About Us

Pundit is an online current affairs and culture blog hub—entirely Kiwi-made—offering you a smart take on what matters in New Zealand and around the world.

Founders Tim Watkin (former deputy editor of the Listener, blogger for the Guardian in Britain, producer for TV’s Q+A, The Vote and The Nation, and now Executive Producer of Podcasts at RNZ) and Eleanor Black (former deputy editor at Next, associate editor of California magazine, Entertainment and Lifestyle Editor at Stuff) came up with the Pundit concept in late 2007, while living in San Francisco. With backing from broadcaster Ian Fraser, we launched in 2009.

Ten years later we are happy to still be working with a host of insightful pundits, all experts in their field. Many others have passed through; their work is still on the site. Our idea is that blogs should do more than rant, crib or abuse; so we've asked well-informed folk with a diverse range of views to analyse what's going on around us.

We are determinedly non-partisan and committed to thoughtful debate that respects views from people across the political and cultural spectrum.

Plus, we welcome contributions from our readers. This is your community, after all.

So let's start an intelligent, kind conversation about New Zealand's place in the world and its future.

Oh, and let's have some fun while we're at it.