About me

Welcome to geoffreymiller.info, my personal blog.
Geoffrey Miller
I’m a freelance German to English translator based in New Zealand. This is my personal blog. For translations, please see my business website, Geoffrey Miller Translations.

My other main role is as an international analyst with the Democracy Project, an initiative run in association with Victoria University of Wellington.

I am a native speaker of English and I also understand German very well. I also learn and speak other languages to varying degrees of proficiency, including Spanish and Swedish. In recent years, my main focus has been on learning Arabic and Russian.

I host the YouTube political video series in Arabic called Dateline New Zealand. You can watch the first video from April 2021 on New Zealand’s relations with the Middle East (English subtitles are available by clicking the ‘CC’ button). I also recorded another video in Arabic in October 2020 which previewed the New Zealand General Election.

My qualifications include a B.A. Hons. degree from the University of Otago (graduating in 2007) and an M.A. from Victoria University of Wellington (2011). A profile about me is available on the University of Otago website.

Together with Mark Blackham of Blackland PR, I am the co-author of the MP careers study which is updated after each New Zealand General Election.

You can contact me by e-mail at geoffreymiller@gmail.com, info@geoffreymiller.de or geoffrey@democracyproject.nz.

Media and publications

Euronews interview

Euronews interview, 16 October 2020

Items authored or co-authored by me are marked with two asterisks (**). Other items reference or quote me.


Asia Digest e-mail newsletter (from the Asia Media Centre/Asia NZ Foundation, links and summaries to my articles in newsletters published on 5 May and 9 June)

**Trends emerge in New Zealand’s relations with China (Democracy Project, 4 June, also republished by the New Zealand Herald, Newshub and Radio New Zealand).

**Nanaia Mahuta’s words matter – but is there more than meets the eye? (Democracy Project, 28 May, also republished by Newshub and Radio New Zealand)

**Foreign affairs funding largely on ice as new priorities emerge (Democracy Project, 21 May, also republished by Newshub and Radio New Zealand)

**NZ could play mediating role in Gaza conflict – but does it want to? (Democracy Project, 17 May, also republished by the New Zealand Herald, Newshub and Radio New Zealand)

New Zealand condemns China’s treatment of Uyghurs but won’t call it ‘genocide’ (‘The World’ public radio programme, 11 May)

New Zealand-China relationship: Aotearoa’s balancing act of trade and human rights (Newshub, 8 May)

New Zealand ‘shadow boxes’ over Xinjiang amid pressure to speak up (Nikkei Asia, 7 May)

Reuters via The Star (Malaysia), 4 May 2021

Standing firm on China and Five Eyes (New Zealand Herald editorial, 5 May, see also screenshot)

New Zealand’s Ardern says differences with China becoming harder to reconcile (Reuters, 3 May, republished in newspapers such as Otago Daily Times, Straits Times (Singapore), The Star (Malaysia, see screenshot), Jakarta Post. Translated into Arabic, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

**Something for everyone in Ardern’s speech on China (Democracy Project, 3 May, also published on Newshub as Jacinda Ardern’s business summit speech shows New Zealand’s approach to China is changing)

**New analysis of Nanaia Mahuta’s statements offers clues to her foreign policy agenda (Democracy Project, 29 April, also published on Newshub on 30 April as **Nanaia Mahuta has achieved something remarkable and isn’t afraid to take NZ’s foreign policy in a different direction)

**Nanaia Mahuta’s foreign policy reset: the first six months (Democracy Project, 29 April)

NZ Herald, 5 May 2021

Raising the ghost of Helengrad: Big Govt is back (Sunday Star-Times, 14 March)

**Analysis: Career diversity among MPs could act as bulwark against populist revolt (Radio New Zealand, 27 February)

MPs ‘over-qualified’ (print only – see screenshot, Whanganui Chronicle and other NZME regional papers (e.g. Bay of Plenty Times, Northern Advocate, Hawke’s Bay Today), 22 February)

Whanganui Chronicle, 22 February 2021

Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World” (Scoop, 20 February),

From wool shed to Beehive: Research reveals MPs’ colourful career histories (Stuff, 16 February)

New Zealand MP careers research 2021: Newstalk ZB coverage (Newstalk ZB, February, audio via YouTube)

**MP Careers Research Shows “Very Diverse Parliament” (Democracy Project, 14 February, also published on Scoop)

**MP Career Research 2021 (Blackland PR, February 2021)

**End of feud between Arab countries and Qatar may restore NZ’s hopes for trade deal (Radio New Zealand, 6 January)


**New Zealand’s surprising relationship with the Middle East (Democracy Project, 29 November)

**Foreign policy in a pandemic – Nanaia Mahuta’s first challenges as foreign minister (Democracy Project, 3 November)

Live interview on ‘Asia First’ breakfast programme (Channel News Asia CNA 938 radio, Singapore, 19 October, item not currently available online)

