• Linklater elected New Zealand Motoring Writer’s Guild President

    David Linklater was voted in as the new President of the New Zealand Motoring Writer’s Guild at guild’s the annual general meeting held last Friday afternoon.

    The Guild is a professional association of around 40 motoring journalists working for newspapers, magazines, internet websites, radio and television.

    Each year its members select the New Zealand Car of the Year award, which is currently held by the BMW 5-series.

    The Guild’s role is to encourage high standards in motoring journalism, and foster dialogue between its members, government agencies, driver education agencies, and the wider media.

    A freelance journalist, David Linklater is the new motoring editor of the National Business Review and he is a regular contributor to the Driven supplement within the NZ Herald.

    Freelance writer Damien O’Carroll is the new Guild Vice-President while Robert Barry, Editor-at-large of NZ Company Vehicle and the editor of Motor Equipment News, remains as Secretary for a sixth consecutive term.

    The incoming Guild executive is comprised of Cameron Officer (Top Gear NZ), Jacqui Madelin (Herald on Sunday), and Bill Green (Marlborough Express/ Road-Tests.Com).

    Immediate past President John Oxley (NZ Company Vehicle/NZ4WD managing editor) will also remain on the executive.

    Linklater says he welcomes the opportunity to become Guild president.

    “I’m looking forward to working with the members and building upon the excellent foundation of work laid by John Oxley in the last two years,” he says.

    “I’m very proud to be a motoring journalist and very proud to lead the Guild in the coming 12 month period.”




    David Linklater

    Motoring Writers’ Guild Vice President

    021 158 9693



    Damien O’Carroll

    Motoring Writers’ Guild Vice President

    021 034 1498



    Robert Barry

    Motoring Writers’ Guild Secretary

    021 784 771






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