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Olly Coddington

[Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa]

 Olly Coddington

Biography

Olly Coddington currently co-hosts bilingual youth programme I Am TV, and has also been seen on Mai Time. Coddington co-hosted both of these shows with Gabrielle Paringatai. Coddington is a fluent speaker of Māori, who hails from Whaingaroa (Raglan). 

Coddington is Māori (Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa), Rarotongan and Pākeha. He learnt te reo Māori throughout his schooling in Raglan and Hamilton.

In 2003 Coddington hosted the educational video, Making Mistakes, which taught marae protocol. 

The following year he spent six months touring primary schools playing the part of a pirate in  children's theatre production Duffy's High Sea Adventure. The play was designed to promote reading and was produced for the Books in Homes programme.

Coddington went on to a job as a tape operator at Maori Television in 2005.  He was working in this job when he auditioned for Mai Time, and won the role.