Reuters article in Jerusalem Post, 18 October 2020

Reuters article carrying my comments published in the Jerusalem Post, 18 October 2020

New Zealand’s Ardern wins ‘historic’ re-election for crushing COVID-19 (Reuters, 17 October)

Ardern wins landslide re-election in New Zealand vote (Reuters early report on NZ election night, 17 October, via China Daily)

‘Jacindamania’ set to return Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand PM (Al Jazeera English, 16 October)

Live interview on ‘Euronews Tonight’ (Euronews TV, 16 October, item not currently available online)

New Zealand’s Ardern and Collins make final pleas to voters before election (Reuters, 16 October, also translated into Spanish as Ardern y Collins hacen el último esfuerzo por ganarse el voto de los neozelandeses and into French as ‘Jacindamania’ devrait renvoyer Jacinda Ardern au poste de Premier ministre néo-zélandais)

Expatriate New Zealanders seen boosting Ardern’s election bid (Reuters, 30 September)

New Zealand divided over historic marijuana vote (Reuters, 25 September)

**New Zealand has role to play in resolving crisis on ‘geopolitical fault line’, Helen Clark says (Democracy Project, 18 September)

Facebook post from TODAY (Singapore) linking to early Reuters article, 17 October 2020

Facebook post from TODAY (Singapore) linking to early Reuters report on NZ election night, 17 October 2020

**Government was ‘way too slow’ in using NZDF to assist with Covid-19, ex-Defence Minister says (1 NEWS, 11 September)

**Winston Peters tweet appreciated but more NZ support needed as Belarus crisis deepens (Democracy Project, 21 August)

**Belarus crackdown: New Zealand needs to speak out against post-election violence, Auckland-based Belarusian man says (Democracy Project, 15 August, also republished by the New Zealand Herald, Stuff and Radio New Zealand)

**Democracy Project podcast (throughout 2020, featuring in-depth interviews and discussions with figures including Wayne Mapp, Sue Bradford, Heather Roy, Murdoch Stephens, Sirous Amerian, Aleksandra Dikan, Vadim Chausov, Matt McCarten, Josh Van Veen, Gerard Hehir, Mark Blackham, Nikita Kent and others).


**Weekly Radio 1 political panel with John Moore (audio, 16 December, 9 December, 2 December, 25 November, 18 November, 11 November, 4 November, 29 October, 21 October, 14 October, 7 October, 30 September, 16 September, 9 September, 2 September)

Al Jazeera “doing a sterling job covering the situation” in Sudan (Your NZ, 12 June)

Al Jazeera reporting in Sudan, Your NZ

Al Jazeera “doing a sterling job covering the situation” in Sudan (Your NZ, 12 June 2019)

Worldwide coverage of Christchurch mosque massacres (Your NZ, 17 March)


What your job says about you (Blackland PR, 4 November)

Political Roundup: What’s wrong with our politicians? (NZ Herald, 31 October)

MP careers: NZ’s 52nd Parliament (Blackland PR, 30 October)

A breed apart? MPs are now birds of a different feather (Dominion-Post, 23 October)

Budget 2018: How social media reacted (Radio New Zealand, 17 May)

German reaction to Ardern visit (Your NZ, 19 April)

Jacinda Ardern meets with Aussie counterpart Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney (NZ Herald, 2 March)


The House representing the middle class (Newsroom, 4 October)

National, NZ First MPs share backgrounds (Otago Daily Times, 3 October)

Young voters are looking for substance (Your NZ, 14 June)

5 ways Key and Trump are alike

5 ways Key and Trump are alike (Weekend Herald, 26 November 2016)

Political Roundup: Youthquake unlikely to shakeup NZ politics (NZ Herald, 14 June)


All the Kiwis who got the US election result wrong (Kiwiblog, 2 December)

Political Roundup: Labour languishing outside the zeitgeist (NZ Herald, 29 November)

**John Key v Donald Trump – the five similarities (Weekend Herald, 26 November)

Key’s departure “will leave Parliament exposed” (Your NZ, 21 November)

**John Key New Zealand’s only bulwark against ‘Trump effect’ (National Business Review, 18 November)

Political Roundup: In defence of Gareth Morgan’s new party (NZ Herald, 5 November)

Political science congress snippets (Your NZ, 27 July)

Troubled by Trump? Meet Rodrigo ‘The Punisher’ (Radio New Zealand, 12 May)

Political roundup: The search for New Zealand’s Trump (NZ Herald, 25 April)

MPs’ occupations (Kiwiblog, 24 April)

Is NZ ready for a Trump (or Sanders)? (Your NZ, 24 April)

**Is New Zealand ready for its own Donald Trump? (Herald on Sunday, 24 April)

More generalist and careerist MPs (Your NZ, 21 April)

