Services to television and business
Dunedin's Ian Taylor says he is not especially skilled or
talented, but has taken opportunities when they presented
The 61-year-old managing director of Taylormade Media has
been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for
services to television and business.
Speaking from Melbourne, Mr Taylor told the Otago Daily
Times that although it might sound "twee", he was being
genuine in giving the credit to his staff, business
associates and wife Liz Grieve.
He was "average at most things", and not particularly
business or technology savvy.
The secret was surrounding himself with talented and
organised people, who carried him to success, he said. "It's
got nothing to do with skills, it's got nothing to do with
doing things well."
The most important decision was to remain based in Dunedin,
and most of the good outcomes he had had could be traced to
that, he said.
In Dunedin he had collaborated with solid local
businesspeople, employed world-class graduates from the
University of Otago and taken on the lease of the former TVNZ
studios when the broadcaster scaled down its Dunedin
"When I look at whatever I achieved in television it was
because I just took that fork and ran into fabulous people
who were really really good at it."
In Dunedin he also met his future wife, Ms Grieve, a lawyer,
who provided a sound footing while he "played" in the world
Last year, Mr Taylor was named North & South magazine's
New Zealander of the Year.
In 1989, he established Animation Research, which has become
one of New Zealand's top computer animation companies.
Taylormade Productions had produced award-winning children's
television programmes and documentaries.
Mr Taylor is also on the Ministry of Science and Innovation's
Innovation Board and is deputy chairman of the Maori