Media Releases

2017 Media Releases

Monday, 11th December 2017


Newshub has announced that Patrick Gower will be taking on a new challenge in 2018, hanging up his boots as Political Editor and moving to the role of National Correspondent.

Patrick has worked in the Parliamentary Press Gallery for 10 years, eight of those with 3 News and Newshub, the past five as Political Editor.

"The theme of politics this year has undoubtedly been 'change'. It is time for a change for me," said Patrick. "I've had a good run."

Patrick described the role of Political Editor as "phenomenal and compelling".

He reported on four election campaigns, three different Governments and four different Prime Ministers.

Beyond the major events, highlights include Rodney Hide's use of perks, the "Teapot Tapes," the Judith Collins Oravida controversy, Labour's leadership changes, showing footage of rescue workers inside Pike River Mine for the first time. And of course, hosting Three’s live Newshub Leader’s Debate this year.

He also covered two American elections, including getting questions from Donald Trump on multiple occasions.

One the new role of National Correspondent, Patrick said:

"I'm looking forward to getting out and about in New Zealand and breaking stories that are important to Kiwis.”

The National Correspondent role will involve reporting on stories of national significance and will play a key part in the Newshub Live at 6pm bulletin.

Hal Crawford, Chief News Officer Newshub said: “Paddy is one of the best communicators I have ever worked with - his new role as National Correspondent will see him unleashed on the whole of NZ, something I'm looking forward to immensely.”

Patrick’s replacement will be named in due course.



MediaWorks announced a 2018 series of Dancing with the Stars, as well as changes to regional More FM breakfast shows, The Edge’s new line-up and the addition of Magic in the Manawatu. Also released today were the results from the latest GfK Total New Zealand Commercial Radio Survey, which can be found here

A full line-up of 2018 content will be released in February next year.


We’re excited to announce the return of Dancing with the Stars to Three in 2018, with hosts Dai Henwood and Sharyn Casey. The live show involves a range of Kiwi celebrities each competing for a charity of their choice, and the winner is decided by public vote.

“Today's announcements are a taste of exciting things to come in 2018. At Three we provide the broadest canvas of content of all the networks, and bringing Dancing with the Stars back with Dai Henwood and Sharyn Casey hosting plays a huge part in doing that next year,” said Chief Content Officer Andrew Szusterman.

Dai Henwood said of his new role: “2018 means that much more to me as I get to co-host the awesome show Dancing with the Stars with Sharyn Casey. We had to host because if we were contestants we would win.”

Sharyn Casey can't wait to spend another year watching our favourite Kiwis out of their element.

“And if the amazing celebrities and epic dancing isn't enough excitement for you - wait till you see which of Dai's 220 bow ties he busts out each week!”



The AM Show - Back in mid-January so that you can stay informed on weekday mornings with Duncan Garner, Amanda Gillies and Mark Richardson.

The Project - Jesse Mulligan, Kanoa Lloyd and Josh Thomson are back in 2018 for your daily dose of news delivered differently.

7 Days* - The hit comedy show that delivers Three’s big Friday night ratings is back! Jeremy, Dai, Paul kick start your weekends alongside a lineup of NZ’s biggest comedians.


9JKL - This new US comedy comes to Three in January! The hilarious sitcom stars Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains and Prison Break) and is centred around a man living in an apartment sandwiched between his parents' place and his brother's apartment.

I am Heath Ledger - A feature length documentary celebrating the life of Heath Ledger: actor, artist and icon.  The documentary provides an intimate look at Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey.

Modern Family - The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan returns to Three in 2018 with all new episodes of popular US comedy Modern Family! The kids are older, the family is bigger, and the laughs keep coming in the new year.

SVU - The hit US drama, led by Emmy Award winner Mariska Hargitay, welcomes Calvin Klein model Brooke Shields to the cast, who takes on a pivotal role this season. The new season also features an episode inspired by 13 Reasons Why, and a highly anticipated episode that will tackle the Harvey Weinstein scandal that rocked the world in 2017.

The Graham Norton Show - Hot on the heels of the UK, Graham Norton presents a show focusing on the people, trends, stories and aspects of celebrity culture that interest him most, featuring big celebrity names and plenty of laughs.


