MEET THE TEAM
Benj Brooking | Videographer
Benj is an Auckland based filmmaker who loves the challenge of producing media that is both engaging and effective. He primarily works on educational and promotional material to inspire social change, but also creates music videos and short films. He believes that better media can help create a better world. In addition, Benj is involved with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth and the New Zealand Red Cross. He went to the Lima and Paris UN climate talks with our good friends in the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute.
Devon Hanna | Photographer
Devon is a Masters student at the University of Auckland in Development Studies. She spent two years living in China where she taught English and ate as many dumplings as possible. She has an undergrad degree in Anthropology and Sociology and recently did research in Fiji on post-disaster processes following Cyclone Winston. Devon enjoys hiking, taking photos and is always up for finding out what's around the next corner.
Maddie Little | Project lead
Maddie is a student at Victoria University pursuing a triple major in Development Studies, Political Science and International Relations. She joined p3 in 2016 and is working as the lead volunteer of the Kiribati delegation. Maddie has also attended COP20 as a youth delegate which sparked her interest in development in the Pacific Islands. She wants to see the reframing of i-Kiribati as leaders of our generation facing development issues, and take what she learns from them back to New Zealand to spread the word.
Jamie McDell | Musician
Jamie burst onto the Kiwi music scene in 2012 with You’ll Never Take That Away and Rewind, which both topped the NZ Singles Chart. She’s has been writing songs since the age of 7. There is no complicated science or marketing magic behind her success, just good old fashioned talent and dedication, alongside that rare ability to tell a story in an honest, direct way that cuts through all of the unnecessary ephemera of modern life. Selected as a very ‘hands on’ Official Ambassador for Surf Life Saving New Zealand, and with a raft of charitable works under her belt, Jamie is anything but your usual cut and dried pop star.
Raised in surf-centric Mangawhai, and spending several years of her youth living on a sailboat travelling around the Mediterranean with her family, the pull of the ocean is deep and profound for Jamie, colouring her lyrics, life and outlook – and so she jumped at the chance to visit Kiribati with P3!
Juan Manuel Parada | Videographer
Juan is a human that uses cameras, computers, and technology to tell stories. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia, went to school, learned as many languages as he could, and since then has traveled the world as much as he can trying to meet people, see places and find stories. He enjoys adventures (real and imagined), sea animals and food. So far, his biggest fear is one day being irreversibly bored.
He pays the bills by working at Newshub, editing the news for New Zealanders. He also reads many books and tries to spend as much time as he can underwater, scuba diving.
David Tong | Photographer / ex-P3 CEO
David helped to co-found P3 Foundation in 2009, and has made a massive contribution to the organisation since then. He has a background in law, but brings a wealth of experience from a range of roles in the charitable and campaigning sector. He is a campaigner at WWF-New Zealand.
In 2016, he was P3 Foundation's CEO. He went to Kiribati with the Pacific Calling Partnership in September 2016, building relationships and partnerships to pave the way for our 2017 team.