John Calder

BSc, DipTchng


Senior Lecturer

Teaching areas

Information Technology, Website Production, Multimedia

Contact details

Phone: +64 9 975 4612
Email: Click here to email John
Address: Manukau Insitute of Technology
MIT Manukau
Corner of Manukau Station Road and Davies Ave
Private Bag 94006
Auckland 2241Biography

John Calder came to MIT from software development, especially modernising legacy systems, and migrating and rescuing data from old database systems. Since 2000 John has been an enthusiast for web applications as the best way to develop software and he has enjoyed watching this idea catch on with others. 

Last century John’s eclectic careers have included truck driving, teaching, film-making and industry staff training in New Zealand and Australia.

Research interests

Website Production, Creative Outputs (Film, Multimedia)


Calder, J., (2014). MVC5 - Challenges with Learning and Teaching. [LIDNUG LinkedIn .NET Users Group Discussions].  Retrieved from [Requires LinkedIn login]

Calder, J., Craig, E. et al (2013). Notice of Seizure. [Youtube video 5m: 41s. Made as part of the Rialto 48 Hours Film-making competition]

Calder, B. [Author], Calder, J [Editor].(2008).  Askar. [Fiction – Fantasy – Metaphysical and Visionary, Self-Published] Retrieved from:

Calder, J., Craig, E. et al (2008). How Europe Got Its Name. [Youtube video 5m:45s. Made as part of the NZ 48 Hours Film-making competition, then improved version seen here won selection for the New Beijing Film Week Festival 2009].

Scholarly activities

  • Film. Work in progress (2013 -) “Brave Love”
  • Industry Consulting on Software Development Project  (2005 -) “Risk Recoveries NZ”
  • IAFilm – Independent Alternative Film – Youtube Channel:
  • HiTechFromLoTech – “Maker” initiatives looking for the hidden talents in ordinary and accessible technologies eg the “Water Resistojet” as practical interesting technology education.

Awards and grants


Research grants:

  • MIT Research Fund for Animated Film Production exploring new digital technologies, 2008.

Industry activities

  • Software development
  • Film production.

Memberships and affiliations

  • Auckland .NET User Group
  • ACM – Association of Computing Machinery
  • LIDNUG – LinkedIn Dot NET User Group
  • DEGNZ – Directors and Editors Guild of NZ