Short CV and contact


Colin James was a political journalist for more than 45 years and political columnist of the year in 2003. He wrote weekly columns in a number of newspapers over those decades, most recently in the Otago Daily Times, from which he retired as a regular weekly columnist in December 2017. He is a senior associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington ( He has written eight books (the latest are Unquiet Time. Aotearoa/New Zealand in a fast-changing world and National at 80) plus several editions of an election guide for journalists and many chapters in books and edited or wrote six books or monographs for the Institute of Policy Studies (the predecessor of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies. He  contributed many papers to seminars, conferences and symposiums in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and  held several university fellowships, including JD Stout Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington in 1991 and inaugural New Zealand Fellow at the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at Melbourne University in 1993. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Victoria University in 2008. He is a past chair of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research ( He is a fellow of the Institute of Public Administration and a life member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and E Tu (Stand Tall) Union. Until 2020 he made presentations on the strategic political, policy and political-economy environment to companies, industry associations, government departments and other groups and from 1990 to 2013 was managing director of The Hugo Group (, a forecasting panel with a membership of more than 100 medium to large corporates.

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