Colin James is a political journalist of nearly 40 years' experience, and political columnist of the year in 2003. He writes a weekly column in the Otago Daily Times and a monthly column in Management Magazine and is an occasional commentator in other media. He has written six books plus several editions of a election guide for journalists. He is a fellow of the Institute of Public Administration and a life member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.
New Territory: The Transformation of New Zealand, 1984–92 (Bridget Williams Books, 1992)
The Quiet Revolution: Turbulence and Transition in Contemporary New Zealand (Allen & Unwin/ Port Nicholson Press, 1986)