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Our first Live Auction in 2014 was a huge success, raising over $10,000!!! See below for all the support we had...


With Your Help

We will raise thousands of dollars for families in need across New Zealand. We are building a “wall of wine” from the top New Zealand vineyards to be auctioned off on TradeMe from Friday the 12th – 22nd September.

There will be 5 main auctions of 50 bottles mixed varieties. In addition we have been supported by 65 famous kiwis who have signed a bottle of wine - these will be auctioned individually. All money raised will go towards the great charities above.

Scott Dixon Wall

David Tua Wall

John Key Wall

Josh Emett Wall

Dan Carter Wall

Scott Dixon Wall David Tua Wall John Key Wall Josh Emett Wall Dan Carter Wall
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Scott Dixon

Scott Dixon

Scott Ronald Dixon, MNZM (born 22 July 1980) is a motor racing driver and a triple IndyCar Champion. Competing for Chip Ganassi Racing since joining IndyCar, Dixon has won the championship in 2003, 2008, and 2013, and he won the 92nd Indianapolis 500 in 2008 from pole position........read more

Dixon was born in Brisbane, Australia, to New Zealand parents Ron and Glenys Dixon who were both dirt race car drivers. The family returned to Auckland in New Zealand when Dixon was very young. A Manurewa, South Auckland resident and a student from James Cook High School, he began racing karts as a seven-year-old, and caught the attention of the New Zealand public when granted a special dispensation to obtain a competition licence to race a saloon car as a 13-year-old.

Dixon, like many before him, started his racing career in karting and captured two championships in the New Zealand Formula Vee series. After a successful racing career in Australia and New Zealand, including a championship in the class I Formula Ford Series and a "Rookie of the Year" award in the Australian Formula Holden Championship, Dixon moved on to Dayton Indy Lights series in North America.

There he added another championship to his resume in 2000 for PacWest Racing with six wins, seven podium finishes, and one pole position. At the time, he was the second-youngest driver in history to win the Indy Lights title, just six days older than the late Greg Moore.

2014 marks Dixon's 13th year with Target Chip Ganassi Racing - the longest tenure for a driver in team history (1990-Present). Dixon holds the distinction of being the winningest active Indy car driver with 33 victories, which ranks him seventh on the all-time list and one shy of tying Al Unser Jr. with 34. In addition, he ranks seventh on the all-time list for most consecutive starts with 157 straight Indy car starts dating back to the 2004 race in Michigan.

He has 220 starts between the CART and Verizon IndyCar Series, producing 33 wins, 20 poles, 108 top-five and 153 top-10 finishes (2001-Present).

Among notable awards won by Dixon are the Jim Clark Trophy (1999, 2001, 2004) and the Bruce McLaren Trophy (2003, 2008). In 2012 he was appointed Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

 

John Key

John Key

John Phillip Key, born 9 August 1961, is the 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand, in office since 2008. He has led the New Zealand National Party since 2006.......read more

Born in Auckland before moving to Christchurch when he was a child, Key attended the University of Canterbury and graduated in 1981 with a bachelor of commerce. He began a career in the foreign exchange market in New Zealand before moving overseas to work for Merrill Lynch, in which he became head of global foreign exchange in 1995, a position he would hold for six years. In 1999 he was appointed a member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York until leaving in 2001.

Key entered the New Zealand Parliament representing the Auckland electorate of Helensville as one of the few new National members of parliament in the election of 2002 following National's significant defeat of that year. He has held the seat since then. In 2004, he was appointed Finance Spokesman for National and eventually succeeded Don Brash as the National Party leader in 2006. After two years as Leader of the Opposition, Key led his party to victory in both the November 2008 and the November 2011 general elections.

 

Dan Carter

Dan Carter

Daniel William "Dan" Carter (born 5 March 1982) is a New Zealand rugby union player. Carter plays for the Christchurch based Super Rugby side the Crusaders, and for the All Blacks. He is the highest points scorer in Test match rugby, and is arguably the sport's greatest ever first-five eighth.......read more

Carter was born on 5 March 1982 in Southbridge, a small town in the South Island of New Zealand, to Neville and Bev Carter, and has one older sister, Sarah. From the age of 5, he played with Southbridge Rugby Club as a half back. He attended Ellesmere College, and then Christchurch Boys High School, and has said he was a shy and quiet young man who kept grand aspirations to himself. His great uncle was Canterbury and New Zealand half back Bill Dalley, a member of the 1924–25 Invincibles and later a Canterbury rugby administrator.

Carter made his provincial debut for Canterbury in 2002, and in 2003 was signed by the Super Rugby side the Crusaders. In June 2003, Carter made his All Blacks debut at age 21 in Hamilton, New Zealand, scoring 20 points against Wales.  Carter was named IRB Player of the Year in 2012 and on 16 November 2013, Carter became the fifth All Black to win 100 caps.

 

Paul Henry

Paul Henry

Paul Henry (born 4 August 1960) is a New Zealand radio and television broadcaster who is the host of the late night show The Paul Henry Show on New Zealand's TV3, in place of the former long-running Nightline, which has ceased to air.........read more

Paul Henry was born in 1960 in Auckland, New Zealand. In 1971 he moved with his mother to Bristol, England, where he finished his education, winning a drama school scholarship. During his time in England he worked for BBC Radio & Television, and with Sir David Attenborough on the 'World Around Us' series.

After returning to New Zealand, Paul Henry worked as a producer on National Radio. During these years in broadcasting Paul hosted shows on TVNZ, was a breakfast host, a network newsreader, producer, and senior manager for New Zealand public radio.

Outside of broadcasting he has worked in the corporate sector in marketing and management. He has owned his own commercial investment business and developed investment properties both in the urban and rural sectors. He established a commercial radio station and after a year of successful operation sold to a large radio network.

In recent years he has received considerable attention for his work as a foreign correspondent, travelling throughout the world. He has reported extensively on conflicts, famines, wars and world events.

In late 2013 it was revealed that from 2014 Paul Henry would be hosting a late night current affairs show called The Paul Henry Show, which would replace the long-running Nightline, which ceased to air.

In 2011 Henry published an autobiography, What Was I Thinking. The book was a bestseller upon release. In 2013 he released another book, called Outraged.

 

Richard Hadlee

Sir Richard Hadlee

Sir Richard John Hadlee, (born 3 July 1951) is a former New Zealand cricketer, regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers and all-rounders in cricketing history. Hadlee was appointed MBE in 1980 and knighted in 1990 for services to cricket. He is a former chairman of the New Zealand board of selectors and was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009........read more

Richard is the son of Walter Hadlee, and the brother of Dayle and Barry Hadlee. His former wife Karen also played international cricket for New Zealand.

Nicknamed ‘Paddles’, for his large feet, Hadlee’s cricketing career was built during the 1970s when, largely due to his bowling skill, New Zealand gained major wins against India (1976), Australia (1977) and England (1978). His best bowling figures were 9 for 52 against Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia in 1985-86. At the end of his career he had taken 431 test wickets. Sir Richard Hadlee was the first bowler in the history of test cricket to take more than 400 test wickets.

His ability to swing the ball, as well as devastating speed, made him New Zealand’s main strike bowler, and in just 25 tests he took 100 wickets. He was also a left-hand middle-order batsman, scoring more than 3000 runs.

In August 1990, Hadlee established The Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Trust. It was opened to help sportsmen and women who were in situations of hardship to strive for success in their chosen sporting or cultural discipline.

Hadlee has received many awards throughout his career, including:

  • Appointed MBE for services to New Zealand sport in 1981.
  • Awarded a Knighthood for services to cricket in 1990.
  • Winner of the Windsor Cup on 13 occasions, including 12 consecutive years, for the most meritorious bowling performance of the season.
  • New Zealand Sportsman of the Year 1980
  • Wisden Cricketer of the Year – 1982
  • New Zealand Sportsman of the Year 1986
  • New Zealand Sportsperson of the last 25 years 1987 (shared with runner John Walker)
  • New Zealand Sportsperson of the Decade 1987
  • Inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Letters from Nottingham University.

He was also assessed as 12th Best Cricketer of all time in ESPN Legends Of Cricket.

 

Kylie Bax

Kylie Bax

Kylie Bax is a New Zealand-born model and actress. She has appeared on international magazine covers, including Vogue and Marie Claire. Since 1999, Bax has appeared in several movies, including Get Over It (2001).......read more

Having been a teen beauty queen, Bax was first discovered in a New Zealand shopping mall by an agent from the modeling agency Clyne Model Management. After discovering her marketing abilities as a fashion model, she soon moved to New York to work as a model. Bax became Steven Meisel's protégé. She went on to work with top photographers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Helmut Newton, and Richard Avedon. Once discovered, she became an international modeling success, signing with Women in New York, Marilyn in Paris, and Storm in London.

She has appeared on numerous international magazine covers, including Vogue, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar & Mode Australia, Maxim, Vanity Fair, and ELLE. She has also appeared on more than twenty Vogue covers around the world. In 2000, Bax joined Estella Warren, Veronica Vařeková, and Michelle Behennah in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for such products as Club Monaco, Anna Sui, Clinique, Ann Taylor, DKNY, Escada, Gianfranco Ferre, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta, Sonia Rykiel, Versace, Moschino, Nars, and Valentino. She has strolled down catwalks for high fashion houses such as Moschino, Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, and Valentino, Glistening Examples, Gucci, Galliano, Donna Karan, Cynthis Rowley, Calvin Klein, Joop, Alexander McQueen, Phillip Treacy, Karl Lagerfeld, Chloe, Ralph Lauren, Prada, and Miu Miu.

 

Al Brown

Al Brown

Al Brown is a chef and restaurateur. His restaurant, Depot, opened in Auckland, New Zealand in 2011 and has been an unprecedented success, winning the 2012 Metro/Audi Supreme Restaurant of the Year.......read more

He is also the mind behind Auckland’s newest bagel factory; Best Ugly Bagels make Montreal-style wood-fired bagels in a funky old converted warehouse in downtown Auckland. Most recently he has opened Federal Delicatessen, his take on an old-school NYC Jewish Delicatessen, with a Kiwi twist.

His love of seafood inspired his first book, Go Fish: Recipes and Stories from the New Zealand Coast. Go Fish won both People’s Choice and Best Illustrated Book at the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Awards, and Best Single Subject at the International Association of Culinary Professionals Awards in the USA. Al’s next book, Stoked: Cooking with Fire, the follow up to Go Fish, focuses on BBQ, meat cookery and our love of cooking over wood fires.

His passion for the outdoors and regional produce led to his first TV presenting gig, Hunger for the Wild. Since then he’s presented Get Fresh with Al Brown (and written a book of the same name), Dishing Up Australia, and Coasters.

He loves to promote New Zealand and its food to the rest of the world and in 2012 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services as a chef.

Al spends his time outside of work with his wife Lizzie and two girls, Alice and Connie, walking his dogs, and fishing from his ‘new’ old boat, Nautilus.

 

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Radio Sport: Andrew Mulligan & Mark Richardson

Andrew Mulligan is a New Zealand television presenter. He co-hosts on Sky Television's PRIME TV channel at 7:00pm weekdays, The Crowd Goes Wild, with former New Zealand test cricketer Mark Richardson..........read more

On this same show in June 2010 Mulligan claimed to be a direct descendant of John Logie Baird, the inventor of television, while his cohost Mark Richardson claimed to be a direct descendant of a former Irish Rugby Union test player. In 2008 Mulligan also co-presented New Zealand's Got Talent with radio disc jockey Jason Reeves. He now is a part of The Morning Rumble on The Rock FM.

Mulligan's career started as a host on Otago University’s Cow TV. His Television career has seen him appear as a presenter on Sportzah, Summer Of Cricket, Best Damn Super 12 Show Ever and Fight For Life. Mulligan also formerly hosted the Auckland radio station 91ZM Weekend Breakfast Show with Jason Reeves.

