Matthew Hooton  Managing Director

Matthew Hooton is New Zealand's leading public affairs strategist and political commentator. He has over 20 years' experience in political and corporate communications, working for the New Zealand Government and some of the country's most influential companies.

He maintains excellent connections with senior levels of all of New Zealand's main political parties, and with the senior staff of the National, Labour, Green, Maori and ACT parties.

Matthew has a close relationship with many New Zealand Ministers and Members of Parliament, and is well known in political circles and by the public as a political commentator on both Radio New Zealand and RadioLive, and as a columnist for the National Business Review.

He has led a wide range of government relations programmes, from those where government/industry partnerships were sought such as with ZESPRI International, through to seeking controversial legislative change, such as work with the Kyoto Forestry Association.

A former press secretary to the New Zealand trade and agriculture minister, he played a lead role at the age of 28 in the government relations and communications programmes that led to the creation of Fonterra, New Zealand's largest company. He has also worked internationally on projects in China, Europe, Mongolia and throughout Australia.