You may have noticed some changes!

If you have been following closely to this page you may have noticed some changes recently. Although I have been incredibly busy with Enabling Good Lives, a lot of things have still been on the go behind the scenes.

One of the things that has been going on is a bit of an update, refresh and upgrade of this page. The bulk of the “foundation” work is now done but some additional bits and pieces will be continue to be quietly updated over the next few months. We’ll be tweaking a few things, adding more photos and I will be trying to write a little more regularly now that I have a more “Antnz friendly” interface to be working with.

Annette Hansen standing to the left of a paused image of a NZSL video about Deaf Communications
Annette Hansen at EGL Levin Deaf Forum

If you are reading this then my first attempt to post something from the new interface was successful!

The last version of the site I had a 12 year old set it up for me, after several people said “you should get a website going” after following me over on the FaceBook page. Not having a lot of “coding” or tech knowledge I just kind of went with what I got. I was grateful to have a page going and I was enjoying being able to share and document my journeys and photos. I however find the interface somewhat “clunky”, hard to use and somewhat limiting in what I could do and how I could present both my words and pictures. Since the initial website was set up we have also added, Instagram, YouTube and more recently the Twitch channel; so I’m also looking to use this site as a bit of a place to tie all of these together as well.

Close up of shells ad sea weed on light colored sand of Anaura Bay.
Taking in the small things at Anaura Bay

Among everything else I have been doing I have also been trying to more about this “craft” that I have found myself in. The “need” for a new camera and wanting to understand a lot of the “jargon” has had me learning more about composition, exposure and some of the more technical aspects to content creation; instead of a “pull out a camera and hope for the best” approach. I have learnt a heap and now I find myself thinking about “would MJ (thank you for all the time you put into editing) actually want some footage of this for B roll”, doing things like telling myself to “slow down” for my pan shots and wondering “I hope I am leaving enough room for the captions at the bottom”. When I started buying a few bits pieces of equipment (lens kit for phone, tripod, microphone etc) over the last year or so I have bought slightly “cheaper” or borrowed what I gear (Thanks for the ongoing use of your camera Dad) I can so I can see if I like or dislike something and now that it is at the point that some of that gear needs upgrading. I will be looking at things that we can “grow into” as we continue to develop our video, photographic and editing skills. Please be patient with us as we work towards making this site better over the next few months!

3 caps stacked. 2 bottom caps are black and green facing forward showing the AntnzVentures logo. Top purple caps shows the back with #ThriveNotSurvive
AntnzVentures caps.

We’ve also been exploring the possibilities of caps, badges, stickers and so forth. If you have any ideas let us know! If there are any topics you would like to see me write about, make a video of or take lots of photos of, again, please let us know!

Have a fantastic week people. Remember #ThriveNotSurvive

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I’m still around!

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First post in awhile

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I put together a bit of a video of spur of the moment footage I took at the Mana Whaikaha Expo and Information day. (I will transcribe as soon as I get a chance!) The footage nor the editing is flash but I wanted to show people what we are up to.

Find the video here:

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Part Two of the February trip

We’ve been on a learning curve
Part 2 February 2018 Trip

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This is “Part Two February 2018 Trip” and you can find the video at:
Transcript can be found below the blog.
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Once again I was busy last week!
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We were hoping for a quiet couple of days away

Kumeti, 1 Feb 2018
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