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Ray Schofield


Gisborne-born reporter/newsreader Ray Schofield added TV to his resume in 1962, when the NZBC launched a TV station in Dunedin. Schofield interviewed PM Keith Holyoake, tutored a teen Dougal Stephenson, and was rushed in to announce the death of John F Kennedy. He was also a champion shooter. Schofield left broadcasting in late 1970, and reinvented himself with data-processing company Databank. He died in 1997.

He was a perfectionist, probably close to a genius. Taught himself to speak five languages for the hell of it. Took a sewing machine apart, and taught himself to sew. He didn’t suffer fools. He also had an absolutely magnificent, superb voice. Cindy Schofield, on her father