For the third consecutive year, Auckland-based freelance journalist David Linklater has been re-elected President of the New Zealand Motoring Writers Guild.
Mr Linklater is the motoring editor of the National Business Review and World: The Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, as well as being a regular contributor to the Driven motoring supplement within the NZ Herald and Auto Trader.
He says he is committed to leading the Guild through the challenges of new media and the ever changing landscape of the automotive industry.
“The Guild was founded more than 25 years ago to provide the consumer with independent, critical, and qualified opinion on both the vehicles and the wider automotive industry, and to ensure that members continue to meet the criteria of being professional, as well as fair and balanced in their reporting,” says Mr Linklater.
“My role as president is to ensure integrity and high standards are maintained in an era where media is consistently under commercial pressures.”
The Guild has more than 30 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 Toyota 86 coupe.
It held its yearly annual general meeting last week which saw the re-election of the incumbent office holders and past president Richard Bosselman rejoined the executive committee.
Freelance writer Damien O’Carroll (Oversteer.co.nz, NZ Herald, NZ Company Vehicle) has been re-elected as Guild Vice-President while Robert Barry, Editor-at-large of NZ Company Vehicle and the editor of Motor Equipment News, remains as Secretary for an eighth consecutive term.
The incoming Guild executive is comprised of Jacqui Madelin (NZ Herald contributor), Bill Green (Marlborough Express/ Road-Tests.com), Richard Bosselman (Yahoo.com) and John Oxley (NZ Company Vehicle/NZ4WD managing editor)