Versatile, experienced and highly professional, Rex Widerstrom can write for a variety of media. Currently active in print and television, he also has experience in writing for the web and radio.
Local Availability: Rex is based in Perth, WA, but travels to other parts of Australia regularly and is available for offshore meetings if needed.
Print, Web, Radio, TV
Rex Widerstrom began his career in broadcasting and print media in New Zealand in 1976. He has been editor of national circulation newspapers and magazines, writing on everything from agriculture to IT. He's hosted radio breakfast news/talk programs, later becoming advisor to one of that country's most colourful and controversial political leaders. As Communications Director of the party, he devised a strategy which propelled it from three to almost thirty percent in the polls in under six months.
From there he was instrumental in establishing Polemic Corporation, which handled public and media relations for clients ranging from SMEs to the major corporations, but specialised in providing strategic advice to NGOs such as the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners, and several political parties and candidates.
In 1999 he was appointed Director of the NZ Electronic Electoral Trial, a joint initiative of Victoria University (Wellington), the Campaign for Digital Democracy (Calif., USA) and Polemic, and became a leading activist for electronic voting. He was also much sought-after as a political commentator, with columns appearing in many of the country's leading newspapers, and on radio.
He moved to Australia in 2002, where he has built a successful practice advising business and political clients with an emphasis on the point at which the two meet - government relations. He has also consulted to several high-profile political campaigns at state level.
An interest in an independent television and video production company also sees him assisting with writing, production, voiceover and presentation work on some of its projects.
He still writes regularly for a variety of clients, covering a wide range of topics.
He holds a postgraduate diploma in communications and holds the professional qualification of APR (accredited public relations), recognised worldwide.
More information and samples of his work can be found at:
National Business Review, Wellington NZ (1999) – Contributor
NZ Family Physician, Wellington NZ (1999 -2002) – Managing Editor
Western Teacher, Perth WA (2002) – Editor
New Zealand Employment Review, Wellington NZ (1994) - Editor
The Business Magazine / Petone News, Wellington NZ (1990 - 1991) - Editor
Straight Furrow, Wellington NZ (1988 - 1989) - Editor
The Dominion (now DomPost), Wellington, NZ (1988) - Senior Journalist
The Advertiser / The Hutt Sun, Wellington, NZ (1986 - 1987) - Chief Reporter
The Business Magazine / TV Star / Petone News, Wellington, NZ (1983 - 1984) - Senior Journalist
Perth, Western Australia.
Mobile: +61 400 133 854