Ian F. Grant made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Congratulations to PHANZA member Ian F. Grant who was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the King’s Birthday Honors for services to literature and historical preservation!

Ian Grant is a historian, writer, editor and publisher of numerous books, who in 1984 co-established the small independent book publisher Fraser Books with his wife.

Since 1970 Mr Grant has written 18 books, including ‘The Unauthorized Version: A Cartoon History of New Zealand’, a pioneering 1980 study, and, more recently, the two-volume history of New Zealand newspapers from 1840 to 2000. He founded the New Zealand Cartoon Archive at the National Library in 1992 and chaired the archive’s governing bodies until 2019. The Cartoon Archive, its 60,000 plus cartoons reflecting New Zealand society and politics, is an invaluable resource for writers and researchers. He was a founding editorial and marketing director of National Business Review from 1970. The Alexander Turnbull Library’s inaugural Adjunct Scholar in 2014, he has also held residencies at the Stout Centre for New Zealand Studies. He has held a range of positions in Wairarapa organisations including the Wairarapa Archive, the Wairarapa Yarns in Barns writers/readers festival, the Wairarapa Cultural Trust, and the Wairarapa branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Mr Grant was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2012 Media Awards, is a Life Member of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs and received a Masterton Civic Award in 2020.

Ian Grant also launched his new book Pressing On — The Story of New Zealand’s Newspapers, 1921-2000 last week.

You can read more about the launch here