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Sharon Murdoch

Sharon Murdoch has worked as a “pooper-scooper” at dog shows; spent seasons hay-baling, steam-cleaning railway wagons, and did one memorable stint in a bottling factory where she got herself stuck in a conveyor belt. Trained as a graphic designer, she began cartooning in her 50s, and is now a political cartoonist for Stuff newspapers and stuff.co.nz, and draws the Munro cartoon three days a week for Stuff’s daily papers. Sharon won Canon Media Awards Cartoonist of the Year in 2016 and 2017, Voyager Media Awards Cartoonist of the Year in 2018, and is the first woman to regularly draw political cartoons for a daily newspaper in New Zealand. In 2017 Murdoch was inducted into the Massey University College of Creative Arts Hall of Fame.

In 2016 Potton & Burton published a collection of Murdoch’s political cartoons titled Murdoch: The Political Cartoons of Sharon Murdoch with Commentary by Melinda Johnston. Cartoonist Dylan Horrocks has described her as a ‘national treasure’.