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. 

Current vacancies

Sponsorship Executive

The Sponsorship Executive role will primarily be selling sponsorship across our existing and new events.

We are after a driven salesperson that can create their own opportunities and convert them, leveraging our strong existing relationships and brand profile in the sector.

You will need to be confident in both a telemarketing and face-to-face sales environment. A large part of the role will be spent engaging with clients and a steady outbound phonecall and meeting schedule will need to be kept.

Proficiency across the Microsoft Office range of products and sound document presentation, grammar and spelling is expected.

We are looking for an individual who likes the idea around advancing themselves and their career and is prepared to work hard to do so.  A financial incentive is part of the salary package and there is ample room to over-achieve.

Corporate presentation skills will be assumed and you will not be afraid to deal with industry executives at a high level but also at an operational level.

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.

To obtain a log-in for our subscription-based websites to get a feel for the industry please contact neil.wembridge [at] freemanmedia.co.nz .

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.


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.


Matt Ritchie
Energy News
+64 21 477 572
Bernie Napp
Inside Resources
+64 21 646 103
Eamon Rood
Inside Resources
+64 21 846 259
Georgia Quirke-Luping
Inside Resources
+64 21 852 989
Craig Greaves
Energy News
+64 21 357 167
Josh Riddiford
Energy News
+64 21 356 654
Neil Wembridge
General Manager
+64 21 190 2971
Mark Drew
Customer Manager
+64 21 149 2092
Renee Cadenhead
Sponsorship Executive
+64 27 784 5526
Shri Shankar
Sponsorship Executive
+64 21 852 202
Jeannie Stirling
Digital Advertising Sales Manager
+64 22 105 6807
Kate Barker
Research Analyst
+64 21 636 819
Irwin Munro
Creative Director
+64 27 808 0748
Danshi An
Web Developer
+64 4 831 5150
Ellen Gilchrist
Office Administrator
+64 4 890 4277
James Harvey
+64 4 831 5159
Madeleine Sefton
Finance Manager
+64 4 831 5150
Matt Freeman
Managing Director
+64 27 471 1113