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CoCA Hall of Fame 2017

Sharon Murdoch

Sharon Murdoch’s career started in graphic design, where her work focused on social justice for various arts and community groups, most notably with the Wellington Media Collective.

Over the past decade Sharon developed her skill and wit as a nationally recognised professional cartoonist and in so doing has become a trail-blazer for women interested in creating a role in political cartooning. 

Sharon was born in Invercargill, of Ngai Tahu and English descent, and moved to Wellington to study graphic design at the Wellington Polytechnic in the early 1980s.  After graduating she worked as a graphic designer and occasional illustrator for newspapers. In 2009 she began cartooning, creating her well known character Munro, a ginger cat and his mouse friend, where each cartoon incorporates a clue from the newspaper crossword. Munro now runs in most Fairfax papers and has his own large following. Soon she was filling the cartooning spot at various Fairfax newspapers, providing humorous, irreverent, and at times poignant commentary on social justice, the environment, our political climate and a quirky take on so many other topics through the marvellous Munro.

In December 2014 she was appointed political cartoonist for the Sunday Star Times; she is New Zealand’s first woman editorial cartoonist – the pinnacle of newspaper cartooning. And as such she is making important inroads into what has previously been a male bastion.     

In 2014 and 2015 She was a finalist for Cartoonist-of-the-Year award at the Canon Media Awards, which she went on to win in both 2016 and 2017.