Rod Oram

Rod is an award winning financial journalist who tailors all presentations to suit your specific requirements.

Rod Oram has 40 years’ experience as an international business journalist. He has worked for various publications in Europe and North America, including the Financial Times of London.

Rod and his family emigrated from the UK to New Zealand in 1997.

He contributes weekly to Nine to Noon, and Newstalk ZB. He is a frequent public speaker on deep sustainability, business, economics, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, in both NZ and global contexts.

In Citigroup’s annual global journalism awards, Rod was the winner in 2019 in the General Business category in the Australia and NZ region for his columns in Newsroom on Fonterra; and he was the NZ Journalist of the year. 

In the 2018 New Zealand Shareholder Association Business Journalism Awards, Rod won the Business Commentary category for his columns in Newsroom.

Rod was a founding trustee and the second chairman of Akina Foundation, which helps social enterprises develop their business models in areas of sustainability. He remains actively involved with the foundation and the ventures it supports.

Rod is an adjunct professor at AUT; and Bridget Williams Books has published his latest book, Three Cities: Seeking Hope in the Anthropocene, details at

Rod is in the inaugural cohort of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, This bold programme brings together innovators and investors from here and abroad to help foster global change from Aotearoa-New Zealand.

Book Rod Oram to speak at your next conference or event.


  • New Zealand and global economics and business trends
  • Economic development policy at home and abroad
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Technology trends
  • Journalism and media
  • Big issues eg, globalisation, sustainable development, climate change, genetic modification, corporate governance, social responsibility and ethical investment

Rod conducts meticulous research before any presentation he makes. Every presentation is thus tailor-made specifically for that audience on that date.


“A true professional and easily assimilates information to gain the best outcome for the event:  NZ International Science Festival

“Great – wrapped up the whole session most professionally – we are using him again” Unichem & Life Pharmacy

“Very polished.  Rod had prepared well.  Kept audience very involved – amusing yet got serious points across well.” Dispensary First

“Had so much information to share we should have given him more time, a quality presentation” Plastics Institute 

“Rod presents his arguments clearly and concisely. His presentations are always in a manner that the audience can understand and he does not clutter his presentations with slides that are far too busy and hard to read.  The audience may not always agree with his argument but he always leaves them thinking” Ron Gall, Horticulture New Zealand

“Brilliant start to the conference, lots of positive feedback, your contribution was of value to a large number of our members”  NZ Citrus Growers

“As always he was brilliant.  Having used him many times Rod always amazes us on how he can find new material that appeal to all”  AMP Financial Services

"Very relevant, well researched, well presented and thought-provoking presentation" EIANZ