“2018 is set to be an exciting year for MediaWorks radio,” said Leon Wratt, Group Content Director - Music, MediaWorks Radio. “From January 15, 2018, Polly & Grant’s breakfast show will be extending beyond More FM Wellington and Kapiti into four additional regions: Waikato, Rotorua, Whanganui and in a world first, More FM will broadcast on two frequencies in Dunedin, giving listeners the option to tune in to Si & Gary on 97.4FM or Polly & Grant on 100.6FM.”

Polly & Grant said: “It's been a big four months on-air in Wellington and Kapiti. It feels so good to be on More FM and even better to be waking up Waikato, Rotorua, Whanganui and Dunedin in 2018!”  

The Edge’s new line-up launches in the new year with Dom, Meg & Randell’s Breakfast show on air from January 15, followed by The Edge Days with Guy & Sam, Jono, Ben & Sharyn in the afternoons and Steph & Marty back together every weeknight for The Edge 30.

Magic will continue to grow adding Manawatu on 104.2FM to the network with George moving up the dial.




2017 has been a stellar year for MediaWorks Radio with the latest GfK Total New Zealand Commercial Radio Survey results showing an increase in total listeners to 2,316,800 people nationwide across its nine radio brands, the largest ever audience reach and an increase of 54,700 since the start of the year*1.

Leon Wratt, Group Content Director - Music, Mediaworks Radio said: “It’s great to see such a fantastic performance across our radio brands this year and in the commercially important 25-54 demographic we are thrilled to be finishing the year on 56.4% share, 24.1 percentage points ahead of our competition2. Four of our brands - The Rock, More FM, The Breeze and The Sound - are the top four stations in the same demographic^.

“I’d also like to extend congratulations to our partners at Radio Tarana who saw the biggest lift of any individual station since the previous survey results with an impressive 1.5% share increase to 3.3% in Aucklandx and a national increase of 0.6%, equalled only by The Sound.”

More FM had another strong result as the number two music station nationally and again took the top spot in Christchurch with 15.8% share~~. Si & Gary had an amazing result in Tauranga, moving More FM to the number two music station at breakfast in their first year in the market$. More FM Wellington also saw an increase with the Polly & Grant breakfast show extending its strong debut audience to a 7.5% share**.

“More FM Wellington’s results demonstrate the success of Polly & Grant in their home town and is a great indicator for their expansion into four new regions in the new year, including Waikato, Rotorua, Whanganui and Dunedin,” said Wratt. “What we are doing in Dunedin in 2018 is really exciting and a world first for breakfast radio. More FM will broadcast on two frequencies in the region, giving listeners a choice - to tune in to Si & Gary on 97.4FM or Polly & Grant on 100.6FM.”

The Breeze is once again New Zealand’s leading music station in share and is second only to The Edge in total listeners nationwide. The Edge retained its leading position with a national audience of 613,100*. The Breeze also had a great result in our biggest cities, increasing in Aucklandx, reaching its highest ever share percentage of 13.4% in Christchurch~~, and continuing to rule as the top music station in Wellington with 12.6% share#.

Mai FM built on its strong results from September with a share increase to 9.2% in Auckland and a total listenership of 228,800 people across the city^^. Also in Auckland, Mai retained its top spot in breakfast radio with 140,400 people tuning in to Nickson, Nate and Lily each morning, 4,100 more than Newstalk ZB and more than 46,200 ahead of the nearest music station+.

George FM recorded a strong performance in major markets growing 12,100 listeners in Auckland, including a 3% share point increase in its target demographic of 18-34++. The Wellington market also jumped 0.5% in share to 1.2%#.

The Sound is the preferred station in Dunedin3 and recorded increases in multiple key markets; Auckland, Tauranga, Taranaki, Manawatu and Southland4. It is third equal with The Breeze in share for all people aged 25-54^.

The Rock remained consistent in the fourth quarter, celebrating its best result in the Auckland market in two years at 4.9% sharexx. Leading the charge from the top, The Rock Morning Rumble, hosted by Rog, Bryce and Mulls, is the number one breakfast show in the country in the key 25-54 demographic~.

Magic remained the top music station in Rotorua and Hawke’s Bay and saw gains in Dunedin and Tauranga5. Magic will continue to expand into the regions adding Manawatu on 104.2FM to the network in the new year.

RadioLIVE stayed strong in New Zealand’s heartland, posting consistent results in nearly all of the smaller regions, and increasing share in Northland, Rotorua and Tauranga6.

