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NZ Media - a personal story

Massey University students, alumni, staff and friends are invited to join the Alumni team for a presentation 'NZ Media - a personal story' from NZ on Air CEO and 2018 Distinguished Alumni Sir Geoffrey Peren Medal recipient, Jane Wrightson.

Jane Wrightson

Picture of Jane Wrightson

As a champion for diversity in local content and public media for New Zealand audiences, Jane Wrightson has been a significant leader in the New Zealand media industry for more than 30 years. She became New Zealand’s youngest and first woman chief film censor in 1991. In 1994 she graduated from Massey University with a Master of Business Administration with Distinction. She has also held chief executive positions with the Broadcasting Standards Authority and the Screen Production and Development Association. Since 2007 she has been chief executive of public media funding entity NZ On Air. She is passionate about increased access for audiences with disabilities and during her time at NZ On Air helped introduce audio description for the vision-impaired alongside increasing captioning services. In mainstream media, she has been a tireless advocate for diversity in major drama production. In 2016 she was presented with the Women in Film and Television Award for Outstanding Contribution to the New Zealand Screen Industry and in 2015 the National Foundation for the Deaf Captioning Awards Supreme Award. Most recently Jane’s overseen the launch of a new children’s online space HEIHEI, which was initiated by NZ On Air and one of the most exciting projects Jane says she’s had the privilege of steering. She has also been a board member on two national sports organisations and is a trustee of the Digital Media Trust which runs content discovery sites NZ On Screen and AudioCulture.


5.30pm - 8.00pm
(canapés will be served, cash bar available)


12 July

Venue: Grand Millennium Hotel, 71 Mayoral Dr, Auckland


8 August

Venue: QT Museum Wellington, 90 Cable St, Te Aro, Wellington


23 August

Venue: The George, 50 Park Terrace, Christchurch Central