What can I say – I’ve been working with Ben on multiple projects over the years and always hinted at teaming up.

Well he finally took the leap, and I couldn’t be more grateful!

Without further adieu, Here’s a  quick bio and 11 things you may, or may not have known about Ben Metcalfe – our Website Specialist (AKA Mr. Make Things Swish & Swish Please)

Web Developer, Gamer, Nerd, Troubleshooter

  • Diploma in Web Development
  • 7+ years working in the Web Game
  • User of Internet since Netscape Navigator v2.34
  • Masters Degree at being an grounded, chill, nice guy (I also have a sense of humour sometimes)

What made you want to work with us?
Potential. I’ve watched Murdoch and Powerhouse grow over the last few years from a one man “hustle” to a stand out agency with an ever-growing team of talent. Having worked for my previous company for 6+ years I decided it was time to jump ship and use my web experience to help build Powerhouse to reach its full potential.

Describe your career journey, and how it got you here.
After I finished up my education and Auckland Grammar School I enrolled in a Diploma in Web Development at  Nactoll (now Yoobee School of design). From my first “Hello World” JS script through to building my own Content Management System for managing a basic shop, I was hooked. I found the things I enjoyed most about Web Dev was the problem solving aspect, thinking outside the box, looking for that missing full stop that is causing the error that you’ve been troubleshooting for hours/days/weeks.

I worked at TVNZ for 2 Years after my diploma as a Graphics Operator. What is a Graphics Operator? When you see someone’s name popup down the bottom of the screen, when the video wall behind the newsreader changes I was the guy that made that happen. This job taught me how to deal with stress and pressure in a way that I don’t think any other job could ever teach me. Nothing like Breaking News at 5:58pm to keep you on your toes (insert sweating emoji here).

In the following years I decided it was time to put my qualification to the test and get back into the Web Industry where I applied for a job at Labyrinth Solutions. Started on First Level support and with the help of the team progressed to Front-end Developer after 4 years. It was here that I learnt how to communicate with all wakes of life and keep it professional.

2018 I’m here at Powerhouse, writing this Bio remembering how I got to where I am today and excited for where the future may take me.

Who’s your biggest inspiration in life currently?
Without a doubt, Dr Jordan B Peterson. I have consumed hours of his online lectures on Youtube and his lessons have played a huge part on improving myself and working up the courage to take risk in life and jump into the unknown. By learning how to navigate through chaos and figuring out how to turn chaos into order is where you grow.

His message has taught me how to be a better friend, dad, coworker, human.

Would you class yourself as a thinker, or doer? Why?
I definitely think before I do anything. Almost to the point that I think so hard about doing something I think I’ve already done it. As human’s, we have the innate ability to project ourselves into the future and weigh up scenarios so that we know which path to take without even taking a step. For sure make the most of this supernatural ability as much as I can.

What do you consider your greatest achievement to date and why?
Becoming a father and raising a small human. I don’t think anything else will live up to this sense of accomplishment. It’s the achievement that keeps on giving. Watching my lil’ mate grow, socialise, create, communicate, work through his own goals, become his own person is by far the most satisfying thing I have done to date.

Oh and that time I was playing as Road hog on Overwatch and hooked Tracer into her own pulse bomb, then I shared the play on Reddit and got 15k Upvotes, That was rad also. (Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/Overwatch/comments/9c31f6/forced_tracer_into_suicide/) – How bout that Shameless plug, love it! – edit Murdoch

What is the single most important achievement on your bucket list? Why?
I have big dreams and big ideas in mind that I am not yet ready to disclose to the world. But watch this space and I will let you know once I have achieved them (insert mystery ninja emojii here.)

Biggest highlight of your career?
Working on the 6pm One News bulletin at TVNZ, everything I did onscreen had millions of eyes watching at any given time. It was a reminder that I was part of something bigger and how far one person’s actions can travel in this technological age

What are you best known for?
Being the chill quiet guy.

What do you know is true that no one else agrees on?
Windows is better than Mac.. haha not really, but seriously get out of here with your no Right-click and your wack command button. Still trying to get the homie onto curve monitors…Work in progress 😛 – edit Murdoch

Favourite book?
12 Rules for Life – Jordan B Peterson. Sounds like a self help book but it’s not. Favourite “Rules” from the book are:

  • Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today
  • Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)
  • Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t

Favourite song of all time?
I don’t really have a favourite of all time (sorry question master!) My favourite things chop and change just at my life chops and changes. At this very minute however, my “go to” is anything by Avandale Bowling Club. Best album to come out of NZ this millennium.


There ya go peeps – if ya don’t know, now you know.