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Helen Agnes Young MBE (22 March 1926 – 2 August 2019) was a New Zealand radio manager and an advocate for New Zealand music performers and composers.[1]

Helen Young

Helen Agnes Young

(1926-03-22)22 March 1926
Hawera, New Zealand
Died2 August 2019(2019-08-02) (aged 93)
Auckland, New Zealand
OccupationRadio manager
Known forManager of RNZ Concert

Born in Hawera on 22 March 1926, Young was the daughter of Agnes Isabel Young (née Bartholomew) and Andrew Morton Young.[2][3] She went to London, where she studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.[3] After working at the music library of the British Arts Council and the British Institute of Recorded Sound, she returned to New Zealand.[3] She was manager of RNZ Concert for 12 years, and worked for Radio New Zealand for 35 years in all.[1] In the 1987 Queen's Birthday Honours, Young was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to broadcasting,[4] and she received the award for "Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting" at the 1990 New Zealand Radio Awards.[1]

Young died in Auckland on 2 August 2019.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Former RNZ Concert Manager Helen Young has died". Upbeat. RNZ. 3 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Helen Young death notice". Dominion Post. 5 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Young, Helen Agnes, 1926–". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  4. ^ "No. 50950". The London Gazette (4th supplement). 13 June 1987. p. 32.