Richardson is currently a cricket commentator for SKY Sports. He also hosts The Block NZ (where his twin son and daughter played a cameo role as judges for a playhouse), and is a presenter for Radio Sport,

 

Dick Frizzell

Dick Frizzell

Dick Frizzell, MNZM (born Richard John Frizzell, 1943) is a New Zealand artist based in Hawke's Bay. Frizzell's work is best described as pop (Warwick Brown) in its appropriation of kitsch kiwiana icons and incorporation of them into his often cartoon-like paintings and lithographs.......read more

He does not stay within one particular style, and often adopts unfashionable painting styles. Thus, he can be compared to artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Paul Hartigan, Ian Scott, and Andy Warhol. Frizzell's best-known work uses as its base the "Four Square man", an advertising character for the Four Square grocery chain.

Frizzell is also responsible for the lithograph 'Mickey to Tiki'. This has now become a best selling print in New Zealand. It portrays a cartoon 'Mickey Mouse' changing in stages to a 'Tiki.' This image is used on a popular tee-shirt, released by the Christchurch Art Gallery. His young grandchildren are his main inspiration for his work, Jimi, Sonny and Coco Frizzell, and Georgia and Max.

Frizzell trained at the Ilam School of Fine Arts of the University of Canterbury from 1960 to 1963, studying under artists such as Rudi Gopas and Russell Clark. After this he worked in advertising for many years, and it is through this that he gained his appreciation for the advertising characters he uses in his work.

The major retrospective Dick Frizzell: Portrait of a Serious Artiste of 1997 attracted some controversy, somewhat due to the inclusion of Grocer with Moko (1992). This contentious work depicted the Four Square man with facial moko, which offended some viewers.

He had a dog called Modee for just over 25 years. She was a poodle fox terrier cross.

Frizzell has contributed designs to Esther Diamond linen company, has released several varieties of "Frizzell Wines," and designed the cover and several illustrations for The Great New Zealand Songbook (2009).

Frizzell wrote Dick Frizzell: The Painter (Random House NZ, 2009), with a foreword by art writer Hamish Keith. In 2012, he completed a series of paintings of poems by Sam Hunt. At the opening of the exhibition of those paintings on 7 February 2012, Frizzell said that he and Hunt had, in their respective paintings and poems, committed the ultimate "sin", the "sin of being understood".

To this day, Frizzell continues to be represented by Gow Langsford Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, which offers editions and multiples as well as several paintings by the artist as part of their catalogue.

Frizzell is a brother of politician Steve Chadwick.

 

Mark Hunt

Mark Hunt

Mark Richard Hunt is a New Zealand mixed martial artist and former kickboxer, currently living in Sydney, Australia. Hunt competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and was also the winner of the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix. As of 26 May 2014, he is #8 in official UFC Heavyweight rankings.......read more

Hunt was born in Auckland, into a large Samoan family, and was a troubled child. He had no intention to be a professional fighter until a late night altercation outside a nightclub in Auckland changed the course of his life. The brawl did not last long, and Hunt knocked out multiple people. Sam Marsters, one of the bouncers at the door was impressed by the young man's knockout power and invited him to his gym to take up formal training, and a week later, Hunt won a Muay Thai kickboxing match via knockout. Later that year Hunt moved to Sydney, Australia, to train with Alex Tui, and few years later he settled in Liverpool Kickboxing Gym under Maori instructor Hape Ngaranoa.

 

Tiki Taane

Tiki Taane

Tiki Taane, born Nathan Glen Taane Tinorau, was a member of Salmonella Dub but left to pursue a solo career. His debut album, "Past, Present, Future", was released in 2007 and has gone two times platinum, achieving a number one single, "Always On My Mind", the most successful single in New Zealand.......read more

In 1996, Taane was asked to become live soundman to Christchurch band Salmonella Dub, who were becoming one of NZ’s most popular acts. Through this role, Tiki began to earn himself a reputation for his ability to bring a staggeringly powerful live sound to whatever equipment, venue or environment he was faced with. His time with his metal band Braaspadeak had become minuscule and irregular, and while on tour with the Dub, Tiki had composed a dub-reggae track in his hotel room. Once he shared it with Salmonella, they recorded it straight away, and Tiki and his whanau and friends set to work making a music video featuring Tiki on tour at The Gathering that year. This track, "For the Love Of It", shot to the NZ charts, and so he became faced with not only being soundman for the band, but also the public expectation that he perform his hit song at all their gigs.

In both 1998 and 1999, Tiki won the Best Live Audio Engineer award at the NZ bNet awards and though in popular demand, it was clear that Tiki’s success lay with his friends Salmonella Dub. Also winning an award for Best Song for 'For the Love Of It', Tiki’s confidence grew in his song-writing abilities and so he went on to create more hits. By 2000, Tiki was beginning to spend the majority of the Dub gigs mixing the first part of the set, then jumping on stage to perform.

Taane played his final gig with Salmonella Dub on New Year's Eve 2006. Describing his decision to leave Salmonella Dub, Taane said, "I felt like I'd gone as far as I could with Salmonella Dub." He described his time since leaving Salmonella Dub as "very lonely" and "very intense". Describing the band in an interview after the release of his album, Taane said, "I have so much love and respect for (Salmonella Dub) because if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be where I am now. I wouldn't be here."

 

Dai Henwood

Dai Henwood

Dai Henwood is a New Zealand comedian. He is best known for his hosting of several television shows found on C4 but also performs stand up comedy.......read more

Henwood studied Theatre and Film at Victoria University of Wellington, graduating with a BA in eastern religions, before winning 'Best New Face' on TV2's Pulp Comedy in 1999 and a Billy T Award in 2002. In 2004 and 2005 he toured the shows The Hot Stepper and Champagne Table Tennis, and also performed at the Tokyo Comedy Store and in Melbourne and around Britain. Henwood has stated his great-grandfather was Welsh international rugby player, Dick Jones. Henwood spent a period on TV3's Sunrise morning show as the gadget guy, giving humorous reviews of the latest gadgets. He has recorded a DVD titled Dai Another Day, released by EMI in late 2009. He now lives in Avondale, Auckland with his wife and baby son

 

The Mad Butcher

The Mad Butcher Sir Peter Leitch

Sir Peter Charles Leitch KNZM QSM is a New Zealand businessman, also known as The Mad Butcher. Although well known in New Zealand for the chain of butcheries he founded, Leitch is arguably just as well known for his charity, fundraising work and his promotion of rugby league.......read more

Born in Wellington, he left school at age 15 on account of dyslexia to work as a newspaper boy. He gained a job as a butcher's apprentice in a Seatoun butchery at the age of 16, before later moved to Auckland.

In 1971, he opened a butchery in Rosella Road, Mangere East. When a friend suggested a marketing gimmick for his radio advertising, Leitch recalled an incident at a pub in which someone referred to him as "that f**king mad butcher", hence his butchery became "the home of the Mad Butcher". In 2012, "The Mad Butcher" has become a butchery chain of 36 stores from Whangarei to Dunedin.

Leitch is known for his work for charity and for his enthusiastic support of New Zealand rugby league, the Mangere East Hawks and the Warriors, which has increased the sport's profile in New Zealand. He managed the Kiwi's victorious Tri-Nations campaign in late 2005. In recognition of his support of the Warriors the club have retired the #19 jersey in his honour. The Mad Butcher Suburban Newspapers Community Trust is a fundraising vehicle he helped create to benefit charities. Leitch is chairman of the trust, and the deputy chairman is David Penny, general manager of Fairfax Media Suburban Newspapers Auckland. He has also fundraised for Allergy New Zealand, Diabetes Auckland, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Macular Degeneration New Zealand.

He was voted the 41st most influential New Zealander by Listener Magazine in 2004. He has a memorable way of talking, not unlike an auctioneer, that has caused various spoofs of 'The Mad Butcher' that included the Radio Hauraki character 'The Bad Mutcher' on the Morning Pirates and Pulp Sport formerly had a character named 'The Mad Mad Butcher'. In his frequent radio advertisements, his voice rises to put the major stress and volume on the 99 cents which ends the price of each meat item advertised.

In the Queen's Birthday Honours 1991 Leitch was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for community service. In the New Year Honours 2010 Leitch was appointed as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy.

Later that year he featured on the TV One programme "This is Your Life".

In 2011 he was made patron of the New Zealand Rugby League, replacing Helen Clark.

 

Mike Hosking

Newstalk ZB: Mike Hosking

Mike Hosking is a New Zealand television and radio journalist and presenter. He currently works as the weekly Breakfast host on radio station Newstalk ZB.......read more

Hosking's early career was in radio, working on the Radio New Zealand commercial network in the early 1990s hosting The Tonight Show with a talkback format. He then went on to co-host Morning Report on National Radio with Geoff Robinson. Hosking first joined TVNZ in 1997, when it began its Breakfast show. He made his return to television in 2008 when he filled in on TVNZ's Close Up programme. He hosted the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? New Zealand, which began in September 2008 on TV ONE. In 2014, he and Toni Street joined Jesse Mulligan on the Seven Sharp panel.

 

Eleanor Catton

Eleanor Catton

Eleanor Catton MNZM (born 24 September 1985) is a Canadian-born New Zealand author. Her second novel, The Luminaries, won the 2013 Man Booker Prize..........read more

Catton was born in Canada where her New Zealand father was a graduate student completing his doctorate at the University of Western Ontario. She grew up in Christchurch after her family returned to New Zealand when she was six years old, although she spent a year living in Leeds where she attended Lawnswood School.

In 2008, Catton was awarded a fellowship to the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was described in 2009 as "this year's golden girl of fiction".

In 2011, she was the Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence at the University of Canterbury.

Catton's 2008 debut novel, The Rehearsal, was written as her Master's thesis and deals with reactions to an affair between a male teacher and a girl at his secondary school.

Catton's second novel, The Luminaries, was published in 2013. The novel is set on the goldfields of New Zealand in 1866. It was shortlisted for and subsequently won the 2013 Man Booker Prize making Catton, at the age of 28, the youngest author ever to win the Booker. She was previously, at the age of 27, the youngest author ever to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

At 832 pages, The Luminaries is the longest work to win the prize in its 45-year history. The chair of the judges, Robert Macfarlane commented "It's a dazzling work. It's a luminous work. It is vast without being sprawling." Catton was presented with the prize by the Duchess of Cornwall on 15 October 2013 at Guildhall.

In November 2013 Catton was awarded the Canadian Governor General's Literary Award for fiction for The Luminaries. In December 2013 Catton was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

In January 2014 it was announced that Catton would be awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature in May at Victoria University of Wellington, where she has studied.

 

Josh Emett

Josh Emett

Josh Emett made his name internationally as an acclaimed Michelin star chef, but everything about him and what he aspires to, is Kiwi. He has a proud record working alongside Gordon Ramsay in London, New York and Melbourne for 11 years achieving four Michelin stars and an outstanding international reputation.......read more

More recently he has become a well-known television face as Masterchef New Zealand judge and a Masterchef Australia celebrity chef.

But that aside, his New Zealand and Hamilton roots have always been strong, and he has for many years harboured the idea of a local neighbourhood restaurant with a regional flavour, in Central Otago.

“I have looked inside New Zealand for inspiration despite my overseas experience in the industry. Rata is a big change for me but it is very much about us. So much of us, both Fleur and I and our families, is showcased in the look and feel, the whole ambience of Rata. We have focused on a region in a subtle way and people respond to that. It makes them feel involved as well.”

Josh believes they have stayed true to their vision, contributing to their early success.

 

Sam Webster

Sam Webster

Sam Webster (born 16 July 1991) was the 2009 Sprint, Keirin and Team Sprint World Champion at the Junior World Champion and New Zealand national track cycling champion, as well as winning 2 Golds at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games..........read more

His Palmarès include Junior World Championship titles in the Team Sprint, Keirin and Sprint (2009, Moscow). From the Junior World Championships, he moved into the Elite category and has continued to climb the ranks. Webster is a member of the New Zealand Team Sprint team that has made the consistent climb at the World Championships, from Bronze in 2012 (Melbourne), Silver in 2013 (Minsk) and Gold in 2014, claiming their first World Champions rainbow jersey in the elite ranks.

