About The Main Report Group

max.jpgThe Main Report Editors focus specifically on situations that confront you day by day. Our writing style enables fast reading, ensuring you can find essential facts quickly and easily.

The contents often contain the ‘seeds of opportunity’ and, if you keep every issue, you’ll have answers right at hand when you need them – even for questions you may not anticipate right now.

The Main Report NewsWeeklies can often provide you with a fresh view on a subject or add another voice, to bring new thinking. The NewsWeeklies are also ideal material for Reports, Presentations, Interviews and Speeches.
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Max Bowden
Publisher, Editor-in-Chief

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The Main Report NewsWeeklies

The first Main Report NewsWeeklies rolled off the presses in 1972, inaugurating the NewsWeekly era in this country. They have been widely emulated, but remain the standard by which other NewsWeeklies must measure themselves.

We offer our clients six NewsWeeklies. And they have never wavered from our basic principle: to offer our clients practical information which can be acted upon immediately or in the near future. They are all idea sources and calls to action. The Letters are designed to help you power your operation into the future and to call attention to the mistakes and pitfalls that may thwart the realisation of your vision.



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Published since 1968. Hot On The Spot from Wellington and Canberra. The Trans Tasman is an indispensable guide to what’s happening … in politics, the economy, legislation and regulations. Impartial analysis and forecasts are accurate, reliable and timely. Reporting on many issues ignored by the media mainstream.



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“The Monday Morning Mind Opener”. Proven advice, ideas and tips you can use today … to increase profits and to do your job better. With special emphasis on major trends and forecasts, the economy and political and legislative action which may affect you. It’s for top, senior and middle management, professional people, employees and self-employed.



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For anyone associated with or interested in the farming industry. Covers farm management techniques, animal health, forestry, farm finance, agricultural market trends, production, processing and pricing, sheep, beef and dairy farming, cropping, pasture improvement, hiring and firing, employment, political commentary and legislation. Weekly Stockyard Sales.



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A personal lifestyle guide for you to enjoy life with more money and better health. Helps develop seven key areas to get the best out of your life … health, money, career, relationships, learning, recreation and spirituality. It is the only true information source to treat your personal life in a businesslike way.



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NZ’s leading information source for analysis and interpretation of crucial energy and environment issues. Covers draft legislation, amendments to Acts, regulations plus enforcement policies. Includes policy announcements, research, news, ideas and activity affecting business, central and local govt in important areas.



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NZ’s freight, transport, warehousing and distribution news authority. Takes a critical look at road, rail, air and sea transport including pricing, supply chain sustainability, airport and port security, environment legislation, warehouse systems, information technology, e-commerce, factory gate pricing, 4th party logistics.

Our People

The founder and publisher of The Main Report Group is Max Bowden, a businessman and entrepreneur in several fields. Max started his career in broadcasting and then formed his own marketing and advertising consultancy with clients including Merck, Sharpe & Dohme, Firestone Tire & Rubber Co, International Harvester, Whitcoulls, Shell Oil and House of Travel. Max’s advice and ‘personal hands-on’ approach has helped many companies grow and prosper. He has also had first-hand experience with the Government sector, appearing before select committees and through his appointments to advisory groups.

Max has chosen his staff and contributors for their wide-ranging expertise, experience and knowledge.

Ian Templeton. OBE – Senior Correspondent. A highly respected journalist and commentator, a life member in the New Zealand Parliamentary Press Gallery. With his wisdom and experience, Ian heads a team who share a range of top-level contacts in the Beehive, in Wellington’s bureaucracy, and among powerbrokers in the business, financial and farming lobbies.

Rob Hosking – Wellington correspondent. A freelance writer and commentator since 1999, Rob brings 15 years’ journalism experience to the job. He specialises in the economy, tax and government regulation such as the Resource Management Act, business, and superannuation issues. He has been in Parliament’s press gallery since April 1997.

Tony Doe – Research Analyst. Tony has worked in broadcast and print journalism in NZ, Japan and the UK. In a career spanning 20 years, he has worked for some of the top radio groups in the world, including the BBC, and Capital Radio London and has won a World Broadcasting Award. Tony was also on the editorial committee for ITN Radio London. He was Business Editor for NOW TV in Christchurch, and has contributed to various business and lifestyle magazines. He taught journalism at the prestigious Radio Guild in London. He has an MA(hons) in History.

Richard Worrall – Associate Editor of NZ Transport Intelligence Briefing. Richard joined The Main Report Group in 2006 and has an extensive background in farming, agribusiness and business journalism, having written for leading business and farming publications since 1994. As well as being a qualified journalist Richard has a Masters Degree in Transport Geography and an extensive knowledge on local and overseas transport industry trends and developments . He has also written a number of opinion and commentary pieces for leading daily newspapers on issues within the the transport sector.

Pattrick Smellie – Associate Editor of NZ Energy & Environment Business Week. Pattrick has more than 20 years’ experience in business journalism and public relations in New Zealand and Australia, including 11 years in the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Wellington. Pattrick also has considerable experience within the energy sector.

Chris Mole – Associate Editor of NZ Energy & Environment Business Week, has more than 20 years’ experience in print, radio and Web media, in NZ and the UK. He has worked as an Editor for Reader’s Digest in London and as Press Secretary for one of NZ’s most experienced politicians. Chris also maintains six websites for The Main Report/Trans Tasman Publishing Group.

Francesca Arnott – Publishing Assistant. Francesca plays a vital role in preparing The Main Report/Trans Tasman Group publications.

The Main Report NewsWeeklies are totally independent, with no allegiance to political parties, advertisers, or other pressure groups.

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