2015 Publications

Book Sprints 2015

I  provided remote copy editing/proofreading services for the following 12 book projects.

December 2015
Operations and Troubleshooting Guide for Customers of Cisco  Virtual Managed Services

A team of 10 Cisco experts from around the world jointly wrote this handy technical manual as a resource for their vMS customers and the Cisco customer relations team. (North Carolina, USA)

December 2015
A Guide Book to Implementing Integrity Pacts
(Berlin, Germany)
Integrity Pacts (IPs) are contracts made between authorities, bidders, and independent monitors to ensure transparency (and avoid corruption) in public procurement procedures. The writers came together from several Transparency International Chapters to share tried-and-tested advice about the best ways for designing, implementing and evaluating this civil sector tool in action, after fifteen years of testing in countries around the world. 

November 2015
The Blue Economy Policy Handbook for Africa

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) invited 14 experts in areas such as environmental sustainability and climate change, energy, tourism, fishing, law of the sea, and maritime security to collectively produce a handbook for African States wishing to pursue a Blue Economy strategy. Their project was to produce a step-by-step guide to frame the development of a sustainable Blue Economy Policy for Africa, based on the successes and failures already experienced in  South Africa, Mauritius, Madagascar and Rwanda.  (Kigali, Rwanda, Africa)

November 2015
F5 BIG-IP Application Security Manager (ASM) Operations Guide
The F5® BIG-IP® Application Security Manager™ is a Web Application Firewall that protects against the OWASP Top 10 threats, application vulnerabilities, and zero-day attacks. The book is a guide to the recommended deployment, tuning, maintenance and monitoring procedures for the (ASM) versions 11.6 and 12.0) written by F5’s experts. The Guide will be published during December 2015 by F5.  (Tel Aviv, Israel)

November 2015
The Cost of Freedom 
This book was an attempt to free Bassel Khartabil Sadafi, loved and celebrated Internet volunteer detained in Syria since March 15, 2012. 44 contributors, including 12 on-site book sprinters, wrote, compiled, and edited more than 50 original contributions, including paintings, poems, personal reflections, critical observations, polemical pieces, theoretical treatises and calls for action about moving within and living with free culture and all its complexities, as well as personal texts about Bassel Khartabil.  (Marseille, France) You can download the book freely under a Creative Commons license at costoffreedom.cc

October 2015
Guide to Programmability and Automation with Cisco Open NX-OS

Ten system engineers gathered at Cisco’s Militipas Campus with Book Sprint facilitator Laia Ros to pool their knowledge for their Guide to Programmability and Automation with Cisco Open NX-OS (which runs on Linux). NX-OS is a network operating system designed by Cisco to support high performance and high reliability server access switches used in data centers.  (Militipas, CA, USA )

October 2015
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
The book looks at how to achieve quality control when using technology in the administration and management of elections, mainly through the process of certification of electoral technology. This book will be released by IDEA later in 2015 during an international conference. (Sweden)

May 2015
Tokyo Development Learning Centre  Operations Manual (Tokyo,  Japan)
In ten sections, the manual specifies the procedures  for the key components of the third phase of this Japan-World Bank Distance Learning Partnership, and the ongoing processes relating to governance, engagement protocols, communications, work program planning and monitoring.

May 2015
The Book of Tahi  
(San Francisco, California)
This book provides end-user documentation for using Tahi (aka Aperta), the new online collaborative authoring, submission, manuscript tracking, peer review, and assessment environment for PLOS (Public Library of Science), a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organisation founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.

May 2015
Cisco ASR 5000 and 5500 – Mobility Troubleshooting Guide  
(Boston, MA, USA)
This comprehensive troubleshooting guide  for users of  the Cisco ASR 5000 and the ASR 5500 addresses performance challenges of internet mobility and supports operators’ capability to amplify network performance, grow revenue, and reduce costs.

April 2015
F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) Operations Guide  
(Silicon Valley, USA)
This Operations Guide  includes more than 200 pages and more than 20 original illustrations that cover dozens of use cases, the most important troubleshooting recommendations, and other topics including security, management and  interoperability  for the F5 BIG-IP APM.