Rova continues its success, increasing total app downloads by 12.5% to 242,000##. To date, the total of all streams across Rova and the nine radio websites is 1,023,501~~~ with 535,590 hours consumed via the app***.



MediaWorks is celebrating five wins at the 2017 New Zealand Television Awards, including Best News Coverage, Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Programme and Best Comedy.

At tonight’s awards ceremony, the Newshub team took out Best News Coverage for their coverage of the Kaikoura earthquake in 2016. Best Presenter: News and Current Affairs was awarded to Mike McRoberts. Mike has been part of the MediaWorks family for 15 years, including 13 years presenting the 6pm bulletin. His devotion to his work has most recently seen him become the first Kiwi journalist with a NZ news organisation to report from Syria since the war began.

“I'm just fresh back from reporting from inside Syria and this award makes me feel incredibly proud to present Newshub live at six. We've always had a culture of our anchors also being excellent journalists, and when I look at my colleagues Sam Hayes, Melissa Davies and Tom McRae, that tradition is set to continue for some time.”

Chief News Officer, Hal Crawford said: “It was great to see everyone come together for the NZ TV Awards again - it's an opportunity to celebrate hard work and success across the industry. I'm incredibly proud of the Newshub team, and pleased that our passion and dedication has been recognised tonight.”

The Hui* was presented the award for Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Programme. A compelling mix of hard-hitting current affairs investigations, human interest and arts and culture stories, The Hui is made by Great Southern Film and Television for Three.

7 Days* received Best Comedy/Comedy Entertainment Programme. The show has been a hit with audiences since its inception in 2009. Jeremy Corbett, Dai Henwood and Paul Ego continue to provide solid Friday night entertainment, and will be returning to Three early next year.

Mitchell Hawkes picked up Best Director: Multi Camera for his work on the live broadcast of the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2016.

Chief Content Officer Andrew Szusterman said: “We're so proud of all our finalists at this year’s TV Awards. Increasing the amount of locally made TV is the core of what Three is about and having Best Comedy and Best Māori Programme amongst our other wins, shows we're pretty good at it. Congratulations to you all.”


MediaWorks have scooped a whopping 24 nominations across 13 categories in the 2017 New Zealand Television Awards including: Best News Coverage (Newshub), Best Comedy (Jono & Ben, 7 Days, Funny Girls*), Best Drama Series (Westside*), Best Current Affairs Programme (The Hui) and Best Factual Series (Great War Stories*).

The prestigious awards ceremony is being held for the first time since 2012, recognising excellence in television and honouring the special skills and unique talents of the companies and individuals who create, produce, and perform in television programmes in New Zealand. This year’s nominees date back to 2015.

Finalists are from both local programming and News and Current Affairs portfolios. Newshub is up for three different nominations in the Best News Coverage category for their coverage of the Port Hills Fires (2017), US Election Night (2016), and the Kaikoura Earthquake (2016).

Newshub’s Mike McRoberts is joined by The Project’s Kanoa Lloyd and Jesse Mulligan in the Best Presenter: News and Current Affairs category.

Dai Henwood (7 Days), Jono Pryor (Jono & Ben) and Kanoa Lloyd (The Project) are all contenders for Woman’s Day Television Personality of the Year.

Andrew Szusterman, MediaWorks Chief Content Officer said: “To receive 24 nominations across nearly all categories caps off an amazing year for Three. We pride ourselves in commissioning and producing the best local content and these awards pay testament to that. We wish all the best to our nominees.”

Hal Crawford, MediaWorks Chief News Officer added: “It is wonderful to see Newshub’s success with the Kiwi public reflected in these nominations. I’m also pleased that the incredible talent driving The Project have been recognised.”

The New Zealand Television awards will be held on Thursday 30th November at SKYCITY Theatre. 

A full list of nominations is available here.


New Zealand’s first festival of the season, KFC Edgefest, has just got even bigger with a stellar group of celebs and social media stars joining the festival line-up in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch this November, plus newly-announced local artists confirmed to perform the three-city festival tour.

Appearing alongside KFC Edgefest international headliner Jason Derulo are British hitmaker Jonas Blue, Norwegian tropical house/pop princess Astrid S as well as a host of Kiwi artists including Kings, Mitch James, plus KFC and The Edge welcome Openside, P-Money and Savage to the bill.

