Professor Claire Robinson.

Political commentators

Wellington: Claire Robinson

Professor Claire Robinson is a frequent media commentator on New Zealand politics. She is a regular panel member on current affairs programme Q+A, has had numerous opinion pieces published in national newspapers and was a commentator on TV One's 2011 election campaign coverage team. She has received two Wallace Awards for her contribution to the public understanding of New Zealand elections.

Claire's research interest is focused on the visual communication of political messages. She has developed models to better understand the process, role and impact of meaning-exchange through visual imagery in the context of political leadership and election campaigning. 

Phone: (04) 801 5799 ext. 62490

Mobile: 021 244 9054


Twitter: @spinprofessor



Auckland: Grant Duncan

Associate Professor Grant Duncan teaches public policy and political theory at Massey’s Albany campus and is a regular media commentator on New Zealand politics.

He is a social scientist and author of many academic publications on social policy, public policy and public management in New Zealand.

Phone: (09) 414 0800 ext. 43473

Mobile: 021 113 8720




Palmerston North: Richard Shaw

Associate Professor Richard Shaw teaches papers in New Zealand politics and public policy. He has had Marsden funding for research on political advisers in Cabinet ministers' offices, and an Electoral Commission Wallace Award for his contribution to public understanding of electoral matters.

He is a regular media commentator and author of numerous academic publications on a wide range of political topics, including the roles, responsibilities and influence of political advisers, governance and executive power in politics, electoral law reform, and the public service.

Phone: (06) 356 9099 ext. 83656

Mobile: 027 609 8603



Auckland: Andy Asquith

Dr Andy Asquith is a public management specialist within the School of Management. His research interests focus on public sector organisations, especially local governance and politics.

In terms of commentary, Dr Asquith is particularly interested in local government issues and how local and central government interact, public sector reform, privatisation, public policy, and issues around voter turnout and participation.

Phone: (09) 414 0800 ext. 43380

Mobile: 021 671 456


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