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#NZWF16 Speakers

#NZWF16 Speakers

Here’s our speaker line-up.

Please check the programme here and catch the updates on Facebook and Twitter


Asad Naseem

Asad is a British-born YouTuber now based in Auckland. He created PokeCollection as place to share videos on pop culture, Pokemon and food. Whether it’s the latest movie or his current favourite dish, he keeps his fans up to date on everything he loves.

Asad will host the morning #NZWF16 panel and presentation sessions

Ollie Langdon

Ollie (aka thesheepthatwentmooo) is a talented entertainer, writer, and presenter who has built a successful YouTube channel from equal parts opinion, comedy, and downright bizarreness. British by birth, Ollie has been transplanted to Tauranga, where he is currently focusing on his writing and performing.

Last year he was the winner of the inaugural NZ Web Fest’s One to Watch award, and this year he’s a finalist for the Outstanding Vlogger award.

Ollie will host the afternoon #NZWF16 panel and presentation sessions

Brittany Clark

A Jill of all Trades with an infectious sense of humour and just the right amount of ‘dork’, Brittany draws viewers in with her passion for great comedic timing, social awkwardness and the occasional DIY or gaming video.

Brittany will host the #NZWF16 Awards


Brenda Leeuwenberg

Brenda runs NZ On Air’s Digital Media Fund and has been responsible for driving funding of digital content, including webseries, apps and interactive documentaries, over the past 4 years. Prior to this Brenda set up and managed the NZ screen showcase website NZ On Screen. She has worked extensively in the digital media and internet sectors, both in NZ and Europe, and played a key role in developing support for women in the NZ internet industry in the late 1990s.

Brenda will facilitate the session: Skip Ahead

Caito Potatoe

Quirky, bold and in-your-face, Caito is a sensation! Based in Auckland, she’s built a huge following thanks to her hilarious videos. From her attention-grabbing lipstick to her vivacious personality, she’s impossible to ignore.

Caito was the host for the first edition of the NZ Web Fest, and is this year nominated for the Outstanding Vlogger award.

Caito appears in the session: Getting Social

The Candle Wasters’
Claris Jacobs and Robbie Nicol

The Candle Wasters – Claris, Elsie, Minnie, Sally, and now Robbie – created their first web series in 2014, and it became a small cult hit.

Thousands of young women around the globe watched Nothing Much To Do which a modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The format of NMTD was inspired by vlog-series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. After a successful Kickstarter gaining over $20,000 they created their second series Lovely Little Losers, based on Love’s Labour’s Lost.

In 2015, The Candle Wasters applied to NZ On Air’s Webseries Fund, and were funded. This year they have focused their energies on creating and releasing their latest series Bright Summer Night, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Claris Jacobs and Robbie Nicol will appear in the session: The Candle Wasters

Greg Smith

Greg has been involved in the NZ film and TV industry for over 15 years. He started as an extra, graduated to an actor, has been involved in six feature films and countless shorts, won a Best Actor award at Tropfest and recently a Best Short at the Subversive Cinema Society Film Festival in the States for his debut as a writer / director / producer.

He co-produced the web series These Two and is producing the 2nd series of web delight Psusy.

Greg will facilitate the sessions: Don’t Try This At Home with Liam Coleman and Jaya Beach-Robertson, and Take the High Road with Justin Harwood

Hweiling Ow

Hweiling (Ao-terror-oa) is the twisted mind behind T is for Talk and M is for Musical Chairs. Most recently, she produced the well-received fantasy web series AFK, as well as working behind the scenes on Flat 3 and numerous 48Hours Peter Jackson Wildcards National Finalists.

Hweiling appears in the session: Skip Ahead

Jaya Beach-Robertson

Jaya has been writing for the screen since 2013 and has several short and long form projects in development. She has been acting since a young age and it remains her first love. She approached directing tentatively and out of necessity, but it has since given her a huge amount of confidence in her own creativity and allowed her to express herself completely.

At the moment Jaya is focusing on promoting PSUSY season 1 and working on season 2.

Jaya appears in the session: Don’t Try This At Home

Justin Harwood

Justin is the creator / writer / director of High Road, winner of the NZ Web Fest 2015. In 2007, Justin founded Tomorrowland Sound and Vision, a creative production and post house and has won two Cannes Lion Gold Awards and three Bronze Awards in Commercial Advertising.