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Sam raced his way to Bronze in the Sprint and Silver in the Team Sprint but suffered a big crash in the Team Sprint in the race for gold. He was the reserve for the New Zealand Sprint Team at the 2012 London Olympics.

 

David Tua

David Tua

David Tua, born 21 November 1972, is a former professional heavyweight boxer. He is a former world heavyweight title challenger. The Samoan-born-Kiwi fighter fought in the heavyweight division in the 1990's and 2000's, and was known for his big punching power. Tua rose to fame when he knocked out future heavyweight champion John Ruiz in just nineteen seconds of round one in 1996.......read more

Since that impressive win over Ruiz, he went on to defeat notable opponents such as Hasim Rahman, Fres Oquendo, Michael Moorer and Shane Cameron. He fought for the world undisputed heavyweight crown against then reigning king Lennox Lewis in November 2000, however he was soundly defeated by unanimous decision.

Tua had his final bout at the age of 40, in November 2013 against Alexander Ustinov, losing by unanimous decision. He boxed a total of 312 round in his professional career, with a 72.8% KO win ratio.

 

Hauraki's Jeremy, Matt & Laura

Radio Hauraki's Jeremy, Matt & Laura

Radio Hauraki continues to build on its recent revamp with changes in the key breakfast and drive time slots. The new Hauraki Breakfast Show (6am-9am) sees Jeremy Wells team up with Matt Heath and Laura McGoldrick. Best known for his presentation of the satirical comedy shows, Eating Media Lunch and The Unauthorised History of New Zealand, Wells moves into breakfast after a year hosting Hauraki’s popular Saturday morning show The Saturday Special..........read more

"I've pretty much burnt every broadcasting bridge there is,” says Wells. “So it's no surprise that I've ended up co-hosting Hauraki's breakfast show. I give it 12 months before the Broadcasting Standards Authority hunts me down and expels me from radio indefinitely.”

Much loved for his work on cult television show Back Of the Y and his musical exploits in Deja Voodoo, Matt Heath moves to breakfast after three years hosting Hauraki’s afternoon drive show.

“The new Hauraki is a sensational place to work,” says Heath. “It will be an absolute honour to peel my sorry arse out of bed each morning for a hearty breakfast with my good mates Jerry and Laura.”

Group Content Director Mike McClung can’t wait for the new shows to hit the airwaves.

“Matt and Jeremy are smart, funny guys and talented broadcasters. They’re two of the best in the business and I’m sure listeners will agree they’re very funny to listen to. We’re stoked that Laura is on board – she’s one of the country’s up and coming talents. And it’s great to be able to bring Mikey Havoc into the prime time drive time slot, exposing his infectious energy and on-air genius to more people.”

 

Simon Mannering

Simon Mannering

Simon Alexander Mannering (born 28 August 1986) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who currently captains the New Zealand Warriors of the National Rugby League (NRL). A New Zealand international representative second row forward, who can also play at centre, he was appointed the New Zealand national team's captain in 2013........read more

Mannering moved to Motueka at an early age and was educated at Motueka High School and then at Nelson College from 2000 to 2004, where he played rugby union. After being spotted by rugby league development officer Paul Bergman, Mannering switched codes and was an instant success, making the national secondary schools team after just three games of rugby league.

In 2004 Mannering moved to Wellington to play for the Wellington under-18 side, joining the Wellington Rugby League Academy at WelTec. He then was selected for the Paul Bergman-coached Wellington Orcas in the Bartercard Cup. In 2004, Mannering made the Junior Kiwi's and the New Zealand A side. Mannering received interest from the Bulldogs and Parramatta before deciding to move to Auckland and join the New Zealand Warriors.

Mannering has played his whole NRL career to date with the Warriors and was part of the 2008 World Cup-winning Kiwis team.

 

 

Mike Van-de-Elzen

Mike Van-de-Elzen

Mike started a career in the food industry at a tender age of 14, working in some of Auckland’s landmark restaurants like Kermadecs and Hammerheads. Then like many Kiwis he embarked on the big ‘OE’ to London in 1998..........read more

During this time he worked his way up the ranks in the acclaimed Terence Conan’s, Bluebird restaurant.

After travels through Europe, Africa and India, Mike’s then to be wife, Belinda and Mike moved to Ireland again heading the kitchen of small luxury hotel called Dunbrody Country House. During their time there they earned the prestige Conde Nast “World Small Hotel of the Year”. They returned to New Zealand in 2003 with the aim hopefully starting a restaurant of our own.

Molten opened its doors in August 2004. Its ever-changing contemporary European style menu combined with the freshest ingredients of New Zealand, and alongside Belinda’s personable service Molten soon became the leader of suburban dining and a place the Mt Eden locals were extremely proud of.

Mike was the the chef on TVNZ’s top rating show The Food Truck which was about tackling the fast food industry in an old Bedford truck called Beddy.
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Hayley Holt

Hayley Holt

Hayley Holt (born 3 July 1981, Auckland) is a New Zealand snowboarder and ballroom dancer notable for her appearances on several reality television series..........read more

Holt started ballroom and Latin dancing at the age of seven, and was placed 19th in the Blackpool Rising Star Professional Ballroom Competition and was sixth in the US Open Rising Star Professional Ballroom Competition. She has also trained in jazz dance and studied for many years with Candy Lane. Holt's professional dance partner is David Yeates.

Holt joined the second season of the New Zealand TV show Dancing with the Stars in 2006, becoming the professional partner of swimmer Danyon Loader - the couple were eliminated in the semi-final. During the third season, Holt was the partner of basketball player Brendon Pongia and was again eliminated in the semi-final. In the fourth season, Holt was partnered with DJ Peter Urlich and was eliminated in episode three. Holt participated in the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing as the professional partner of swimmer Mark Foster. Holt and Foster were voted off on 26 October, placing 11th overall. She did not return for Series 7.

In 2007, Holt won TV2's Treasure Island: Pirates of the Pacific as one of "The Others". On 5 October 2008 Holt appeared on TV2's Shock Treatment. On 28 October 2008 was interviewed on Campbell Live.

Since December 2009, Holt has been working on The Crowd Goes Wild, as a reporter and occasional presenter. In 2013, Holt was a co-presenter of TV One series Best Bits.
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Annabelle White

Annabelle White

Annabelle White is a food writer and author of eleven cookbooks. She was a long time food columnist for the Sunday Star-Times and also wrote the popular Food Detective column. She is the former food editor for NZ House & Garden and in 2011 joined the New Zealand Women’s Weekly as Food Editor........read more

Annabelle was born and raised in New Zealand. When she was just 17 years old she spent a year in Dover, Delaware as an AFS scholar.

Annabelle’s first cookbook Best Recipes was released in 1997 and had been reprinted multiple times. Many of her titles are now out of print but her sequel to Best Recipes entitled Simply The Best co-authored with Kathy Paterson in 1999 topped the New Zealand best-selling list and remained there for many weeks.

Annabelle began her TV work as the zany food reporter for TV3’s Nightline in 1989 and then on a more regular basis for 5.30 With Jude and subsequently 5.00 With Jude in 1999-2001. She hosted her own prime time shows for World on a Plate featuring filming in New York City and Tonga in 2001. Her foray into Breakfast TV started with TV3 in 2008 and then moved to TVNZ in 2009. Her role with Breakfast has seen her filming food and travel pieces in China (Shanghai), the United States (Santa Monica) and Ireland. Annabelle’s radio work began in 1990 and she has been on-air across New Zealand on a regular basis since then.

The author of eleven cookbooks Annabelle is also busy with cooking classes and the public speaking circuit. In 2009 the University of Waikato recognized her with the University of Waikato, Distinguished Alumni Award. Annabelle holds a history degree (MA First Class Hons) from Waikato University.
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Liam Messam

Liam Messam

Liam Messam, born 25 March 1984, is a New Zealand rugby union player who plays for the Chiefs in Super Rugby, for whom he is the most-capped player ever, and for Waikato in the ITM Cup. Messam predominantly plays as a blindside flanker.......read more

After the retirement of then Chiefs captain Mils Muliaina, Messam was named the team's new co-captain from 2012 onwards.

In October 2008, Messam was selected in the All Blacks end of year tour squad to tour Hong Kong and Europe. He played one test against Scotland and one match against Munster. He subsequently appeared several more times for New Zealand but was dropped a month out of the Rugby World Cup 2011 in favour of Victor Vito. Since debuting in 2008 he has won 29 test caps. Messam has also played sevens rugby, and was in the New Zealand sevens teams that won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and 2010 Commonwealth Games.

He has also played for the New Zealand Maori, including during the 2006 Churchill Cup and the 2010 centenary series, where he captained the side. In 2012 and 2013 Messam was awarded the Tom French Cup as Māori Player of the Year.

 

 

Ray McVinnie

Ray McVinnie

Ray McVinnie ( M.A.(Hons), C&G Dip CA ) has been a foodwriter and advisor at Cuisine magazine since 1992. Now a Cuisine magazine Food Editor, he also writes a weekly food column in the Sunday Star Times, Sunday magazine. Ray has always had a passion for food.........read more

A professional chef for many years at some of Auckland's best restaurants, he was Executive Chef at Metropole for 6 years after it opened.

He is an experienced food judge, judging the Corbans Food and Wine Challenge and the New Zealand Cheese Awards for many years. He was on the International Jury for the Italy-based Slowfood Awards, and has also twice been on the panel of judges for the World Food Media Awards.

Ray is also an award winning food and travel writer and was winner of the the Air New Zealand Food and Travel Award in 1992, of the Buttermark Best Writing Award in 1994 and 1997, the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers Visuals Award in 2001, and in 2005, he won 3 awards, the New Zealand Guild of Foodwriters Gastronomy Award, the Recipe Award and the Foodstyling Award. He won the 2005 20th Singapore Tourism Awards Best Singapore Travel Story- Print Catergory.

In 2006 he won the New Zealand Magazine Publishers Association award for Journalist of the Year, Home and Food Category.

Ray has travelled extensively in Asia as well as in Italy, Spain. Germany and France researching food and as a professional chef. In 2008 he was invited to present his paper on kumara at the prestigeous Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery at Oxford University UK.

He has had four cookery books published: The New Zealand Fish Cookery Book 1986 (revised and published as "Cooking the Catch" 1997), "The Chicken Cookbook for New Zealanders" (1994), "The Modern Cook" (New Holland 2001), and "Eat" ( New Holland 2003).

Apart from his food and travel writing, Ray is also a lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology and is an experienced food stylist, consultant and guest chef for various restaurants and cookschools.
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Bryan Williams

Bryan Williams

Williams was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1950. His father was Samoan, and his mother a Rarotongan of Samoan descent. He was educated at Mt Albert Grammar School, where he started his rugby career.......read more

He became an All Black in 1970 as a wing and distinguished himself in the 1970 South African Rugby Tour where he was a sensation, scoring 14 tries in his 13 appearances. In the international series, he scored in each of the first and fourth Tests. This was during apartheid, so with his parentage he was only able to tour after honorary white status was granted.

Williams' international rugby career lasted from 1970 to 1978 in which he played 113 matches (including 38 international Tests) and scored 66 tries in all matches as an All Black (ten tries in Tests), which was a record until beaten by John Kirwan.

After he retired from rugby, he coached a number of club sides in New Zealand. During the 1990s onwards, he has been the national rugby coach for Samoa. He is married and has two daughters – Marie and Gina and two sons Gavin and Paul, who also play rugby union: Gavin plays internationally for Samoa and plays club for French side US Dax; and his other son Paul played for the Auckland Super Rugby side the Blues before playing for Sale in the English Premiership and debuting for Samoa in 2010. Williams now coaches at the Ponsonby Rugby Club and the Mt Albert Grammar School Rugby Academy.

Williams was appointed President of the NZRU in 2011.

