John Bishop has been a writer and journalist for over forty years. He is currently a freelance writer who is published regularly in Wellington’s Capital magazine and in LawTalk, the magazine of the New Zealand Law Society.

He was previously the Wellington correspondent for the National Business Review, New Zealand’s leading business paper, contributing on issues ranging from aviation and energy to politics and prosperity.

His work has appeared in New Zealand Business, the Wellingtonian (now defunct), and in the DominionPost, the New Zealand Herald, and in Engineering Matters, the journal of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand.

His travel stories have appeared in publications of the apn group (Queensland regional newspapers), Rotary DownUnder, (the magazine of the Rotary movement in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands), Good magazine and the New Zealand Herald.

Previously he had a long career as a radio and television journalist working for both news and current affairs programmes and travelling widely on assignment.

What Others Say

National Business Review Editor in Chief Nevil Gibson ngibson@nbr.co.nz says…

“His knowledge and expertise in politics, economics and public policy would be unmatched. He has contributed to the National Business Review on these issues as well as on topics ranging from local government politics to the state of the legal profession. His articles and columns show strong research skills as well as a capacity to draw insights.

Geoff Adlam, the editor of LawTalk (Geoff.adlam@lawsociety.org.nz) says

“John has written a number of travel-related articles for LawTalk. While there has often been a legal connection to his articles, they have all been entertaining and informative accounts of his visits to locations. He has a welcome ability to bring out interesting information and facts on a place or event in a very easy-to-read style.”

Rotary DownUnder is published by IMEDIA Corp. Its editor Meagan Martin meagan@imediacorp.com.au says

John’s narratives are always topical, educational and well-researched, but, most importantly, they possess that rare ability to take the reader “along for the ride”, leaving them with a strong desire to discover the stories behind the destinations for themselves.

John’s pitches are concise and imaginative, offering a variety of different angles to choose from. Without question, his stories are submitted on time and with the utmost professionalism. He is a pleasure to work with.”

Engineering Insight is the journal of the Institution of Professional Engineers. Juliet Palmer, the former editor, (juliet@julietpalmer.co.nz) says:

“John’s articles are always carefully researched, balanced and well written. The articles (are) written for both lay and engineering audiences; John manages to engage with both audiences well, straddling technical detail with clear explanations, He asks intelligent questions, makes sensible suggestions and produces good copy, of the correct length on time every time. I can highly recommend his services.”

Fraser Carson, the publisher of wotzon.com, Wellington’s weekly online events diary (now closed) (fraser@flightdec.com) says:

“John Bishop was one of the original bloggers and over the years has easily been the most consistent and closely followed blogger in the website. His blog writing is always insightful and lucid, and occasionally controversial. As publisher of Wotzon.com, it has been a real joy to receive and read John’s posts. It has added considerably to the substance and flavour of our community website, and for that I am very grateful.”