Kia ora koutou

Welcome to the landing page for

This site is a ‘work in progress’ project site edited and administered by Stephen Olsen as a staging platform for a variety of voluntary and commissioned projects.

The intention is to feature pointers to current projects and special interests.

The background to Palaver Media

The motivation behind began from 2007 when I joined with a group of independent writers and researchers based out of Wellington, New Zealand, to contribute freelance services to projects under the general branding of Palaver Media/Palaver PR.

For the period 2007-2013 those services ranged across:

  • input to strategic planning and concept development
  • training and staff guidance
  • editorial support – writing, editing and research
  • design and photography assistance
  • campaign management and communications
  • event publicity and presentation writing
  • media release writing and distribution
  • media relations/ government relations/ stakeholder relations

Projects I was a lead for in that time, in my own right (with case studies being prepared for this site), included:

  • the Aroha tetahi ki tetahi / Let Us Look After Each Other social justice campaign for NZCCSS (2008)
  • client publicity and writing for the 2nd International Urban Design Conference (Australia, 2009)
  • the Doorways to Community Housing campaign for Community Housing Aotearoa (2010-2012), including coordination of video clips with Waitakere Housing Call to Action.
  • guest editing two editions of the Australasian Housing Institute’s flagship magazine HousingWorks (2011-2012), including a special edition for the 2012 World Indigenous Housing Conference
  • media support for a WW1 commemoration project (2011) and an allied voluntary project for (2013)
  • managing a national ‘Big Questions’ roadshow for the NZ Union of Students’ Associations in partnership with the Constitutional Advisory Panel and Commission for Financial Literary (2013)
  • advising on new initiatives for Scoop Media such as InfoPages and Scoop Amplifier (2013)
  • pursuing media opportunities for small businesses, startup companies and social enterprises

Thanks for calling by, and feel free to drop me a line. 
Stephen Olsen | palavermedia@