Hosted by Russell Brown from NZ's coolest blog, Public Address, Great Blend is a cool event combining information, debate, networking and entertainment.
I was also on the panel discussion with former head of interactive at the BBC, Dr William Cooper, TVNZ’s Tom Cotter, Radio New Zealand’s Mark Cubey, and Claire O'Leary who is the strategic analyst at NZ On Air.
There will be another Great Blend on the 1st of September, in Auckland, 6pm at the Dalmatian Society ballroom, 10-14 New North Road.
After the discussion on digtital issues, we were entertained by the band, the L.E.D.'s from Christchurch, and drank lots of coffee from Karajoz, beer from Monteith's, and wine from Hatton Estate. The event is also backed by TVNZ and the British Council.
I'd like to specially thank the Asia:NZ Foundation for generously making it possible for Ryan and me to be at these two events.
The Auckland Great Blend on the 1st of September will feature TVNZ's Head of Emerging Business, Jason Paris, digital content chief Eric Kearley, Dr Cooper, Clare, and Nat Torkington of O'Reilly Media.
I have to say I am addicted to Karajoz coffee now. New Zealand coffee rules (an Aucklander told me, no, you mean, Auckland coffee rules! Oooooh, I smell war).
I weaned myself off coffee since the days I worked late shifts in Borders, but I find myself unable to stop drinking the stuff here in New Zealand. Damn you, Karajoz, for making me addicted again!
By the way, aside from the interview I had (and thoroughly enjoyed) with Nine to Noon's Kathryn Ryan, I also had a great chat with Simon Pound of 95bfm on his Sunday Breakfast show. You can listen to it on the 95bfm site, in two parts. Scroll the photo of the Chinese guy in an afro.