In the 1983 Queen's Birthday Honours, Williams was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to rugby. In the Queen's Birthday Honours 2013, Williams was appointed a Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit also for services to rugby.
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Jerome Kaino

Jerome Kaino

Jerome Kaino (born 6 April 1983) is a American Samoan-born New Zealand professional Rugby union player. He plays for the Blues in Super Rugby and All Blacks internationally.........read more

In 2004, he was named IRB International Under-21 player of the year. In 2011, he played in every match of the Rugby World Cup as part of the All Blacks, being part of the first All Blacks team to win the Rugby World Cup since 1987.

Kaino is also the second American national of Samoan descent to play for the All Blacks. The first was Frank Solomon in 1931.
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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah Ulmer

Sarah Ulmer, ONZM is the first New Zealander to win an Olympic cycling gold medal, which she won in the individual pursuit at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, setting a new world record in the process......read more

Ulmer was born in Auckland, where she studied at the Diocesan School for Girls. Her grandfather Ron Ulmer was a track cyclist for New Zealand at the 1938 British Empire Games, and her father Gary was a national road and track champion.

Ulmer trained at the velodrome in Te Awamutu. Her home town is Cambridge.

When she left Athens at the end of the Games, Ulmer held the Olympic title, the Olympic and world records, the Commonwealth Games title and the Commonwealth Games record for the 3000m individual pursuit.

In the 2005 New Year Honours, Ulmer was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to cycling.

In 2006 she won the second round of the UCI Women's Road World Cup by 4 minutes 24 seconds.

She announced her retirement from cycling on 24 November 2007 but said she would still be attending the 2008 Olympics as a mentor.
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Dillon Boucher

Dillon Boucher

Dillon Matthew Boucher, MNZM (born 27 December 1975), is a New Zealand professional basketball player. Boucher played for the New Zealand Breakers in the Australian National Basketball League from their inception in 2003 until 2005.........read more

In 2005 when he signed with the Perth Wildcats for whom he played in the 2005/06 Australian NBL season. Boucher subsequently played the 2006/07 (Australian NBL champions) and 2007/08 season for the Brisbane Bullets. In 2008 he rejoined the New Zealand Breakers and was part of the 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13 Australian NBL championship winning team. At the completion of the 2012/13 season, Boucher retired from the Breakers and the Australian NBL.

With his Auckland Pirates, Boucher won the 2012 New Zealand NBL championship. He has also previously played for the Auckland Stars, Waikato Titans and the Harbour Heat. On November 28, 2012, Boucher signed with the Wellington Saints of the NZNBL. At the 2013 Breakers awards night, Dillion Boucher's number 24 was retired in honour of his credited career with the New Zealand Breakers.

In November 2013, he signed with the Super City Rangers as a player/assistant coach for the 2014 season.

In the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours, Boucher was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to basketball.
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Cliff Curtis

Cliff Curtis

Clifford Vivian Devon "Cliff" Curtis (born 27 July 1968) is a New Zealand actor whose screen roles include Whale Rider, Once Were Warriors, and Blow. His television work includes NBC series Trauma, and Body of Proof, and starring in ABC's Missing........read more

Curtis, one of nine children, was born in Rotorua, in the North Island of New Zealand, and is the son of an amateur dancer. Curtis is of Māori descent and his tribal affiliations are Te Arawa and Ngati Hauiti.

As a boy he studied mau rākau, a traditional Māori form of taiaha fighting with Māori elder Mita Mohi on Mokoia Island, which nurtured his abilities as a performer in kapa haka. Curtis later performed as a breakdancer and then competitively in rock 'n' roll dance competitions. Curtis also sometimes impersonates Tim Cahill and is an avid Everton supporter. He received his secondary education at Western Heights High School, Rotorua.

Curtis started acting in amateur productions of musicals Fiddler on the Roof and Man of La Mancha with the Kapiti Players and the Mantis Cooperative Theatre Company, before attending the New Zealand Drama School and Teatro Dimitri Scoula in Switzerland. He worked at a number of New Zealand theatre companies, including Downstage, Mercury Theatre, Bats Theatre, and Centre Point. His stage roles include Happy End, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, The Cherry Orchard, Porgy and Bess, Weeds, Macbeth, Serious Money, and The End of the Golden Weather.

His first feature film role was a small part in Oscar-nominated Jane Campion film The Piano. He went on to win attention in Once Were Warriors, one of the most successful films released on New Zealand soil, and played a seducer in melodrama Desperate Remedies. In 2000 Curtis starred as family man Billy Williams in Jubilee, before playing father to the main character in international hit Whale Rider.

In 2004 with producer Ainsley Gardiner, Curtis formed independent film production company Whenua Films. The goals of the company are to support the growth of the New Zealand indigenous filmmaking scene, and support local short filmmakers. He and Gardiner were appointed to manage the development and production of films for the Short Films Fund for 2005-06 by the New Zealand Film Commission. They have produced several shorts under the new company banner, notably Two Cars, One Night, which received an Academy Award nomination in 2005, and Hawaiki by director Mike Jonathan in 2006. Both short films circulated through many of the prestigious international film festivals like the Berlinale.

At the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Miramax Films bought US distribution rights to their first feature film, relationship comedy Eagle vs Shark, directed by Taika Waititi. Waititi's follow-up feature Boy, also from Whenua Films, went on to become the highest grossing New Zealand film released on its own soil.

Curtis has appeared in films such as Three Kings, the Johnny Depp drug drama Blow, Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead, Sunshine and Live Free or Die Hard in 2007, Training Day, Collateral Damage, and Push in 2009. In the NBC TV drama Trauma, he played daredevil flight medic Reuben "Rabbit" Palchuck. In M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender (released in 2010), he played Fire Lord Ozai.
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Chris Cairns

Chris Cairns

Christopher Lance Cairns, ONZM (born 13 June 1970) is a former all-rounder who played for the Black Caps, and is son of former cricketer Lance Cairns. He starred in both the One-day and Test teams, as well as the Canterbury domestic team. Cairns also captained the Black Caps on seven occasions........read more

He was described by Shane Warne, the Australian leg spinner, as the best all-rounder in the world. Cairns finished his Test career with a batting average of 33.53 and a bowling average of 29.40. In 2000, he was named as one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Year. After his playing career Cairns went on to become a commentator with Sky Sport New Zealand.

With the bat, Cairns has been the author of some of New Zealand cricket's most memorable innings, including his unbeaten 102 to win the final of the 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy for New Zealand against India in Kenya, and his 158 from just 172 balls in a Test against South Africa in 2004. Cairns knocked Shane Warne out of Australia's bowling attack during a 2000 test in Wellington when he launched several sixes out of the Basin Reserve and onto the adjacent street. Cairns formerly held the world record for most sixes in Tests (87), and for a time held the New Zealand record for fastest century in ODIs (75 balls).

With the ball, Cairns' career-best performance was 7/27 against the West Indies in a Test in 1999, and he is New Zealand's fourth highest wicket taker in Tests, after Richard Hadlee, Daniel Vettori and Chris Martin.

He is also one of only seven players to have reached the all-rounder's double of 200 wickets and 3000 runs. Out of these seven players, Cairns reached the double 2nd fastest (58 Test) behind Ian Botham. In ODIs, Cairns came close to another double of 200 wickets and 5000 runs. Cairns finished his ODI career on 4950 runs, just 50 short. Cairns Test batting average at number seven (44.02) is the 5th best average for that position of all time.
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Tawera Nikau

Tawera Nikau

Tawera Nikau was born in Huntly. He made his name in the highly competitive world of rugby league, playing with South Auckland club Otahuhu before starting his professional career in Australia with the Cronulla club and later the newly formed Melbourne Storm where he was part of the 1999 premiership winning team.......read more

He also played 19 tests for New Zealand, as a forward, and went on to captain the New Zealand Maori team at the rugby league world cup. He also played rugby league in England with Warrington including a Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

Tragedy hit Tawera when his wife, Letitia died in April 2001 while Tawera was in England with Warrington. Tawera with a young family of two, daughter Heaven-Leigh and son, Tyme-Kane, returned to New Zealand.

The traits that made Tawera into a sporting champion enabled him to fight back and then some. He was the top billed fighter at the 2002 Fight for Life, raising tens of thousands of dollars for suicide prevention. Tawera was on top of his game. Then his world was shattered.

The headline in the Sydney Morning Herald of 2 August, 2004 read;

"Ex-Kiwi international loses leg - Wellington: Former New Zealand rugby league international Tawera Nikau has had his right leg amputated due to complications from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident, hospital officials said yesterday. Surgeons at Hamilton's Waikato Hospital on Wednesday amputated Nikau's right leg below the knee because of complications arising from his July 1 crash. Nikau was injured when his motorcycle struck an oncoming car on a rural road at Ohinewai in the central North Island."

To rugby league followers Tawera was a legend. His hard hitting runs and his bone crushing tackles were his hallmark. No rugby league player could stop him but now he was down and apparently 'out". His Harley Davidson lying crushed on the roadside. Or was he?

In March 2004, only 7 months after his accident, Tawera was back on the field but this time as a coach for the Barter Card Cup Waicoa Bay Stallions. Now Tawera Nikau has technology to thank for his new titanium prosthetic. But he's still "T" the big man with the cheeky smile and the competitive spirit. Still refusing to let anything stop him.

Tawera is an inspiration to anyone who has suffered adversity in their lives. He is a living example of someone who refuses to quit no matter how hard he is hit. In Huntly he has established a programme training people with new skills in the workplace. 

Tawera is a big family man. He lives for his children and spends as much time with them as he can. They are his inspiration and he remains positive and determined for them. The number plate on Tawera's black Dodge tells it all -THT (Tawera, Heaven, Tyme). 

Such is Tawera's mana that he was chosen to present the highest accolade in NRL and his old club The Melbourne Storm call on Tawera often to motivate the players. 

Tawera is also eyeing up the Paralympics, in the discus, shot put and javelin. And no one would discount him from being the best in that arena if he takes it into his head. He is also eyeing up coaching at higher levels. 

On July 29, 2004 Tawera fought once again in the "2004 Fight for Life" against long time friend Tea Ropate.

In the 2006 Queen's Honours Tawera was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby league and the community.
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Jenny-May Coffin

Jenny-May Coffin

Jenny-May Coffin (born 9 April 1974 in Te Kuiti, New Zealand) is a New Zealand netball player and sports commentator. Coffin previously played for the Silver Ferns, New Zealand's national netball team, for which she was the vice-captain in 2001......read more

She also played for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in the National Bank Cup between 1998–2004 and the Auckland Diamonds in 2007; she also played one season in the ANZ Championship in 2008 for the Southern Steel, and is signed to play with the Northern Mystics in 2010.

Coffin is currently a sports commentator and news presenter for TVNZ and Māori Television.

Jeremy Corbett

Jeremy Corbett

Jeremy Corbett is a radio and television host and comedian. Corbett is the former breakfast co-host for More FM Auckland, a position he held since the mid-1990s, finishing in November 2011. On television he appeared in Pulp Comedy and hosted the New Zealand edition of Deal or No Deal.........read more

Jeremy Corbett was born in Westport, New Zealand. He is a well known New Zealand comedian, and has appeared at numerous comedy festivals. He began dabbling in comedy and broadcasting at Massey University, and went on to showcase his stand-up skills on television’s Pulp Comedy. Corbett’s live experience has proven useful in a number of TV jobs, including as award-winning host of news satire 7 Days, comedy specials, and the Kiwi version of game show Deal or No Deal. The longtime radio host co-hosted a More FM breakfast slot for more than 15 years. In 2012, he appeared in the Wellington based New Zealand comedy, "Edwin: My Life as a Koont" which received international acclaim. He currently hosts 7 Days on TV3.

 

 

Shane Cameron

Shane Cameron

Shane "Mountain Warrior" Cameron is a Commonwealth Games bronze medal winner now competing in the cruiserweight division. He is the current commonwealth champion and previously fought in the heavyweight division, where he was a former WBA Pan African, IBF Pan Pacific and WBO Asia Pacific champion.........read more

Cameron made his professional debut on 28 November 2002, with a third-round knockout victory over Winston Palu in the Auckland suburb of Kohimarama. He defeated Shane Wijohn on 4 December 2004 in Auckland to win the New Zealand Heavyweight title, which he would later vacate in order to pursue international titles.

