Meet Our Journalists

Duncan Bridgeman - 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 Editor.
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Fiona Rotherham - Online News Editor
Fiona Rotherham has kicked off 2017 with a new job at NBR after a 25-year hiatus. A former head of the national Fairfax Business Bureau and editor of the now defunct business weekly The Independent, Fiona has been working as a senior journalist for business wire agency BusinessDesk for the past two years before shifting to NBR. Her journalism career began with a baptism by fire reporting on the 1981 Springbok tour for radio before making the switch to print and business reporting in 1989 at NBR. Since then she’s won a slew of journalism awards including Westpac Financial Journalist of the year, and Magazine Publishers’ Association awards for business magazine editor of the year and journalist of the year while working for business innovation magazine, Unlimited.
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Chris Keall - NBR 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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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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Grant Walker - Presenter and Interviewer
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 does interviews for NBR Radio and NBR View and is often heard on Radio New Zealand National.
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Hamish Coleman-Ross - Executive Producer
Hamish joined NBR in 2017 after more than a decade of working across any media platform you can name. In his role as a video journalist for Fairfax Media he helped re-define the expectation of breaking news, particularly with his work on the Pike River tragedy and Christchurch earthquakes. As well as having produced and presented talk back radio he has been a field producer for prime time TVNZ shows and current affairs offerings on TV3. Originally from Dunedin, he cut his teeth on student radio from the young age of 12 and later local television during his time at Otago University, where he graduated with a degree in Political Studies.
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Deborah LaHatte - Sub-Editor
Deborah joined NBR 24 years ago from The Independent, where she was founding production editor. As well as subediting print and online stories at NBR, she has been editor of the now defunct NBR NZ Property Investor and writes occasional special feature stories and reviews. Earlier she was a daily newspaper reporter, chief reporter and editor of several community papers. During her editorship, the Western Leader won the NZ Community Newspaper of the Year award and she has also won several newspaper design awards. Deborah has a diploma in dispute resolution from Massey University.
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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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Victoria Young - Reporter
Victoria Young returned to NBR mid-2017 after a two-year OE in London, where she was news editor at commercial law magazine, Legal Business. She first joined NBR in 2012 and previous rounds have included law and courts and ad/media. A proud Wellingtonian, Victoria has a double degree in law and arts from Victoria University and is admitted to the Bar in New Zealand. She also holds a journalism diploma from AUT University.
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Nathan Smith
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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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 - Political and Economics Editor
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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Calida Stuart-Menteath - Wellington Bureau 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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Brent Edwards - Political Reporter
This is Brent Edwards’ third stint in the press gallery, having previously worked there for the Evening Post from 1989 to 2001 and for Radio New Zealand from 2006 to 2015. In between times he was RNZ’s economics correspondent and most recently its director of news gathering. His career in journalism started at the Nelson Evening Mail when typewriters were king and smoke filled newsrooms the norm. He appreciates today’s smoke-free newsrooms but still has a lingering nostalgia for typewriters.
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Dane Ambler
Dane graduated from Otago University with degrees in film and media, communication and environmental studies. He spent five years working with startups and non-profits in China and Thailand. In 2017 he returned to New Zealand to advance his qualifications with a postgraduate diploma in journalism from Massey University. He joined NBR in 2018 and is completing his master's degree. Dane is passionate about sustainable technologies and startups.
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Mackenzie Smith
Mackenzie graduated from AUT University in 2017 with a bachelor of communications. While studying he also reported for 95bFM and interned at RNZ Pacific. Before that he played Starcraft II professionally, competing in America and Europe for two years. After interning with AFP in Indonesia at the start of 2018, he joined NBR in March. Mackenzie is interested in the Pacific, particularly Tokelau.
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Simon Dallow
After completing his legal studies, Simon practised as a litigation and insurance lawyer in Auckland before embarking on his OE. He was en route to London when the 1987 stock market crash hit, causing him to change careers when an immediate future in bankruptcy law failed to appeal. Tourism beckoned and Simon spent the next six years as a freelance tour director, sharing his passion for things European with thousands of tourists from around the world. Since returning to New Zealand in 1993, Simon has been employed by TVNZ as a presenter for 1 NEWS and has anchored programmes right across TVNZ's news and current affairs stable. In April 2017, he joined our expanding new media team and Simon will now be dividing his time between TVNZ and NBR.
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Susan Wood - Journalist/Broadcaster
Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Susan Wood joined the NBR in February 2017. Susan started her media career in newspapers before moving to TVNZ where she had a series of firsts as Australia correspondent, host of Midday, Breakfast and Close Up; and for 16 years she was the regular stand in for Sir Paul Holmes on the Holmes show. Susan, who has an MBA from the University of Otago, also worked for many years as stand in host on Newstalk ZB’s Breakfast and Drive programmes.
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Michael Bach
Michael brings more than 35 years of experience in the broadcast and television industries to the NBR View team. Having held senior roles at TVNZ, Sky and within the post-production industry, Michael brings both technical knowledge and creative skills to the mix at NBR View. His focus is targeted at enhancing both the creative and technical excellence of content.
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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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Brian Ng - Web Producer
Brian is the web producer, maintaining the appearance of the website. He also dabbles in social media. After finishing high school in Lower Hutt, Brian moved to Auckland to do his conjoint Bachelors of Commerce and Science with the aid of the NZQA Premier and University of Auckland scholarships.
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Sean MacLean - Content Producer
Sean joined NBR as a content producer in February 2018. Growing up in Nelson, he moved to Auckland for tertiary education. While studying at the University of Auckland, he ran an academic journal operating in the Faculty of Arts. Sean holds a conjoint bachelor of arts and bachelor of commerce.
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Bianca Delalic - Media Assistant
Bianca joined NBR as a media assistant in 2018 after a three-month internship the previous year. She is studying for a BSc majoring in computer science at the University of Auckland. She spends her spare time learning a variety of skills from app development and photography to martial arts. She spent half a year in the US working for the mouse at Walt Disney World in Florida.
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Antonina Elliott - Art Director
Shaping NBR's brand identity and raising a newborn baby have two things in common, Antonina believes: Both require trusting your gut and managing your time well. Starting at NBR as junior designer and later becoming the art director, Antonina works to develop the NBR brand across all visual platforms, including the NBR Rich List. After completing her conjoint degree of Design at Elam School of Fine Arts and Philosophy at the University of Auckland, she worked for magazines such as Vo2Max, AdMedia and NZ Management. When not busy designing or parenting, she uses her passion for the arts and background as a former salsa teacher to write art reviews alongside fellow NBR journo John Daly-Peoples.
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Samara Wylie - Graphic Designer
Samara is the graphic designer at NBR, working on the weekly newspaper and the digital platforms. She recently graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Design (Hons), majoring in visual communication. After an internship at Scouts New Zealand, Samara moved to Auckland to join the team at NBR in July 2017.
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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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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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Owen Poland - Chief Reporter NBR Rich List
As a contributor to the NBR Rich List, NBR Radar 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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