As revealed this morning on The Edge Breakfast show, girl band Fifth Harmony have announced today they have cancelled their New Zealand tour dates this November due to scheduling issues (*see below for full statement from Fifth Harmony).

Also featuring at KFC Edgefest are some of New Zealand’s favourite TV and social media celebrities, including Matthew Little (VJ Patterson) from Home and Away, Jayden Daniels (Curtis Hannah), Lukas Whiting (Finn Connelly) and Luke Patrick (Frank Connelly) from Shortland Street and as of Monday, The Edge listeners can be in to win tickets to KFC Edgefest to party with Matthew, Lukas, Luke and Curtis in an exclusive catered VIP area.

Adding to KFC Edgefest’s star power are the hugely popular Kiwi social media stars Jamie Curry and William ‘Wairua’ Cribb as well as The Bachelor’s Lily McManus (season 3) and Dani Robinson (season 1), health and lifestyle blogger Simone Anderson, The Block break-out favourites Ling and Zing plus The Edge team featuring Jay-Jay, Dom, Randell, Jono, Ben, Sharyn, Megan, Guy, Steph and Stuntman Sam.

Plus, to round out the full ‘festie’’ vibe, KFC Edgefest attendees will enjoy a variety of on-site festival activities, including:

- Become a Jetstar Star Jetstar are keen to see your ‘star’ power at KFC Edgefest, so they’ve got a Jetstar cam coming to all the shows. It’s like a kiss cam, but better because festival attendees will win prizes including domestic flights, cash and there are even international flights up for grabs.

- The KFC Edgefest Selfie Station Get a selfie with your fave stars hitting KFC Edgefest. Who will be there? VJ from Home and Away, Shortland Street stars, Jamie Curry from Jamie’s World, William Waiirua, Lily and Dani from The Bachelor and Ling and Zing from The Block. Timetable coming soon.

- The Edge Gram Garden Get the perfect pic for your Instagram in The Edge's Gram Garden. The Edge Road Runners will be there to take the perfect ‘festie’ pic of you and your besties.

- Glitz Queen Glitz Queen will be onsite with a range of glitter and jewels for face, body, hair or nails. The first 100 KFC Edgefest attendees will get festie face glitter for free and then it will be a small fee. For more info, check out:

- Playstation PlayLink Catch up with the PlayStation team at the PlayLink zone and prepare for a refreshingly different social gaming experience . Everyone who plays will go in the draw to score $1,000 cash! Visit for more.

- Tattoo stations Attendees can remember KFC Edgefest forever with a cool festie tattoo! KFC Edgefest will be touring New Zealand’s major arenas in early November, including Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena on Friday 3rd November, Wellington’s TSB Bank Arena on Saturday 4th November and Auckland’s Spark Arena on Sunday 5th November. Each event boasts more than eight hours of the best in popular music, entertainment and activities.

* Full statement from Fifth Harmony: “Fifth Harmony regret to inform their Kiwi fans that due to unforeseen scheduling issues, they will no longer be able to appear as part of the line-up for KFC Edgefest in New Zealand this November. The band want to issue a heartfelt apology for any disappointment or inconvenience caused to their fans. Normani, Ally, Lauren and Dinah are continually in awe of the love they receive from all of their fans in New Zealand as well as for the dedicated support they have received from The Edge Radio Station.” 


After four decades in the game, The Breeze Canterbury Breakfast Host James Daniels has decided it’s time to hang up the headphones and continue his work in iwi governance, joining Ngai Tahu Property Limited as a director, based in Christchurch.

Moving from 18 years of tribal council (with Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu) to corporate governance for the iwi, James will also be managing personal interests in media, construction and property investments in Auckland.

James has been a familiar and friendly voice across the Canterbury airwaves over the last four years on The Breeze with Hilary Muir in the morning.

MediaWorks Canterbury General Manager, Rob McDonald said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank James immensely for his contribution, commitment and brilliant work on The Breeze over these past four years.  He really has helped us take The Breeze to a whole new level in the Canterbury market, with some of its highest ever ratings. James will be greatly missed! He is a real team man who has been adored by loyal Canterbury listeners, clients and of course his colleagues. All of our team wish him every success in his new role with Ngai Tahu and his new business ventures.”