As of 5 July 2012 Cameron regained the WBA Pan African, IBF Pan Pacific and WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight belts beating Monte Barrett by way of knock-out in the opening seconds of the fourth round
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Jim Bolger

Jim Bolger

New Zealand’s most openly republican PM, Jim Bolger presided over major electoral reform and Treaty of Waitangi settlements, and outflanked Cabinet opposition to funding the new national museum. Bolger entered Parliament in 1972 and served as a minister under Robert Muldoon........read more

He became leader of the opposition in 1986 and though he lost in 1987, he won handsomely three years later when the electoraterejected Labour. Bolger was both pragmatic and principled. He kept Labour's anti-nuclear and environmental legislation, and demoted radical Finance Minister Ruth Richardson after the 1993 election, when only voter memories of 'Rogernomics' (Labour's neo-liberal economic policies) allowed National to scrape back in. Bolger did not favour electoral reform (he wanted a new upper house), but he kept his promise of a referendum on proportional representation. That led to the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) system.

‘The Great Helmsman’, as he was nicknamed, quickly mastered MMP, governing in coalition with New Zealand First. But growing caucus resentment of National's coalition partner and the government’s move towards the centre gave Jenny Shipley the numbers to stage the first successful coup against a sitting PM in decades.

After leaving Parliament in 1998, Bolger was ambassador to the United States. Back home, he chaired Labour creations Kiwibank and the renationalised rail operator, which he had privatised in the 1990s. ‘My life is full of ironies’, he replied when someone questioned that philosophical flexibility.

 

 

Te Radar

Te Radar

Te Radar (Andrew Lumsden) is an award winning satirist, documentary maker, writer, stage and screen director, failed gardener and amateur historian. He was also the presenter of top rating documentary series Global Radar, Radar Across the Pacific, Radar’s Patch, Off the Radar, Hidden In The Numbers and Homegrown........read more

Global Radar won the 2012 New Zealand Television Award for Best Information Programme, and  Radar Across the Pacific won for Best Factual Programme. Te Radar was nominated for Best Presenter – Entertainment/Factual. Radar’s Patch won the 2010 Qantas Film & Television Award for Best Information/Lifestyle Programme. He has recently toured his acclaimed New Zealand history show Eating the Dog following its award-winning season at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. This Awful Place, his live show about Antarctica, premiered in 2012 at the Christchurch ICE Festival. Te Radar  played Mr Twit in Auckland Theatre Company’s 2011 production of Roald Dahl’s The Twits, and will appear in 2013 as the Narrator of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Peter and the Wolf.

Off the Radar (TV1 Sunday @7.00pm) was a 13 part television series about sustainable living, for which he spent 10 months attempting to subsist off a small allocation of land. Radar’s Patch (TV1 Sunday @7.00pm) was an 8 part television sereis following on from Off The Radar, moving his quest for a sustainable lifestyle from a farmlet to a ¼ acre section.Hidden In The Numbers (TV1, Tuesday @ 7:00pm) was a 3 part documentary series using the NZ Census and other statistical information to document the changing face of New Zealand culture and life.Homegrown (TV1 Saturday @7.00pm) was a 7 part light-hearted documentary series investigating how produce has shaped New Zealand both culturally and economically.Global Radar (TV1, Sunday @7:00pm) is an 8 part television series delving into sustainability issues on a global scale, comparing initiatives in New Zealand with projects across the world.  In this series Te Radar visits England, Dubai, Borneo, Africa and China.Radar’s Pacific is a documentary style television series focusing on social and historical elements of Pacific island nations.

In an episode of TVNZ’s “Intrepid Journeys“, he traveled through Mali, surviving both a scorpion attack, and the dust of Timbuktu.

Over the past decade he has traveled extensively throughout New Zealand, Russia, Scandinavia, UK, and Canada, and he has filmed documentaries locally and in Australia, East Timor, Israel, Africa and The United States.

As well as performing comedy both locally and internationally he has worked for Radio New Zealand, The New Zealand Herald, TVNZ, Maori TV, TV3, Alt TV, Kiwi FM, and various other publications. He has twice won the Qantas Media Award for Best Humour Column for his New Zealand Herald columns and he has published a book of his experiences with sustainable living, entitled Off The Radar: A Man, A Plan, and a Paddock.

He is often asked to speak to Multinational Corporations, Local Businesses, Arts Organisations, Charities, Government Departments, the New Zealand Military and once, the All Blacks.

He has a passion for New Zealand history, and in 2005 was commissioned by the Christchurch Arts Festival, in conjunction with Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, to write and perform “Hitori”, a history of the South Island. He also collaborated with Mike King on “Welcome to King Country“, a show about New Zealand’s history.

In 2006 he completed his 3rd series of the comedy “B and B” for Maori Television, and fronted the acclaimed series “Hidden in the Numbers“, 3 one-hour documentaries examining New Zealand through statistics, for TVNZ.

For several years he has been combining comedy with documentary making. For National Radio he created 2003’s “Dispatches from the Provinces”, followed in 2004 by “Dispatches from the Holy Lands“, a four part series about his travels through the Arab-Israeli conflict, where he became the last New Zealand journalist to interview Yassar Arafat. A TV version of this, entitled “War Tourist; Christmas in Bethlehem” was screened on TV2 in December 2005.  He is currently working on a new documentary about the impact of the American elections on a small town in a swing state. Filming for this documentary will cover three election cycles and is due for completion in 2012.

He was the 1998 recipient of the Billy T Award For Comedy Excellence and the 2009 Fred Award for Comedy Achievement.  In 2008 he received the Kevin Smith Memorial Cup for Artistic Achievement.

His history show Eating the Dog won the 2009 New Zealand International Comedy Festival award for Best Local Show, and was also selected as Best Show that year by the New Zealand Comedy Guild, and Best Comedy the Dunedin Fringe Festival.  His 2005 show “Timor ODDyssey“, which tells of his first attempts at pursuing a career as a war correspondent, was also judged Best Local Show at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. He was in fact nominated for that award twice that year, as the show From India with Love, which he co-wrote and directed was also one of the other 3 nominees. He had previously won the award in 2004 for Indian Invaders.

He has been a regular fixture on National Radio’s Nine to Noon each Friday for 6 years, providing a satirical review of the week that was; he was a regular for all 12 series of National Radio’s satirical quiz show Off The Wire. His Television credits include TV2’s Eating Media Lunch, At Least You Are Havin’ A Go, Pulp Comedy, Gather Round and Newsflash, Max TV’s The Sunday Night Guy, and TV1’s Fair Go Millennium Special. He has directed a number of theatre shows including Whore to Culture, Welcome to King Country, and Dog. He was the director and writer of The Journey, 2004’s 48 Hour Film Festival’s ‘Best Film’. He has traveled and performed comedy extensively throughout New Zealand and internationally, including the Edinburgh Fringe, where he was described by the influential Scotsman newspaper as “…the bastard son of Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten and J.R.R.Tolkien…”

Mark Leishman

Mark Leishman

Gerard Mark Clayton Leishman is a New Zealand broadcaster. He has been the producer and presenter of numerous television series, among them Top Town, Tux Wonderdogs, Jeopardy!, The Great New Zealand Spelling Bee and The National Bank Young Farmer Contest.........read more

Many of his appearances on screen have been as presenter of game shows and sports broadcasts.

He is currently working in radio, presenting a drive show on the nationwide easy listening radio network The Breeze.

His brother Phillip Leishman (1951–2013) was also a well-known New Zealand television broadcaster.

 

 

Adeaze

Adeaze

Adeaze are a New Zealand R&B/Soul duo comprising brothers Nainz and Viiz Tupai. The group's debut album, Always and for Real, was released in 2004 and topped the album chart in New Zealand.......read more

Brought up playing music in the church, the brothers used the time wisely crafting their skills with different instruments and live performance. Their passion for music continued and Adeaze performed eagerly at various church and school functions, during their adolescent years. The brothers attended Mangere College in Auckland New Zealand. In 1999 the brothers attended Excel School of Performing Arts and received Diplomas in Performance graduating at the top of the class, followed by a national tour of New Zealand with the students of Excel. The same year Adeaze caught the attention of Brotha D from Dawn Raid, who recognising the talent got the duo to record two songs for the upcoming compilation Southside Story (Dawn Raids Debut Album).

Ian Kirkpatrick

Ian Kirkpatrick

Ian Andrew Kirkpatrick (born 24 May 1946 in Gisborne) is a former rugby union player, who was captain of the New Zealand team between 1972 and 1974........read more

Kirkpatrick began his first-class career in 1966 at the age of 20 playing for Poverty Bay. One year later in he moved toChristchurch and established himself in the Canterbury team. Later that year, he made his international debut for the All Blacks against France in Paris.

Over the next ten years, Kirkpatrick would appear for the All Blacks in 39 test matches (9 as captain), scoring 16 tries which would remain a national record until Stu Wilson surpassed this total in 1983. In 1971, he was a part of the President's Overseas XV that was chosen to play against England to celebrate the centenary of the Rugby Football Union.

His domestic career was extensive, and he scored 115 tries in his 289 first class games, becoming one of the few forwards to reach the century. He was also the only man to have captained both islands: the South in 1969 in his last season with Canterbury and then the North (in 1972–73) when he had returned home to Poverty Bay. He also appeared in 33 Ranfurly Shield matches for Canterbury.

In 2003, he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.
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Frano Botica

Frano Botica

Frano Michael Botica (born 3 August 1963) is a former rugby union and rugby league player. Born in Mangakino, New Zealand, he represented New Zealand at both codes, and also played for Croatia in a rugby union World Cup qualifying match..........read more

Botica played domestic club rugby union for North Harbour and Llanelli and spent a period in France. Botica also played rugby league for Wigan Warriors and Castleford Tigers.

Botica appeared for New Zealand Māori (between 1985 and 1989), New Zealand Emerging Players (1985), North Island in the 1986 inter-island match, the national sevens side in eight international tournaments between 1985 and 1988 and for the Anzac XV that played the British Lions in Australia in 1989. He even appeared in the Super 12: once for the Chiefs in 1998.

In the early part of his Rugby Union career he was a rival to Grant Fox for the All Blacks number 10 jersey. Botica was regarded as more a running player whereas Fox was considered a superior kicker and it was his rival who eventually won the selectors' favour, forcing Botica to the bench and restricting the number of Union tests he played.

He was a part of the first ever New Zealand sevens team to win a Hong Kong Sevens title.

Botica joined the Wigan rugby league club in British league in 1990 in what was an exodus of All Black backs to rugby league including Matthew Ridge (Manly-Warringah), John Gallagher (Leeds) and John Schuster (Newcastle Knights). While at Wigan he became a prolific points scorer and the fastest man in the history of British league to reach 1,000 points.

In 1991 he played for the New Zealand Māori side in his first match of rugby league in New Zealand.

When rugby union became openly professional, Botica returned to the 15-a-side code to play for Llanelli in Wales and then in France. And in the late 1990s he even played for Croatia in a World Cup qualifying match. In his late 30s he returned for the North Harbour Rugby Union in New Zealand and played several matches, mainly off the bench.

Frank Bunce

Frank Bunce

Bunce was born and raised in New Zealand, making his debut for Auckland in 1986. But he was first capped at international level for Western Samoa. The hard-hitting midfielder played four games for Western Samoa as they reached the quarter-finals of the 1991 Rugby World Cup in England.......read more

Bunce's impact at international level brought him to the attention of All Blacks coach Laurie Mains, who selected him for the All Blacks in 1992. Bunce became the immovable man in the All Blacks backline, missing just one game (against Japan in the 1995 Rugby World Cup) before bowing out of the international arena against England in 1997.

The outside centre struck up a formidable partnership with Walter Little in the All Blacks' midfield, which reached a peak at the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The duo helped New Zealand to the final where they lost to South Africa. Bunce scored 20 tries in 55 games for the All Blacks.

