Hon Clare Curran
Minister of Broadcasting, Communications
and Digital Media
4 June 2018
Media and technology sectors
Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media
Minister Clare Curran has congratulated media and technology
recipients of Queen’s Birthday Honours.
A number of
people have been honoured for services to broadcasting,
media technology, digital literacy and the software
industry, including former Radio New Zealand chairman
Richard Griffin who becomes a Companion of the New Zealand
Order of Merit for services to broadcasting and the media
“Mr Griffin was appointed to the Board of
Radio New Zealand in 2010 and was chair from 2011 to 2018.
He was a former RNZ political editor, a Life Member of the
Parliamentary Press Gallery and was also Chief Press
Secretary and Media Advisor to Prime Minister Jim Bolger
from 1993 to 1998,” Clare Curran said.
honoured is sports commentator Grant Nisbett who becomes a
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Mr Nisbett’s
broadcasting career began in the 1960s and has gone on to
cover rugby, cycling, boxing, bowls and cricket. For Sky TV
he’s been the lead commentator for All Blacks tours
throughout New Zealand and internationally.
Kite is to be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit
for services to media technology, television and film. She
pioneered the re-voicing of cartoons into te reo Maori and
her company Kiwa Digital produces digital books featuring
instant translation into several languages.
Daniels becomes a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit
for services to digital literacy education. She’s led
initiatives to provide education and free computer hardware
to thousands of families in low decile school areas since
“Also receiving an MNZM is technology
entrepreneur Leanne Graham who is recognised internationally
as a leader in her field of Software as a Service. She’s
helped a wide range of software companies develop and grow
to export success.
“I would like to congratulate all
the recipients of these honours and thank them for their
service to New Zealand and their sectors over the years,”