The extraordinary contribution to New Zealand media by Ian Grant was recognised at the Canon Media Awards in Auckland last month.
Mr Grant, from Masterton, was presented with the Print Industry 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award and honoured for his influential role in preserving and enhancing New Zealand's cartooning heritage.
Mr Grant is the founder of the New Zealand Cartoon Archive, which celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this year.
It's the first time the award has gone to anyone in Wairarapa.
He said 20 years ago one day's newspaper cartoon was the next day's fish and chip paper - but over those two decades the Cartoon Archive has preserved 50,000 cartoons for future generations.
"Most satisfying to me is the increasingly serious attention cartoons get from historians researching and writing the country's history. Twenty years on, the value of cartoons as sources of valuable insights about the attitudes and prejudices of earlier eras is firmly established."
Mr Grant was a founding director of the National Business Review in 1970 and since then has written 15 books and is currently working on his 16th, which documents the history of New Zealand newspapers. He and his wife, Diane, are also partners in Fraser Books, which has published about 150 books including all 18 produced by the Wairarapa Archive.
He has, for the last three years, judged the Canon Media Award's Cartoonist of the Year, the principal annual award for New Zealand's leading cartoonists.
Canon New Zealand managing director Yusuke Mizoguchi said Mr Grant has had an exceptional career.
"In the past 30 years Ian has worked hard to document and preserve our social history through New Zealand's cartoons. His contribution has played a significant role in protecting and enhancing this craft within the media. We are incredibly proud to be able to recognise Ian's career and honour him with this award," said Mizoguchi.
Previous recipients of the award include photographer Peter Bush; former editor of the Auckland Star and long-time head of School of Journalism at Canterbury University, long-time NZ Listener editor and writer Tony Reid; leading cartoonist Peter Bromhead; investigative reporter Phil Kitchen; former Dominion-Post editor Tim Pankhurst; and doyen of the Parliamentary Press Gallery Ian Templeton.
- Wairarapa News