From 2001 to 2003 he coached Italy before taking up a role with Auckland as defensive coach and then technical advisor to Samoa in 2005

 

 

Hamish Carter

Hamish Carter

Hamish Clive Carter, ONZM (born 28 April 1971 in Auckland) is an international triathlete. He won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, his second Olympic games. Carter also competed on the International Triathlon Union World Cup circuit as a professional for many years, culminating in a silver medal in 2006..........read more

Carter attended Auckland Grammar School where he was a successful rower, competing twice in the Maadi Cup. He switched to triathlon when he realised he was not large enough to row at a senior level.

Carter won the bronze medal in triathlon at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and then went on to win the triathlon gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics, defeating his close friend, rival and fellow New Zealander, Bevan Docherty. Carter's time was 1:51:07.73, less than eight seconds faster than Docherty's. On 3 September 2006 in Lausanne, Carter won silver at the World Championships after finishing 17 seconds behind Tim Don. In October 2006, Hamish Carter won the Xterra World Championship in Maui, Hawaii defeating a field of more experienced off-road triathletes. During his career he won twelve ITU world cup races

Urzila Carlson

Urzila Carlson

Comedian Urzila Carlson has done shows in most NZ and Australian cities over the past 6 years. She has racked up an impressive array of awards for her stand up including 'Best Newcomer' 2008, ‘Best Female Comedian’ 4 times and in 2013 & 2014 she won People’s Choice Awards at the NZ International Comedy Festival.......read more

South African born, and now New Zealand citizen, comic Urzila Carlson took to the stage for the first time in 2008 and has since racked up an impressive array of awards for her stand up. She has made numerous TV appearances in New Zealand on shows such as `A Night at the Classic’, ` The Comedy Christmas Cracker’ with Rhys Darby, AotearoHA!, The Jono Project and of course she tames the boys as a regular panellist for TV3’s hit show 7 Days. Urzila was also invited to be part of the hugely successful 7 Days Live NZ Tour.

She has had 4 sold out solo seasons (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. She was invited to Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2013 by international comedy promotional giants Live Nation where she had a hugely successful sell out season and appeared on the televised Oxfam Comedy Gala and Comedy Up Late.

In 2014 she has another season in Australia with Live Nation in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney and once again she has been invited to be part of the televised Oxfam Comedy Gala in Melbourne. She has also appeared in the Canberra Comedy Gala and the ABC’s “Spick’s and Specks”.

 

 

Jackie Clark & Annie Crummer

Jackie Clark & Annie Crummer

Entertainers Jackie Clarke and Annie Crummer will be the stars in a cast of 100 local women in the Tarnished Frocks and Divas show. Held every two years, the show aims to inspire women over the age of 40 and give them an outlet to do things they've never had the chance to do..........read more

Clarke and Crummer will be the central performers with other parts played by local women. Marketing trustee Lisa Ebbing said a full rehearsal was held on Sunday and it was the first chance for the cast and crew to meet each other.

She said it was amazing to see the women come out of their shells. "We had ladies there in their 70s who were helping sew but were getting up and boogying to the music. There are less opportunities for women to get out there and it's exciting to be able to give them a platform, there are those that say they have always wished they were a dancer but never had the opportunity. This is their chance."
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John Clarke

John Clarke

Gisborne grapegrower John Clarke is the new deputy chairman of New Zealand Winegrowers.. New Zealand Winegrowers is the national organisation for the country's 1500 grape growers and winemakers...........read more

Mr Clarke is a Gisborne grapegrower with over 30 years experience in the grape and wine industry. Mr Clarke, who is a former Gisborne Mayor, has previously served for ten years as the Chair of Gisborne Winegrowers and joined the New Zealand Winegrowers Board in 2006.

 

 

Katherine Coffin

Katherine Coffin

Coffin, 23, elected to remain in New Zealand when her parents, twin sister and younger brother moved to Perth six years ago. A Waikato stalwart through the age grades, her call-up as one of several newcomers to Magic’s 2014 edition, however, came out of the blue.......read more

When her parents first made the shift across the Tasman, Coffin spent a year in Auckland with her aunt, former Silver Fern and Magic player Jenny-May Coffin but she soon returned to familiar territory. "I had one year up there but I’m a Waikato girl so I came home pretty quickly," she said. "Jenny-May is definitely `Mum’ for me in New Zealand and we are very close."

The elder Coffin is on hand in a mainly supportive role but is happy to impart her netball knowledge if asked. ``I think she just enjoys being the supportive auntie and seeing me go through it instead of being a coach, so to speak,’’ Coffin said. ``It’s nice to be able to find my own way even though she’s gone through it.’’.

Coffin was never tempted to shift to Perth and with recent developments she couldn’t be happier. "I’m very close to my grandparents and I didn’t want to leave them here so I thought if I stayed in New Zealand I’d get to spend maximum time with them and I’ve never looked back," she said.

A fulltime employee with the BNZ, Coffin will probably have to drop a couple of days next year to accommodate her netball.

Paul Ego

Paul Ego

Paul Ego (birth name Paul Jones) is a Billy T Award winning comedian. He is best known both for his current role as leader of Team One on the New Zealand comedy current affairs panel show "7 Days," and as the voice artist of the stickman in television advertisements for Pak n Save supermarket.......read more

Ego’s first gig was in London in 1994 and upon returning to New Zealand in 1995 he soon became a regular sight on the pro-comedy skyline. Ego’s Breakfast Radio career began in 2000 with his role on the Kim & Corbett Breakfast Show on Auckland’s More FM. His role on the award winning show involved writing comedy scripts and voicing many of the shows regular characters. In 2006 Paul moved to NZ’s Rock Network and he is now one quarter of ’The Morning Rumble’, the 1 Music Breakfast Show in the country. According to his website, he was "parolled in 2011,", in order to "get to know his family again in the mornings."

In the early months of 2013 he co-starred alongside Jeremy Corbett in a comedy show called The Radio. Ego has been married for 25 years, and has two male sons; on his website, he claims to be a "loving but mostly ineffective father." He lives in the North Auckland suburb of Devonport, a source of several jokes from his fellow 7 Days colleagues.

 

 

Brooke Duff

Brooke Duff

Brooke Duff started singing in church at the age of 10, but during a 5 year stint in Australia it was through musical theatre that her talents were recognised. Her voice caught the ear of a music director, leading to her being cast in lead roles for two major productions, ‘Patsi’ and ‘Peter Pan.’......read more

At the same time she was one of 50 singers selected to form the ‘Australian Youth Choir’ in 2003.

Fast forward to now and Brooke is following a different path, that of a recording artist, and a newly successful one at that. She first joined the Illegal Musik roster 18 months ago and since then, has been impressing everyone who crosses her path with what has become her signature, the huge voice that belts from her tiny frame. Working predominantly with the Illegal Banditz & label mate K.One she used that time to develop her skills both in the studio and on stage; now it’s Brooke’s time to shine.

In 2012 her debut single ‘Til The End’ was released and immediately took the nation’s airwaves by storm, achieving the following:
The huge success of her first single has all eyes on the young singer from Christchurch. In high demand across most media platforms Brooke is becoming a very familiar face. A nationwide tour supporting Boyband ‘Titanium’ solidifying her popularity and confirming she was meant for the spotlight.

With the success of her debut, the anticipation of her next single, some big collabs in the making and being on the line up of some of the biggest festivals in the country, 2014 is shaping up to be huge for Brooke Duff. Expect big things, a star is born.

Kara Gordon

Kara Gordon

The signs of the gift which was to become a life focus came early for Kara. As a toddler he was fooling around with a toy ukulele and played a tune, soon after this toy became his biggest interest and a growing obsession........read more

By 10, Kara was practicing 4 hours a day and teaching himself to play the style of his heroes who were introduced to him by his Father Malcolm and brother Joe; Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

In his early teens he was expanding his rock vocabulary and techniques by learning the styles of Eddie Van Halen Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert and soon after he was interested in a more sophisticated harmony in the styles of jazz and fusion improvisation and touches of Flamenco guitar which led him to studying the guitar styles of Scott Henderson, Mike Stern, John Scofield, John Mclaughlin and Al Di Meola. 

At 17 he was already an experienced performer and holder of the New Zealand Guitar Association open guitar competition title. At the urging of Doctor Martine Taylor, Kara sent an audition video in to the prestigious Berklee College of music in Boston Massachusetts. The tape was a transcription of John Coltranes 'Giant Steps' and Thelonious Monks 'Before Midnight', two of the most harmonically challenging tunes in jazz, with all solos transcribed and performed on guitar. It was addressed to Professor Mick Goodrick from Berklee College of music.

Subsequently Kara was accepted out of 30,000 applicants worldwide and Professor Goodrick flew to New Zealand to personally congratulate and welcome him to Berklee. Four years later Kara graduated with a Masters in Guitar Performance, jazz and contemporary guitar improvisation and Composition and arrangement in jazz and contemporary orchestration. Berklee requirements meant that Kara had played and toured extensively in the world of professional musicians in the States, and on his return to New Zealand states Kara Gordon only in his early 20s was touring New Zealand startling New Zealand ears with his dazzling technical skills. 

Kara returned to New Zealand in his early 20s, and established himself as a regular on the Auckland music scene. Recently his guitar skills have been sought out by the international music scene and he has been selected to open at the rock legend packed Rock2Wellington concert and to feature at the upcoming international guitar virtuoso extravaganza - GTaranaki.

 

 

Aroha Harawira

Aroha Harawira

Since listening to her Mum's punk records as a kid in home town Masterton, Aroha's passion for music (and desire to get out of dodge) has developed into a fully fledged career in broadcasting...........read more

An accomplished DJ, Aroha received the reader-voted 2013 Rip It Up Magazine “Best Of Kiwi - Best Club DJ” award. Her eclectic blend of techno, house, new disco, electronica, hip hop and bass heavy goodness continues to win her fans around Aotearoa

Shelly Gotlieb

Shelly Gotlieb

Shelly Gotlieb is a snowboarder from New Zealand. Originally from Ohakune, Shelly now spends much of the southern hemisphere winter in Wanaka and Queenstown...........read more

Shelly is one of New Zealand’s most respected riders. She’s definitely not one to blow her own trumpet but she has achieved an impressive list of results at some of the world’s most prestigious events including the X Games, US Open, and World Snowboarding Championships.

In 2010 she became the first New Zealander ever to be invited to the slopestyle discipline at the X Games and in 2011 she won a bronze medal at the FIS Snowboarding World Championships in slopestyle.

Shelly represented NZ at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
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Davey Hughes

Davey Hughes

He’s hunted Caribou in the Arctic Circle, grizzlies in Alaska and buffalo in Tanzania. He’s the bane of Customs officials’ lives, has run the gruelling Coast to Coast, and is the man behind the highly-successful Swazi outdoor clothing label; he’s a passionate conservationist and he sure knows how to spin a yarn or two........read more

Davey Hughes – aka the Swazi Man – is many things, but one thing he’s most certainly not is conventional. As a kid in Wainuiomata, he spent the weekends in the hills going after pigs and possums. But there’s more to the Swazi Man than hunting and a taste for adventure. He and his wife Maggie have built an outdoor clothing empire on their proudly made-in-New Zealand ‘Swazi’ brand; and he wants to get kids into our back-country having the roughing-it adventures that kick-started his remarkable life.

Davey lives life to the full, but what underpins all of this is his absolute love of New Zealand: “It’s about family, it’s about business and it’s about the people of this country.”

Konrad Hurrell

Konrad Hurrell

Konrad Hurrell (born 5 August 1991) is a Tongan professional rugby league player who currently plays for the New Zealand Warriors in the National Rugby League competition........read more

Born in Nukuʻalofa, Hurrell moved to New Zealand in late 2009 on a rugby union scholarship with Auckland Grammar School.[1] He played for their first XV, earning vice captain in his second year, and represented Auckland Secondary Schools as a centre and second five-eighth. He was also a member of the athletics team and was national champion in Olympic weightlifting for the open weight category in 2010.

