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Brad & David
Brad & David

Brad and David

David and Brad are two refugees from the media world. They both began their careers in New Zealand but left together aged 24 for London. It took 22 years before they felt the need to think about returning.

In that time David worked as a senior copywriter for a number of international advertising agencies in London and Sydney including Bates Dorland, London, then part of the Saatchi group, earning a clutch of creative awards along the way. He returned to New Zealand as Creative Director at Lowe Worldwide's Auckland office where, after six years, he decided he couldn't face another client meeting and threw it all in for the heady delights of Russell.

Brad is a journalist and has worked for a wide variety of TV News and Current Affairs programmes. He spent 7 years at Channel Four News in London, most of that time as Foreign Editor. He has 4 BAFTA Team Awards from his time there. Brad also worked at the ABC in Sydney, producing the 7:30 Report. Back in New Zealand he made a couple of TV documentaries before agreeing it was time to flee the rat race for Russell's gentler pace. He still teaches one day a week, a Masters course in Investigative Journalism, part of a Communications degree at the Auckland University of Technology. Fortunately it coincides with the quieter times at the lodge.

David and Brad are great travellers and look forward to their winter downtime. David's keen to climb Kilimanjaro, Brad says he'll wait at the bottom with a book and a large gin. They're both avid readers, cinephiles and enjoy most musical genres except funk and soul. And they love their dog, Caladan.