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Wayne Leonard

Director, Producer [Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Rangitāne]

Wayne Leonard has directed some of the highest-rated live events on New Zealand television. Since leaving TVNZ in the early 2000s to go freelance, he has continued to be one of the country’s premiere live directors, and helmed TV series ranging from hit panel show Game of Two Halves to My Kitchen Rules. In 2013 his coverage of the America’s Cup in San Francisco was nominated for multiple Sports Emmy awards.

The wonderful thing about an event like that which lasts for such a long period of time is that the crew become very dedicated to it, which you don't get at a rugby game or a one off event ... as a result the coverage became honed. It was beautiful. Wayne Leonard, on directing the America's Cup coverage