He was the voice of morning radio for more than 30 years,
and now Geoff Robinson is stepping down from a lifetime in
broadcasting as an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
The 70-year-old was the host of Radio New Zealand's Morning
Report for all but three years since the programme's
inception in 1975 until April this year.
He has been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit
for his services to public broadcasting.
Robinson is out of the country on holiday, so will be
celebrating his honour abroad this Queen's Birthday weekend.
However, in an email, the veteran broadcaster said he was
happy with the honour.
"It's a very nice recognition of a long career in public
broadcasting, and as much a tribute to the many Radio New
Zealand staff I have worked alongside as to myself," he said.
Robinson's dulcet tones eased listeners into the big stories
of the day every morning for more than 30 years, and he
hosted election night specials in 1978, 1981, 1984, 1987 and
In recent years he made trips to China, Korea, Vietnam, the
US, and the UK to make programmes. In 2002 he became the
first New Zealand broadcaster to travel into North Korea.
He was presented with a special award for outstanding
contribution to radio at the 2007 New Zealand Radio Awards.
- By Patrice Dougan of APNZ