Paul Reynolds (commentator)

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Paul Reynolds
Born 4 October 1949
Died May 23, 2010(2010-05-23) (aged 60)
Cause of death Leukaemia
Occupation Internet commentator
Partner(s) Helen Smith

Paul Reynolds (4 October 1949 – 23 May 2010[1]) was a New Zealand internet advocate in the cultural sector. He was notable as an early advocate of IT systems and the Internet in the cultural sector in New Zealand.

Of Scottish extraction, Reynolds spent much of his life in Auckland working for his company, McGovern Online, which he founded with his partner Helen Smith in 1995.[2] For many years a commentator for Radio New Zealand on information technology, he was also an active advocate for the use of public-facing information technology by cultural institutions.[3] He worked with libraries, museums and similar institutions to develop websites that informed, educated and engaged with the general public.

He held a number of roles including as a member of the Governance Group of Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa,[4] board member of the National Digital Forum, Adjunct Director (Digital Library) to the National Library of New Zealand, board member of the Auckland War Memorial Museum and member of Government’s Digital Strategy Advisory group.[5]


Reynolds died suddenly in Auckland on 23 May 2010 of leukaemia[6]

The Paul Reynolds Scholarship[edit]

In 2010 a scholarship administered by LIANZA was established in memory of Reynolds from funds contributed by the National Library of New Zealand and friends of Reynolds.[7]



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