Professional Practice Fellow
Head of Filmmaking
- A pioneer of natural history documentary making in New Zealand, Neil was a founding member of TVNZ’s Natural History Unit in 1977, as a researcher, then director, producer and then executive producer.
- He made many Wild Track children’s shows, then many Wild South documentaries. Highlights were diving into the crystal water under Antarctic ice to film for PBS Nature, and living on a remote sub-antarctic island for a summer, filming sea-lions for TVNZ and BBC. These and many other films sold around the world and led to an early and close co-pro relationship with the burgeoning Discovery channels, then other US channels and European and Asian broadcasters.
- As a production executive then a marketing executive after Fox bought and grew NHNZ, Neil flew more than two million kilometres over 15 years in pursuit of global co-pro business.
- Neil conducted workshops on wildlife documentary production and on global co-production, spoke on panels and sat on juries at numerous festivals, and addressed many student and community groups. He was a board member and deputy chair of the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film festival for many years, and sat on the advisory board of Otago University’s Centre for Science Communication for four years.
- After 40 years in TV Neil was reborn as a wildlife tourism operator in 2013 and now tells stories of our southern ocean albatross, penguins, seals, dolphins and other cool creatures to overseas guests. In 2016 he started up a community nature festival – Wild Dunedin – which is growing strongly.