About us

BusinessDesk has been covering the New Zealand political economy and the fortunes of its listed and unlisted businesses since 2008.

We have thousands of individual subscribers and more than 150 corporate and government subscribers. Our influential audience make decisions every day that affect how New Zealand runs.

BusinessDesk’s team of more than 20 journalists and commentators produces much of New Zealand’s best business journalism.

Our aim is to help you make better decisions for work and in your personal finances.

The site is edited by Pattrick Smellie, one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded journalists. We publish trustworthy, well-researched reporting and expert commentary.

As of January 2022, BusinessDesk is owned by NZME (NZM) but retains its independent identity and editorial manifesto.

We have editorial staff in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.


Intelligent, trusted news sources are more valuable than ever. At BusinessDesk, we publish essential, trustworthy and timely New Zealand business and economic news and analysis that is accessible to professional and general readers alike. Beyond quality journalism, we are keen to promote good government and good governance, and the sound and ethical decision-making that underpins both. Our experienced and professional team are committed not only to accuracy and fairness, but also to deliver depth and insight that justifies the faith our readers place in us when subscribing to the BusinessDesk news service.

Meet the team

Pattrick was judged New Zealand's best overall columnist and business columnist of the year at the Voyager 2021 Media Awards. He has more than 35 years’ experience reporting and working in New Zealand politics and the commercial sector. A former Press Gallery chairman, he is an award-winning journalist and has worked for titles including The Dominion, The Press, Sunday Star-Times and National Business Review. He was the first NZ correspondent for The Australian and co-founded BusinessDesk in 2008.

Matt spent 10 years in senior positions at Fairfax Media, including as an executive editor in the company’s senior leadership team at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review and The Age (Melbourne). In 2017, Matt redesigned Stuff’s suite of newspapers, taking them from broadsheet to compact. He joined BusinessDesk in 2019 and is based in Auckland. Connect with him on Linkedin here.

Neil Jackson

Commercial Business Manager

Neil is responsible for advertiser relationships, working with NZME agency and direct account managers. He has previously worked in commercial operations for NZ Rugby, as chief commercial officer at SENZ and at NZME as head of Auckland sales and national sales manager. 

Victoria’s journalism experience includes more than five years with National Business Review and a two-year stint as a news editor with London-based Legal Business. Victoria holds law and arts degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and joined BusinessDesk in 2019. You can follow her on Twitter @victoriayoung03 or connect with her on LinkedIn here.

Rebecca is a business journalist with more than 25 years’ experience, including more than a decade in Peru covering everything from politics, terrorism, human rights, and the war on drugs. She has worked for the Associated Press, Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal and Reuters. Her work in NZ has included macroeconomics, listed companies and extensive coverage of the dairy sector. You can follow her on Twitter @FarroHoward or connect with her on LinkedIn here.

Ian is a journalist with more than 30 years' experience working in NZ and the UK. This has included radio, newspapers, and agencies with time also as a ministerial advisor and press secretary. Experience in the Press Gallery includes reporting for the Independent Business Weekly and more than 10 years with the New Zealand Press Association.

Jacques is an award-winning investigative journalist and bestselling author. He is a former news director for the Sunday Star-Times and Stuff, and senior reporter for the SABC and Media24 in South Africa. He is also the 2016 recipient of the Nat Nakasa Award for Media Integrity as a member of the #SABC8. He joined BusinessDesk in 2021. You can follow him on Twitter @JacqueSteenkamp or connect with him on LinkedIn here.

Frances Cook

Investment Editor

Frances has a master's degree in media studies from Victoria University of Wellington and a level 5 certificate in financial services specialising in investments. She has worked as a journalist for 12 years, first specialising in crime, before moving into politics, and finally business and finance. She is the author of two books on personal finance and is best known for the personal finance podcast, ‘Cooking the books’.
She is also a regular commentator on business and personal finance matters, including on the AM show, NewstalkZB, the Hits, and Flava. You can follow her on Twitter here or connect with her on LinkedIn here.