February 2015
ACI Operations Version 1.0  
(Milipitas, California)
“Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) provides powerful new ways to dynamically manage infrastructure.  This book examines some of the common operational activities IT teams use to provide continued infrastructure operations and gives the reader exposure to the tools, methodologies, and processes that can be employed to support day 1+ operations within an ACI-based fabric.”

Other editing/indexing projects

Compilation of the index for  Performing Indigenous Culture on Stage and Screen.  Auckland, December 2015.  Forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan (UK) March 2016
This book offers an insightful examination of New Zealand performing arts via case studies of late 19th- and early 20th-century stage and screen performances featuring Maori performers and considers the contribution made by these performances to the development of New Zealand’s cultural history and the relationships between Māori and Pakeha.

Remote copy editing and proofreading
Shooting you
r hard drive into space: ways to practice responsible data development (Oslo, Norway –  May 2015)
This book discusses the ethical, legal, privacy and security challenges surrounding the increased use and sharing of data in national and international development programmes. Originally developed through a 3 day Book Sprint, the writers are now planning an expanded and updated second edition of the book and will be seeking input from the development sector.

Remote copy editing , Save the Wild Orchids of Myanmar slide presentation for Worldview Myanmar Royal Orchid campaign. (Oslo, Norway, June 2015)

Reviews 2015

I wrote 21 reviews during 2015

DANZ Magazine 9 November 2015  – review: Tempo Dance Festival 2015 (1500 words – festival overview)
A buzz of anticipation was ever-present in the foyer and performance spaces of Q Theatre throughout Tempo 2015, with almost constant full houses providing a flying start for incoming artistic director Carrie Rae Cunningham. Tempo’s well-established combination of curated short work showcases plus hour-long main bills and a sprinkling of independently presented works, once more came up trumps. Atamira, Muscle Mouth and Footnote knocked everybody’s socks off on the big stage, along with hip-hop from Out of the Box and an extraordinary cast-of-thousands Nutcracker children’s ballet, while in Q Loft the independents ruled the roost…  Read the review

Theatreview 11 October 2015 – review: The Fallen Mystery, Tempo Dance Festival 2015, Q Theatre Loft
Refined movement, pared back and polished
The Fallen Mystery comprises innumerable encounters between a series of highly stylized, recognisably noirish characters presented by a trio of loners dressed in trench coats — two independent dames (Georgie Goater and Lisa Greenfield) who embody an array of femmes fatales, and a well-dressed bloke on the prowl (Paul Young) who ranges from vigilante man to stoic to cop on the make.   Read the review

Theatreview 9 October 2015 – review: Ahua, Tempo Dance Festival 2015, Q Theatre Loft
Refreshing reciprocity, charming co-presentation 9 Oct 2015
As they move deftly through the space, their patterning implies that these two women have many parallels in their lives, having followed the same pathways, perhaps at different times, backtracking now and then or falling down and getting up to start over. There’s a strong sense of lives lived at full pace, of rushing from A to B to C and back again, frantically trying to keep track of each other, snatching moments together in passing or waving the other off to travel to some faraway place. There are times alone, flying solo, relishing solitude, trying out new things but missing the other person, and there are social occasions, public events, and quiet domestic moments to be treasured.   Read the review 

Theatreview 7 October 2015 – review: FRESH Choreographic Showcase 2015, Tempo Dance Festival, Q Theatre, Auckland
Shining a light on developing works
The orange light cycles through an array of other lighting states during Company of Another, choreographed by Katie Rudd (NZ Dance Company) and performed by her with fellow company member Chris Ofonoa. It’s not so much what they do in this very abstract work that makes it so very satisfying to watch – rise and fall and drop and roll and pace and spin and balance and all the usuall kinds of material such dances expplore. , it’s the wonderfully flowing, attentive quality of the movement which draws you in and carries you with them, riding on quietly repetitive rhythms of Brandon Wolcott & Emil Abrayam, and spacy, multilayered tones of Gustavo Santaollalla.   Read the review

