Innovative thinker Ian Taylor, of Ngati Kahungunu descent, is guest speaker at this year’s Gore District Community Awards.
His Dunedin-based company Animation Research Ltd. (ARL) revolutionised television sport coverage of events such as the America’s Cup with its computer graphics, and created the recently-released visuals for the proposed Dunedin Waterfront development.
Gore District Council events and promotions coordinator Emma Carle said Mr Taylor was an ideal speaker, particularly at a time when the Gore District is preparing for growth.
“He has never let being based in the south of New Zealand be a barrier to accessing the world.”
Mr Taylor was brought up in a small East Coast village on the North Island and worked in television before founding ARL in 1990.
Working from their base in Dunedin, ARL covers sports events all over the world, has built simulators for an F1 Race team and for Airways NZ and various other projects, none of which they had done before.
My Taylor attributes the business’ success to the small team that arrived from day one with an open mind and a belief there was nothing it couldn’t do.
“Ian is sure to appeal to a wide range of people with sport, technology, business and creativity combined in what he does.”
Nominations for the 12th annual Gore District Community Awards close Friday 7 September.
Forms can be picked up from the Gore District Council civic administration building or online at goredc.govt.nz
The awards are:
- Anderson Lloyd Contribution to Arts and Culture
- JD Souness Young Achiever of the Year
- Mainland Minerals Environment Award
- Gore Musical Theatre Emerging Performing Artist Award
- Soroptimist International of Gore Woman of the Year
- Eastern Southland Junior Sportsperson of the Year
- Mataura Licensing Trust Services to Sport Award
- Sport Southland Community Coach of the Year
- The Ensign Customer Service Award
- Gore District Civic Award
Further information about the Community Awards:
The 2018 Gore District Community Awards will be held on Friday 26 October, at the Gore Town & Country Club stadium.
Tickets will go on sale on Monday 1 October at the Gore Visitor Centre.
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