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Presenters' profiles

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Get to know the presenters

Guest presenters

Jordan Vandermade (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāi Te Rangi)

Jordan is a TV presenter best known for co-hosting the children's television show, Studio 2, (on TV2 2004 to 2010).

He is also a talented athlete. He is a former U/10, U/12, U14 Maori tennis champion, a bronze medal winner at the world youth decathlon championships and was the Junior Maori Sportsman of the Year in 2003 and 2004.

Here’s what he says about how he became a television presenter: “I got interviewed through my athletics and the guy who interviewed me said he thought I was alright in front of the camera and would I ever think of doing television? I was like "Yeah, I'd be keen". He knew the producer of Studio 2 and she said she was looking for a new presenter. He said, "I interviewed this guy the other day, do you want to have a look at his tape?" So he sent it in without me knowing and a month later I got a call and I went for an audition. I had no experience in television so I was just like "wow”. I gave it my all and clicked with Matt and Dana and then that dream phone call came saying ‘You got the job’”.

Karen O’Leary

Karen is an actress and writer, known for roles in the films What We Do in the Shadows (2014) and The Breaker Upperers (2018) and star of the TV show Wellington Paranormal, which first screened in 2018 and is a spin-off from What We Do in the Shadows.

She is also an early childhood teacher (head teacher at Adelaide Early Childhood Centre in Newtown) and has recently fronted a NZEI Te Riu Roa video (December 2019) campaign to gain public public support to close the pay gap between qualified early childhood teachers and other teachers.

Described as a ‘Wellingtonian through and through’, she grew up in Miramar and was educated at Wellington High and Victoria University.

Suzy Cato

Suzy is a well-known children's show presenter, best known as the host of several New Zealand children's television programmes, notably Suzy's World and You and Me (with over 2000 episodes between 1993 and 1998).

Born in Brisbane, Suzy moved to New Zealand as a child, living in Hamilton, Kaikohe and Dunedin before settling in Auckland, where she lives today.

Chris Clay

Chris is an award winning educator with a background in science, technology and future studies and a happy father to Jedd and Louisa. He has worked with a number of high-profile organisations to support educational innovation including The Smithsonian Institute, Singularity University and Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Complex Systems in Transition. Chris is also Director of Futures Thinking at Diocesan School for Girls.

Chris recently co-founded the non-profit organisation Bright-Spots which is focused on helping people identify new possibilities emerging from the changes resulting from Covid-19.

Bright-Spots website

Stacey Morrison

Stacey Morrison is the author of My first words in Māori and co-author of Māori at home with her husband Scotty. She is Māmā to Hawaiki (10), Kurawaka (11), and Maiana (7).

Championing te reo Māori as a source of unifying strength for all New Zealanders has been a passion Stacey Morrison has shared across media, books and education, as a member of Te Pūtahi-a-Toi at Massey University, and through community approach to engagement and language planning.

Scotty Morrison

Scotty Morrison (Ngāti Whakaue) is the author of five Māori language learning books including Māori made easy. As well as presenting Te Karere and Marae for TVNZ, he is their Manukura Māori. He is also a newsreader for Radio Waatea and Associate Professor at Te Pūtahi a Toi, Massey University’s School of Māori. 

Karl Vasau

Karl Vasau is a NZ born Pacific Islander of Niuean, Samoan, Tongan and European descent. He and his partner, Geneva, are the proud and loving parents of a 4 year old son, Karl Jnr and they currently live in Takanini Auckland. Karl has been in education for 23 years and started his teaching in 1998. He has been a principal for 14 years in both the State and Catholic School systems and is currently the principal of Rowandale School in Manurewa (since 2014).  

Anika Moa

Anika Moa is an Aotearoa multi-award winning recording artist, children’s entertainer, television and radio presenter and māmā of four! In a career spanning over 20 years, Anika has released six studio albums, including two wildly successful children’s albums, Songs For Bubbas.

Stephen McConnachie

Stephen is an educator and consultant based in Ōtautahi. In 2017 he was awarded the Jim Campbell Award for Teaching Excellence by the NZ Association of Maths Teachers. He’s the voice (and content creator) of the Mathematics content in My Study Series, an award-winning Flipped Learning platform for NCEA Levels 1–3. Stephen’s main role this year is supporting teachers and educational leaders around NZ as they embrace digital technology and other strategies to deliver 21st century education.

Nathan Wallis (presented days 1 to 10)

Nathan is a grandfather of two, father of three and foster father to many more. His professional background includes early childhood teacher, child therapist, social service manager, university lecturer and neuroscience trainer. Internationally acclaimed, Nathan is in hot demand throughout New Zealand, Australia and China. Host of the documentary All in the Mind, and co-host of the TV series The Secret life of Girls, Nathan appears on National Radio and TV as a guest expert on parenting, teaching and understanding the brain development of young people. Inspirational and charismatic, Nathan’s ability to translate neuroscience into everyday life engages all audiences. 

Teacher presenters

Teacher School
Monique Cox-Timmer Papatoetoe West School
Jade Flavell Te reo Māori specialist & teacher, Education Review Office
Marissa Paniora Papakura Central School
Fern Webber Catholic Cathedral College
Katy Smeele Heaton Normal Intermediate
Te Mete Lowman Middle School West Auckland
Richard Allen Catholic Cathedral College
Rebecca Clist Otamatea High School
Shawn Cooper Avondale College
Erina Henare-Aperahama Newton Central School, Grey Lynn Auckland