Ian's story mirrors New Zealand's growth from its days as an agriculture-based economy. He laboured in the freezing works during the school holidays, was a singer in a rock and roll band in the 60's and 70's and by 1980, he had completed a law degree.
Ian founded Animation Research Ltd (ARL) in 1990. They bought their first hard drive to make their first TV commercial in 1991. The computer they used for the America’s Cup in 1992 was the size of a small fridge and cost $500,000. Everything they did on that computer they can now do a mobile phone.
Today, ARL covers sports events all over the world. They also have a joint venture with Airways New Zealand, they continue to service the F1 Race Car simulator they built for one of the world’s leading F1 Race Teams and they built an online Risk Assessment platform for one of the world’s largest mining companies.
Ian was inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2010, he was named North & South magazine’s New Zealander of the Year and he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the New Zealand Computer Society. He was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012 for services to television and business, and won the Creative sector of the World Class New Zealander Awards. In 2013, he was named Outstanding Maori Business Leader of the Year.
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