About us

who is thatWRITE HERE, RIGHT NOW is run by David Anderson an experienced and skilled communications, media management and public relations consultant – specialising in the agribusiness sector.

David is an adaptable, proactive and conscientious professional with more than 25 years experience in the communications, media relations and writing fields.

He can draw on a wide-ranging career and experience gained working and writing in the agribusiness, publishing, business, political as well as local and national government sectors.

Strong writing and good communication has been right at the heart of David’s livelihood throughout his career. With experience as a journalist, editor, public relations advisor, press secretary, media manager, communications manager, public relations consultant and first-hand political experience as elected local council representative.

Some of David’s past roles in the agribusiness/rural sector include: General Manager Communications Rodney District Council, Media Relations Manager at Fonterra, General Manager Rural News Group, Press Secretary and Managing Editor at Rural News Group.

Raised on the family farm in South Canterbury, a graduate of Lincoln University and a former Kellogg Scholar, David is lives on a lifestyle block at Otaio in Canterbury and is  a regular columnist and commentator in the rural and agribusiness media.

Some of his current and past work experience includes:

  • Contributing editor for the national farming newspaper Rural News
  • Content producer for the weekly farming show Rural Exchange (REX) on Radio Live on the Mediaworks radio network
  • Communications advisor for Rural Contractors New Zealand
  • Stand-in host for the daily On the Field farming radio show on LiveSport on the Mediaworks radio network
  • Press Secretary, Leader of the Opposition’s Office
  • Fonterra media relations and communications advisor
  • Senior Communications and Media Advisor for the 2011 RWC for Auckland Tourism Trade and Economic Development (ATEED)
  • Former contributor and commentator on the nationally radio networked The Farming Show

David has been instrumental in the development and delivery of successful communications strategies in both the public and private sector:

  • Development and implementation of a new Communications Strategy for Rodney District Council
  • Development and implementation of an external engagement strategy for The Treasury
  • Planning, development and implementation of Fonterra’s stakeholder and media engagement
  • Building and maintaining effective relationships across the spectrum of Chief Executives, Company Chairmen, Members of Parliament, Mayors and Councillors and other high profile stakeholders
  • Management of the production of key Council strategies and plans, including the Council’s Long Term Plan and Annual Plan
  • Driving continuous improvement in organisational systems, processes and technologies to meet the changing needs and expectations of business owners and customers.

David has also developed strong stakeholder and community relationship skills, as well as a good understanding of lobbying and working the political process.

Contact David Anderson at WRITE HERE, RIGHT NOW on ph 021 963122, or by email david@writehererightnow.co.nz

During David’s time at Rodney District Council, the public profile of Council greatly improved, particularly due to his relationship with the print and radio media.  He also led the development of both an external and internal Communications Strategy and oversaw the introduction of e-consultation to the Council.”
Warren Maclennan, Former Assistant CE, Rodney District Council

“David certainly has a great understanding of the media and has strong
writing skills. He is very good at building strong working relationships quickly and was a valued member of the team”

Sue Foley, Corporate Affairs Manager, Westpac Bank, New Zealand

David is an accomplished and experienced communications advisor – a great listener who always worked hard and willingly to achieve the objective. Plus he has a thinking man’s acerbic sense of humour!”
Blair Harkness, Former Communications Manager North Shore City Council

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.” Isaac Asimov