About Nicola

Nicola Grigg, 39, was a portfolio manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the Government’s economic development agency. She managed the business development of a wide range of Canterbury-based exporters – mostly in the agri, agritech and manufacturing sectors – supporting them to grow their business offshore.

Nicola was born and raised on the family sheep and beef farm in Mt Somers, in the heart of mid Canterbury and studied at the New Zealand Broadcasting School, graduating with a Degree in Broadcast Communications and Diplomas in Television and Radio News.

Nicola spent a number of years working as a reporter and newsreader for newsrooms around the country including Newstalk ZB and Radio New Zealand covering significant events including the Christchurch earthquakes, the Global Financial Crisis, and several elections.

Her career highlight to date has been the years she spent working as a press secretary for both Simon Bridges, and Sir Bill English during his tenure as Minister of Finance and Prime Minister.

This experience at the highest level of Government gave Nicola unique insight into the workings of Government, the workings of National’s Caucus, and the workings of the National Party. She has developed deep connections across the Party, across Parliament, and through the wider network of Government ministries.  

Outside of work Nicola tries to spend as much time as possible outdoors and enjoys skiing, riding, running and hiking. She is deeply passionate about promoting New Zealand’s agricultural sector and is a staunch advocate for farming businesses.