MPs increasingly lacking work experience outside politics (Newstalk ZB, 20 April)

What did MPs do before Parliament? (NZ Herald, 20 April)

Political roundup: Increasing hatred for John Key? (NZ Herald, 29 February)

Could we end up like Sweden? (Kiwiblog, 26 February)

Political roundup: Is ‘political violence’ escalating in NZ? (NZ Herald, 25 February)

Dangerous level of political vitriol (Your NZ, 24 February)


Political roundup: The government’s Campbell Live budget (NZ Herald, 22 May)


Miller on Dotcom (Kiwiblog, 9 October)

NZ Twitter top 100

Twitter Top 100 (Herald on Sunday, 17 August 2014)

**The Downfall of Kim Dotcom (The Diplomat, 6 October)

**Twitter 2014: Left! Left, right, left! (Herald on Sunday, 28 September)

**Twitter 2014: Colin’s campaign of colour & cringe (Herald on Sunday, 21 September)

**New Zealand election: National party’s John Key claims victory – as it happened (Guardian live blog, 20 September)

**Election rules not enough to stop Twits (Newshub/3 News, 20 September)

**Decision 14: Top tweets (Newshub/3 News, 20 September)

**Twitter 2014: Short and tweet on tax policy (Herald on Sunday, 14 September)

**Der Deutsche Kim Dotcom wirbelt den Wahlkampf durcheinander (Der Tagesspiegel, 12 September)

Dirty politics part of the job – study (Stuff, 8 September)

One third of MPs are ‘career politicians’ – study (NZ Herald, 8 September)

Professional politicians at heart of ‘dirty politics’ (Scoop, 8 September)

**Twitter 2014: Election jibes hog tweetspace (Herald on Sunday, 7 September)

Twitter Top 100: My take (Matthew Beveridge, 5 September)

A closer look at the Twitter top 100: Print journalists (Matthew Beveridge, 4 September)

A closer look at the Twitter Top 100: The right wing pundits (Matthew Beveridge, 3 September)

A closer look at the Twitter Top 100: The left wing pundits (Matthew Beveridge, 2 September)

A closer look at the Twitter Top 100: TV/Radio Journalists (Matthew Beveridge, 1 September)

Geoffrey Miller : politics, media, language, translation, travel (National Library record, 31 August)

**Twitter 2014: Twitter puts own spin on debate (Herald on Sunday, 31 August)

**Twitter 2014: Top 100 list sparks tweet storm (Herald on Sunday, 24 August)

Hashtag electioneering wields clout

Twitter 2014 column (Herald on Sunday, 13 July 2014)

**Twitter 2014: Dirty Politics – the verdict in brief (Herald on Sunday, 17 August)

**Top 100 tweeters to follow this election (Herald on Sunday, 17 August)

**Twitter 2014: Epsom all a-twitter; but will it count? (Herald on Sunday, 10 August)

**Twitter 2014: Satirists are quite the characters (Herald on Sunday, 3 August)

**Roy Morgan New Zealand election poll results (audio, Radio Live, 1 August)

**Twitter and Facebook use in the 2014 New Zealand General Election (video, Dunedin TV, 29 July, alternative link)

**Twitter 2014: Tweets ahead of the news again  (Herald on Sunday, 27 July)

**The debate about a debate, and media bias (NZ Herald, 25 July)

**Twitter 2014: Twitter hype fills lull in election race (Herald on Sunday, 20 July)

**Twitter 2014: Hashtag electioneering wields clout (Herald on Sunday, 13 July)

**Twitter trickery, Twiplomacy, and Facebook fakes (NZ Herald, 9 July)

Labour’s surprisingly smart and successful weekend  (NZ Herald, 8 July)

Internet Mana Party – bound to succeed or doomed to fail? (NZ Herald, 11 June)

People: Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival official opening (Otago Daily Times, 14 May)

**Act Party selects new leader Jamie Whyte and Epsom candidate David Seymour (audio, Radio Live, 3 February)


Politics round-up: Who’s killing local democracy? (NZ Herald, 29 September)

Politics round-up: Who runs New Zealand in 2013? (NZ Herald, 20 September)

Labour’s future: unity or bloodbath? (NZ Herald, 13 September)


Political Marketing

Political Marketing – Principles and Applications (2009)

Political round-up: May 24 – Budget day (NZ Herald, 24 May)

Political round-up: Banks and Dotcom (NZ Herald, 30 April)


**ACT New Zealand and branding (Routledge, ‘Political Marketing: Principles and Applications’ 1st edition, 16 August)


SST on Hide (Kiwiblog, 5 October)

ACT conference (Kiwiblog, 14 March)

**Act’s dilemma – what’s in a name? (NZ Herald, 11 March)


**Why Small Parties Fail: a Case Study of Act New Zealand (‘Political Science’ journal, 1 December)

New blog (The Standard, 6 November)

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