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About Nigel

 

ABOUT NIGEL

Why, when everyone writes their own bio, is it always written in the third person? Because if you write it in the first person is sounds a little braggy… and one thing New Zealanders don’t like is sounding like they’re skiting about stuff.

But there’s another problem too, which is that when you get introduced anywhere people usually just take your bio from your website and read that out. Which is fine, but it gets pretty boring if you have to listen to it over and over and over. So in that light I’ll give you a choice of three versions of my bio here ranging from brief, to concise, to long-winded. I like the first version but it’s up to you.

Alternatively, if you do ever have to introduce me anywhere just make something up. I’ll back you up. 

 

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Version One (My preferred intro)

Nigel was born. This was definitely the beginning of it all. He was a child for ages before steadily increasing height forced him to take up adult life. He has done a bunch of stuff since then and is still alive today.


Version Two (the fairly concise one)

Nigel trained as a Clinical Psychologist and worked for over two decades in the areas of forensic psychology and family therapy. In 2010, as a result of his passion for science and science education, Nigel was invited to become an associate of the world leading Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study at the University of Otago. In 2012 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to psychology.

He’s written eight books which have now been published in 19 countries and 10 languages.

His television career has spanned almost a decade and he’s presented a number of series including Beyond the Darklands, The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show, On Thin Ice: Nigel Latta in Antarctica, and The Hard Stuff. In 2016, along with Arwen O’Connor and Mitchell Hawkes he co-founded a production company, Ruckus, and the team have since made numerous primetime television series including Mind Over Money, What Next, and The Curious Mind. In 2018 Ruckus was named New Zealand’s Hottest Production Company in the StopPress awards.

In late 2018 he decided it was time for a new adventure and founded a tech startup to develop a revolutionary parenting app.


Version Three (the completely long-winded one)

Nigel has a BSc in Zoology, Masters degrees in Marine Science and Psychology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology. His work as a clinical psychologist spans over two decades and reflects a dual interest in both forensic psychology and working with young people and their families. He’s consulted for a range of private and public organisations from throughout New Zealand including social service agencies, sex offender treatment programs, prisons, the Department of Corrections, the New Zealand Police and Child Youth and Family Services.

He’s written 8 books which have now been published in 19 countries and 10 languages.

In 2010, as a result of his passion for science and science education, Nigel was invited to become an associate of the world leading Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study at the University of Otago. In 2012 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to psychology.

His television career began with the critically acclaimed Beyond the Darklands, which ran for five seasons and was based on his book 'Into The Darklands'. He then went on to make the Politically Incorrect Parenting Show (which ran for three seasons and was also produced for Channel Nine in Australia), Nigel Blows Stuff Up (a popular science series), On Thin Ice: Nigel Latta in Antarctica, Surviving Teen Drivers, After the Quake, and The Hard Stuff (which ran for two seasons and looked at complex issues including alcohol, the education system, sugar/obesity, poverty/inequality, child abuse and how to talk about suicide safely).

In 2016, along with Arwen O’Connor and Mitchell Hawkes—the team involved in making many of these previous documentaries—he co-founded a production company,  'Ruckus'. Amongst other award winning documentaries like Born This Way: Awa’s Story and Stan, the team at Ruckus produced Mind Over Money (two seasons), the groundbreaking What Next (two seasons), and The Curious Mind (a four part series which looked at the wonders and mysteries of the human brain). In 2018 Ruckus was named New Zealand’s Hottest Production Company in the StopPress awards.

In addition to being a sought after keynote speaker, in late 2018—having decided it was time for a new adventure—Nigel founded a tech startup to build a revolutionary parenting app.


The view from the hills above Scott Base, Antarctica.

The view from the hills above Scott Base, Antarctica.