Hurrell switched to rugby league in 2011. In 2011 he played for the Junior Warriors in the Toyota Cup. In this, his first year of playing rugby league, he scored 22 tries in 21 games and was named in the competition's Team of the Year.

In 2012 he was promoted into the first grade squad by new coach Brian McClennan and played in all three trial matches. He signed a contract extension until the end of the 2013 season. Hurrell, along with Shaun Johnson and Manu Vatuvei finished the 2012 New Zealand Warriors season as top try-scorer with 12. Hurrell represented Tonga at the Rugby League World Cup in 2013 however he has ambitions of playing for New Zealand in the future.

 

 

Wairangi Koopu

Wairangi Koopu

Wairangi Koopu (born 2 April 1980 in Opotiki, New Zealand) is a professional rugby league player for the Pt Chev Pirates in New Zealand. Koopu primarily plays in the second row, although he also can play in the centres.........read more

Before joining the New Zealand Warriors, Koopu played for the Taniwharau Rugby League club in Huntly. In 1998 he also represented the Waikato Cougars, played for the Junior Kiwis and was named in the National Māori tournament team after representing Waikato Māori.

Koopu made his first grade debut for the Auckland Warriors in Round 6, 1999. He went on to play for the club 159 times, earning the nickname "Mr Consistency" while clocking up over 50 consecutive games for the club before being sidelined by injury.

Koopu played for the New Zealand Warriors from the interchange bench in their 2002 NRL Grand Final loss to the Sydney Roosters.

Koopu seriously injured his shoulder in 2006 and, after ten years with the Warriors, Koopu was released by the club at the end of the 2008 season.

He accepted a one year contract with the Melbourne Storm for the 2009 season. The Storm won the Premiership that year.

Brooke Leaver

Brooke Leaver

Waikato shooter Brooke Leaver has to remind her mum that the game of netball has evolved. The 18-year-old, who has spent the past 3 years in Palmerston North, is following in the footsteps of her talented sporting parents - her dad Mark a former Black Stick and her mum Leonie a former Silver Fern.......read more

Although her parents are in Auckland, Leaver still takes part in training sessions with her mum, who is able to offer plenty of advice to the youngster.

After finishing at Tu Toa School, Leaver moved here to study a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at Wintec and played her club netball with Verdettes.

Previously a Western under-21 and New Zealand secondary schools representative, and having debuted for the Central Pulse last year, she is now looking to get on court for Waikato for the first time. Brooke's long term goal is to play for the Silver Ferns, which if she achieves would see her and her mum join an elite group of mothers and daughters who have played for New Zealand.

 

 

Francis Kora

Francis Kora

Francis Kora has spent more than a decade in the unstoppable band of brothers that takes his family name - the mighty Kora. In that time, he has toured the world, headlined some of the country's biggest music festivals and notched up two top-selling albums, including Light Years, which debuted in the charts at number 2........read more

But it's his starring role in his first feature film, The Pa Boys, that Kora counts as one of his most significant achievements. "It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I've done some pretty cool things but this was one of the highlights," he says.

The spiritually powerful tale follows the fictional reggae band The Pa Boys on a North Island tour. As their journey unfolds, so do the complex issues of identity and belonging; life and death, all threaded together with stunning cinematography and heart-warming stopovers in small towns and pubs, in which locals blend in seamlessly with the cast and their raw tunes.

Kora plays band member Danny, a character many New Zealanders will identify with, he says. "He's from Wellington but he's originally from somewhere else and he doesn't know anything about those sides of himself; the Maori sides. Along the way, he discovers there is more to him than meets the eye," he explains.

Miriama McDowell

Miriama McDowell

Miriama McDowell’s screen arrival was affirmed by a trio of roles in 2005: she began her award-nominated role as one of the sisters in Toa Fraser movie No. 2, was a policewoman on TV's Interrogation, and starred as an unfortunate WWII wife in anthology series Taonga..........read more

Since then the Toi Whakaari graduate has co-starred in sci-fi thriller This is Not My Life, quake-themed mini-series Hope and Wire, and acclaimed feature The Dark Horse.

2011 Aotearoa Film and Television Awards - Nominated for Best Actress - Television: for This Is Not My Life.

2006 New Zealand Screen Awards - Nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Film: for No. 2.

 

 

Alan Macdonald

Alan Macdonald

Alan Macdonald, from the King Country, is the 1994 World Shearing Champion......read more

He held the world record for lamb shearing three times from 1986 to 2001.

Stacey Morrison

Stacey Morrison

Stacey Morrison (née Daniels) is a New Zealand television and radio host landing her first role on the popular New Zealand children's show What Nowat the age of 18..........read more

However she is better known as a host on the TV show Mai Time during the late 1990s. In 2002, Stacey was nominated for her work on Mai Time in the Best Presenter category at the 2002 TV Guide New Zealand Television Awards. Since then she has added a string of credits to her resume, including hosting radio shows on Mai FM, Flava and Classic Hits FM. In 2009, Stacey signed on to co-host a new version of the hit show It's in the Bag, with Pio Terei on Maori Television.

 

 

Glen Osborne

Glen Osborne

Glen Matthew Osborne (born 27 August 1971) is a television presenter and former rugby union player. Osborne was born in Wanganui and played representative rugby for Wanganui in the National Provincial Championship from 1990–1991, then for North Harbour from 1992........read more

He represented the Waikato Chiefs in the Super 12 competition from 1996. Osborne made his test debut for the All Blacks againstCanada in 1995, scoring two tries, and was the All Blacks' first choice as full back during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, where he played in five of New Zealand's six matches. He continued to play internationally until 1999, playing 19 test matches plus two appearances as a replacement. His final test was a 1999 Rugby World Cup match against Italy, where he scored two tries. He scored a career total of 11 test tries.

Osborne is regularly making appearances in Maori Television. He is filming a new television show 'Bring Your Boots,Oz' where he is the presenter. Bring Your Boots, Oz is a heartland rugby television series created by Julia Parnell with Dane Giraud. It’s a celebration of rugby union and what it means to Maori.

DJ Poroufessor

DJ Poroufessor

Born and raised in Gisborne, Hone Ngata aka DJ Poroufessor grew up surrounded by Maori Music from an early age. Hone's parents - Hone Ngata Snr and Ngaronoa Reweti Ngata sang in their own band exposing him to drum beats, melodies and kapahaka rhythms.........read more

The classic movie ‘Style Wars’ Introduced Hone to Hip-Hop. He traded his Eric Clapton tapes to buy the 'Breakdance' tapes to play on his Ghetto Blaster, now pumping ‘Planet Rock' down his Gisborne home of Tyndall Rd, he destroyed the Turntable on his parents 3 in 1 stereo. Learning skills to to mix entering his first DJ competition in 1987 as DJ Bumblebee. 20 years + of Evolution & knowledge he changed his stage name to DJ POROUFESSOR is now recognised as an Icon in the NZ Music DJ scene.

Most recognised as the Superstar Host DJ/MC for CODE on Maori Television, this 7 year role has boosted his profile and seen him perform alongside NZ & International Artists such as Third World, DJ Sir-Vere, Katchafire, Sean Kingston, KRS One, Shaggy, Ice Cube, CheFu, Common Kings & Kolohe Kai. Hone has just returned from Networking Djing in USA where hes aiming to be based mid 2015. Hes also Performed at Clubs in Los Angeles, Arizona, Hawaii, Rarotonga, Australia & Las Vegas twice. Aside from Music DJ Poroufessor is also a Dad, Youth Worker, member of The Universal Zulu Nation, Air Jordan Sneaker Freak and Healthy lifestyles advocate.

 

 

Alex Pledger

Alex Pledger

Alex John Pledger (born 27 March 1987) is a New Zealand professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Zealand Breakers of the NBL. He is also a member of the New Zealand national basketball team..........read more

Following graduating from Belmont Abbey, Pledger returned to New Zealand and joined the Waikato Pistons for the rest of the 2009 New Zealand NBL season. In June 2009, he signed with the New Zealand Breakers as a development player for the 2009–10 NBL season.

Following the ANBL season, he re-joined the Waikato Pistons for the 2010 New Zealand NBL season. In April 2010, he signed a two-year deal with the New Zealand Breakers. Following the 2010–11 ANBL season, he again re-joined the Waikato Pistons for the 2011 New Zealand NBL season. Pledger went on to be named the league's Most Valuable Player over Pistons teammates Jerry Smith and Jason Crowe. For the season, he averaged 16.8 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game. In December 2011, he signed with the Auckland Pirates for the 2012 New Zealand NBL season. In 2012, he signed a three-year contract extension with the Breakers. Pledger was awarded the Round 22 and 23 Player of the Week award for the 2012–13 season.

Pledger made his senior debut with the New Zealand national basketball team at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men 2008, seeing limited action off the bench for the Tall Blacks.[9] He also played for the team at the FIBA Oceania Championship 2009. Pledger saw significantly more action, scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds in Game 1 in a narrow loss to Australia before adding 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds in a New Zealand Game 2 victory that gave the Tall Blacks their third Oceania Championship.
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Matua Parkinson

Matua Parkinson

Pig hunter, fisherman, former pro rugby player, and all round awesome bloke. That’s how Matua described himself to us. And we weren’t going to disagree, he’s a pretty big man, someone could get hurt..........read more

Actually that is a joke. Matua is a great guy, and can make friends with anyone. He grew up in Te Kaha, paradise on the East coast of New Zealand, where people pull crayfish out of the sea for breakfast and catch snapper for dinner. That bit isn't a joke. We have filmic evidence.

"Mutz", as he is known to his friends (everyone), promised to introduce Martin to a new level of man heaven, or Manvana, as he called it. Will he turn Martin into a believer? Let's see.
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Sam Scott

Sam Scott - The Phoenix Foundation

The Phoenix Foundation's first award was for the song "The Drinker", which won Best Unreleased Song at the 2002 bNet Awards. Their first album, Horsepower was one of the most acclaimed New Zealand albums of 2003..........read more

It was the only album to be nominated for 'Best Album' at both the Vodafone NZ Music Awards and the bNet Awards. It was also voted the 'Best New Zealand Album' of 2003 by nzmusic.com, and was the only New Zealand album selected in The New Zealand Listener's 'Top Ten Albums of 2003'.

The video for the album's first single "Let Me Die A Woman" was made by Richard Bell and went on to win the 'Knack Award' (best video made for under $5000) at the 2003 NZ Kodak Music Clip Awards. The follow-up video for "Going Fishing", also directed by Richard Bell, also won the 2004 'Knack Award', as well as 'Best Cinematography' at the 2004 Handle The Jandal Awards.

The band's second album Pegasus has achieved Gold status sales in New Zealand and was nominated for a New Zealand Music Award. The single, "Damn the River", won Best Pop Track at the 2006 bNet Awards.

Happy Ending brought more nominations and awards. The Phoenix Foundation got five nominations for the 2008 VNZMA (in Single of the Year - for the song "Bright Grey", Best Group, Best Rock Album, Best Engineer and Best Producer) out of which they received two Technical Awards. Both went to Lee Prebble of The Surgery.

Buffalo, the most recent album, was nominated for 8 'Tuis'. They won all three Technical Awards announced on 1 September 2010: Best Producer (the band for producing the album Buffalo), Best Engineer (Lee Prebble for the album Buffalo) and Best Album Cover (Paul Johnson for Buffalo). On 7 October, The Phoenix Foundation won the NZ Music Award for Best Group (they were also nominated in Album of the Year, Single of the Year - for the song Buffalo, Best Rock Album and Best Music Video - Nathan Hickey for the music video Buffalo).

The band's soundtrack for Boy won Best Original Music in a Feature Film at the Qantas Film and Television Awards 2010.
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Filo Tiatia

Filo Tiatia

Filogia Ian Tiatia was just one of two 1996 original Hurricanes who was still playing professional rugby at the end of the 2010 Super 14 season. But 15 years after his professional career began, Tiatia played his last and 99th game for his Welsh club the Ospreys in their Magners League final win over Leinster at the end of May.......read more

Tiatia was playing out his fourth season for the Ospreys, after originally signing at the start of the 2006/07 northern season for an initial two-year stint. For Tiatia it was the home stretch of a long and colourful rugby journey that also saw him spend a decade with the Vodafone Wellington Lions, the first five seasons with the Hurricanes, four seasons for Japanese club Toyota Verblitz and also play for the All Blacks in two Tests and one end of season European tour.

