The first New Zealand series of Dancing With The Stars featured a line-up of talent including entertainers (actor Shane Cortese and comedian Ewen Gilmore), athletes ( Silver Fern Bernice Mene) and entertainers turned politicans (mayor Tim Shadbolt and Georgina Beyer). But it was ex-All Black Norm Hewitt who set the series on fire, thanks to his personalised paso doble with partner Carol-Ann Hickmore. Combining elements of the haka with excellent footwork and posture, Hewitt wins the first perfect score of the series and has the studio audience on its feet.
Shane and Nerida have been amazing competitors, and they have a different style to us ... But I couldn't take my jacket off, I don't have the body that Shane does.– Norm Hewitt talks to The NZ Herald about his series win, 20 June 2005