Welcome . . . New Allied Press North Otago reporter Ruby Heyward (24). PHOTO: CHRISTINE O'CONNOR

Allied Press welcomed a new reporter to its Oamaru office this week. North Otago bureau chief Rebecca Ryan fires some questions at Ruby Heyward, who will be writing for the Otago Daily Times and Oamaru Mail.

Q Tell me a little bit about yourself, Ruby.

I am a bit of a hybrid, and a goofball. I was born in Maryland, US where my dad was completing his PhD. We moved to Dunedin when I was 7. My brother and I didn’t stick out too much, thanks to the Southland-esque rolling R that we inherited from the American accent. Dad is a Wellingtonian and my mum was born in Australia to Spanish parents. We always had at least three dogs, three cats, too many chickens and a goat.

Q What have you been doing since you left school?

After spending my lanky years at Otago Girls’ High School, I completed a double major in communications, as well as film and media studies at Otago University. Then impulsively ran away to New York with my partner, Tom. I didn’t have much of a plan for when I got there, which left me plenty of space to figure out what I really wanted in life, and it wasn’t the smells and pollution NY had to offer. Tom really hated the city, so when his visa finished we moved to Wellington, where I completed a postgraduate diploma in journalism at Massey University.

Q What inspired you to study journalism?

While in NY, I tried all kinds of things. I wrote scripts, poetry, comics, painted, went to protests, applied for art residencies, worked at Brooklyn Museum and worked for disgustingly rich people to walk their spoiled dogs. But the thing that strung all of these lovely, and not so lovely, things all together was journalism … I get to become an expert in random topics, follow my passions and curiosity, and to get to know the workings of people and communities.

Q Why did you decide to move to Oamaru?

Community and opportunity. There is often the assumption that big cities have more opportunities, more things to do and more exciting jobs to chase. This is true to a degree, but it is also very wrong. In smaller communities, there is the opportunity to really get to know people, to get involved with local politics, to make life what you want it to be and to have a say. Just look at the Victorian precinct. It was saved by the forward thinking of the people of Oamaru and now we have a very special part of local and national history for all of us to enjoy.

Q How do you view the role of the in the community?

The role of any news publication is to serve its community and most importantly the vulnerable within it. Its job is to strike passion and inform its audience, but in a way that empowers them to take actions that best serve them.

Q What are you most looking forward to in your role as a reporter?

I can’t wait to get to know the community and everyone that makes it unique. New Zealanders can be very humble, sometimes to a fault. We don’t recognise the things that set us apart enough, but I want to change that.

Q What are your interests outside of work?

I love to do anything creative! I paint, draw, sculpt, garden, draw comics and train my crazy dog. If you every see a crazy Swedish Vallhund running down main street please call me immediately. You’ll find me at the Oamaru Mail office.Nike Sneakers Store2021年注目!おしゃれメンズも夢中のネクストブレイク必至スニーカー10選