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About Jonathan
Freelance journalist and photojournalist since 1990. I've written for many international and national newspapers like The Sunday Times, Euronews, The Daily Telegraph, The Economist, The Guardian, The Scotsman, The Sunday Herald and The Daily Record, The Globe and Mail, The Miami Herald to mention a few - as a foreign and domestic freelance correspondent in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. I have also authored a few Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) reports.

Experienced photojournalist for international agencies like Reuters, AP, SIPA Press, Gamma-Liaison, Hollandse Hoogte and AFP and published in many UK, US, Canadian and European newspapers and magazines. 

I have been filming HD stock footage of documentary subjects since 2009 and recently since early 2018, in 4K UHD. I use a Wi-Fi capable Panasonic Lumix G7 camera, which provides 100Mbps 4K footage. I now have quite a lot of experience of filming documentary subject matter and compiling short news reports.

For the past couple of years I have been supplying stories to Newsflare (mostly as edited packages) and have had my clips used in BBC4 documentaries, by ITN Productions and on web sites like MSN, Liveleak and Dailymotion. From the summer of 2018, I have been on the UK Civil Aviation Authority PfCO certification (for commercial flying) course and I am certified for commissions in Romania. I also film editorial documentary video stock clips for Getty Images and Pond5.

I can also work as a fixer if you have an assignment in Romania or Greece (where I have a good network of contacts). I have previously done fixing work for The LA Times, The Miami Herald, NHK (Japanese state broadcaster) and Berlin-based ad agency Bentele Becker.
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ComCom suggests Kiwibank IPO could make it genuine disruptor

21 Mar 2024
The Commerce Commission's draft market study report on the banking sector in New Zealand suggests that Kiwibank could become a major player and disrupt the dominance of the 'Big Four' Australian-owned banks (ANZ, ASB, BNZ, and Westpac) if it were to go public through an IPO. The report highlights limited competition as a contributing factor to the high profitability of these large banks and implies that increased competition could benefit consumers.

US inflation bumps up in December

12 Jan 2024
In December, the US consumer price index saw a 0.3% increase, resulting in an annual rate of 3.4%, which was higher than anticipated. This development suggests that 2024 will be marked by rate cuts and a decline in inflation, although the specifics regarding the extent and pace of these changes remain uncertain.

No further rate hikes needed, cuts later next year: BNZ

14 Dec 2023
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) may not need to raise the official cash rate again in 2024 due to the economy facing more challenges than anticipated, as indicated by Stats NZ data showing a surprise contraction of 0.3% in the September quarter. BNZ chief economist Mike Jones suggests that the RBNZ could stay on the sidelines, with the economy cooling more than expected.

Turners bullish about full-year, despite flat interim profit

22 Nov 2023
Turners, a listed car dealer in New Zealand, reported a 16% increase in revenue to $214 million but a 4% decrease in net profit after tax to $18 million for the six months ended September 30. Despite a flat interim profit and 'medium' risks from recession, demand, and loan defaults, management is optimistic about the full year. They no longer consider supply chain issues or staff recruitment and retention as problems, and regulatory risk has decreased with the change of government. Turners also opened a new branch in Timaru on November 15.

Soft landing, inflation back in the zone next year: Goldman Sachs

14 Nov 2023
Goldman Sachs forecasts a positive economic outlook for New Zealand and Australia, anticipating a soft landing after rate hikes and predicting that inflation will be under control by late next year. The report, authored by chief economist Andrew Boak, also suggests that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand may conclude its rate hikes and could consider rate cuts later next year.

Colonial claims ‘factual errors’ in NZSA snag

09 Nov 2023
The Colonial Motor Company has criticized a report by the NZ Shareholders' Association (NZSA), alleging factual errors without specifying them. The NZSA intends to vote against all resolutions at Colonial's AGM, citing concerns about investor disclosure, risk mitigation, and board composition. Key players include Colonial Motor Co, its chair Ashley Waugh, the NZSA, and its chief executive Oliver Mander, with the backdrop of the NZX.

NZ floating in ‘turbulent’ economic seas

02 Nov 2023
Dr David Skilling, a global economic and policy expert, has highlighted several challenges that New Zealand is expected to face in the coming months due to geopolitical and economic issues. He discussed these concerns with former prime minister Helen Clark during a webinar hosted by the Helen Clark Foundation.

Business optimism booms as National poised to take charge

31 Oct 2023
Business confidence in New Zealand has surged to the highest level in six years, with the ANZ Business Outlook survey indicating a 21-point increase to +23 in October, a peak not observed since 2017. This rise in optimism among firms coincides with the anticipation of the National Party taking charge following the final election results, which are expected to be announced on Friday.

Vero ordered to pay $3.9m over multi-policy discounts

12 Oct 2023
Insurer Vero has been penalized $3.9 million for false and misleading representations about multi-policy discounts, affecting about 42,000 customers who were overcharged between April 2014 and May 2022. The Financial Markets Authority brought the claim against Vero.

2 Cheap Cars shareholders approve Sena transaction

28 Sep 2023
Shareholders of 2 Cheap Cars have voted in favor of a share transaction between co-founders David Sena and Eugene Williams, resulting in David Sena's stake increasing to approximately 76%. The approval came during the annual meeting in Auckland, with shares in the used-car dealer spiking 18% to 73c.


News analysis story on the finale of the trial of the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party leaders.

09 Nov 2020

Curtain raiser piece on the end of the epic trial of the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.

09 Nov 2020

News feature on how as the UK's first spaceport plans develop, opposition to the first British rocket launch site on the remote north coast of Scotland is growing.

25 Oct 2019

World's first dual leg transplant

News report on the largest lamb sale in Europe at Lairg Scotland UK. August 2018.

Video news report on the first spaceport in the UK planned near Melness in northern Scotland. July 2018. This was featured on MSN and Liveleak.



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