A one time member of The Chills, he also co-founded musical group LUNA, named by Rolling Stone Magazine one of the 100 most influential bands of the 90s.

High Road has won multiple international awards for directing and writing, including the Grand Jury awards at the Berlin Webfest, Sicily Webfest, the Montreal Webfest and the World Cup of Web Series.

Justin appears in the session: Take the High Road

Kasper Tait

Kasper is a relatable friend to his ever growing audience of adoring fans. From cheeky challenges to out and about vlogs, Kasper constantly entertains his fans and brings them along for all the fun.

This year he appeared at AmplifyLIVE and has hosted his own meet and greets in New Zealand and the US.

Kasper appears in the session: Getting Social

Kate Manihera

Kate is a 19 year-old make-up artist and beauty vlogger whose focus rests in making others feel good. Using make-up as her platform, Kate aims to inspire women to be confident in who they are while expressing their creativity. Her Instagram and YouTube channels are a reflection of her personality, never taking herself too seriously but always providing her viewers with an honest and detailed tutorial.

Kate is a nominee in the Outstanding Vlogger category for the #NZWF16 awards and appears in the session: Getting Social

Lanita Ririnui-Ryan

Lanita (Tauranga Moana, Ngapuhi, Kuki Airani) is a creative native storyteller of Maori & Cook Islands descent, who has always been driven by the indigenous perspective and the voice of culture and youth.

A longstanding contributor to indigenous stories, Poi – The Heartbeat of a Nation (poi360.nz) is her first foray into the transmedia and VR, and the very first indigenous interactive documentary to be made in Aotearoa, NZ.

Lanita is a company director of Through The Fire Ltd., a working director for various Maori & Pacific programmes and contributor to the Pacific digital platform The Coconet.tv. She has been a board member of Nga Aho Whakaari and is an ambassador for The Outlook For Someday Film Challenge.

Lanita appears in the sessions Digital Native and WTF: What’s the Future?

Liam Coleman

Liam currently resides in Auckland as an actor and writer. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English Literature. These Two is his first venture into the wonderful world of the web series.

Liam appears in the session: Don’t Try This At Home

Megan Douglas

Megan (Te Arawa – Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Tuhourangi)
is a multi award winning television producer. She is the Managing Director of Scottie Productions and has been involved in both mainstream and Māori programming over the course of her career.

Her team at Scottie Productions is currently producing a comedy for Maori Television with Youtube star and #NZWF16 finalist Jimi Jackson.

Megan facilitates the session: Digital Native

Melanie Langlotz

Melanie spent 20 years in the Film and TV industry as a VFX artist and of that 8 years in senior management positions. In 2012 she joined the geospatial Augmented Reality Augview, where she met Amie Wolken, who later on became her co-founder of Geo AR Games.

In Sept 2015 Geo AR Games joined the female incubator S-Factory in Chile shortly after, followed by the female business accelerator Lightning Lab XX in Wellington. Geo AR Games premium product is digital playground subscription service Magical Park, aimed at Councils.

Melanie appears in the session: WTF: What’s the Future?

Rowan Bettjeman

I’ve been acting continuously since I graduated from Toi Whakaari in 2005 and have a huge passion for being both in front of and behind the camera. I love photography and editing and I worked at NZME as a videographer and editor from 2014-15. I’ve always been a singer and a huge gamer, thus when we started our YouTube channel Viva La Dirt League in 2011, it was only natural that I would sing about gaming. The huge success of this led to the perfect medium to create narrative driven content.

I find creating my own work and characters far more rewarding than waiting for others to give me an audition. So I guess you could say I live to be creator.

Rowan appears in the session: Skip Ahead

Vicki Makutu

Vicki is a new content and television director and producer with vast experience in post production. She’s a passionate storyteller who can see just how important telling stories through video is for the future of our rangatahi and people as a whole. She created web series Hahana in 2015 as well as the Careers NZ Oompher web-series.

Hahana’s first webisode racked up 10,000 views in its first hour online. It was funded for a second series and is now airing on Maori Television.

Vicki is of Ngati Raukawa and Ngati Porou descent and resides in Whanganui.

Vicki appears in the session: Digital Native