Ian Fraser was one of this country’s preeminent current affairs interviewers and presenters for more than twenty years. His television career began in 1974 and he quickly achieved national fame for his probing and incisive questioning of political leaders and many of the most prominent figures at work in the fields of arts, sport and letters from New Zealand and around the world. Beyond television, he was Chairman of Consultus, New Zealand’s largest public relations companies in the 1980’s. As Chief Executive and New Zealand Commissioner General, he was the driving force behind New Zealand’s presence at Expo 88 in Brisbane and Expo 92 in Seville.
Between 1998 and 2002 he was Chief Executive of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and in April 2002 he moved from that position to the role of Chief Executive of Television New Zealand, the state broadcaster, a position he quit at the end of 2005. Since then he has been working in public relations and event promotions. He works as a personal adviser, mentor and media coach to some of the leading figures in New Zealand’s business, political and sports communities.