Hosting line-up revealed for Kiwi Living


Sunday’s Miriama Kamo and renowned chef Michael Van de Elzen will host TV ONE’s brand new series Kiwi Living, coming soon to Fridays.

Kiwi Living is a fun and informative mix of lifestyle and entertainment television, bringing viewers the best of New Zealand’s food, travel, living spaces, health and well-being, fashion and the outdoors.

Each episode, Miriama and Michael will share segments and practical tips inspiring New Zealanders to kick-start their weekends and try something new.

On joining Kiwi Living, Miriama says: “I’m excited to do this show. I love good design and good food, and I’m often bowled over by the beauty of our country. We are a nation renowned for our adventurers, creative, pioneers and artisans, and Kiwi Living celebrates that.”

Michael adds: “There is just so much breadth in a show like this to tell great stories and motivate people to try new things. I’m looking forward to working alongside Miriama, and also travelling the country to meet some foodie characters along the way.”

Kiwi Living will also feature a team of well-known personalities to present lifestyle segments.

Miriama and Michael will be joined by Matt Gibb (There And Back) to cover New Zealand travel and inspirational homes; while Erin Simpson (The Erin Simpson Show) will showcase her creative eye looking at living spaces and interior design.

Health and fitness expert Lee-Anne Wann also joins the team, on a mission to improve New Zealand’s well-being from the inside out; while stylist Luke Bettesworth will celebrate fashion and help Kiwis feel confident; and Tony Murrell (Mucking In) will present gardening stories that inspire viewers to transform their backyards into little patches of paradise.

In addition to his role as host, Michael will also present food-related feature stories along with his top culinary tips and techniques.

Kiwi Living wouldn’t be possible without a number of key commercial partners.

The series’ primary sponsor is Southern Cross, who have a particular interest in the health segments of the show and helping Kiwis to improve their general well-being.

Head of Corporate Communications at Southern Cross Healthcare Group, Aimee Bourke says: “We have proud Kiwi origins and this show provides Southern Cross the opportunity to sponsor relevant content with the aim of improving the health of New Zealanders.”

Kiwi Living’s segment partners are Guthrie Bowron (interior decorating), Tui Products (gardening) and Registered Master Builders (inspirational homes).

The series is being produced by Imagination Television, and is coming soon to Friday nights on TV ONE.

Britain’s Got Talent coming to TV One

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Get your finger on the buzzer, Britain’s Got Talent returns for another action-packed season!

The dynamic four-piece judging panel is back, with Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams returning to the task of scouting out Britain’s undiscovered talent.

Acts must take to the firing line and perform for the expert panel of judges, who will be saying yes to the acts that impress them most and buzzing off those that are best left undiscovered.

Hosts Ant and Dec return to front the show, guiding us through the weird, wacky and wonderful acts as only they can.

Musical theatre boy band Collabro were crowned last year’s winners and have since gone on to achieve international success. Other notable alumni from the series include singing sensation Susan Boyle, who has sold more than 23 million records worldwide, and Paul Potts.

Photo: Judges; Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and David Williams.

Musical Easter treat on TV One

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The hills are alive on TV ONE this Easter!

In The Sound Of Music Live!, Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer take to the stage as Maria and Captain von Trapp in this beloved story of the young novice who falls in love with the Captain and his seven children, set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Austria.

The jewel in the Rodgers and Hammerstein crown, The Sound of Music contains some of the most famous songs ever written for the stage, including “The Sound of Music,” “My Favourite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Climb Every Mountain” and “Edelweiss.”

As the world celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the classic 1965 film starring Julie Andrews, this new version The Sound of Music is a faithful adaptation of the original stage musical, retelling the story for a whole new generation. It has also been filmed as a live stage production, adding a whole new level of excitement.

Don’t miss the most joyful, emotional and musical family adventure of them all.

7pm Sunday on TV ONE: This programme will not be available OnDemand.

Coast New Zealand in production for TV ONE

A local version of hit BBC factual series, Coast, went into production this week for TV ONE.

Hosted by internationally renowned British archaeologist and television presenter, Neil Oliver, Coast New Zealand will showcase Aotearoa’s different coastlines over six one hour episodes.

The series is being produced by Great Southern Television, who are also makers of the hugely successful Australian series.

