Prior to launching Pete Smithies Media, I was the head of the Ministry of Defence department that I joined as an assistant photographer “way back” in 1982. During my time with the Ministry of Defence, I worked along-side and managed a staff of @ 20 talented media specialists, I was also a senior focal point for the photographic profession for the British Army and instrumental in transitioning the photographic class into the digital arena.
My career provided me with a tremendous variety of media opportunities. This experience enabled me to gain an understanding and respect for all the major disciplines that are required in the multi-media industry. Whilst I enjoyed the responsibility of management, I did not lose the desire to create. I continued to play an active role in production work in all areas of the department.
Together with my wife Teresa, I emigrated to New Zealand in 2006, setting up Pete Smithies Media in Waiouru (Central North Island) as well as launching Whispers Gallery and Apartment. Whispers closed in 2014 when we relocated to Palmerston North.
Over the years, I have seen a tremendous overlapping of the individual disciplines in the media industry and many years ago I predicted that this “blurring” would continue well into the future. This prediction still stands!
My personal goal has been to become diverse in what I do, whilst equipping myself with all the necessary skills to become a professional multi-media producer, accomplished project manager and team leader.
Since moving to New Zealand I have been able to utilize virtually all of the skills and experience that I accumulated over the years. It has been a delight to work for “real people” who are passionate about what they do and appreciative of the ways in which I have helped them. Now located in the Manawatu, in the lower North Island, Pete Smithies Media is your one stop shop for multi media production. Give me a call today to see how I can help you.