Pacific Insights - History

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John Andrews,
Managing Director,
Pacific Insights

John has spent more than 40 years in most forms of journalism.

Beginning his career with the New Zealand Herald, New Zealand's biggest circulating daily newspaper, he switched to newsgathering for the electronic media, joining New Zealand's first privately-owned radio station in 1970.

Within months he learned he had won the country's national news award for his Herald coverage of a double murder and its consequent police investigation.

John was promoted to the position of Chief Reporter in the years before the radio station decided news was no longer one of its top priorities.

He joined a national weekly newspaper in 1977 and during the next three years Andrews refined his skills as one of New Zealand's leading investigative journalists.

By 1980, he had been forgiven by senior colleagues at the Herald for daring to leave them a decade earlier and was invited to rejoin the newspaper's ranks.

During the next 18 years, John harnessed his network of contacts to produce a myriad of attention grabbing stories

After a stint as the Herald's political reporter, he was appointed deputy Chief Reporter in 1984. Five years later he was promoted to Chief Reporter, a post in which he remained until 1996.

In the aftermath of a change in ownership of the Herald, John spent a short time as sports editor before heading the newspaper's fledgling investigative unit.

He left the Herald on amicable terms at the end of 1998 to become a freelance journalist specialising in Pacific affairs. While his by-line continues to appear in the Herald, he has written articles for many other publications, New Zealand and foreign, as well as news agencies.

It was in his capacity as a freelance journalist that John came across a sinister plot to blow up Australia's nuclear plant at Lucas Heights in Sydney. His resulting "world exclusive" in the Herald was picked up by major overseas news outlets.

In the years since leaving the Herald, John has continued to build his network of contacts. By spending much of his time delving into South Pacific affairs and respecting customs, cultures and viewpoints, John has developed an array of impressive contacts living in the island nations that make up the region.

John has a life-long professional commitment to ethics and professional conduct, as illustrated by his long association with and membership of Transparency International, the world's leading international anti-corruption campaigner.