Theatreview 28 September 2015 – rview: Short + Sweet Festival Cabaret and Song Final 2015, TAPAC, Auckland 27 Sept 2015
Solo performances scoop the awards
The ten minute lends itself neatly to three short songs, or excerpts thereof, interspersed with chat and cued by lighting and music changes. The six presentations sample the show/rock/pop/musical theatre spectrum, and each set is well-crafted, confidently performed, nicely demonstrating the strengths of each performer, their ability to communicate a character through song backed up by costume and verbal byplay with another musician or character. Read the review

Theatreview, 17 September 2015 – review: SWING by Fishamble: The New Play Company (Ireland), Herald Theatre, 16 September 2015
Captivating, endearing, heart-warming tale
With a running time of barely an hour, the pace is cracking, and all kudos to the two actors who have to pretty much keep moving on the balls of their feet throughout, dancing while they talk, sustaining the personas currently in play along with underlying rhythms of whatever dance they are performing, regardless of whatever else might be happening. The essential steps and counts of four swing dances are introduced – East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop replete with jazz hands, monkey walk and fish bum, The Charleston, and the Frankie Manning Shim Sham with its boogie walks and air steps. Each class is followed by an open floor dance session, just it would be in any swing dance studio around the world. Read the review

Theatreview, 5 September 2015 – Review: Short + Sweet Dance 2015, Programme 2 TAPAC, 4 September 2015.
Broad array includes some gems
The programme opener Escalated, a trio danced by Monique Westerdaal, Chancy Rattanong and Shane Tofaeono, and choreographed by Casey Reid, is finely tuned and cleverly pitched to ensure that audience attention will be riveted on a white-taped rectangle on the stage floor which serves as the arena for a series of (mostly) good-natured tussles for spatial dominance. Each dancer gets their turn in the spotlight which clings to the rectangle…  Read the review

Theatreview, 3 September 2015 – review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by The Royal NZ Ballet, ASB Theatre, Auckland, 2 September 2015
Away with the fairies
When the curtain rises on the Royal NZ Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we are in an archetypal fairy dell in the forest on a midsummer’s night…. Liam Scarlett’s choreography keeps up a cracking pace to lay out and tie up all the necessary plot points within 2 hours. The dancing is clean, confident, crisp, and decorative as required, and all the major characters are well played… Subtly lambent lighting by Kendall Smith plays nicely with the black light used to produce the special effects, and faces are especially well lit.   Read the review

Theatreview 28 July 2015 – review: 1918 by Le Moana Productions, Mangere Arts Centre, Auckland, 27 July 2015
A heady, poignant and polished work
The key aspects of these historic events are vividly communicated in this production through a heady combination of song and live drumming, video and slide images, occasional audio clips, costumes by Tony de Goldi which cleverly bring the past into the present, and the beautifully crafted, rich interweaving of Siva Samoa and contemporary dance by choreographer Andy Faiaoga  which is clearly tailor-made for this production.  Read the review

Theatreview, 21 July 2015  – review: Te Manawa by Hawaiki Tu, Shed 1, Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland, 20 July 2015
Haka theatre warmly appreciated by whanau
Te Manawa is a vigorous, rapidly moving blend of kapa haka, theatre, and contemporary song and dance. It features some rich singing, deft haka, a little comedy, and colourful characters who bring the story to life.  Hawaiki Tu’s professional company members play the majority of key roles (as residents of the land under the long white cloud), supplemented by haka theatre students from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (as the incoming new settlers), and other collaborators, swelling the ensemble’s ranks to 17.  
Read the review

Theatreview 2 July 2015 – review: You Dance 2015  Programme 1, Maidment Theatre Auckland, 1 July 2015
Large ensemble works particularly impressive
The 14 dance works of the first night programme make it easy to see that high school dance in the region has jumped up several notches technically and creatively in the past year, with choreography showing increased structural complexity and a willingness to try some new things, movement derived from a huge variety of sources, and performances in general displaying more polished technical execution. While the general theme of most dances is the exploration of issues to do with identity and relationships, as you would expect, there is a specific focus on stretching limits, anticipating changes ahead, and questioning what it is to be yourself.  Read the review

