About Us

Freeman is an experienced and savvy information services provider to the New Zealand corporate community, established in 2002 by Matt Freeman. It was previously known as Freeman Media.

It specialises in online subscription news and information services for specific business sectors, publishing a range of reports and maps, and running industry events.

Energy News was established in 2008 - a subscription-based news and information website for the New Zealand energy sector. Energy News has carved out a niche as the trusted source of New Zealand energy sector news and information.

In September 2013 Freeman launched into the mining and quarrying sectors with the publication of Inside Resources, an online subscription-based web service, using the same formula as Energy News

It has since set up a number of events within the energy and mining and quarrying sectors that support these two publications. These include the Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards, Downstream, New Zealand Petroleum Club, Energy Trader Forum and the New Zealand Minerals Forum. 

Freeman also publishes six large, detailed industry maps, which provide an in-depth picture of the different sectors the company works with. Titles include Minerals Exploration and Mining, Petroleum Exploration and Mining, North Island Quarries, South Island Quarries, Energy Infrastructure and Smart Energy Technology. 

Launched in 2012, the Energy News and ABB Annual NZ Electricity Survey polls the electricity industry on key trends, opportunities and challenges. In 2016 over 500 participants took part in the survey, and the results are widely used to inform strategic business decisions. 

Positions Available

Editor - Energy News

Energy News is a highly regarded corporate subscription-based news and information service for the New Zealand electricity, oil, gas and petroleum sectors.

The editor for Energy News is responsible for all content on the website and for driving the editorial direction of the publication as set by the publisher.

Content on the site includes our originated news, briefs, interviews and features, contributed columns and articles, user-generated comments, blogs and premium factfiles.

To succeed in this role you will need an interest in the energy sector and how it contributes to the New Zealand economy. You will need to be confident interviewing leading executives and influencers in the energy sector.

Ideally your experience will include business journalism and financial reporting. You won’t be afraid of hard work.

You will have the drive and initiative to develop a network of contacts to maintain a flow of exclusive articles and features for the website. The business is very customer-focused and you will be required to initiate and attend regular subject visits and after-hours networking events.

The editor becomes a key figure in the wider sector. As the front person for Energy News, you will regularly engage with the leaders and influencers of the energy sector, politicians and regulators, wider stakeholders of the publication, and external media as required.

Freeman’s three key editorial principles are: in-depth content; exclusivity; speed. You will need to be confident researching, uncovering and assembling exclusive content. You will also need to be fast on delivery for those high-turnover announcements.

The publication has an overall factual and positive focus and we have to delicately be very aware of our relationships, being careful not to delve into sensationalism nor mis-representation.

National travel is a core part of this role and an unrestricted driver's licence is essential. After-hours attendance at industry functions, conferences and other events is also required.

The role has two journalists reporting to it.

Please click here to apply for this position.

Research analyst - industries

A vacancy has arisen at Freeman for a research analyst.

This is the first time we have advertised this role externally, having previously been held through internal promotion.

Freeman is an information services provider to the energy and resources sectors in New Zealand. The right candidate for this role will have, or be able to develop, a strong interest in these sectors and in the New Zealand economic fabric in general.

The working parts of the energy and resources sectors include the following sub-sectors and client groupings: electricity, petroleum, oil & gas, mining, quarrying, infrastructure, contracting, roading, petrochemicals, large energy users.

This unique role oversees the data side of Freeman which includes:

  • Management of our published databases of energy and resources sector asset owners and associated assets
  • Management of our infomaps
  • Supporting the editorial teams and event producers with content suggestions
  • Providing poll and survey ideas
  • Occasional bespoke research tasks and reports for external clients
  • Industry and sub-sector overview data

There is an opportunity to grow the research business and product set for the right person in this role and follow the model of comparable but larger international publishers in this area.

Freeman is a small business with 18 employees so you will need to be a self-starter, advancing your skills through industry engagement and self-directed learning.

Requirements:

  • a Bachelor’s Degree in an applicable discipline
  • strong numeric skills around company financials and KPIs
  • a curious mind
  • a professional, positive attitude and a friendly and engaging manner
  • excellent writing and presentation skills
  • a familiarity with listed company reporting, annual reports and disclosures in general

Please click here to apply for this position.

Mission Statement

Freeman strives to be New Zealand's leading provider of industry news, events and information.

We aim to achieve excellence in news and information publishing through our products by providing a rich content experience that educates, informs and assists people in making decisions in their chosen field.

Content comes first.

Accolades

The team at Freeman has participated in, reached finalist stage and won a number of awards. These include: Wellington Gold Awards (Finalist); Deloitte Technology Fast 500 - Asia Pacific (2011-2014); Deloitte Fast 50 (2012). Journalists employed by Freeman have been involved in a series of awards at the annual Media Awards, MPA Awards and TUANZ Innovation Awards.

Staff

Simon Hartley
Journalist
Inside Resources
+64 21 852 989
David Barclay
Sponsorship Executive
+64 21 751 194
Isabella Hammond
Events Co-ordinator
+64 27 923 3088
Matt Ritchie
Editor
Energy News
+64 21 477 572
Bernie Napp
Editor
Inside Resources
+64 21 646 103
Eamon Rood
Journalist
Inside Resources
+64 21 846 259
Craig Greaves
Journalist
Energy News
+64 21 357 167
Josh Riddiford
Journalist
Energy News
+64 21 356 654
Neil Wembridge
General Manager
+64 21 190 2971
Mark Drew
Customer Manager
+64 21 149 2092
Jeannie Stirling
Advertising Sales Manager
+64 22 105 6807
Irwin Munro
Creative Director
+64 27 808 0748
Danshi An
Web Developer
+64 4 831 5150
James Harvey
Designer
+64 4 831 5159
Madeleine Sefton
Finance Manager
+64 4 831 5150
Matt Freeman
Managing Director
+64 27 471 1113