Behind the News

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Behind the News

Meet the Team

Dave Williams

Dave Williams

Editor

Dave has worked for the Westport News, the Motueka-Golden Bay News, the Nelson Mail, the Marlborough Express and NZPA before joining NZN in 2011. He has also been a bus driver, farm worker, house painter, chauffeur and beekeeper.

Simon Hoff

Simon Hoff

Chief of Staff, Auckland

Simon joined NZ Newswire in February following a decade at AAP subsidiary Pagemasters in Auckland. With nearly 30 years of experience, Simon began his journalistic career in South Africa and then worked in Singapore for six years before moving with his family to start a new life in New Zealand. Simon worked for the New Zealand Herald as a sports and racing sub-editor before joining the general news editing and layout team.

Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson

Political Writer

Peter has been with NZN for more than five years. He has covered NZ politics for more than 20 years. An agency journalist for more than 45 years with NZPA and the South African Press Association, Peter has worked in Johannesburg, London and New York. He is also a life member of the NZ Parliament press gallery.

Karen Sweeney

Karen Sweeney

Political Journalist

After stints in AAP's Melbourne and Sydney newsrooms, Karen Sweeney joined NZN's Wellington bureau on secondment in mid-2016. But after falling in love with the country she chose to stay on as a political reporter in the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Karen has previously worked for independent newspapers and Fairfax in Australia, and for Newsquest in the UK

Daniel Gilhooly

Daniel Gilhooly

Sports Journalist

Dan has been with NZN for five years. He joined NZN after 14 years service at NZPA as a sports journalist and then sports editor. He completed a stint as the Sydney correspondent and has covered numerous All Blacks Tests along with Olympic and Commonwealth Games since 1998

Cathy Walshe

Cathy Walshe

Sports Journalist

A 30-year veteran of agency journalism, Cathy Walshe will cover sport out of Wellington for NZN. After a five year stint with the Evening Post in Wellington, Cathy joined NZPA in 1986 working in various roles with a focus on sport.

Angelo Risso

Angelo Risso

Sports Journalist

Angelo joins NZ Newswire on a two-year posting from Sydney after completing his cadetship with AAP. Based in Auckland, he reports on sports for the agency and has travelled with the All Blacks on their end-of-year Test tour.

Kris Dando

Kris Dando

Journalist

Kris has come to NZN after 11 years with the Kapi-Mana News community newspaper in Porirua and stints at the Dominion Post, where he covered all facets of news in a busy newsroom, from local government, education, the arts and sport. Kris won a Canon in 2016 for community journalist of the year. He earlier spent a year in Tokoroa at the South Waikato News.

Boris Jancic

Boris Jancic

Journalist

Boris joined NZN in 2015 and has covered numerous high-profile court cases, breaking news events and the 2016 APEC Leaders' Meeting. He's also dabbled in everything from economics to the arts, and previously worked as an intern at the Shanghai Daily, a sub editor at Fairfax and a reporter at the Wellingtonian.

Cassie Devoy

Cassie Devoy

Journalist

Cassie graduated from the Auckland University of Technology in 2013 and has worked for TVNZ and Newshub, producing live TV and covering a range of stories from entertainment to local body politics. She joined the Wellington NZN bureau in 2016 as a reporter.

Robert Lowe

Robert Lowe

Journalist

Robert worked as a news and sports journalist and foreign correspondent with NZPA for 26 years before joining NZN in 2011. He has done stints in London and Sydney and covered several Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

Pam Graham

Pam Graham

Journalist

Pam is a former business editor of NZPA and has always worked in breaking news environments. She has also worked for Reuters and US media companies Knight Ridder in London and Bloomberg in Sydney. She spent time at the NZ Herald as a business reporter and at the Dominion Post as a general reporter.

Ben Leahy

Ben Leahy

Journalist

Ben crossed the Tasman in 2016 to join NZN as a news reporter after four years following Western Australia's multi-billion dollar iron ore industry. His journalism break came in 2010 on the streets of India's main financial hub, reporting for English-language magazine Time Out Mumbai.

Daniel Hicks

Daniel Hicks

Senior Visual Media Producer

Dan has nearly 25 years’ experience in the television and television news industries and is a constant adopter of new technology. His first satellite broadcast was from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and is now exploring video options for web clients.

Christopher Clapham

Christopher Clapham

Videographer

Chris started with NZN this year. He moved to Wellington after graduating with a design communication degree out of Dunedin in 2016. Since then he has jumped into his role as a visual media producer at NZN and enjoys the excitement of capturing the world through a lens.

Sam Sword

Sam Sword

Videographer

Before joining NZN, Auckland-based Sam was a freelance videographer. His videos have been used by such media outlets as TV3 (now Newshub), NZ Herald, Stuff.co.nz and Sky TV. Sam studied for a Diploma in photographic imaging in Christchurch. One of his biggest undertakings and achievements was telling his story about living with Crohns through his photography, which the final product got international exposure and recognition in various international health organisations.

Foreign Correspondents

NZ Newswire and Australian Associated Press have staff and freelancers located around the world to provide another layer of local context to world affairs.

Issues and developments relevant to this region are brought to the front.

Offices:

  • UK and Europe – A team of six based in London provides coverage of relevant news and sports events in the UK and Europe
  • US – LA correspondent Peter Mitchell covers relevant news and sport across the United States
The NZ Newswire team also draws from the rich content from around Australia that is of interest across this side of 'The Ditch'.

Editorial Standards

NZ Newswire is founded on the principles of accuracy, speed, integrity and impartiality.

These are the fundamentals on which its parent company, Australian Associated Press (AAP), has operated for more than three-quarters of a century.

Wire agency journalists are experts in delivering fast and concise news reports around the clock.

This is augmented by a stream of pictures, video and graphics tailored for digital news platforms.

NZ Newswire is staffed and run by experienced journalists with the full backing and resources of AAP, which has a reputation as one of the most trusted and innovative independent news agencies.

There is no agenda other than getting the news out swiftly and accurately.

It is news without spin, either commercial or political.

Above all it is news you can rely on.

About our parent company AAP

Australian Associated Press was founded in 1935 as a cooperative news gathering organisation for the mutual benefit of its 14 newspaper members.

It brought world news to Australians.

Today, AAP is a dynamic news enterprise moving over 200 million words per year to all media - print, broadcast and digital. In all, it sends 4500 stories, pictures, video and data files to its customers every day.

The principles upon which AAP was founded over 80 years ago – impartiality, independence accuracy, reliability and speed – remain at its heart today. It still brings the world to Australians but now also takes the story of Australia to the world.

AAP's mission statement: To provide the Australian media, private and public sector with a cost-effective, unbiased, reliable, comprehensive news and information resource.

AAP is one of only a handful of news agencies worldwide not funded or influenced by its government. An around-the-clock, real-time news service, AAP is run on a commercial basis.

Revenue comes from the sale of news wire subscriptions to all media companies and the public sector; and by selling special business news services to the corporate sector.

Shareholders

AAP has four shareholders, all of whom are Australian newspaper owners. Fairfax Media and News Limited each own 45 per cent, West Australian Newspapers has an eight per cent stake and Rural Press two per cent. Fairfax Media also owns Rural Press but has identical voting rights to News Limited.

Shareholders do not influence – nor do they seek to influence – the day-to-day editorial operation.

The agency's true strength is its editorial impartiality and independence. Subscribers recognise this and shareholders fiercely protect it.

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