Portfolio

I am proud to have worked for the Otago Daily Times and Stuff (formerly Fairfax NZ).
I am currently contributing to NZGrower and The Orchardist.
I have also contributed to a range of Stuff publications, Army News, the Oamaru Mail, the former APNZ, and the New Zealand Herald.

News reporting

In my regional reporter and community reporter roles I covered a wide range of news rounds. I particularly enjoyed rural or farming stories, human interest profiles, and feature writing.

Orchard a family affair 26.1.21

Some issues involved long-term work, producing many stories over the years like the closing of the Balclutha courthouse.

Court closing will hit community 8.2.14

Time stilled in courthouse 8.2.14

Registrar finishes the job 10.4.13

Inaction over court raises ire, anxiety 15.1.12

Other stories highlighted issues facing rural communities such as policing.

Challenges at sole-charge stations 6.1.14

I also covered large breaking news events including the closure of the Alliance Group’s Mataura plant.

Mataura losing 325 jobs 29.9.12

Uncertainty palpable as axe hovers 29.9.12

Lifestyle reporting

Changing 30 years of habits to go organic a challenge 11.1.14

Dining well from your own patch 4.1.14

Recurring vision brought to reality 3.1.13

Profiles

Overflowing with the fruits of 40 years 5.11.12

South Otago songstress’ star rising 4.6.12

Nelson wraps up career with sale of chippery 7.10.11

Young herdswoman musters awards 20.5.11

Community projects

Operation Owen: A community project in Kaitangata to make a purpose-built home for the Owen family.

Helping hands building home for family 6.7.12

Many hands make house 18.8.12

House tailor-made for needs of family 12.10.12

Volunteers building a home to help family 20.10.12

Volunteers’ zeal undimmed 9.11.12

Charity house transported to family’s section 19.12.12

‘Everything is perfect’ as family moves into new home 24.6.13

Clutha Health First hospital upgrade:

Clutha Health work nearly done 20.6.13

Hospital upgrade nearing completion 7.8.13

Community congratulated on hospital upgrade 2.10.13

The Rural Drink Drive Team from Alexandra set up a checkpoint in Oamaru, North Otago.
CREDIT: HELENA DE REUS/OTAGO DAILY TIMES
A hidden gem: The Frances Pillars in South Otago.
CREDIT: HELENA DE REUS/OTAGO DAILY TIMES
Rural reporting involved covering regional and national ploughing competitions.
CREDIT: HELENA DE REUS/OTAGO DAILY TIMES

The popularity of blackcurrants is on the rise.
CREDIT: HELENA ONEILL/STUFF
Canterbury dairy farmer Mark Williams of Aylesbury Creamery produces raw milk for sale at the farm gate.
CREDIT: HELENA ONEILL/STUFF
ODT reporter Helena de Reus with the Ranfurly Shield.
CREDIT: PETER MCINTOSH/OTAGO DAILY TIMES

Embedded on exercises with the New Zealand Army

While studying journalism in 2010 I was offered the chance to join the Queen Alexandra’s Mounted Rifles on two exercises. I wrote about my experiences for the Press and Army News, as well as producing an audio package for our class radio show.

University of Canterbury journalism student Helena O’Neill (nee de Reus) in the back of a LAV during Exercise Jordan in June 2010.
CREDIT: AMANDA MCERLICH/NZDF

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