Behind the News

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Behind the News

Meet the Team

Nick Brown

Nick Brown

New Zealand Editor

NZN Editor Nick Brown is a former editor of the New Zealand Press Association. In a long and distinguished career with NZPA, Nick was a foreign correspondent in London and Sydney and covered a number of Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Until recently Nick was working in a senior editorial role with AAP in Sydney before being tasked with running NZN.

Sean Martin

Sean Martin

Chief of Staff

Before joining NZN, Chief of Staff Sean Martin worked as both sports editor and digital editor in five years at NZPA. A former cricket professional he has also worked for the Manawatu Standard in Palmerston North and in London for the BBC. Sean has also had stints in PR for the NZ Rugby Union and Telecom NZ.

Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson

Political Writer

NZN Political Writer Peter Wilson has been covering NZ politics for more than 20 years, reporting on seven elections and 20 budgets in that time. 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.

Tamara McLean

Tamara McLean

Journalist

A former foreign correspondent for AAP in Auckland, Tamara McLean brings seven years of top-level agency journalism to NZN. Before being sent 'home' to NZ, Tamara was AAP's medical writer and a general news reporter in Sydney.

Robert Lowe

Robert Lowe

Sports Journalist

Before joining NZN, Auckland-based sports writer Robert Lowe worked as a news and sports journalist and foreign correspondent with NZPA for 26 years. He has done stints in London and Sydney and covered several Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

Cathy Walshe

Cathy Walshe

Sports Journalist

A 25-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.

David Williams

David Williams

Journalist

David Williams has been a journalist for more than a decade working for the Westport News, the Motueka-Golden Bay News, the Nelson Mail, the Marlborough Express and NZPA before joining NZN. In a varied career he has also been a bus driver, house painter, chauffeur and beekeeper.

Alastair Bull

Alastair Bull

Journalist

Alastair Bull joins the NZN team in Auckland after nine years with NZPA. He covered news, politics, sport, business and racing during stints for NZPA in Auckland and Wellington and also spent three and a half years as racing editor for the Waikato Times.

Laura McQuillan

Laura McQuillan

Journalist

Award-winning journalist Laura McQuillan joins NZN from RadioLIVE where she has been working as a political reporter. Before that Laura worked across variety of roles for NZPA over five years.

Sarah McDougal

Sarah McDougall

Journalist

Sarah McDougall wrote for the Dominion Post, Southland Times and Marlborough Express before joining NZPA in 2006. In five years of agency journalism Sarah has written across crime, courts, health, arts, politics, finance, science, the environment and in features.

Laura McQuillan

Sarah Robson

Journalist

An alumni of Victoria University’s student magazine Salient, award-winning journalist Sarah Robson joined NZN's Auckland office in late 2011. Since then she's covered general news, a royal tour, politics, entertainment and several high-profile court cases, including those involving Kim Dotcom.

Sarah McDougal

Elise Scott

Journalist

Elise Scott came to NZN after completing a cadetship with AAP in Sydney. Elise previously worked in AAP's multimedia department as an entertainment reporter and producing news videos. In her spare time she travels around the globe searching for the perfect slope to ski down.

Laura McQuillan

Daniel Gilhooly

Journalist

Daniel Gilhooly 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.

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 – Tom Wald and Andrew Drummond, reporting from London
  • US – Peter Mitchell, reporting from Los Angeles
  • Indonesia – Karlis Salna, reporting from Jakarta
  • Papua New Guinea – Eoin Blackwell, reporting from Port Moresby
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 75 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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