Meet Our Journalists

Duncan Bridgeman - News Editor
Growing up in the South Island highcountry, Duncan was a shepherd before descending to a career in journalism. His first posting was at the short-lived New Zealand Business Times, which operated in the same stable as Flying Pig. Needless to say, the omens weren’t good, at least not until he was picked up by the NBR in 2002. A slew of journalism awards later, including Business Reporter of the Year at the Canon Media Awards 2014, he’s now NBR’s News Editor.
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Nevil Gibson - Editor at Large
Nevil Gibson has held senior positions at The National Business Review since 1985, including editor in chief. Before that he was chief reporter, network news, at Radio New Zealand. He has contributed film and book reviews to various publications and has judged a wide variety of business awards. He makes regular appearances on The Panel with Jim Mora on Radio New Zealand National.
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Chris Keall - NBR Technology Editor | Head of Digital
Former Fairfax Business Media publications editorial director Chris Keall joined NBR in 2009. His multiple awards include two Qantas Media Awards for feature writing and the Magazine Publishers’ Associations award for Business Magazine Editor of the Year. He was previously responsible for the editorial direction of the Australian-owned publishing stable including CIO, Computerworld, PC World, >>FFWD and Reseller News and is a former editor of PC World and Internet Magazine. He was a long-time contributor to Unlimited and authored the internet-explainer Download, published by HarperCollins. Chris has a BA from Auckland University, where he won the Keith Sinclair Senior Prize in History.
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Karyn Scherer - Senior Reporter
Karyn Scherer tried very hard not to become a journalist but utterly failed. Her 30-year career has resulted in a swag of awards, mostly for business writing but she also worked in the press gallery in Parliament and has covered every round except sport. She was the founding editor of The Business magazine in the NZ Herald, and has edited metropolitan, regional and community newspapers. She survived a spell as deputy editor of the NZ Listener, and has also trained journalists. After a brief escape to work for the Financial Markets Authority, she has returned to journalism at NBR in August 2016.
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Nick Grant - Reporter
Nick started his journalistic career at Management magazine - first as sub editor, then staff writer and finally deputy editor. During his stint editing NZ Business magazine, he changed the publication's focus from corporates to SMEs. After serving a decade as editor of NZ screen industry title Onfilm, he freelanced for three years before accepting a role at NBR in June, 2014.
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Tim Hunter - Reporter
One of New Zealand's most experienced and decorated business reporters, Tim Hunter joined NBR in May, 2015. The Scottish expatriate received an MA (Hons) in philosophy and international relations from the University of St Andrews and an MBA in business strategy and finance from the University of Edinburgh. After emigrating to New Zealand, he held a string of senior roles including business news editor for the NZ Herald, business editor of the Sunday Star Times and deputy editor of Fairfax's Auckland Business Bureau before joining NBR. His trophy cabinet includes Qantas Media Awards for Best Business, Finance & Consumer Affairs columnist and Best Newspaper Feature Writer (Business). He was also named the inaugural EY Business Journalist of the Year in 2014.
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Jenny Ruth - Wellington Bureau Reporter
Jenny Ruth has returned to NBR, having started her career as a journalist here in 1984. In between, she has worked for most news outlets in New Zealand, most recently for Radio New Zealand and has previously written columns for the Sunday Star-Times, New Zealand Herald and New Zealand Property Investor magazine, among others. Jenny was the Bloomberg news service’s first New Zealand bureau chief, establishing its presence in this country in 1994. She has also worked in Australia for Australian Associated Press. Her awards include Best Business Reporter (Radio) at the EY Business Awards 2014.
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Rob Hosking - Wellington Bureau Reporter
One of the longest-serving members of NBR's editorial team, Rob Hosking joined the publication in 1997, based in the Press Gallery. Rob specialises in political, economic, tax, financial and superannuation issues. Before arriving at NBR, he covered telecommunications and ICT, agriculture, resource management and other regulatory topics affecting business and the wider economy for a range of publications including Computerworld, Marketing, Ad/Media and The Bay of Plenty Times. Rob studied politics, philosophy, English, economics and law at Auckland University, where he was also on the team for University Challenge.
