David Gapes, of Auckland, ONZM for services to broadcasting
David Gapes co-founded Radio Hauraki in 1966 as a sea-based private enterprise radio station. In the face of governmental and departmental opposition, Radio Hauraki won sufficient public support to break the State broadcasting monopoly. Mr Gapes publically headed the station’s fight against Government Policy in Broadcasting and eventually steered it through the process of applying for a radio licence. He became Chairman and CEO of Radio Hauraki NZ Ltd. and guided the new land-based station through its early years. As private radio developed, he was an unpaid advisor to many new applicants around New Zealand. In more recent years, Mr Gapes has managed the rock group Hello Sailor, been editor of Admedia and Onfilm magazines, and been founder and editor of the daily online newsletter M+AD.