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Ed McKnight Launches NZ Young Professionals Podcast

Ed McKnight Launches NZ Young Professionals Podcast

Monday, 24th July 2017 - Young professionals are often talked about in the press, but seldom join the conversation. Young professional, Ed McKnight hopes to change that.

In association with Podcasts.NZ, McKnight recently launched the NZ Young Professionals Podcast.

Aimed to engage young professionals in conversation – not just about work – he has already recorded episodes about everything from politics and business, to eating disorders and mental health.

“All of these issues are important to NZ’s young professionals” he says.

When he continues that “talking to young professionals themselves is just as important as speaking to, say, the Prime Minister”, he means it.

Not only has the Prime Minister, Bill English appeared on the podcast, every major NZ political party – bar one – has fronted their leader or a co-leader to speak directly to young professionals through the podcast.

Mcknight says the idea came to him listening to a podcast featuring economist, Bernard Hickey in conversation with Andrew Patterson on NBR Radio.

In that conversation, Hickey compared young New Zealanders to frogs slowly being boiled to death in hot water – when referring to their awareness and reaction regarding superannuation and the Auckland housing market.

“They seem to be ignorant about some of the problems that are facing them over the next 30 to 40 years, and which aren’t being addressed by grownups at the moment” – Hickey had said.

Though some might balk at the language used, McKnight simply shrugs – “he was being provocative. I knew what he was getting at.”

Spurred into action, the NZ Young Professionals Podcast was conceived and launched.

With over 20 episodes already recorded (not all released), there seems to be more than enough leaders and young professionals willing to join in the conversation.

This is a young frog not keen to keep swimming in the water.


The podcasts are now available in iTunes and most podcast listening apps. They are also available to download at

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