Opinion: A Newshub cameraman's best bits of 2016

This year has been huge for news, and for myself - a Newshub cameraman in our southernmost bureau of Dunedin - it has been quite a ride. 

This is how I saw 2016, through my camera lens.

I'm always amazed at the beautiful surroundings down this way - the blue, blue skies and clear nights you get which are perfect for Aurora Australis hunters, who we managed to go out with during the year.

This year I have covered a range of news events, including volunteers delivering aid to isolated farmers following the Kaikoura earthquakes and scientific drilling at Lake Ohau in search of a millennia of climate data.

My personal highlights include the Highlanders versus Crusaders clash at a farm paddock in Waimumu, Southland, feature pieces on the unusual Otago University flat names, the city's growing street art collection, and being on set of the new Pork Pie movie.

Oh, and seeing Invercargill's charismatic Mayor Tim Shadbolt riding his famous scooter.

Earlier this year, I was honoured to receive a Gold Award for Cinematography at the inaugural New Zealand Cinematographers Society awards for Campbell Live story 'One night with a St John crew'.

One night with a St John crew

One of the best chopper rides I have ever taken was over the Southern Alps, where 14-year-old rising Kiwi skier Nico Porteous received his Red Bull backing in glamorous fashion.

I also managed to travel overseas during the year on a trip to New Delhi, India with Prime Minister John Key and political reporter Lloyd Burr on Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757. The trip was cut short after the plane broke down in Townsville, but Mr Key managed to get in important trade talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

It was a surreal experience riding in the Prime Minister's motorcade. The roads were all shut off just for us and about every 200 metres or so there were Indian military police with assault weapons.

This montage features stories from reporters Dave Goosselink, Samantha Hayes, Lloyd Burr, and Simon Hampton.