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About

This was last updated on July 18th, 2013. If that was a while ago, this might be out of date. If you want a more formal CV, check me out on LinkedIn.

So, I’m Daniel Farrell, in case you didn’t guess.

I am student at the University of Waikato, studying a Bachelor of Laws conjoint with a Bachelor of Management Studies. Technically it’s supposed to be the other way around, but I am looking more at a career in law, hence the ignoring that.

I am a radio DJ on Contact FM. I haven’t been doing a show recently, but I am still involved. Previously, I’ve had interviews with Phil Goff (former Leader of the Opposition), Russell Norman (Co-leader of the Green Party), Liam Finn and quite a few other people. I also interviewed the Prime Minister! And yes, as I promised, I played Taxman by The Beatles after the interview. He didn’t hear it, because he was off the phone, but I did. I am also the current Treasurer for the Independent Broadcasting Community (Hamilton) Inc. That’s the organisation that runs Contact FM.

On 1 January 2013, my term as one of the Directors of the Waikato Students’ Union began. I ran for President and Director at the election, but wasn’t successful for President. My position of Director goes through to 31 December 2013. I am currently running for re-election as Director of WSU.

I really am a bit of a volunteering person, as I also volunteer for the New Zealand Breakers. I basically help people find their seats before the game, do a few jobs during the game in necessary, which is seldom is, and help pack up the NSEC after the games. I’ve been doing that since 2009, but I’ve been a fan since 2006. Not a bandwagon fan from when they started winning. I even have a shirt from the 2008 season, which I wear quite regularly. I have no qualms in saying when the Breakers won the 2010/11 season, it was the first sporting event I had a little bit of a cry at. No jokes. The Breakers have almost become part of me. It’s infectatious like that.

I formerly volunteered as the webmaster for the University of Waikato Debating Society. It didn’t often involve doing much, just making sure everything is running smoothly, fixing things if I saw something wrong (or if I got an email saying something’s wrong) and updating the Twitter account as/when necessary. Nothing particularly exciting, but still something I was able to do. However, I’m getting a lot more on my plate right now, so I had to drop something. And this is the something I dropped – I let them know two days before the site completely crashed in a permanent way too… That made me feel bad, but it wasn’t through something I did.

I used to do Competitive Irish Dance. I became National Champion in 2006. Things sort of went downhill from there. I had injuries, then I went into my last year of high school and I decided my schoolwork too priority, then I moved for university and it just became a bit impossible to get back into it. I’ve been trying to find time to get back into Irish Dancing for a few years, but I just haven’t been able to find that time.

I used to be the puzzle page maker for Nexus Magazine too. Nexus is the student magazine at Waikato Uni. I did that for a year and a half from mid-2010 to the end of 2011. In 2012, I was the Nexus News Reporter and a political columnist. I’m not contributing regularly for Nexus (and probably won’t have much of an opportunity to contribute at all) this year, mostly because of being a Director of the WSU which runs Nexus. It could create a conflict of interest, which I don’t want to do.

Another of my previous positions is Social Media Manager for the Waikato Music Expo. I did this for the 2013 event. This involved creating and managing Twitter and Facebook presences. I finished this position on 28 April 2013, when the 2013 expo finished.

I make music. I try to live around music as often as possible. Any music. I just need music. I have my reasons, but I prefer to keep them to myself. Maybe one day, if there’s an official biography, that will come out.

And that’s me. Any questions, hit me up on Twitter, leave a comment somewhere appropriate on here, or fill out the form below.

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