Peter Griffin is a Wellington-based science and technology journalist with 20 years experience in the New Zealand media covering science, technology, media and business.
He was a business reporter then technology editor of the New Zealand Herald before becoming the founding director of the New Zealand Science Media Centre, which he ran from 2008 – 2018.
At the SMC Peter headed a team handling complex and controversial science-related issues, matching journalists with the country’s top experts. During a decade at the centre of science media in New Zealand, he worked on some of the biggest science-related news events, from the swine flu pandemic and Canterbury earthquakes, to the Rena oil spill and Fukushima nuclear incident.
He co-founded the Science Media SAVVY media training programme for scientists and other experts and has media trained and coached hundreds of scientists from a range of disciplines.
in 2009 he founded Sciblogs.co.nz, the Australasia’s largest science blog network which is still going strong nearly a decade and 12,000 posts later. He retired his Griffin’s Gadgets on the stable in 2018.
In 2014, Peter joined the senior management team of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, taking part in management decision making across the organisation and during his time at the SMC he sat on numerous advisory boards for National Science Challenges, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s Science & Society group, the Science Communicators Association and Whitireia journalism school.
Peter has been the New Zealand Listener‘s technology columnist since 2011 and is a contributing writer to Noted Tech.
He has been RNZ’s technology correspondent since 2006 and co-hosts the weekly technology podcast Bits+Bytes with Simon Morton.
You can also hear him talking tech on Radio Live’s Drive show with Ryan Bridge and Lisa Owen as well as numerous other outlets.
Peter has over the years contributed to NewstalkZB, Computerworld, PC World, Idealog, The Spinoff, ABC Radio, TVNZ, Newshub, NZME, National Business Review and many other news outlets.
Peter is a trustee and head of fundraising and communications for the New Zealand Harkness Fellowships Trust.
Melbourne Business School – 2016 – Leadership Development programme
Fulbright Harkness Fellowship – 2012 – US research programme and publications
Victoria University, Wellington – 2005 – Master of Arts (Creative Writing)
AUT University – 1997 – 1999 – Bachelor of Communications Studies (journalism)
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