Paul joined the business in its first year in 2008. In that time, he's covered monetary policy, the collapse of the country’s mezzanine finance sector, restructuring of the telecommunications sector and financial markets law. Through BusinessDesk, he's been published in the Dominion Post, NZ Herald, the Independent Business Weekly and the Listener. You can follow him on Twitter @pbmcbeth or connect with him on LinkedIn here.

Oliver Lewis

Infrastructure Editor

Oliver Lewis won the local government reporting category at the 2023 Voyager Media Awards. He is part of our investigations unit and also covers infrastructure, housing and employment issues. Formerly with Stuff/The Press, Oliver has also written for the Guardian and North & South. 

Dileepa Fonseka is a journalist covering the political economy and issues that run across business and government. He has provided commentary, features and analysis on a variety of topics including housing, trade, infrastructure, immigration, the digital economy, local government and supply chains. Dileepa was previously a senior business journalist for Stuff, a political reporter at Newsroom, a council reporter at the Dominion Post/Stuff, an infrastructure reporter at Stuff’s Auckland newsroom, and has been a finalist at the Voyager Media Awards four times, including in 2023 for business journalist of the year and in 2021 for reporter of the year. You can follow him on Twitter here.

Brent is a senior reporter based in Queenstown. He previously worked for the Otago Daily Times, after a return to business journalism in 2018. Brent had an extensive career in corporate communications and strategic consulting, including for a range of public listed companies. You can follow him on Twitter @BrentMelville or connect with him on LinkedIn here.

Ben Moore

Technology editor

Ben stumbled into tech reporting after a short-lived career as a drama teacher. After a year covering the IT channel, he returned to university and earned a masters in communication studies. He worked for CRN Australia, which gave him valuable insight into the Australian tech industry and a renewed appreciation for Aotearoa New Zealand. In early 2022, he spearheaded the launch of CRN into NZ. If you’re keen to connect, you can find him on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Andy Fyers

Data Journalist

Andy was a senior data journalist at Stuff before joining BusinessDesk in 2020. While at Stuff, he played a lead role in several award-winning data journalism projects. He specialises in data-driven reporting and analysis and will enhance our story-telling by visualising the numbers that are the lifeblood of all good business and economic reporting. You can connect with him on LinkedIn here.

Greg Hurrell left a journalism career to work around the Middle East for 23 years and returned to New Zealand full-time in 2020. He earlier studied science at the Victoria University of Wellington.

Murray Jones is an investigative journalist. His work has been published by the BBC, The Guardian and Al-Jazeera, and his research has been reported on in more than 60 countries. He was runner-up in the Gaby Rado New Journalist category at the Amnesty Media Awards 2022. He was part of the BBC Panorama team that has been nominated for best investigation and foreign reporting at the British Journalism Awards and the Rose d’Or for their exposure of British war crimes in Afghanistan. He moved from the UK to Auckland in 2021. Follow him on Twitter here or connect with him on Linkedin here.

Rebecca Stevenson

Senior Markets Journalist

Rebecca is an award-winning business journalist and business commentator. She is a former national business editor of Stuff and business editor of The Spinoff and was previously editor of the Western Leader and Nor-West News.

Riley is the New Zealand Shareholders Association emerging journalist of the year, 2022.  Riley's journalism experience includes more than a year as a business specialist at the Otago Daily Times. He has a diploma in journalism from Wintec. 

Jem was awarded best student journalist at the 2022 Voyager Media Awards. She has a masters in economics from the University of Canterbury and has previously worked in tertiary education and government policymaking. She was awarded Massey University’s prize for the top journalism student in 2021. You can follow her on Twitter @jemtraylen or connect with her on LinkedIn here. 

Ella covers markets, currencies, SMEs and retail. She studied journalism at the University of Canterbury and joined BusinessDesk’s Auckland newsroom in 2022.
You can follow her on Twitter @theellasomers or connect with her on LinkedIn here.

A recent graduate of Te Rito journalism, Tamara started with BusinessDesk as a business cadet journalist this year. She is proudly affiliated with Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakahemo, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Muaūpoko and Ngāti Apa. 

Daniel Dunkley

Media and Marketing Reporter

Daniel Dunkley is a British-born business journalist with more than a decade's experience writing for titles including The Sunday Times, Financial News, The Wall Street Journal, and Stuff. He covers media and marketing. 

