Brief CV

Brief CV

Introducing Brian Pauling

In 1997 Brian stood aside from his position as Head of the New Zealand Broadcasting School at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology to concentrate his interests on research and teaching.

He founded the Broadcasting School as a small community education course in 1983. Today it is recognised, both nationally and internationally, as the pre-eminent broadcast education programme in New Zealand offering degree courses in radio, television and broadcast journalism. He was also responsible for the establishment of the first independent community access radio station, PLAINSFM, which began intermittent broadcasting in 1984 and full-time broadcasting in 1987.

His employment background spans many years of working in radio, television, bookselling, publishing, community education, adult education and tertiary education. He is a regular broadcaster and has published and presented, nationally and internationally, on media and education issues.

He has worked in and studied broadcasting and broadcast education in Europe, Australia and the United States of America. He has presented papers at international conferences in Australia, Europe, the United States and New Zealand

His current interests include educational and broadcast technology, new media, education and communications policies, media training, community broadcasting, distance learning and education for capability. He has presented over 200 programmes and courses on media relations, media management and media presentation skills throughout New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Brian graduated from the University of Auckland with a double major in politics and philosophy and a Diploma in Teaching. Further education included a Bachelor of Commerce and an MA (Hons) degree in politics and communication, both from Canterbury University. His PhD thesis entitled ‘New Zealand Higher Education in the Age of Technological Convergence researched the impact of digital technology on the delivery of teaching and learning in New Zealand.


• In 1992 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

• In 2020 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to broadcasting and education.

Scholarships and awards include:

• The Anthony Eden Cup
• Commonwealth Relations Trust Bursary (to study adult education and community broadcasting in the UK)
• Fulbright Award (to study media education and distance learning in the USA)
• Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology Foundation Award (to study educational technology)

Memberships include:

• The Broadcast Education Association
• The World Association for Cooperative Education
• The Association for Adult and Community Education
• The Federation of Community Broadcasters
• The Society for Capability in Higher Education
• The Journalism Educators Association
• Pacific Telecommunications Council
• New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education
• Association of Community Access Broadcasters


• Chair, New Zealand Library and Information Commission (2006-)
• Member, New Zealand Library and Information Commission (2003-2006)
• Chair, International Division Broadcast Education Association, Washington D.C. 2004-2006)
• Member of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO (1988-1996). Member of the Commission’s      sub-commission on culture (2000-)
• Executive secretary to the Canterbury Communications Trust (1988-1996)
• Chair of the Association of Community Access Broadcasters (2002-2004)
• Council member of the New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education (1996-1998)
• Member Judging Academy, New Zealand Radio Awards (1982-1998).

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