Business School

Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award 2012

Ian Taylor in recognition of his outstanding achievements in television and business innovation, primarily in the fields of production and computer graphics.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor (pictured right)

Ngāti Kahungungu

Ian Taylor was born in Northland and raised in the small East Coast settlement of Raupunga, between Napier and Gisborne, and is now one of New Zealand’s pioneers of computer graphics for a range of different industries.

Once a singer in 1960’s rock and roll band, Kal-Q-Lated Risk, which he considers to be his first business venture, and well-known television presenter on Spot On, Ian is now head of the production company Taylormade and the computer graphics company Animation Research, which are both centred in Dunedin. His work has encompassed everything from air traffic control simulation and whale-watching, to tourism software, live 3D animation for sports coverage and special 3D films for the Waka Māori pavilion during the Rugby World Cup in 2011.

He has contributed to television shows for the BBC and National Geographic, and taken part in landmark Māori graphic projects such as the 3D Aoraki/Mt Cook visitor attraction.

Currently, Ian is on the board of Māori TV and an innovation adviser to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. He has been inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame, is a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, was named North & South magazine’s 2010 New Zealander of the Year, awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the New Zealand Computer Society (the top honour of the ICT sector in this country) and in 2012 won the creative section of the World Class New Zealand Awards.

Despite all that, Ian is a humble and modest bloke from down Raupunga way who credits much of his success to the talent of various teams he has worked with and insists he doesn’t really know how he got where he has.