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Deborah LaHatte - NBR Print Production Editor
Deborah LaHatte joined NBR 21 years ago from The Independent, where she was founding production editor. A subeditor, she has been NBR production editor for over a decade and is also editor of NBR’s property newsletter, NBR NZ Property Investor. Earlier, Deborah was a daily newspaper reporter, rising to chief reporter of the Wairarapa Times-Age and editor of several community newspapers. During her editorship, the Western Leader won the NZ Community Newspaper of the Year Award. She has also won several newspaper design awards. Deborah has a diploma in business studies (dispute resolution) from Massey University.
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Calida Smylie - Reporter
Calida holds arts and law degrees from the University of Otago, and a journalism post-grad diploma from AUT University. Before starting at NBR in 2014, she worked as a business reporter at Key Media and a court and political reporter at Cook Islands News. Her freelance work includes writing for The Listener, APNZ, Escape Magazine and The Sunday Star Times.
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Grant Walker - NBR Radio Programme Director and Newsreader
Grant started his broadcasting career in 1978 and, since then, has been in a variety of roles both in radio as a breakfast host and newsreader, through to television where he was the voice and host of numerous shows and was an actor in Facelift playing many parts including the late Paul Holmes. He has tutored at the NZ Radio Training School as well as iwi radio stations, has owned and managed his own radio station and co-runs a voice training company. In his spare time, he has even managed to write a children’s book. He currently reads news for NBR Radio and is often heard on Radio New Zealand National.
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Andrew Patterson - NBR Radio Broadcaster
Andrew Patterson, who joined the NBR Radio team in 2015, is an Auckland-based freelance business correspondent and the host of NBR’s popular weekend programme Sunday Business. Before joining MediaWorks in 2006, he was based in Sydney where he was part of the ABC’s continuous news network, NewsRadio. He previously worked in the finance and tourism sectors before shifting into business media which he describes as “... the best job in the world.” Recently completing a master’s degree in business commercialisation and entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland Business School, Andrew described the experience as “... a long overdue mental workout.”
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Sally Lindsay - Reporter
Sally Lindsay is NBR’s Auckland property reporter. She has more than 30 years’ journalism experience in newspapers, radio and magazines covering general news, crime, national and local body politics and major events. More than a decade ago Sally was appointed editor of a magazine specialising in the business of commercial property and has been involved with the industry since then. She joined NBR at the beginning of 2015.
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Nathan Smith - Reporter
Nathan Smith is the National Business Review’s foreign affairs and security analyst. His professional studies included international relations and journalism at Massey University. Nathan also writes on the issues business leaders face with cyber security, intelligence and trade relations.
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Campbell Gibson - Reporter
Campbell Gibson is a technology and law/courts reporter. He joined NBR mid-2014, initially reporting on the media industry. After a BA in politics and ancient history at the University of Auckland, he had a stint in public relations before making the switch to journalism.
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Jason Walls - Reporter
Jason is one of the youngest members of the NBR team. He graduated from AUT in 2014 with degrees in journalism and economics and started working for NBR not long after graduating. Jason reports general news, as well as both micro and macroeconomics.
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Kate Robertson - Web Producer
Following several years in student media with Victoria University's Salient magazine, Kate is now NBR's web producer. During her time with Salient Kate held the music editor and news editor role, and in 2015 graduated with a BA in media studies and political science. She is a regular music critic with Radio New Zealand and writes about art and culture across a number of publications.
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Imogen Atkins - Radio Production Editor
Imogen is a radio production editor at NBR, where she produces the radio content and does voice work. Originally from the Manawatu, Imogen made the move to Auckland to pursue her career in broadcasting and journalism. After studying a degree in Communications majoring in Media Studies and Public Relations at Massey University and a diploma in Broadcasting and journalism at Radio Training School, she joined the team at NBR in September 2016.
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David Cohen - Media Columnist
David Cohen is a Wellington-based journalist and editor. He began his career working for many years as a staff feature writer at the old Evening Post, and his work has since appeared frequently in publications in New Zealand and around the world, including the Christian Science Monitor, the Guardian and Jerusalem Report. He is a longstanding NBR contributor as a media columnist as well as being the author of four books.
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Bernard Hickey - Columnist
Bernard Hickey is one of New Zealand's most respected financial news reporters and economic commentators, with nearly 25 years' experience. He writes a fortnightly column for NBR, and contributes a weekly news wrap to Sunday Business with Andrew Patterson on NBR Radio. The Wellington-based Mr Hickey worked for the Financial Times Group in the UK before returning to New Zealand where his positions have included managing editor of MSN, editorial director for Fairfax, Trade Me Advisory Board member and editor of Interest. He is the publisher of subscription-only Hive News, based in the Press Gallery at the Beehive.
