Pod­cast for young pros


A young Auck­land pro­fes­sional has kick-started his pod­cast ca­reer with a very im­pres­sive first guest.

On Mon­day Auck­land Young Pro­fes­sion­als (AYP) pres­i­dent and Green­lane res­i­dent Ed McKnight, 25, launches a pod­cast called The New Zealand Young Pro­fes­sion­als Pod­cast, aimed to help young pro­fes­sion­als.

His very first guest will be Prime Min­is­ter Bill English. He’s also in­ter­viewed Labour leader An­drew Lit­tle.

McKnight said he was in­spired to record a pod­cast ask­ing po­lit­i­cal lead­ers ques­tions about their poli­cies.

He said he would ask his guests what their top three pri­or­i­ties were, and how they would im­pact New Zealand’s young pro­fes­sion­als.

McKnight said he spoke with some mi­nor party lead­ers be­fore con­tact­ing the New Zealand Young Na­tion­als, the youth wing of the New Zealand Na­tional Party, which helped put him in touch with peo­ple who helped him set up an in­ter­view with English.

The pod­cast had a young pro­fes­sion­als fo­cus but was not strictly po­lit­i­cal, McKnight said.

AYP is an or­gan­i­sa­tion de­signed to help peo­ple in the first 15 years of their ca­reer meet like-minded in­di­vid­u­als and de­velop their skills and net­works. McKnight joined the AYP com­mit­tee in 2015 and in June be­came the pres­i­dent.

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