Cécile Meier


Cécile Meier is a journalist based in Christchurch with experience covering health, mental health and social issues. Formerly with Stuff/The Press, she covered the aftermath of the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, before joining the health team with a focus on mental health. She was a finalist in several categories at the Voyager media awards in 2018, 2021 and 2022, and won the nib Health Journalism Scholarship senior in 2021. Cécile grew up in France and has lived and worked as a journalist in NZ since 2013.

Trevor McKewen

Business of Sports Columnist

Trevor has an extensive and varied sporting career including stints in journalism and sports administration. On the latter, he has been the CEO of the Warriors NRL franchise and held senior executive positions at New Zealand Rugby and Super League. Trevor has also been head of sport for Fairfax Media (now Stuff) and NZME as well as performing consultancy works for MediaWorks and Sky TV. If you're keen to connect, you can find him on LinkedIn here.

John Anthony


John Anthony is a business journalist who recently relocated from Auckland to New Plymouth. He previously worked as a senior reporter in Stuff's business team. John has covered a broad range of business topics, most recently focusing on tourism and aviation. 

Denise McNabb


Denise has worked for more than 30 years on newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Tasman, including as Australia correspondent for Fairfax NZ. She was named Brook Financial Journalist of the Year in 2007 and was the first NZ recipient of the Australasian Aviation Journalist of the Year award in 2008. You can follow her on Twitter @denise_mcnabb.


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Cameron Bagrie


Cameron has been an economist for 20 years. For over 11 years he was the Chief Economist at ANZ. He has also worked as an economist at the National Bank, Treasury and Statistics New Zealand.

A mainlander at heart, Cameron’s approach to economics is non-ideological and pragmatic.

David Chaplin


David Chaplin founded Investment News NZ (IN NZ) in 2015 after almost 20 years covering the financial services business in Australia.

Peter has been keeping a close eye on the tech sector and the digital revolution for the last 20 years. After a stint in London dissecting the tech wreck for a number of computer-industry publications, he joined the New Zealand Herald eventually running the paper's tech section before leaving to found the Science Media Centre in Wellington. He has been a tech commentator for the New Zealand Listener, Newstalk ZB and RNZ. His passion is exploring the impact technology and innovation have on business, society and the environment. Follow him on Twitter @petergnz

Donna Chisholm

Investigative reporter

Donna Chisholm is an Auckland-based writer and investigative journalist with more than 40 years of experience in the media, covering science, health, social issues and crime. She has written for leading magazines and newspapers including the NZ Listener, North & South, Metro, the Sunday Star-Times and the Auckland Star, and is widely respected in health and scientific research communities for her ability to distil complex information and communicate it to a lay audience in a readily accessible form. Donna has won dozens of media awards for her work, including numerous Qantas/Canon Media awards for magazine feature writing in crime/justice, health, human relations, business and general fields. 

Warren Couillault


Warren Couillault is the Chair and CEO of Hobson Wealth and Chair of Koura Wealth. This article represents the personal views and opinions of the author, is intended to be general in nature and is not intended to constitute financial advice.  Before making any investment decisions we recommend you contact an investment adviser.

Rebecca Rendle


Rebecca Rendle is a partner in Simpson Grierson’s employment law group. She is experienced in all aspects of employment law and is a trusted advisor to clients in a range of sectors including banking, health and building.

Chamanthie Sinhalage-Fonseka is senior consultant at Baldwin Boyle Group. With experience in public and private sector work across New Zealand and a wide range of industries, she has represented clients in complex and high-profile PR issues.

 Amy Hamilton Chadwick is a freelance writer and registered financial service provider who specialises in writing about investment, business and personal finance. 

Linda Clark


Linda Clark is a public law and litigation partner at Dentons Kensington Swan. Before becoming a lawyer, Linda was an award-winning political journalist and broadcaster.

Victoria Carter


Victoria Carter is a director of Waka Kotahi, Auckland Eye and Ngati Awa Group Holdings, and an entrepreneur who founded Cityhop. She has been an Auckland city councillor and has an ONZM for services to arts, business and the community.