Ōtautahi / Christchurch

City Manager

Your Ōtautahi / Christchurch City Manager and judge is Alexander Jones (AJ).

Alexander Jones


AJ has led Christchurch through the competition since 2018 and may hold the record for most 48Hours films watched in a single sitting.

Outside of the competition, AJ has been watching, writing, and critiquing movies and pop culture his whole life.

After earning a degree in Film & Television from the New Zealand Broadcasting School in 2015, he now spends a lot of his time filming, editing, creating content for his Podcast/YouTube channel Cult Popture.

Email AJ  - aj@48hours.co.nz

Call AJ - 027 289 4736

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Launch venue

From 6pm - Little Andromeda - Level 1/134 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch


This year heats will be running online rather than in cinemas due to the risk of Covid-19. The heats schedule will be published on the Heats page. We will be streaming them on Youtube and Facebook.

Christchurch City Finals

7.30pm, Thursday, 22nd April
Hoyts EntX, 617 Colombo Street, Christchurch


Dr. Erin Harrington 

Cinema Lecturer and Academic Critic


Dr. Erin Harrington is an academic and critic who has literally written the book on women in horror (2018's Women, Monstrosity and Horror Film: Gynaehorror).

Her arts and film criticism has appeared in places like The Spinoff, The Pantograph Punch, RNZ, Theatreview, and a range of gallery publications, as well as her new Christchurch arts blog, Flat City Field Notes.

She is sought after as a speaker and adjudicator, was a regular on comedy panel show The Nerd Degree, and was once a Best Actress Nominee in the Christchurch 48Hours competition.

Audrey Porne 



As an NZ award-winning comedian, Audrey Porne has been a spec writer for TV and has written, produced, directed, and acted in live sketch shows in Christchurch.

Her tweets have been featured on BuzzFeed, Funny Or Die, M2woman and Huffington Post.

Audrey writes and performs stand-up comedy regularly and is currently working on her solo hour.

Kirk Pflaum 

Director of Photography


Over the past 15 years, Kirk Plfaum has shot commercials, documentaries, music videos, and films. He’s competed in nine 48Hours, once winning regional city awards for Best Cinematography and Best Film.

When not working on set, he likes to avoid attacking the second draft of his feature screenplay by falling down YouTube rabbit holes discussing quantum mechanics until his dog Coco tells him it’s time for the beach.

Kris Vavasour 

NZBS Academic Staff Member and Lecturer


Kris Vavasour is a graduate of the New Zealand Broadcasting School who, after going off to work in the media, found her way to university and returned to the NZBS with an MA in Cultural Studies (and more student debt).

She now spends most days trying to teach students about the media & society, along with the joys of essay-writing and APA referencing. 

Kris has previously taken part in the 48Hours and honed her short film observational skills on hundreds of student projects and sometimes wonders why she signed up for even more marking in her "spare" time.

Tim Hickson 

Author, YouTuber, Online Educator


Tim Hickson runs the successful YouTube channel Hello Future Me, which focuses on writing and worldbuilding.

Tim makes a living exploring what makes a story work and why.

He has honed his own skills video-editing and sound-editing.

Tim has also worked in game-writing.

Alexei Perkins 

Digital Manager


Both a seasoned 48Hours veteran and a past Christchurch winner, Alexei Perkins has been involved with the competition since its earliest days.

Alex began his career as a writer for The Gibson Group in Wellington, where he worked on TV comedy shows.

He currently produces media for one of New Zealand's largest cooperatives and is actively exploring the creative possibilities presented by AR & VR.

Andrew Gunn 



Andrew Gunn started his screenwriting career in TVNZ’s Children’s Unit well before the turn of the century and has been a full time film and television writer ever since.

He has written for a wide variety of kids’ programmes for TVNZ, TV3, the BBC and ITV as well as for primetime New Zealand shows such as Shortland Street.

He is co-writer of the feature films Kiwi Flyer (2012), 3 Mile Limit (2014) and Kiwi Christmas (2017).

Masen Ma 

NZBS Film and Television Production Tutor


With a background in post production, Masen Ma has been teaching at the New Zealand Broadcasting School for over 15 years.

He currently manages the second-year students of the Screen and Television Production Stream.

Masen has been a regular Christchurch judge for 48Hours since 2006 and has enjoyed (or been forced to...) watch hundreds of these films.

Micheal Toamako Lucas 

Film Tutor and Visual Effects Artist 


Ngāti Kahungunu.

Micheal Lucas has been working in film and television for over 25 years with a Visual Effects specialisation.

His current role involves training keen Canterbuy folk into becoming future industry professionals and seeing more Māori voices represented in the industry.