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Tāmati Coffey

Presenter [Te Arawa, Te-Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Te Ātiawa]

Tāmati Coffey first brought his distinctive smile to television as part of the madcap team on kid's staple What Now? His work on the show saw him nominated for a 2006 NZ Screen Award. The political science graduate then began weather presenting and associated duties on Breakfast. In 2009 Coffey was the proud winner on Dancing with the Stars. Three years later he presented TVNZ's primetime reboot of New Zealand's Got Talent for two seasons. After representing the Labour Party in the Rotorua electorate in 2014, Tamati won the Māori electorate of Waiariki in the 2017 elections.

He's not at all impressed by fame, least of all his own, which means he's not like anyone else I've ever met who's on the telly. That might be his greatest talent. That and being just a very nice man on the telly, and off. Writer Michele Hewitson on Tāmati Coffey, in a 19 October 2013 NZ Herald interview