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Keith Newman (wiki link): Writer, freelance journalist, published author, producer and poet, b 1954.
Keith Newman is the author of Ratana Revisited (Reed, 2006), Ratana - the Prophet (2009), Connecting the Clouds - the Internet in New Zealand (2008) currently residing on the coast at Haumoana in Hawke's Bay with his wife, artists Paula Novak.
Over the past 20-years Keith has established himself as one of New Zealand's foremost technology journalists writing for mainstream media about telecommunications, computing and the Internet. As a writer about technology and related subjects Keith has been recognised through a number of national awards. He was the sway.tech Hi-tech journalist of the year, PricewaterhouseCoopers hi-Tech Awards 2009, Best Magazine Feature Writer, IC&T, Qantas Media Awards 2004 and Telecommunications Users Association (TUANZ ) Journalist of the Year 2004.
He is a passionate advocate for New Zealand arts and music and has written poems, prose and song lyrics. He has produced and narrated around 40 Musical Chairs programmes for Radio New Zealand National. In 2007 he won the Best Produced Music Programme at the New Zealand Radio Awards for his 4-part Blerta Years series broadcast on Radio New Zealand National.
Keith was raised in Feilding in the central North Island of New Zealand. He trained as a reporter and from the age of 17 working on newspapers in Palmerston North and Waipukurau before joining the old NZBC as a radio and TV journalist. He spent two and a half years in Sydney managing and promoting rock bands before returning to Palmerston North in the late 1970s to start entertainment magazine Get Up 'n Go. He moved to Auckland in 1984 after a life changing Christian experience and worked again in radio, and as a feature writer and sub editor.
An interest in technology and its social impact led him to become involved in technology journalism. He was news editor with IDG publication Computerworld, editor of Network World and established PC Magazine in New Zealand in 1995-96. He has written columns for industry magazines on both sides of the Tasman. He worked with the New Zealand Herald's Technology section for over two years and for three years wrote a monthly column for Auckland's Metro magazine.
He has been a regular contributor to MIS Magazine, Telecommunications Review and the Institute of Professional Engineers (IPENZ) magazine e.nz. He is currently (2011) a feature writer for NZ Security magazine and Hawke's Bay glossy BayBuzz
Keith has written five self-published poetry books, produced two CDs with his words put to music and written liner notes for the Human Instinct Best Of CD, guitar legend Doug Jerebine's (Jesse Harper) Guitar Absolution CD released on Kissing Spell in the US as well as Billy T.K's Powerhouse Lost Tapes CD.
Keith has two children Olivia 22, and Miles 21. He and his wife artist Paula Novak moved from the bush in Titirangi in 2009 to the beach at Haumoana in Hawke's Bay where Paula now has her own art gallery.
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