John started at LGNZ in August 2020. Before joining he worked at the New Zealand Commerce Commission on national and international competition law advocacy and at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment on competition and telecommunications policy. He has qualifications in law, policy and management, and political science and international relations. While studying, John worked at Parliament, Transpower and as a tax law scholar. He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2018.
John has practical experience at several levels of New Zealand’s state apparatus and understands that the main purpose of state government is to serve all of its people. This, coupled with his policy and legal education ensures that he is well placed to influence central government to shape local policy for national success. John enjoys working with people and putting this natural affinity into practice at LGNZ. He is currently working in LGNZ’s climate change and community resilience work stream.
Outside of work, you’ll find John at the gym and on the squash court, listening to music – from Chopin to Iron Maiden, brewing beer with his friends, reading about New Zealand’s political climate – particularly the 80s and 90s reforms, and listening to history podcasts.