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

Founders Tim Watkin (former deputy editor of the Listener and blogger for the Guardian in Britain) and Eleanor Black (former deputy editor at Next and associate editor of California magazine) came up with the Pundit concept in late 2007, while living in San Francisco.

We are happy to be working with a host of insightful pundits, all experts in their field. Our idea is that blogs should do more than rant, crib or abuse; so we've asked a group of well-informed folk with a diverse range of views to analyse what's going on around us. Plus, our readers. This is your community, after all. Many thanks to London-based Kiwi designer Simon Collins, who whipped up our graphics, and to Rachel Cunliffe and Stephen Merriman, who designed the site and continue to help us tweak it.

We think the media has been dumbed down enough. So let's start an intelligent conversation about New Zealand's place in the world and its future.

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