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Meet our journalists

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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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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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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Dane Ambler -

Reporter

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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Andrew Bevin -

Reporter

Andrew 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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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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Graham Skellern -

Journalist

Graham Skellern has reported on the ebb and flow of business and the economy for the past 30 years and more. He was founding editor of the New Zealand Investor magazine during the heady sharemarket boom days in the 1980s. Next, he became the deputy business editor of New Zealand Herald, and covered all the business litigation following the sharemarket crash including every day of the Wine Box Inquiry. Graham then shifted to the western Bay of Plenty as business editor of the Bay of Plenty Times. He earlier had stints in the Parliamentary Press Gallery and as a ministerial press secretary.

Graham has a BA Degree majoring in Economics and Political Science from London School of Economics (LSE) and Victoria University, Wellington; he was awarded a Wolfson Scholarship to Cambridge University, England; and was named National Journalist of the Year Runner-up. He was also the first New Zealand journalist to gain a Rotary International Foundation scholarship and studied for a year at LSE.

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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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Gill South -

Journalist

Fresh back from California where she reported on the booming U.S. real estate industry for the past three years, Gill has written extensively about the New Zealand business scene between 2004 and 2013. On the launch team of the Herald on Sunday in 2004, Gill was Money/Business Editor, going on to write a weekly management column for the NZ Herald, as well as doing regular business profiles and assembling the small business online section weekly for the Business Herald.

Some career highlights working in the UK in the 1990s include working on the two Sunday Business newspaper launches, freelancing for the Financial Times, attending fashion shows in Milan, Paris and London as a business journalist, interviewing fashion greats including Jil Sander and Paul Smith as well as business figures such as Sir Richard Branson, the Body Shop's Anita Roddick and Luciano Benetton. Other adventures included reporting on real estate development plans for Berlin after the wall came down and later breaking stories on the Scottish fund management's industry's reaction to an incoming New Labour government.

Meanwhile a source of pride was writing a book for working mothers in New Zealand and Australia about why they rightly want to continue their brilliant careers after starting families.  "Because We're Worth It,"  a whereto for today's working mother" was published by Penguin NZ in 2009.

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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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