Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award 2004

In recognition of outstanding achievements as a professional entertainer and community leader for over 40 years.


Sir Howard Morrison OBE

Te Arawa, Waikato – Maniapoto, Ngāti Pukeko

The late Sir Howard Morrison (1935-2009) was one of New Zealand’s leading television and concert performers. Sir Howard was at the forefront of the entertainment business for nearly 50 years in New Zealand and Australia, maintaining excellent business relationships while generating employment for thousands of people.

His admirable business acumen enabled him to survive in a highly competitive environment. Behind his public exterior was the personal drive and organisational skills that helped him build a reputation for rallying New Zealanders to a cause without political prejudice or racial undercurrent.

In recognition of his work Sir Howard was named Entertainer of the Year in 1966 and became a distinguished member of the Order of the British Empire in 1976. In 1990 he was knighted in recognition of his talent and services to New Zealand, his people and the entertainment industry. In 1994 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the entertainment industry. Sir Howard once described himself as not an entertainer, but being in the business of entertainment. 

Survived by his wife and three children, Sir Howard is buried at Kauae Cemetery in Ngongotaha.

A Sir Howard Morrison Scholarship has been established to honour this wonderful entertainer and businessman.

Visit the Sir Howard Morrison Scholarship web pages