Olly Coddington has spent time as co-host of bilingual youth shows Mai Time and I Am TV. 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.

Coddington also had a small acting role in Dutch movie Bride Flight, which follows three women who emigrate to New Zealand as war brides. 


Sources include
'Olly Coddington' (Interview). Wicked website. Accessed 15 September 2015