Pattrick Smellie - Owner, Content Ltd

Pattrick Smellie is a Wellington-based journalist, and co-owner of Content Ltd, a journalism and content wholesaler.

He has more than three decades experience in journalism for major New Zealand and Australian titles, including The Australian, Australian Financial Review, TIME magazine (Pacific edition), and the Sunday Star-Times (NZ) and in political and corporate communications.

He cut his teeth on issues and crisis management as a press secretary for New Zealand's reformist Finance Minister Roger Douglas from 1985 - 88 - a period of transforming economic change in New Zealand, before spending 11 years in the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Wellington, two of those years as Gallery chair.

Between 2001 and 2008, he worked in corporate communications for major New Zealand entities including The University of Auckland, Fonterra, James Hardie Industries, and Contact Energy Ltd, New Zealand's second-largest listed public company, where he managed communications and then brand strategy.

Content Ltd was formed in mid-2008. Its main product is the BusinessDesk daily business news service, purchasable through www.businessdesk.co.nz and supplied to the NZME wire service (NZ Herald and affiliate newspapers and websites) and other news publishers.

In 2013, Pattrick also took a majority shareholding in The Hugo Group, a news and information service for chief executives.

For further information, please contact me on:

64 4 4998891 - DDI

64 21 588203 - mobile

pattrick@businessdesk.co.nz