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Cameron Officer - Motoring Columnist
Cameron Officer decided to put his degree in political science to good use by writing first about music and film, then about cars and the motor industry. He was the founding editor of TopGear New Zealand Magazine; a position he held for seven years before going freelance in 2012. Today Cameron indulges his interests in big machines as well as passenger vehicles, and supplies regular editorial content to a host of respected industry publications within the heavy construction and infrastructure sector. In addition to The National Business Review, he also writes about cars for Air New Zealand’s in-flight magazine. He joined The National Business Review as motoring editor in late 2015.
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Michael Coote - On the Money Columnist
Michael Coote is an Auckland-based freelance financial journalist who writes a regular column, On the Money, for the National Business Review. Michael has made many contributions on investments, economics and politics to New Zealand’s news media via print, radio, television and internet over several decades. He is an authorised financial adviser (AFA) and chartered alternative investment analyst (CAIA). His personal interests include baroque opera, fine art, bush hiking, conservation volunteering and New Zealand native plant gardening.
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John Daly-Peoples - Arts Reviewer
John Daly-Peoples has worked in a number of arts related areas as a writer, teacher, consultant, curator and administrator. Over the past 40 years he has written extensively on the arts including the centennial history “Elam 1890-1990”. As NBR's arts writer, he covers a range of the arts – visual art, opera, theatre, dance, film and music. He has been the curator for the biannual Team McMillan BMW Art Awards as well as commissioning artists to work on BMW bonnets for charity auctions. He was a member of the Northern Regional Arts Council (1990-1992) and the Arts Board of Creative New Zealand (1998–2001). For a number of years he was the director of the Auckland Society of Arts. He has worked as the arts manager for Manukau City Council and more recently manager, arts and culture (central) for Auckland Council. He has been judge of several awards including the Windsor and Newton International Art Award, the Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards, Mazda Emerging Artists Awards and the Glaister Ennor Art Awards for Auckland art school masters students. In 1990 he was awarded the 1990 Commemoration Medal for his services to art and literature and was arts columnist of the year in the Qantas Media Awards of 1999.
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Diana Clement - NBR Rich List
The freelance journalist specialises in writing personal finance, investment and related topics such as savvy spending. Diana has a background in writing for online publications as well as national media in New Zealand and the UK.  In New Zealand Diana is well known in the industry for running the Kiwi Journalist Association Facebook group. She also chaired the BNZ Freelance Journalist conferences in 2007 and 2008.  In both 2006 and 2007 Diana was the overall winner of the NZ Property Media Awards for her property writing, which has appeared in the New Zealand Herald, Consumer Magazine, and New Zealand Property Magazine. She was shortlisted for a Canon Media Award in 2014. Diana started her journalism career in 1988 after graduating from an ATI journalism programme. After a stint on the Napier Daily Telegraph Diana moved to the UK where she reported on technology and personal finance at United News and Media and News International online and print publications and VNU Business Publications. She has freelanced since 2000.
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Venkat Raman - NBR Rich List
Venkat was born in India and has postgraduate (masters) qualifications in economics, journalism and advertising and marketing. He has had about 48 years of experience in journalism. He has worked for leading newspapers in India, the Arab Gulf and for Agence France Presse. He was the West Asia Correspondent for Hindustan Times based in Bahrain. He was also a contributor to the International Herald Tribune. Venkat was a correspondent/contributor for The National Business Review (1999 to 2010) and has been the editor of Indian Newslink from 2001. In his long career, he has interviewed presidents, prime ministers and heads of state, top businesspeople and others in many countries of the world. Venkat sits on the Asian Advisory Board of the Auckland City District Police, the South Asian Advisory Board of Counties Manukau Police and other bodies.
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Owen Poland - NBR Rich List
As a contributor to the 2016 NBR Rich List and NBR Radio, Owen brings to both roles a forty-year involvement in broadcasting and business journalism. As the former business editor at both ONE News and 3 News he was recognised with total of eleven Qantas and Westpac Awards for business and financial journalism. His overseas experience includes eight years working in Australia and the UK for the likes of CNN, BSkyB and Financial Times TV. Nowadays Owen is a freelance broadcaster, writer and media trainer.
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