I’m Steve Lawton. After ten years as a senior cameraman at TVNZ, working on current affairs and most major prime time programmes, my wife and I moved to the Bay of Plenty for a better lifestyle with our two young boys… and hopefully more time to surf!

I went freelance because I wanted to use my filming and photography skills to help businesses produce quality content, for marketing, profiles, events or online. I also wanted to offer broadcasters the chance to use my skillset for stories and projects throughout the Bay region, as well as nationally and internationally.

Today I continue to have a strong foothold in the broadcasting industry, filming various stories for all networks. I also work with both local and national companies on various projects. I love that every day I get to to use my story-telling and camera skills to help businesses and individuals get their message across in a powerful, memorable way.


I want people to feel comfortable, no matter how big or small their business or project is, to be able to approach Crankhouse Media to help them create whatever content they need.

I can help you with the whole shebang, from shoot strategy to planning to recording and editing. I have an extensive list of contacts we can call on for further expertise if necessary. My specialties include corporate videos, product launches, speaker presentations, company profile videos, case studies, TVCs, training videos, client testimonials and kick-ass content for your website.

I also have photography gear and can help you with product shots, corporate portraits and imagery for print and online. If you’ve got something in mind, get in touch and we’ll make it happen.


Trudging across the Bonneville Salt Flats in the Utah Desert, filming interviews in a Bali prison, spending 4 days with the legends of surfing (a dream come true) for a 60 Minutes story, capturing cars whizzing past at 150km/hour, chasing criminals on foot – I’ve experienced some pretty magic moments behind the lens in my time as a cameraman.

I worked at TVNZ since 1999 and in that time I filmed pieces for Holmes, Close Up, Fair Go, 7 Sharp, Sunday, 20/20, One News and Breakfast. I travelled extensively for stories, including filming stuntwoman Zoe Bell in LA and spending five weeks covering the Greece Olympic Games. I’ve covered many big events, from the Schapelle Corby trial to top-tier sports (the World Rally, NZ Rally, V8 Supercars, Rugby World Cup, All Black and surfing tours) through to disasters like the Christchurch earthquake and the Bali bombing.

Since leaving TVNZ in 2013 for a lifestyle change, I’ve continued to work for production houses and most major TV networks, as well as helping businesses. Recent corporate work includes filming for Vodafone, Sherson Willis (Spark & Tiaki projects), a product video for a Papamoa business and more. I’m happy to send you examples of my work on request.

I love that every day I get to to use my story-telling and camera skills to help businesses and individuals get their message across in a powerful, memorable way

Qantas Media Award winner
for Best News Camera 2010

Qantas Media Award Finalist
for Best Current Affairs Camera 2007

Qantas Media Award Finalist
for Best Junior News Camera 2002