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Meet our journalists

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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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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Rawdon Christie -

NBR View Creative Director

Rawdon is an award-winning broadcaster with a journalism career that spans twenty years.

His career started as a reporter and news anchor with the BBC before he transferred to New Zealand to work for TVNZ, initially as a reporter for One News and then for the 7pm daily current affairs programme, Close Up.

He became an established presenter for TVNZ as host of political show Agenda and the NZ version of Dragon’s Den.

His biggest career challenge came when he anchored TVNZ’s coverage of both Christchurch earthquakes – the first of which set a new record for continuous rolling coverage to an audience of over 2 million.

In 2011 Rawdon became the inaugural host of TVNZ’s Saturday Breakfast show, before taking up the job he is most well-known for – presenting TVNZ’s daily Breakfast show.

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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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Deborah LaHatte -


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 -


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 -


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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