about me

I'm a writer and researcher living at Waikanae, north of Wellington, New Zealand. You can contact me by email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  .

I’ve been an independent researcher, writer and education consultant since 2004. 

Until 2004, I was Manager of Communications and External Relations for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Before moving to NZQA I was a secondary school English teacher.

My travel book - After Andrew - Two Kiwis cross Australia is based on the diaries of my grandfather, Andrew Lennox, and my trip across Australia following his trail.

After Andrew led to other projects centred round the Kapalga billabong in Kakadu National Park River in Australia's Northern Territory, where Andrew ran a mission from 1899.

·      The traditional owners of the country, the Minitja people, are my friends - I am close to finishing their story, from pre-European times to now. They left Kapalga in the 1890s and returned a century later.

·       I researched and wrote the story of Kapalga billabong - it's an iconic place that was important to indigenous people and later attracted missionaries, buffalo hunters, cattle farmers, mining companies, a peanut farmer, tourist operators and government scientists.

In the last few years I've been writing travel stories - see the links on my home page. 

Previously, I wrote theatre reviews for NZ Listener and Christchurch Press - and I wrote Film and Fiction - studies of NZ literature and film adaptations

The poet Hone Tuwhare was a mate - I was with Hone on many reading tours and he asked me to write an introduction for his 1998 collection Shape-shifter. On YouTube ... my tribute to Hone and Ralph  

My background

I’m an experienced corporate communications manager, media manager and speechwriter.  I’ve been a contract writer and education consultant since 2004. Most of my contracted projects involve concept development, research and writing. Many lead to resources for tertiary and secondary education, industry training, careers and employment. 

I was Manager of Communications and External Relations for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority until 2004. I explained the National Qualifications Framework and NCEA in the media and in professional forums in New Zealand and internationally.

Previously at NZQA I managed secondary and tertiary qualifications, researched and wrote about standards based assessment, and developed assessment and quality assurance systems for the National Qualifications Framework.

The NZQA article Where did NCEA come from? was based on my 1995 research paper that explored developments leading to the National Qualifications Framework (including NCEA). Go to my publications page for more on this research paper.

Before moving to Wellington, I was Head of English and Senior Manager for Curriculum and Assessment at Selwyn College, Auckland. I was also on the Board of Trustees, secretary of the national association for English teaching and branch chair for PPTA. In 1990, I was the first Adviser in English for Auckland and Tai Tokerau.

Before that I taught English, writing, film and even mathematics in secondary schools in Whitianga, Howick and Christchurch. I somehow found time to be on national curriculum and assessment panels, write and produce plays, coach soccer and rowing and build a house.

I used to write theatre reviews and feature articles - initially for the Christchurch Press and Act, a national theatre magazine. From 1986 to 1993 I was the Auckland theatre reviewer for the Listener. In 1991 I studied theatre in London on a British Council grant and was adjudicator for the Council’s British Plays Scheme.