The hardman loose forward played 57 matches for the Hurricanes from the competition’s inception until his Super Rugby swansong at the end of the 2001 season when he moved overseas.

First stop was Japan, where he spent four seasons at Toyota Verblitz ahead of moving to the Ospreys. He quickly became an integral player in the ranks of the Neath and Swansea aligned club, helping them to a famous 24-16 win over the touring Australians in 2006 and a second Magners League title at the end of that same season. In September 2008 he ran out for his 50th Ospreys appearance in a Magners League derby match against rivals the Cardiff Blues.

Big and powerful and with unwavering commitment to any side he played for, Tiatia was in the frame for All Black selection for much of his New Zealand career before earning a call-up in 2000 against Tonga and scoring a try on debut. Later that year he was selected for the All Blacks for their tour of France and Italy, playing in the test against Italy in Genoa and again scoring a try. He had received his first All Black trial back in 1994.

With a strong Samoan family heritage, Tiatia could have played international rugby for Samoa earlier. His father was a keen sportsman and his mother’s brothers all played international rugby for Samoa. But he ruled himself out by playing for New Zealand A in 1998 and in 1999. His brother Ace, also a Hurricane and a Highlander, went on to play for Samoa after making the New Zealand Colts in 1994-95.

From there he went on to become the fourth Hurricanes player to reach 50 Super 12 matches in his final year in 2001. He debuted for the Wellington Lions in 1992 as a 21-year old and finished with 80 appearances from 1992-2001, and he was NPC First Division Player of the Year in 1999. His only low point was in 2000 when he missed being a part of the NPC winning team with a broken wrist.

After a stint as forwards coach at Toyota Verblitz in Japan, Tiatia was promoted to Head Coach for the 2012-13 season.

 

 

Jeanette Thomas

Jeanette Thomas

Jeanette Thomas was born and bred in Auckland, where she still currently lives with husband Dave and two daughters, Charlotte and Mia. Jeanette has a Bachelor of Communication Studies from AIT..........read more

Most recently Jeanette has been the breakfast newsreader on The Breeze radio station as well as co-host of TV3's consumer show Target. She's had a number of other presenting roles including House Trap, House of the Year, Jim's Car Show, 5.30 with Jude, Crimescene and as the temporary host of Good Morning on two occasions.
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Kirk Torrance

Kirk Torrance

Kirk Torrance is an actor and award-winning playwright from New Zealand, best known for his role as Wayne Judd in Outrageous Fortune. He is also a former Commonwealth Games swimmer.........read more

His debut play Strata (2003) won Best New Playwright at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. He played the lead role of Holden in the New Zealand movie Stickmen (2001) and award-winning television drama Fish Skin Suit (2003). While appearing on Outrageous Fortune, he hosted one series of a New Zealand version of The Real Hustle.

He was nominated Best Supporting Actor at the Qantas Film & Television Awards 2008 for his ex-cop role in the television series Outrageous Fortune. In 2008, he was named Sexiest Man in Auckland by Metro magazine.

Torrance is a graduate from Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School in Wellington.
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Jools Topp

Jools Topp

Lynda and Jools Topp were born in Huntly in 1958 and grew up singing to the cows on the family dairy farm in Ruawaro (Waikato). They were raised by their parents, Jean and Peter Topp to believe they could do anything, and were tomboys from the start.......read more

They made their debut performance, “Walking in the Sunshine” with boaters and canes, at the tender age o f five at a cousin’s 21st party.

The Twins’ rural upbringing explains their down-to-earthness and their appetite for country music. Jean taught her girls to sing standards such as Springtime in the Rockies and when seven-year old Lynda first heard Australia’s yodelling sweetheart June Holmes belting out My Pinto Pony and I on a neighbour’s old 78, she went into a swoon.

Jools remembers her sister’s passion for learning to yodel: “After Lynda heard her first yodel she became obsessed about learning it. She used to ride to the nearby farm about 30 minutes up the road on horseback, listen to their old wind-up gramophone, jump back on her horse, race home, get out the guitar and desperately try and remember what she had just heard – we finally did get it to sound right and as an added consequence became very good horsewomen“.

After 16 years of rural isolation, the Twins joined the Territorial Army (not for patriotic reasons but to see the country) and quickly became the Vera Lynns of their battalion. But their Army careers were destined to be short-lived. After jumping train in Christchurch they began busking and playing in small cafes. Their first big break was playing at The Victorian Coffee Lounge where they were paid $5 and all the toasted sandwiches they could eat.

In 1977 they sang at the International Women’s Convention in Hamilton and became the darlings of the women’s movement with original songs like “Paradise” and “We’ll Fight For Our Freedom”. Now in their early twenties, with a guitar each and a highly original political repertoire, the Topp Twins moved to Auckland and soon developed a cult-following as buskers. A familiar sight downtown every Friday night, crowds of several hundred would often gather and overflow the footpaths as the twins played, involving the crowd in their visual antics. One night they were famously arrested for obstruction, when the crowd grew too large, and the Topps defended themselves in a high-profile court case they actually won.

The Topp Twins came of age as performers in the early ’80s during the heady days ofpolitical protesting. They became ardent protestors leading marches for anti-apartheid, Nuclear-Free NZ, Maori land rights and theHomosexual Law Reform. Asout lesbians since the late 70s (when the main press refused to print the word) the Topp Twins have always been visible and proud about their sexual identity. However, the Twins’ ability to relate to all kinds of people, and their gift for humour, has ensured that this is not an issue. Part of the Topp Twins’ phenomena is that is that they have successfully crossed from the fringes to the mainstream and are accepted for who they are.

During the eighties, with the help of the Students Arts Council, the Twins toured every corner of New Zealand, producing sell-out theatre shows based on their life-stories and laced with political satire. The best of the Twins’ stage shows were filmed for a Television Special for which they won several NZ Film & TV Awards including 1987 Entertainers of the Year, Best Entertainment Program and Best Original Music.

Highly successful tours to Canada, the States and Britain followed. They performed at music festivals alongside Billy Bragg, Lucinda Williams, Michelle Shocked and Hank Wangford, and enjoyed long-running theatre seasons in London and Edinburgh, which met with exceptional reviews and extended their following globally.

The Topp Twins returned to NZ to develop and produce their own primetime TV Series Do Not Adjust Your Twinset, which became one of TV3’s top rating shows and won the Topps’ several more TV awards. In 1998, Lynda Topp (as her popular altar-ego Camp Mother) ran for theMayoralty of Auckland – when it became clear she was attracting a large share of the vote, a decision was made to support rival Christine Fletcher, who became the new Mayor of Auckland toppling the incumbant Mayor Les Mills, and achieving Camp Mother’s goal which was to give Auckland a new gay-friendly leader.

In 2004 the Topp Twins received the Queens Medal for Services to Entertainment and in 2008 was inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame.

As well as touring Australia and New Zealand regularly, the Topp Twins are keen outdoors women. When not on stage, Jools can be found practising natural horsemanship, while Lynda’s most likely to be found in her waders casting out into one of NZ’s pristine rivers.

A feature-length documentary about these Untouchable Girls was made with the assistance of the NZ Film Commission, and was released in 2009. Currently Topp country on Sunday night (TV One, 8pm), is unmissable.

Matiu Walters

Matiu Walters from Six60

Six60 is an award winning five piece rock band that formed in 2008. Their self-titled debut album was released on 10 Oct 2011 on their own label Massive Entertainment. The album debuted at number one in the NZ charts and was certified gold within its first week of release.........read more

Their first two singles "Rise Up 2.0" and "Don't Forget Your Roots" reached number one and number two respectively on the RIANZ singles chart and were both certified double and triple platinum.

Their music is a blend of soul, rock and electonica. Six60 began life as Dunedin University students playing music together in their flat. They are known for becoming popular underground due to word of mouth. The band created their name from the street number of the house they lived at in Dunedin.

Their local following developed from Dunedin to other student hubs around the country such as Auckland, Waikato, Christchurch and Wellington.

Six60's original EP (released 2009) contained a track called "Someone to be Around". This track was left off their debut album but remains one of the most popular songs.

Six60 have a quadruple platinum number one debut album with triple platinum selling single "Don't Forget Your Roots", two double platinum selling singles "Only To Be" and "Rise Up", one platinum selling single "Forever", and one gold selling single "Lost".

They have toured New Zealand for three successful years, including performances at summer festivals such as La De Da, Rhythm and Vines, Splore, Homegrown and Big Day Out.

They have also performed at a number of festivals around the world since the release of their debut album including Glastonbury Music Festival (UK), South by Southwest (Austin, Texas, US), Canadian Music Week (Toronto, Canada), Summerfest (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US), CMJ Festival (New York City, US), Wavefront Music Festival (Chicago, Illinois, US),The Great Escape (UK), and Homebake (Australia).

As well as successfully touring both the UK, Europe, the US and Australia all off their debut album.

 

 

Annabel Langbein

Annabel Langbein

Annabel Langbein has written and published 21 cookbooks and starred in three seasons of her award-winning television series Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook..........read more

Over more than 20 years, her fun, down-to-earth approach, no-fail recipes and clever kitchen tips and tricks have earned her a passionate international following.

She believes that preparing and sharing simple but delicious food is the cornerstone of a good life, and has made it her mission to empower and inspire us all to eat more fresh seasonal produce and fewer barcodes. Annabel’s core values of sustainability, provenance and community resonate with audiences around the globe. “Home cooking isn’t about performance food and fancy tricks, it’s about nourishment, resourcefulness and care,” she says.

Inspired by daily harvests from her vegetable garden and orchard on the shores of Lake Wanaka in New Zealand’s scenic Southern Alps, Annabel’s recipes are delicious but healthy, impressive but easy.

Her cookbooks have won numerous awards, been translated into multiple languages, and sold more than two million copies. Her television series, Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook, which she co-produces, is in its third season and has been sold into more than 90 countries around the world.
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Kim Willoughby

Kim Willoughby

Kim Willoughby is New Zealand's original pop princess, a self-confessed "rock chick" who grew up in a recording studio.........read more

After leaving Auckland's Birkdale College, Kim fronted the post-punk pop band Gurlz. Being so young caused Kim a few problems around town.

Gurlz won the coveted Battle of the Bands, with the prize of an EP recording at Harlequin Studios. There was so much work, Kim left her day job to become a full-time performer.

She has never looked back. She performed with Kiwi greats DD Smash and the Pink Flamingos, and alongside Billy T James on his weekly show. She also starred in cult classic movie Queen City Rocker.

In 1986 she joined Annie Crummer, Debbie Harwood, Dianne Swann and Margaret Urlich in When the Cat's Away, an all-female cover group that became an entertainment phenomenon.

The Cats are still the most successful female live music act in New Zealand entertainment history. The group was awarded Listener Film and Television Awards for 'Entertainers of the Year' and 'Documentary of the Year' in 1988 and also took out the coveted 'Group of the Year' award at the NZ Music Awards in 1989.

Their hits include Leader of The Pack, Sanctified, Free Ride and the 1988 Gold No1 hit single Melting Pot. Their live album 'When the Cat's Away - Live' also achieved Gold status.

They toured the country numerous times in the late 1980s, breaking attendance and turnover records, and playing to an audience of 250,000.

A reunion tour in 2002 sold out shows everywhere, including three nights at Auckland's Aotea Centre. A live album of the tour earned them a platinum disc.
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Flox

Flox - Hayley King

Flox is Auckland based artist Hayley King. Flox is one of the leading stencil-based artists in New Zealand today.........read more

Flox's distinctive vine and floral style can be seen around the world from album covers for Fly My Pretties to the back of Auckland buses, or more recently the streets of Berlin.

Flox has kept her collection accessible to all by producing open edition stencil prints and limited edition screen prints.

 

 

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