explains how the world works.

Gareth Parry, Creating spaces for people to work together, Partner at PwC New Zealand

I’ve spent my working life in the broader design community in Aotearoa New Zealand — beginning with a bachelor’s degree in architecture followed by large chunks of learning design, digital advertising, infography, live scribing, event framing/design/production/facilitation, and human-centered experience design. Much of that work has focused on making the services that New Zealanders access, better.

That work has led me to care deeply about equitability — policies, services, and systems that deal with people and their whanau where they are, given their circumstances, needs, preferences, and abilities. My focus for the last few years has been on creating open and empathetic spaces for people to meet, relate, collaborate, and partner in the design and redesign of policies, services, and systems.

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