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Ben Smith
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An amazingly cute two week old Kiwi Chick, the perfect remedy for those Monday morning blues! This chick was photographed at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park and at the time weighed a tiny 184.5 grams. It is the first chick from father Koko and mother Kopu and we are pleased to announce that it can now be found in our range of postcards!
Postcard 'Brown Kiwi Chick, Otorohanga Kiwi House' which is found in Pikitia's high quality range of postcards
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Proof that you should never work with children and animals, this was our first attempt at photographing a kiwi chick at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park a few weeks ago!
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Funny you should say that +matthew hattie .. :-)
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I (Ben) have just come back from a weekend staying at a friends bach in Whiritoa. It's a beautiful beach and the changeable weather over the weekend made for challenging photography. The first morning, I lined up a shot, and the sky lit up in these incredible colours, Unfortunately I'd lined up a shot the other way! So I ran across the beach and took this shot. A few seconds later it was all gone again! Was very thankful for the new Tripod (thanks Carters Photographics ) made me realise how slow I was with my old clunky one!
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Maungakiekie or One Tree Hill in Auckland. This popular site in Auckland provided the name for the U2 Song, which was was written to pay tribute to Greg Carroll who was an New Zealand employee of the band. This song in turn was the inspiration for the name of the US teen drama, One Tree Hill. 

And now this world famous site has a place in our range of postcards!
Postcard 'One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie), Auckland' which is found in Pikitia's high quality range of postcards
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The Steampunk Oamaru holds a collection of industrial steampunk Art. It's known for it's train that lights up at night, spits fire and billows smoke!

This image is by photographer Graham Warman, who is new to the Pikitia Range. Check out his work at http://www.grahamwarman.co.nz/
Postcard 'Steampunk, Oamaru' which is found in Pikitia's high quality range of postcards
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We have had some beautiful weather over the last few weeks in New Zealand. And I can't think of anywhere as good to be in this weather than the Bay of Island. This is our new design for region and is of the iconic Hole in the Rock. This beautiful image was taken by local photographer Ruth Lawton Photography . Check out her other work on her website at http://www.ruthlawtonphotography.com/
Postcard 'Hole in the Rock (Motu Kōkako), Bay of Islands' which is found in Pikitia's high quality range of postcards
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The Waikato river flowing under the iconic Fairfield Bridge in Hamilton. A shot that took us several visits to find and achieve but all came together perfectly when the sky lit up on route home from a shoot at the Kiwi House in Otorohanga. Released this week as a postcard, we think it's going to make a great addition to our developing Waikato Range.

View on our website at http://www.pikitia.co.nz/postcards/viewCard/PAX-fairfield-bridge-hamilton-waikato?category=8
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We were challenged by a store in Cambridge to get an image of Maungatautari (or Sanctuary Mountain ) surrounded by morning mist. We rose to the challenge and after several trips this was the image we chose for our postcard range. These misty morning in the Waikato are great for photography, and on this morning we could have been pointing in any direction and taken a beautiful shot of the mist sitting in the valleys.
Postcard 'Sanctury Mountain Maungatautari, Waikato' which is found in Pikitia's high quality range of postcards
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The beautiful Mount Taranaki reflecting in Pouakai Tarn. Another fantastic image from Everlook Photography (+Dylan Toh ) that we are pleased to have recently added to the Pikitia range.
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We are pleased to announce that New Zealand's only active marine volcano can now be seen in our range of postcards! Taken by photographer Zhi Yuen Zap, who managed to catch the island in the perfect light and create a stunning image. Check out some of his other amazing photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluepolaris/ .

Somewhere in this photo is the Dino of White Island . Who I imagine is a little nervous having had an 4.9 earth quake hit nearby today!
Postcard 'White Island (Whakaari)' which is found in Pikitia's high quality range of postcards
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Nah, we didn't take this photo. Was taken by photographer Zhi Yuen Zap.
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Another image from our successful sunrise shoot at the beautiful Otago Peninsula back in October. Whilst Phil was taking the shot we used as a postcard ( http://www.pikitia.co.nz/postcards/viewCard/PAJ-sunrise-over-hoopers-inlet-otago-peninsula-dunedin?category=23 ), I was busy trying to get a shot using the shadow of the cabbage tree as a lead in line, of which this was one of the results
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Pikitia Postcards!

Flowering pohutukawa's on the West Coast of the Coromandel a couple of nights ago with the crazy colours of a fantastic sunset!
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Professional Photographer and Director of Pikitia Postcards.
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Born in Sussex in the UK Benjamin moved to New Zealand in the early part of 2009. After working for far too long behind a desk in the computing industy he decided to have a change of career, so packed his bag, travelled the UK festival scene selling fruit smoothies and then travelled around South and Central America before arriving in New Zealand. He has now established himself as a professional photographer based in Tauranga where he started and current directs Pikitia Postcards along with fellow founder and director Phil Jones.


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  • Swansea University
    Computer Science, 1995 - 1998
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