Lecturer at Colab: Creative Technologies, AUT
Pete has over twenty five years experience in all aspects of screen production, and has worked as a producer, director, writer, editor and post production supervisor in television, commercials, and movie production.
Over the years he has built up an extensive network of the top players in the screen industry in New Zealand and Australia. In his official capacity as the Chairman of Film Auckland; the Chairman of AUT’s Colab; and the Co-Chair of Auckland’s Screen & Digital Content Strategy group, he has made good connections with local and central government officials and politicians in New Zealand and China.
Pete was recently appointed as President of Mili Pictures Worldwide, a Chinese production company with offices in Auckland, LA, and China. He has served on a number of advisory boards including Auckland City’s Broadband Advisory Board, Auckland Metro’s Innovation and Leadership Committee, Film Auckland, AUT CoLab and a jury member for the NZ Film and TV Awards.
Pete was recently invited to join the Auckland Mayor’s Think Tank on Film and the Creative sector, and has been appointed as the Co-Chair of Auckland’s Screen & Digital Content Strategy group that is writing the ten year strategy for the sector.
In 2007 Pete joined the Mayor of Waitakere City, Bob Harvey, as the leader of a film delegation to China and Korea. In 2010 he led another delegation that signed an MOU with the China Film Association, the official host of the Golden Rooster Awards, and led another delegation of New Zealand film makers to the Golden Rooster Awards.
Pete has been appointed the representative in New Zealand of the Qingdao Creative Media Institute of the Beijing Film Academy that is expected to be the biggest 3D stereoscopic and animation school in the world.
He has completed a PhD in Design, researching design innovation and collaboration in the virtual world, Second Life. His academic publications include peer review journals and chapters in two international publications on virtual worlds, gaming, and cross cultural communications.
Pete has presented at a number of conferences including an international conference on the Knowledge Economy, and appeared as a panelist for conferences such as Digital Media, Public Relations, Tourism, Industrial Relations, and a panel for ‘Script to Screen’ on New Zealand and Asia co-productions.