Theatreview, 18 June 2015 – review: SALUTE by the Royal NZ Ballet, ASB Theatre, Auckland, 17  June 2015
Dancers give everything they have
[In] Neil Ieremia’s intensely dramatic
Passchendaele (2015), for 17 dancers, and just 12 minutes long to match the extraordinary score by Dwayne Bloomfield, also commissioned for this programme,  the men are staunch, defiant, furious, deeply committed, following their orders despite the realisation that they are unlikely to survive beyond this day. The women, by contrast, are dizzyingly busy, rushing about to get everything done, all flailing arms and flying hair in the early stages, and later quiet, calm, comforting, compassionate, holding and laying out the bodies of their men for the mourners to honour.  Read the review

Theatreview, 26 April 2015 – review: The Next Big Things hosted by Ben Hurley,  NZ International Comedy Festival 2015 – Q Theatre, Auckland. 
A richly variegated array of teasers
Ten guest slots are filled by an array of “talented up and comers … comedians you’re gonna want to see again.” Each has a bare 6 minutes to impress and entice us to buy tickets to their show, and Hurley keeps them strictly to time, so there’s a cracking pace overall.  Read the review.

Theatreview, 21 March 2015 – review: iTMOi (In the Mind of Igor) by Akram Khan Company – ASB Theatre, Auckland
Dark and dynamic with periods of ritual madness
The main body of the work is presented by eight circling, dashing, capering, rapidly moving figures with elaborately detailed hand and arm gestures, perhaps all members of the same village. They are watched over by the Robed Man, with the Horned Man prowling restlessly on all fours behind them, or occasionally walking upright like Nijinsky’s famous Faun. They passionately, vigorously, rapidly wheel and whirl and circle and fall and roll and leap with feet jumped up underneath their bottoms, constantly waving their arms and making intricate patterns with their fingers.  Read the review

DANZ Magazine, 18 March 2015 – review: I AM – Lemi Ponifasio and MAU – ASB Theatre, Auckland
Foregrounding the futility of war and its corrosive effects on humankind
Pale grey striations play across the rock face, with a Pacific star map twinkling faintly amongst them, and at the foot of the rock, like a black sand beach at high tide, there’s a narrow strip of land for human activities. Low level grey noise quietly hisses and rumbles, hinting that all is not well with this world …   Read the review 

DANZ Magazine, 18 March 2015 – review: Close Encounters – PAH: TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, The PAH Homestead, Auckland
Flickering entities
The performers constitute something akin to time-shifting, moment-by-moment persona-morphing entities, too fully present to be accepted as equivalents of the ghosts in many of the Star Gossage paintings hanging on the walls.  They flicker between orphans, nuns, homeless women, colonial masters and their servants, teachers, pupils, and those with hopes of a better life. Rapid changes of clothing and movement styling indicate the different eras in the building’s human habitation, but the fragmentary, spliced nature of the movement vocabulary which intermixes gestural reference, literal and figurative movement, and lyrical responses to musical phrases, becomes a barrier to anything beyond glimpses of their lives.      
Read the review

Theatreview on 14 March 2015 – review: HUA NUI – TO BE FRUITFUL, TO BE PRODUCTIVE – Shed 1, Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson
Pride and delight in flowing hula
There is considerable gravitas and grace to the dancing of these ancient dances, a reverence and demureness which is quite different from that seen in modern hula. There is rapid stepping and swaying and pointing of feet, ankle shimmies, an occasional sudden bounce sending knees angling outwards. Arms are raised, stretched up and down again, elbows crooked at breast level, hands floating, resting, gesturing, always moving. Bodies dip, shimmy, sway and seem to float on the air or at times bobble as if immersed in deep water, and the eyes and heads are likewise always moving.”  
Read the review

