Excellent publications re Retirement Income – NZ commentators worth listening to on retirement income

Updated Dec 2019


    1. The Great NZ Work, Money and Retirement Puzzle and how to solve it. A Practical Guide for everyone 19-91 yrs. Alan Clarke, (2014). Unusual style but easy to read.
    2. The Essential Retirement Guide, A Contrarian’s Perspective Frederick Vettese, John Wiley& sons (2016)* American but suitable and applicable to NZ. Excellent, good examples. On the button!
    3. Retire Richer; a practical guide for everyone aged 25-85. Alan Clarke. 2010. Large font, easy to read. Very sound.
    4. The New Retirement: Smart Tips for Boomers. Bill Jamieson Shoal Bay 2007. Chatty.
    5. NZ Retirement Guide, (2013), Twenty Good Summers. Martin Hawes: A prolific writer, (over 20 books) always provides good reading and common sense recommendations.
    6. How to retire with enough money and how to know what enough is. Teresa Ghilarduccci, (2015). Also American, but suitable for NZ readers. 100 pages. Excellent.
    7. Your 60’s by Peter Dunn, (2015) Centage Learning. Again an American book, but completely applicable to NZ scene.
    8. The New Zealand Tax System, NZ Taxes in comparative perspective Rob Salmond, 2011. Want to know about NZ Tax system? Easy to follow.

MEDIA COMMENTATORS?  Any worth listening to!

  • Martin Hawes: A must read. Calm, considered, commons sense covering superannuation, trusts, retirement savings etc.
  • Mary Holm: Sound and quirky. Good simple business and personal financial comment, on many of the current retirement issues. Excellent NZ Herald column each Sunday-compulsory reading.
  • Rob Stock: Leans towards the seniors market, writing in an easy to follow manner, on topical subjects. Sound
  • Helen Twose. Her Kiwi Saver Question and Answers column is a must read, the questions and answers needs to be published in booklet form.
  • Bernard Hickey: Press Gallery, he initiated a good website www.interest.co.nz., but now independently contracts to them. Bernard is maturing, he mocks the senior age group, and writes for a younger audience but he is knowledgeable, just needs to be more policy aware and recognize the goal posts never favour the far right opinions or the far left
  • Matthew Hooton: A right wing commentator. Don’t ignore, but take with a grain of salt
  • Fran O’Sullivan: Writes some good stuff, but has a blind spot re New Zealand Superannuation and needs to recognize that the NZ model is a world leader, and projections/assumptions 30-50 years out are close to worthless.
  • Brian Fallow. Experienced economic editor of the NZ Herald. Always interesting. Also has a blind spot re NZ Superannuation and fiscal costs, leans to crisis rhetoric on Superannuation issues, needs to allow for adjustment factor in his long term trend analysis.
  • Brian Gaynor. Experienced and considered opinions particularly investment analysis, an active fund manager.
  • Susan St John, Retirement Policy and Research Centre, Auckland Business School. Susan’s substantial knowledge of the Retirement Income sector makes her a “must read”.
  • Michael Little wood. His papers on NZ Superannuation are seminal resource papers, easy to read, clarifies the issues in a simple manner.
  • Liz Koh, Dominion Newspaper “Money matters”. Interesting, sincere and well researched.
  • Larry Williams. Right wing radio conservative, chatty manner.
  • Mike Hosking. Intelligent, zany, but untrained mind. Right wing, sounds good, but substance lacks at times
  • Leighton Smith. Great survivor of Radio Talkback. Right wing, knows his way around the subjects, but his twist on issues while often sounding knowledgeable, merely confirms here is an orthodox conservative.
  • Paul   . Right wing, full of opinions. Like him or hate him, he provides a view.




  • The Headliner. Investment advice sheet and comment www. headliner.co.nz
  • The National Business Review. http://www.nbr.co.nz/ .New Zealand weekly business review and analysis magazine
  • The Economist www.economist.com

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