“As a Kiwi company, it was a thrill to make the Australian series and give Australia a global profile, so as you can imagine we are very, very excited that we can now turn our attention to New Zealand,” says executive producer Philip Smith.

“It will be stunning, fascinating, fun – and best of all fresh and insightful,” he adds.

In this local version, four New Zealand experts will host the series alongside Neil Oliver, telling the story of the formation and evolution of our nation: our history; our people; and our culture.

“This isn’t just journeymen examining the New Zealand coastline. These are leading experts. And this is a very rare opportunity to give them a voice in primetime,” says Smith.

Oliver, who also hosts the Australian series, visited New Zealand last year on holiday to scope out a possible Kiwi version.

“I had a small taste last year and I marveled at New Zealand’s diversity, both physically and culturally. Big, big differences to Australia on both fronts. The magnitude of the beauty is breathtaking – and I must say my week in New Zealand was good for my soul. It’s our goal to dig out amazing new stories – whilst putting the history of New Zealand in context for a local and global audience to enjoy.”

TVNZ’s General Manager of Commissioning and Acquisitions, Andrew Shaw says: “Coast is a compelling, intelligent series with massive broad appeal. We’re thrilled to have the Great Southern team producing this for a local audience, and want to thank NZ On Air for their support.”

BBC Worldwide ANZ Head of Business Development, Helen Pendlebury, says: “With its incredible coastline and rich stories, New Zealand is the obvious next stop for the Coast format and we’re delighted that Neil Oliver and Great Southern TV will be bringing it to life for a TVNZ audience.”

Coast New Zealand is based on the BAFTA Award-winning BBC series Coast, which has been broadcast in the UK and internationally for the past ten years. It is commissioned by TVNZ, funded by NZ On Air, produced by Great Southern Film and Television, with the format licensed from BBC Worldwide ANZ.

The series will air on TV ONE at a later date.

Seven Sharp is back


Seven Sharp returns to TV ONE for 2015 tonight at the titular time of 7pm.

Fronted by Mike Hosking and Toni Street, Seven Sharp is TV ONE’s topical, engaging and entertaining weeknight conversation with New Zealanders.

Two of the nation’s most popular broadcasters, this charismatic duo aren’t afraid to say what they think. Their takes on the topics of the day keep Seven Sharp viewers involved in the conversations that Kiwi’s around the country are talking about.

Reporters including Heather du Plessis-Allan, Tim Wilson, Emma Keeling, Jehan Casindaer and Matt Chisholm deliver compelling Kiwi stories with a fresh perspective every night.

Seven Sharp: Monday 2nd February, 7pm

Two night drama tells the story of London’s great fire

Set in 1666 with events unfolding over four consecutive days, the Great Fire indiscriminately engulfs the city, as no matter what your path in life or status all human life is vulnerable.

From the humble baker, Thomas Farriner and his family to the ambitious Samuel Pepys and King Charles II, the characters’ stories will interweave as the city, and their lives, are changed beyond imagining during one of our nation’s greatest historical disasters.

The fire consumes homes and lives as loyalties and friendships are tested and passions come to the fore. As the greatest city of the 17th century is destroyed, the fire is a catalyst to acts of forbidden love, deceit and despair.

Brought to life with breath-taking special effects, The Great Fire tells the story of baker Thomas Farriner who, in a state of exhaustion, forgets to close his ovens, sparking a terrible blaze which threatens to destroy London.

Family members are lost amongst the fleeing crowds whilst desperate refugees fight, loot and riot to survive. Amid the horror, the personal stories of those caught in the disaster stand out against the flames.

At the heart of the story is the tragic baker, distracted by an agonising dilemma, who makes a simple mistake with devastating consequences.

As the great fire tears London apart, this brand new epic drama details the heart-wrenching stories of a city and its people in crisis.

Sunday 28th December 8.35pm and Monday 29th December 8.30pm on TV ONE

Fire at TVNZ’s Auckland Building


There was a fire at TVNZ’s Auckland building on the corner of Victoria Street West and Hobson Street just before 10am this morning.

All TVNZ staff and contractors are safe and there are no injuries reported. People who were working in the building at the time of the fire were all safely evacuated.

The fire is out and TVNZ remains on air. The ONE News team is operational.

TVNZ is currently assessing the cause and the extent of damage, which is understood to be relatively minor. TVNZ staff are now back in the building.

The fire is unrelated to any building activity.