Theatreview 13 March 2015 – review: CEDAR LAKE CONTEMPORARY BALLET – The Civic Theatre, Auckland
Dissonant themes in New Zealand debut triple bill
“Pite’s Grace Engine has a sound score by Owen Belton which combines sampled sounds and granular synthesis, street noise and chaotic industrial sounds.  It includes the recurrent clatter of a train and snatches of echoing footsteps which combine with the dark suits worm by the dancers to suggest they are corporate employees. Cleverly varied lighting by Jim French provides a horror movie/nightmare atmosphere, rotating through sections which make use of overhead fluorescent strips, a row of spotlights which shine straight at the audience at dancer hip-level, isolated single lights and clumps of downlights which reveal a cluster of people off to the side, or silhouette a battalion of fleeing figures, interspersed with more brightly-lit freeze-frame moments of great clarity.”   Read the review

Theatreview 24 February 2015 – review: EAT THE YOUNG FRESH – Q Theatre Vault, 305 Queen Street, Auckland
A black comedy-musical roller coaster
The pressures builds relentlessly as they work their way through a failed advertising pitch, devastating social media failure, the impact of redundancy coupled with a mounting overdraft, unresolved grief from the recent death of a parent, marital disharmony, unplanned pregnancy and miscarriage, substance abuse, mental illness, a love triangle, one night stands, post-natal depression and negotiated parenting duties, culminating in a particularly wonderfully shocking ending.      Read the review

Theatreview 12 February 2015 – review: STRIPPED BARE – Q Theatre Loft, 305 Queen Street, Auckland
Published in
 A radically revealing solo performance
With subtly glowing lighting from veteran light artist Twink Eltoes, and sound scores from Australian composers accompanying her movement, De Leon presents two short works – Stripped Bare and Grace – accompanies. The first, with a gently flowing raga by Elizabeth Drake taken from the score of the movie Japanese Story, and lines of poetry tossed to us to think about, poses the question of whether she is more revealed when clothed in a richly deep glowing dark blue velvet dress than when she is wearing only sports bra and knickers. The second, with a scritchy, rumbling soundscape which embraces the lower end of the sound spectrum, by Perth musician Cat Hope, played by the bass band Abe Sada, provides something of a coda to the first, adding another layer to our experience of the artist’s repertoire of intensity.     Read the review

Theatreview 9 Jan 2015 – review: Spiegelworld EMPIRE  The Spiegeltent, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
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Superbly performed theacrobatic spectacle
Spiegelworld’s EMPIRE delivers exactly what it promises: a series of fifteen technically superbly performed, circus /cabaret /vaudeville /burlesque acts which together comprise a 90-minute theatrobatic spectacle. It’s something of a pastiche, a mix of old-fashioned comedy, inordinately specialised feats, provocative patter, a little raunch, and rapid scene changes effected by a hard-working crew who are always in the right place to work their magic.      Read the review

Other – podcasts, blog posts

The Cost of Freedom (a blog post)

Podcast: LUMINA by NZ Dance Company, Maidment Theatre, Auckland, 19 August 2015
Broadcast on Radio NZ Concert, 2.30pm, 20 August 2015
The Lumina triple bill presented three works in very different styles and stagings, all achieving highly interactive relationships between light and sound and movement. Choreographers Stephen Shropshire with composer Chris O’Connor; Louise Potiki Bryant with composer/AV artist Paddy Free; Malia Johnston with composer Eden Mulholland and AV artist Rowan Pierce. Design by Kasia Pol. Lighting by Jo Kilgour. Listen to the podcast

Podcast : Commentary on The Kiss Inside – Douglas Wright and Dancers  – Sky City Theatre, Auckland
Broadcast on Upbeat, Radio NZ Concert, 17 April 2015
Listen to the Podcast

Podcast: Commentary on The Pah Project’s Close Encounters: PAH (Auckland Arts Festival)
Festival Review for Radio New Zealand, 11 March 2015. Listen to the podcast:

Podcast: Commentary on Lemi Ponifasio’s  I AM (Auckland Arts Festival)
Festival Review for Radio New Zealand, 10 March 2015.  Listen to the podcast:

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