Tribute: Paul Reynolds

Well known and respected internet commentator and developer Paul Reynolds passed away on Sunday M

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Well known and respected internet commentator and developer Paul Reynolds passed away suddenly on Sunday May 23, from leukaemia. Tributes have been flowing online, add yours on the comment box below.

Paul Reynolds was the joint Managing Director of McGovern Online, one of New Zealand’s oldest web companies.

Well known and respected internet commentator and developer Paul Reynolds passed away suddenly on Sunday May 23, from leukaemia. Tributes have been flowing online, add yours on the comment box below.

Paul Reynolds was the joint Managing Director of McGovern Online, one of New Zealand’s oldest web companies.

They developed a strong footprint in the arts, heritage and cultural sector – especially with art galleries, museums, and libraries and also worked with a number of New Zealand publishers and the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.

He consulted on digital strategic planning to a number of other cultural and heritage organisations and institutions in New Zealand and Australia. 

As his bio states on McGovern Online he had a reputation for making the complex intuitive and the aspirational instrumental and strongly believed “it is our responsibility to invent the future”.

His work demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of the internet and of the broader issues in a social, economic, political and technological context. He put a strong emphasis on community access and contribution to knowledge. 

He was a participant in a number of NZ Government advisory bodies, Adjunct Director (Digital Library) to the National Library of New Zealand and a member of the NZ National Digital Forum. He was also a former Board member of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

In August, 2005, he was appointed to the New Zealand Government Digital Strategy Advisory Group. He was also an invited member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science, and a Webby Awards judge.

In September 2003 he was appointed as a LIAC Commissioner to advise and report to the Minister Responsible for the National Library. Having served three years as a Commissioner, Paul was reappointed for a further period of two years from September 2006 to September 2008.

He was also a commentator on Radio New Zealand and was involved in Creative Commons in New Zealand.

Tributes have been flowing via websites and social networks.


Public Address: He would have understood and approved of the way the sad news spread – via Twitter, Facebook and old-fashioned email.

Sciblogs: Reynolds understood the power of the web

Graham Beattie: Paul was an enormous supporter of public libraries and literary festivals and created many of their websites.

InternetNZ: Paul spent many years enlightening listeners of Radio New Zealand to the wonders and potential of technology, and never failed to make the most complex things sound simple.

Librarians Matter: "Our tools are in front of our ideas and our bravery" - Paul Reynolds. Slides from 'Living, Learning, Researching in the Cloud .:

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Written by

The Big Idea Editor

24 May 2010

The Big Idea Editor Cathy Aronson is a journalist, photo journalist and digital editor.

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