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About Steve Hart

Steve Hart is an NCTJ-trained journalist who moved to New Zealand in 2000 to join the business newsroom at the New Zealand Herald.


Steve’s journalism career began in the UK when he started writing a weekly music column for his local evening newspaper; an easy thing to do as he was working as a professional nightclub DJ and radio presenter at the time.

With a handful of clippings to his name he was taken on by the rival weekly as a trainee reporter covering crime, local politics, human interest stories, social issues, and public events.

Having completed his NCTJ training at Harlow College he was appointed as a regional editor. Within a few years he became group chief sub editor, and then deputy editor at the company which published 14 regional editions and had a combined weekly distribution of one million copies.

There was a sideways move into corporate communications in the late 90s when he joined Norwegian engineering firm Kvaerner; writing to keep the firm’s world-wide staff of 80,000 people up to date on its major construction projects, and contributing to various annual reports for the dual-listed UK / Norwegian firm.

He left to join award-winning contract publishing house Barkers Trident Communications as managing editor of a team of 12 at its Canary Wharf, London, offices. Clients included London Transport, BP, Mobil, Andersen Consulting, and The Met Police among others.

In late 1999 Steve accepted a role at the New Zealand Herald as chief sub editor of its daily business section. A succession of senior editorial roles followed until he left in 2007.

Steve has produced three documentaries, and in 2009 launched his first podcast – a weekly wrap of sharemarket news for NZ Investor magazine. He has hosted numerous syndicated radio shows including The Steve Hart Radio Show, a specialist 80s music program – The Pleasuredome – and he currently hosts a jazz show that’s syndicated to 80-plus broadcasters.

Specialist areas he reports on include insurance, consumer finance, business, real estate and music.

Steve volunteers at New Zealand Public Television Trust as its (WordPress) webmaster.

Professional experience

  • Contract publishing
  • Editor
  • Journalist / writer covering real estate, business, insurance, sharemarket…
  • Podcast audio post production
  • WordPress – Regular user and fixer-upper
  • Author / publisher
  • One-time professional radio presenter with recent experience as a volunteer hosting a popular syndicated jazz show

Editor roles since 2000

  • NZ Herald – Career section; Travel section; and managing editor Custom Publications (contract publishing and special-event supplements), Herald Homes
  • Demm Engineering & Manufacturing magazine (contract editor/designer)
  • Publisher/editor Viewfinder magazine and website (business sold in 2012)
  • D-Photo, photography magazine (contract editor)
  • NZ Investor magazine and website (contract editor)

Example podcasts hosted by Steve

WordPress Tips & Tricks – a weekly look at new WordPress plugins and listener questions answered.

Steve Hart Radio Show, excerpt interview about the Fukushima nuclear meltdown recorded in March 2014.

Previous podcasts

  • NZ Investor – weekly sharemarket wrap
  • CareerCast – employment news
  • The Steve Hart Radio Show – one hour of news and interviews (released as a podcast and syndicated to broadcast radio worldwide)
  • WordPress Tips & Tricks – news and help for users of WordPress
  • NZ Property Report (NZ Herald) – news for estate agents, investors, home buyers and renters
  • Podcasting Made Easy – advice for new podcasters