Meet our editorial team - journalists, production, columnists | The National Business Review

Meet our editorial team - journalists, production, columnists

Tim Hunter -

Co-editor

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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Fiona Rotherham -

Co-editor/Online news editor

Fiona Rotherham rejoined NBR after a 25-year hiatus in 2017.  She was originally online editor before extending her role to co-editor with Tim Hunter in late 2018. 

A former head of the national Fairfax Business Bureau and editor of former business weekly The Independent, Fiona was a senior journalist for business wire agency BusinessDesk 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, and The Independent.

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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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Karyn Scherer -

Senior reporter

During her 30-year career in journalism, there aren’t many jobs that Karyn Scherer hasn’t done. She has covered almost every beat except sport, and has had management roles at various publications, including The Daily Post, the NZ Herald, the Herald On Sunday, the NZ Listener, and a fantastic little community paper called Mahurangi Matters. She has also worked for the Financial Markets Authority, Callaghan Innovation, and as the national training manager for journalism for an ITO. But it has been business reporting that has occupied most of her time, and she has won many awards for her investigative work. She has returned to NBR after a break for family reasons, because she simply can’t seem to keep away.

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Dita De Boni -

Senior journalist

Dita De Boni has worked as a reporter, producer and journalist for more than 20 years – primarily as a business and general reporter and columnist for the NZ Herald, business and current affairs reporter and producer for TVNZ, and producer at Radio New Zealand. In between times, she’s done plenty of freelance writing and lots of child rearing. Particular business journalism interests include profiling business leaders and interesting small businesses, and packaging up salacious gossip.

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Brent Edwards -

Political editor

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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Jenni McManus -

Writer/trainer

Jenni McManus joins NBR to set up and run the company’s inaugural training course for business journalists.

A former radio reporter and journalism tutor with more than 30 years’ experience as a business writer and editor, she first joined NBR in 1987. In 1992 she co-founded The Independent Business Weekly, an award-winning investigative newspaper.

She rejoins NBR after nearly eight years as NZ communications manager for global consultancy Ernst & Young.

She has won more than 20 journalism awards, including Senior Reporter of the Year in 1997 (the Qantas awards) and the Citibank Award.

She is the author of two books, In the Arena and A Woman’s Place and is a registered Yoga teacher.

Jenni has degrees in English and Music, a post-graduate Diploma in Journalism and is completing an LLB (hons).

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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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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 technology, cyber-security, economics, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, gold, intelligence and trade relations.

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Julie Iles -

Reporter

Julie Iles joins NBR from The Dominion Post where she was reporting on breaking news, consumer issues and commercial property. Before that she was part of Stuff’s business news team, writing national business stories.

She most likes writing about epic oversights, science-based  innovation, and the humans behind them.

Julie hails originally from Rye, New York and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Earth & Planetary Science from Washington University in St Louis and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Massey University.

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Andrew Bevin -

Reporter

Andrew Bevin joined NBR in October 2018 as a journalist covering property and tech. His first venture into journalism was writing for a skateboarding magazine, thinking he could take on more serious subject matter and draw on experience working in the property sector, Andrew completed a journalism diploma at Whitireia and a short internship at Wellington’s BusinessDesk before starting at NBR. Andrew also has a diploma in digital media design.

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Reweti Kohere -

Junior reporter

Reweti Kohere joined NBR as a junior reporter in March 2019 as part of its intern scheme.

Originally from Whanganui, he graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in Law and Political Science in 2016.

During his studies and after graduating, he worked for Ministry of Social Development helping former state wards with their historical claims of abuse while in state care.

In 2018 he returned to study, completing Massey University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism. Reweti is interested in fashion and the business of fashion.

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