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Barry Holland joins NZ Order of Merit

Veteran broadcaster Barry Holland has officially been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

He received the honour from the Governor General at Government House in Wellington on October 21.

Holland’s career at Newstalk ZB has spanned over nearly six decades.

He has presented and produced sports shows, commentated and also hosted a number of television shows.

Holland said his excitement soon turned to nervousness ahead of the ceremony but a huge smile spread across his face as his children, grandchildren and the rest of the crowd erupted into applause.

“To get some acknowledgement like this, and for someone to go through the process and find other people who could back up the fact that I deserved an accolade like this, was quite amazing,” Holland said.

Although Holland has retired from ZB he is still active within the industry as he mentors young journalists and broadcasters. He is also voice coaching students at the New Zealand Radio Training School.

“It’s a whole new thing for me that I’ve been able to pass on to others.

“When you get to this stage, what you get out of it is a sort of reflected glory,” he said.

Holland said one of the highlights of his career was covering New Zealand’s win at the 1995 America’s Cup in San Diego.

“To go through the contest when they were winning so well, to when they won it, to be asked by one of the crew if I wanted to go on board the black boat, well, that just topped it all off.”

Holland has also been president of Polio New Zealand and a voluntary member of the New Zealand Crippled Children’s Society.

Asked what advice he would give to up-and-coming broadcasters, Holland said, “be yourself”.

Listen: Interview with Bary Holland

Imogen Atkins
Imogen is an aspiring broadcaster who has recently relocated from the Manawatu to the big smoke to further her education. She is working towards a Diploma in Broadcasting and Journalism at the NZ Radio Training School.
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