Lockdown special offer

Every new annual subscriber will be sent a high-quality cotton and merino facemask made by Parisian in Auckland, valued at $49.

This offer will keep going until we run out, or until New Zealand returns to Level 2.

After subscribing, keep an eye out for our email or send your postal details to info@businessdesk.co.nz

The facemasks are black and have a small BusinessDesk logo. 


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Invest in the facts. Invest in a greater knowledge of New Zealand and how it works.

A BusinessDesk subscription gives you access to news and commentary you won't find elsewhere.

At a time when others would rather write about the Kardashians or syndicate content from overseas tabloids, we are proudly all about serious journalism.

A BusinessDesk subscription is your investment in staying informed, and getting ahead. Each day we write about people, businesses, politics and more. 

With a 10-day free trial, you can support journalism with no risk to your own balance sheet.

Our team

Pattrick Smellie, editor and CEO
Paul McBeth, South Island correspondent
Rebecca Stevenson, head of news
Jacqui Loates-Haver, The Life editor
Victoria Young, legal affairs reporter and On the Money columnist
Jenny Ruth, senior reporter
Rebecca Howard, senior reporter
Brent Melville, senior reporter
Jacques Steenkamp, homepage editor


Andy Fyers, data journalist
Dan Brunskill, markets reporter
Henry Burrell, technology reporter

Our columnists

Brian Gaynor is the non-executive chairman of Content Ltd, the company which owns BusinessDesk. Brian co-founded Milford Asset Management and was a long-term economic commentator for the NZ Herald, before moving exclusively to BusinessDesk. He writes a column each Saturday morning, and an occasional mid-week one.

BusinessDesk’s columnist line up:

  • Brian Gaynor, Saturday: business and businesspeople
  • Jehan Casinader, Saturday: social issues and politics
  • Victoria Young, Saturday: money and the people making it. 
  • Peter Griffin, Thursday: Tech and startups
  • David Chaplin, Wednesday: investment industry
  • Pattrick Smellie: politics and business

The Life

Get great weekend reads from Bob Campbell MW (wine), Sally-Ann Mullin (fashion and style), Matt Martel (motoring), Simon Farrell-Green (restaurants), Jean Teng (after hours), Bani McSpedden (watches), Juliet Harbutt (cheese) and Lauren Buckeridge (beauty). Plus, features from many of New Zealand's best-known writers.

Our journalism

We are old school. Our journalists are not churning press releases — we are finding our own stories and reporting them thoroughly. You will read news and analysis on BusinessDesk you won't see elsewhere. 

See editor Pattrick Smellie discussing our brand of quality news with Kiwi Original host Ryan Jennings here:

About our email service

Many subscribers almost never visit our website — that's because they get all of our stories via email.

Select your keywords or the journalists you want to follow and we will email you the whole article, not a snippet and a link back to our site so we can show you ads. Full articles every time. You are a subscriber and you are entitled to the whole story.

Plus, receive our Daily Digest of everything we’ve published at 6am, midday or 6pm each day.

What does it cost?

Our subscription costs $24 a month or is discounted at $249 per year. We won't charge you anything until your 10-day trial is over, and we'll warn you beforehand. Cancelling is easy as clicking two buttons.

More than half of New Zealand’s journalism jobs have disappeared in the past decade. We believe New Zealand needs strong business and political journalism to keep investors and the broader public informed. Your BusinessDesk subscription helps us maintain and grow our newsroom.

Is the free trial easy to cancel?

Yes. Once logged in you'll see a big red Cancel button. At any stage, you can click the button, then confirm on a popup badge, and that's it. You are out. It takes just a few seconds. We get your credit card details when you sign up, but do not charge for 10 days. But even if you forget to cancel, we'll sort you out. We're a small business and you'll be dealing directly with people who can make decisions and act on them.

In an ideal world, we wouldn't need a credit card before the free trial, but we've come to the conclusion that this is a necessity if we are to grow the business and continue to do more of the journalism we believe in. We hope this is balanced by easy cancellation, repeated emails before the trial ends and having staff who'll respond promptly and efficiently. 

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