One of New Zealand's foremost technology innovators, Sir Ian Taylor, is headlining this year’s MAS Talks, 10 - 17 October, an exclusive free event for MAS Members. This year’s MAS Talks are a chance for our Members to join us in celebrating MAS’ centenary.

Portrait of Sir Ian TaylorSir Ian has had a fascinating career, starting out as a singer for a rock ‘n roll band and gaining a law degree from University of Otago before deciding on a career in television, hosting popular children’s shows Play School and Spot On. In the early 1990s, Sir Ian launched Animation Research in Dunedin, and over the past three decades has built a business converting dry data into captivating visuals, particularly for major sports events including America’s Cup regattas.

Sir Ian was named New Zealand Innovator of the Year in 2019 and received his knighthood in the 2021 New Year’s Honours.

It’s a far cry from his childhood, growing up in a small East Coast village where electricity didn’t arrive at home until he was seven. The story of how he went from this childhood to his globe-trotting career will be explored during his talk. Sir Ian will also talk about the ways COVID-19 has permanently changed his business.

Portrait of Michèle A’Court Photographed by Kate LittleHe’ll be joined by MC Michèle A’Court. As well as being an award-winning standup comedian, social commentator and writer, Michèle is the Patron of the Moving & Handling Association of NZ (MHANZ) which cares for carers in the health sector.  She was also the Chair of “The Aunties” Trust, a grassroots charity for women and children in need, for a number of years and is now their Patron.

Celebrate our Centenary

Join us to celebrate 100 years of MAS. Events will include a drink and bite to eat before the show, and stick around afterward to have a glass of bubbles, a slice of cake, and get the chance to meet Ian and Michèle.

MAS Talks: Sir Ian Taylor with MC Michèle A’Court

Auckland: Sunday 10 October, Aotea Centre

Christchurch: Wednesday 13 October, Town Hall

Wellington: Saturday 16 October, Michael Fowler Centre

Dunedin: Sunday 17 October, Town Hall


Tickets will be available early August.

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