In the media

I am passionate about all things tech, especially increasing the diversity to make NZ Tech a better place to be. I am available for speaking engagements or can write for your publication.

To contact me, email me at, or of course, you can find me on LinkedIn

Me, sitting at a table with a pink Surface Pro laptop

Digital Boost Deep Dive

September 22, 2022

I talk to the Digital Boost team at MBIE all our our tech stack at work

Logo of the Not Your Token Minority Podcast

Closing the digital Divide

September 13, 2022

I was a guest on the Not Your Token Minority podcast, talking about digital divide and play-doh

Guilty Feminist Photo Cover of Episode featuring essica Fostekew, Lexy Seedhouse, Greer Forde-MacNaughton, Roxy Coervers and Vivian Chandra

Power through Movement

January 11, 2022

I was a guest on the Guilty Feminist podcast, talking about my mahi with Kia Haumaru

11 No Bullshit Mother’s Day Celebration Stories

July 16, 2021

StoryO interviews me and 10 other people for Mother’s Day

Group of women at a She# event with the logo in the middle

Introducing – Vivian Chandra

July 08, 2021

I’m the inaugural interview on the SheSharp newsletter

In New Zealand, ‘Hello’ has become ‘kia ora’.

January 08, 2021

Can New Zealanders save the endangered Māori language? Article from

On the Rag: We made our own safety video for women

December 05, 2019

It was a bunch of fun hanging out with Michèle A’Court, Leonie Hayden and Alex Casey talking self-defence, confidence and how to turn your fear into righteous anger

StoryO Front Page with the words "Celebrating stories of women and gender diverse folks in New Zealand Over the last two years, we’ve done 140+ interviews with the kaupapa to share deep, vulnerable, and very much normal journeys of the people around us." and a photo of two women talking

Being A CTO, Everyday Sexism and Kicking Ass (Literally)

September 05, 2019

I’m interviewed by the amazing Elina of StoryO

Women’s Self Defense

May 01, 2019

Interviewed by 95bFM on an upcoming self-defence session for refugee and migrant women

New Minecraft tutorial entirely in te reo Māori

December 07, 2018

Māori Television’s online news featured a clip about Hour of Code and OMGTech!

Learning to code in te reo Māori!

December 06, 2018

OMGTech! was sponsored by Microsoft NZ to translate the Minecraft activity on Hour of Code for 2018. Here, I talk about how awesome it is on Māori TV’s Kawekōrero programme

Hackathon with a mission: Tamariki and tech

November 30, 2018

A call for ICT organisations to help build a platform that will connect volunteers to teach the new digital curriculum

Me with a yellow lanyard and a black blazer

Mentoring in the digital era

May 01, 2018

How technology and digital leaders are reaching underrepresented groups in ICT through formal – and informal – mentoring

Dealing with the digital divide

February 20, 2018

As the world turns digital, a vanguard of IT professionals are championing their profession to the millennials.

‘You don’t really know tech, until you’ve explained it to a kid who’s never played with it before’

October 25, 2017

How and why OMGTech! is bringing digital education to underserved Kiwi communities

Panel of women presenters sitting on high stools in front of a green curtain

Leaning in: How to break stereotypes and beat imposter syndrome

May 23, 2017

A panel discussion at NZTech week provided an insider view of women in technology.

Photo from Big Bang Theory of the four male main characteres, with big red crosses over the main characters faces

Eight simple rules for destroying boring stereotypes in the tech industry

May 13, 2017

Alex Casey reports back from the Techweek’17 ‘Breaking Stereotypes’ panel with a bevy of useful life advice.

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Women, Youth and the Net

July 12, 2014

I was interviewed by Kim Hill on Radio NZ about InternetNZ’s Nethui Conference.

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Random follow #161 – @vivster81

June 27, 2013

I was showcased on a “random kiwi tweeter” blog project

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Getting my geek on

March 27, 2013

Write-up of first Girl Geek Dinners in 2013

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You can’t be an expert at everything

February 01, 2013

What is the best leadership advice you have received? CIO Magazine interviews me for their Talking Points article

Me standing in front of a TV screen with logos on it

Amnesty International puts your Facebook Timeline on trial

October 31, 2012

Write-up of Net2Akl meetup featuring TrialbyTimeline

Big heading saying "What are you guilty of" Trial by Timeline

Sentenced on Facebook

October 27, 2012

Amnesty International is launching a Facebook application that will illustrate to users of the social media site how their posts could see them tortured, imprisoned or even killed in other countries.

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Underage Facebook users prove vulnerable

April 22, 2012

Up to half of children aged 10 to 12 are using Facebook, even though the social networking site is supposedly restricted to those 13 and older.

Photo from 2012 Connecting Communities Conference

NZ Charities urged to do more for less using technology

March 03, 2012

Lack of investment in technology means NGOs are not reaching full potential, conference is told.

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Virtual volunteering Just a Click Away

November 21, 2011

Websites have proved pretty good at matching romantic partners and now they are doing the same for volunteers and charities that need their help

Me in fropnt of some Koru art wearing a black blazer over a blue top

Help out in cyberspace

September 28, 2011

Interview in the Eastern Bay Couriers about a new virtual volunteering organisation I was involved in

Me, in front of some flowers on a lake

The IT Activist

September 1, 2010

Amnesty International New Zealand ICT manager Vivian Chandra represents a new breed of IT leaders.

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Striking a blow for freedom

September 1, 2010

A short article about Amnesty’s website in NetGuide

Cover Photo from CIO Magaine, with me standing in the forefront with the title "The Art of Giving"

The art of giving

December 6, 2008

These ICT professionals hold down demanding jobs, but volunteer work is very much a part of their lives. What drives them to take on these multifaceted roles?

A Nova model displays a garment during the Fashion for Freedom show at Epsom Girls Grammar last night.

Fashion for freedom

August 02, 2005

Professional models from Nova Models, Actors and Talent strutted in the name of freedom in front of an audience including TV3’s Carol Hirschfeld and Kelly Swanson Roe.

photos of the wearable art dresses made of tyres and natural fibres

Making a ‘fashion statement’ on human rights

August 02, 2005

Peace and oppression are making it to Auckland for a wearable art fashion show for Amnesty International

Woman sitting with a flipphone in front of a CRM monitor

A Change Of Habits To Elude Spam’s Pall

October 23, 2003

With In boxes deluged, e-mail users try evasive action. Or sometimes just pick up a phone.