About Me

Peter Torr Smith, a laugh on the beach :-)
Ruby on Rails
Technology Management, Architecture, Strategy
Databases and SQL
Business Management
Mobile Web - Tech and strategy
Agile practices and Tooling
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Javascript, Node.js
Business and UX Analysis
React JS & Redux
Stripe Payments

I've been living in Wellington since 1993 and in that time have worked in IT delivery for private-sector, Government and start-up businesses in many different roles. Prior to moving to Wellington I worked in Television and video primarily as a video editor.

I've recently finished several years working with the Ministry of Social Development working on IT business projects, programmes and portfolios for a wide range of business services and applications. These have been mainly web applications and, for the last few years, mobile web.

I had a great time doing the Enspiral Dev Academy Bootcamp 'Hihi' at the end of 2018, being immersed in a world of Javascript and modern and robust web app development. My EDA Graduation Letter covers it quite well :-)

I'm now using that knowledge, skills and awareness to explore new online business ventures and opportunities.

My current focus is upgrading HireThings.com / .co.nz / com.au to a more appropriate style and focus required of a modern useful online service

As part of that journey, I've spent a couple of months working my way through a fantasic and challenging Rails 5 Professional Udemy course. It was very detailed, and the result of my efforts was this website, and

Certificate for Completing Udemy Dissecting Rails 5 Professional course

I love business, technology, governance, finance, food and fermentation, swimming, art, living in Aro Valley, my friends, and spending time with my partner on our various projects and adventures :-)

I enjoy getting in and helping make a business, team, technology and process work, and I like being part of that business. I'd love to explore business opportunities with you and see what great things we can make happen

Full stack tech lead Ruby on Rails developer, AWS engineer

From: 2019. To: current.

Tech lead, developer, architect, cloud infrastructure engineer for site, platform and mobile upgrade and management.

Ministry of Social Development
Analyst, Developer, Project Manager, Agile manager, Mobile and User Experience capability manager

From: 2011. To: 2018.

Business analyst, project manger, programme manager and Web Team manager. UX and mobile capability manager. Agile tools capability manager.

Catalyst IT
Open Source developer, analyst and project manager

From: 2009. To: 2011.

Analyst, developer and project manager for a variety of open-source web based applications. Business analysis, Project & Client Management, UX & IA, Wireframing, PHP, Ruby on Rails.

Co-founder, developer, General Manager

From: 2006. To: 2009.

Co-founder, developer and CEO for online hire and rental marketplace startup www.hirethings.co.nz (and later www.hirethings.com.au)

.Net Developer and Database Administrator

From: 2004. To: 2006.

Developer and DBA for a wide range of windows and web based applications


From: 2000. To: 2002.

Developer for eCargo freight marketplace, including early WAP based mobile web UI Support developer for eCentric government clients. Worked alongside founding TradeMe team and technology. Delphi, .Net, C#, SQL Server, XSLT

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry - IT
Analyst Developer

From: 1999. To: 2001.

Analyst developer for MAF IT systems. Year 2000 upgrades.

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry - Operations
National IT Projects manager

From: 1995. To: 1998.

Coordinating IT projects and initiatives across the MAF Quality Management

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF Quality Management)
Assistant to the National Director, Meat Services

From: 1993. To: 1995.

Support national activities for food safety inspection and auditing services

Kids TV
TV editor

From: 1992. To: 1992.

Editor for Kids TV teen show Short Sportz, and current affairs shows InFocus with Stephanie Tauevehi, and Suzy Kato's "You and Me"

Production Post
Editor, Camera operator, co-founder

From: 1991. To: 1992.

18 month venture to establish video editing facility for new Panasonic M2 tape format.

Video editor for news, current affairs, sports, promotions

From: 1989. To: 1991.

Video Masters
Video Tape Operator and trainee Video Editor

From: 1989. To: 1989.

Prepping video editing facilities, source tapes, final masters and copies. Backup Steve the main editor. Camera, lighting and sound assist

Ruby on Rails Professional (2019)
Udemy & DevCamp

Completed 226 module hands-on course "Dissecting Ruby on Rails 5". The result was this website built from scratch with Rails 5, Javascript/JQuery, PostgreSQL, web-sockets, GIT and Heroku for hosting.

EDA Dev Bootcamp (2018)
Enspiral Dev Academy

Completion and graduation of Foundation and Bootcamp intensive mobile web development programme. Javascript backend (node.js) and front-end (React/Redux) focus.

Scaled Agile Framework (2017)

Scaled Agile Framework practitioner exam and certification.

MSP - Managing Successful Programs (2015)
Axelos / CCLearning

Foundation and Practitioner/Professional exam and certification

Prince2 (2011)
Axelos / CCLearning

Projects In a Controlled Environment (Prince2) foundation and practitioner/professional exam and certification.

Certified Scrum Master (2010)

Scrum master training and certification.

Microsoft Certified Professional DBA (2006)

SQL Server certified professional DBA exam and certification.

Post-graduate Diploma, Information Sciences (2001)
Massey University

6 years part-time extramural studies whilst working. Covered Management Information Systems, GIS, Object Oriented development and databases, scaling enterprise applications.

Bachelor of Commerce (1989)
Auckland University

Management, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Business Computing, Economics, Statistics, Property.