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Journalism student Tallis Austen. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER

Valley Profile welcomes journalism student

My name is Tallis Austen, I’m a year 12 student from Paeroa College who has always had a love for writing, photography and everything to do with journalism.
I’m extremely excited to be part of the Valley Profile team for this coming year as part of my studies.
As a senior, I’m able to do something through the school called the Gateway programme, where students get the opportunity to pursue their passions and career goals through weekly work experience at a chosen business.
I have been given the awesome opportunity to do that here at The Profile every Friday.
I’ve written a few stories in past editions of The Profile last year, but now I’m going to be able to really spend time learning the ins and outs of a local paper and get out into the community to do some reporting and write a few articles.
urnalism or the media, so this is a great chance for me to get published and get some experience in the industry.
I’m also looking forward to connecting with the community and meeting local people and sharing their stories.
When I’m not writing or at school, I love to hike. I’m at my happiest when I can set out with no time limits and walk for hours. I’ll usually bring a book and find somewhere to sit down and read or go for a swim.
My family owns Bullswool Farm Park in the Karangahake gorge, where I’ve lived all my life. I’m very lucky to have been raised there surrounded by animals and beautiful New Zealand bush. I also work in the reception at home so if you’ve ever visited us you may have met me!
If you’ve got any news tips or cool stories for me to share, please get in touch with my editor through email at