Winner of Best Video at the Undertheradar 2007 People's Choice Music Awards, the clip could be seen as director Daniel Batkin-Smith's subtle nod to early Flying Nun work (featuring bike riding, a cat, kitchen-ware, walking on a beach and a baby.) "We liked Dan so much we asked him to join the band after he shot the clip. And he did! I was reminded how much more fun it is to ride a bike without a helmet. I really miss that." Blair Parkes - March 09
This 80s precursor to Dancing with the Stars took the competitive community spirit of Top Town to the dance floor, with dancers twirling and dipping in sequinned spandex for the ‘Top Dance City’ trophy. Hosted by radio personality Lindsay Yeo, this 1982 final follows the foxtrot and samba at Wellington’s Majestic Cabaret. Beside regional bragging rights, winners take home a Pye Vidmatic 10 inch TV. The Northern Ballet Company (the one from Auckland, not the company from Leeds) interrupt proceedings for a Venusian space travel interlude that won't soon be forgotten.
In Geoff Steven's Kiwi riff on the European art film, a vulcanologist (Brit character actor Nigel Davenport) roams the Volcanic Plateau accompanied by a journalist, a photographer and escapees from a cholera quarantine. Steamy philosophical musings and symbolic intent made for a marked departure from the realism of the NZ feature film renaissance (e.g. Steven’s own Skin Deep). The second feature produced by John Maynard (The Navigator), this moody allegorical tale was co-scripted by Czech writer/designer Ester Krumbachova and Czech-based Kiwi Michael Havas.
In the first season of New Zealand's version of Dancing with the Stars, ex All Black Norm Hewitt was pitted against actor Shane Cortese in the 2005 final. The live ballroom dance TV One competition paired professional dancers with celebrities like Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt, politician Georgina Beyer, and model Nicky Watson. In this excerpt, Cortese and Nerida Lister win over the judges with their rumba routine. The pair went on to marry and have three children. Nearly a million people tuned in to watch the finale, which Hewitt and Carol-Ann Hickmore won.
Broadcaster Mike Puru made his start in 1995, as a radio DJ on The Edge. In 2002 he began co-hosting Flipside, a youth-oriented current affairs show in which TV viewers were encouraged to text in their opinions. Puru went on to present on home shopping channel Yes Shop. In 2015 he hosted the first of two seasons on the NZ version of dating show The Bachelor — and announced he was leaving The Edge after 20 years.
A passion for music helped Jane Yee get her first presenting job. After majoring in radio for her communications degree, she joined TV2's late night music slot M2 in 2001, and began a three year stint hosting music show Squeeze. In 2005 Yee joined channel C4 full-time as a presenter, where she directed a series of Homegrown Profiles of Kiwi musicians. She went on to spend time as Promotions Manager for the Kiwi arm of Universal Music. The longtime blogger concentrates these days on parenting, which she writes about on her self-titled website. She also hosts a podcast about television, for website The Spinoff.