John Maybury was son of 1950s radio broadcaster Jack Maybury. John's own broadcasting career began with a nine year stint at Christchurch station 3ZB, before further radio time in Wellington, Sydney and Melbourne. On television, he presented talent and quiz shows, notably popular 60s talent slot Have A Shot. In the 2000s he co-hosted a Sky TV shopping show with Jennie Forder (née Goodwin). Maybury was an institution at Auckland's Royal Easter Show — official compere for five decades, he also did two as the show's entertainment manager. John Maybury passed away on 16 October 2016.
John was always a joy to work with — very quick repartee, fabulous sense of humour, a clever wit and always a gentleman. Broadcaster Jennie Forder (née Goodwin)
Sixties talent show Have A Shot began as an Ian Watkins radio slot on 1ZB. The popular TV version began in Auckland in 1961, and expanded to include competitors in Wellington and Christchurch the following year. This final from 1964 sees eight regional winners compete for £300, by performing two prerecorded songs each. The judges are 200 voters from the four main centres. The listening is easy, across genres ranging from folk songs to country ballads. The host is radio veteran John Maybury. Note: the winner is not revealed. Have a Shot was replaced by New Faces in 1965.
Hitting television screens in 1961, just a year after the launch of regular TV services in New Zealand, this 30 minute talent show was spawned from Ian Watkins’ popular radio show (on which he memorably used a gun to signal the end of performances). Initially screening on Auckland channel AKTV-2, it became a national talent quest in 1962, with auditions in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The following year, 30,000+ viewers used postal voting. Have a Shot was a noted platform for new amateur talent. After a four year run, it was replaced by New Faces.