About Me

David CurlewisHi. My name is David Curlewis, and I’m currently working as the Database & Infrastructure Guy at Timely.  We offer “Smart booking software for business”, and are a small, fun, and quirky company based largely out of Dunedin and Wellington in New Zealand (with plans to take over the world!). It’s been an interesting tech-shift for me since this is the first company I’ve worked for based almost exclusively in the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Where I’ve come from

Between 2007 and mid-2014 I was the SQL Server Database Team manager at Trade Me. And before that, I worked for a government department, a large private supermarket cooperative, and an IT training company. I’m originally from the sunny southern coast of South Africa, but since 2003 I’ve called New Zealand home.

I started working in IT in around 1999 as a generalist systems administrator, looking after Exchange, Proxy, IIS, and a seemingly endless number Access databases. Around 2003 I decided to specialise and became a SQL Server DBA, and haven’t looked back since.

Today I’m lucky enough to be working with a smart bunch of folks in a varied and challenging environment and will endeavour to share some highlights here on this blog (usually related to database administration and development, but not exclusively).  My other professional interests are around data analysis and visualisation (whether you call it BI, BA, Big-Data, etc), and search technologies & algorithms – especially related to linguistics and natural “free text” searching.

What I do for fun

IBoxing spend lots of time in my garage; doing stuff like taking my motorbikes apart (to “fix” them). These days you can find me doing boxing a couple of times a week, and I’ve also spent a large proportion of my life (since the age of 17) in a gym lifting big pieces of iron.  Because of this I’ll quite probably be typing most of these blog posts either covered in saw dust, with grease under my fingernails, or nursing stiff muscles.


Working hardI ran the Wellington SQL Server user group for a couple of years – until the end of 2013 when I handed the reigns over to someone else. I also organised and ran the SQLSaturday #136 event in Wellington in 2012, as part of an Australian/New Zealand “tour” coordinated by Rob Farley.

Give me a shout

Feel free to contact me via whichever one of the addresses or websites listed below is most appropriate:

DB Dave