The Breeze Canterbury Operations Manager, Jason Mac said:  “With the departure of James Daniels, we’re delighted to announce a new show for Canterbury. Former Breeze Afternoon Drive host, Dave Dunlay, returns to the airwaves to join Hilary Muir. Dave is an immensely talented and likeable bloke. His vast experience coupled with being an extremely genuine and friendly individual, make him the perfect addition to the morning radio landscape here in Canterbury!”

Braydon Priest will also join Dave and Hilary as Content Producer. Braydon has spent the last eight years in Auckland, most recently as producer for The Breeze Auckland Breakfast show – so brings with him a wealth of knowledge and ideas.”

James Daniels final show on The Breeze will be Thursday November 16. Dave and Hilary’s first show together will fittingly fall on Canterbury Anniversary Day, Friday November 17.



Overall national radio listenership has lifted to 3,360,100 according to the GfK Total New Zealand Commercial Radio Survey results with MediaWorks Radio again growing in popularity, increasing total listeners by 33,600 to reach 2,308,200 people nationwide across its nine radio brands.

Leon Wratt, Group Content Director – Music, MediaWorks Radio said: “To see the overall national radio listenership increase for the third time this year is a very positive result for radio.”

“Mai’s Morning Crew and the debut of Polly & Grant on More FM Wellington are the MediaWorks success stories in these results, both teams have done an incredible job along with many of the other stations both on air and across digital platforms. It’s a job well-done and I am really proud.”  

For the first time, Mai FM is the number one breakfast show in Auckland with 143,300+ listeners tuning in to Nickson, Nate and Lily each morning - an increase of 28,200+ from the previous survey. Nationally, Mai FM has increased their overall cumulative audience by 51,100 - a 12.7% increase to reach 452,600 within the same period.

In Wellington, More FM is the success story with Polly & Grant proving to be an instant hit among listeners almost doubling the breakfast show share to 7.4%**, up from 4.3%. RadioLIVE has also seen an increase in share to 5.1%#, up 1.7%.  

Continuing the trend in Christchurch, Mai FM has increased its total listeners by more than 20% to 51,900~ and RadioLIVE also experienced an increase of 16.4% to 31,200~. The Breeze also recorded its highest ever share result with 12.2% in this market~~. More FM remains the most popular station across the day with 13.9%~~ share and 95,600~ listeners.

In the commercially important 25-54 demographic, MediaWorks continues to lead the way with 54.9%^ share of the market and the top five stations in this demographic nationwide^: The Rock, More FM, The Edge, The Breeze and The Sound.

The Edge still attracts the most listeners across the country with an audience of 625,800, followed by More FM in second place with 526,700 - an increase of 12,900. The AM Show on RadioLive also grew more than 10,000* listeners nationally.

The Breeze is the leading music station in the country with 7.9% of commercial share, followed by The Rock and More FM***.

In the regions, MediaWorks radio stations in the 25-54 demographic are showing a 7.9%^ lift in Tauranga to claim 53.5%^ of the market share. Similarly, Rotorua is up 17.1%^ to lead the demographic with 54%^ of the market and Dunedin is up 3.6%^ to 54.4%^ of the market.

Rova is going from strength-to-strength with more than 215,000 app downloads to date - a 35% increase since the previous GfK Survey in July 2017. The success of The Rock 1500 countdown also contributed, increasing daily unique users by 5%~~~.



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~~~ Adobe analytics, September

Any comparisons made are done with GfK Survey 2 2017 (unless otherwise stated).


Two days out from Election day, the results of the final Newshub-Reid research poll* show that it could all comedown to the decision of Winston Peters.

The final poll results show that in the battle at the top, National is leading on 45.8% (down 1.5%**), ahead of Labour on 37.3% (down 0.5%). In the minor party results, both the Greens (2.2% increase) and NZ First (1.1% increase) are sitting on 7.1%, The Opportunities Party (TOP) on 0.9%, Maori Party on 0.4% and ACT on 0.6%.

Taking this into account, National would have 56 seats and Labour, 45. With 62 seats needed to govern, neither Labour nor National could form a government on their own, according to the latest results. And even with governing partners factored in, both parties would still be short.

With NZ First tracking on 7.1%, this means that Winston Peters could be the kingmaker - with his nine seats he could effectively make either Bill English or Jacinda Ardern the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

When it comes to preferred Prime Minister, it would seem that Bill English (34.7%) has won the debate battle with a 1.6% increase over Jacinda Ardern (29.6%) who is showing a 1.1% decrease. Winston Peters meanwhile, is up on previous poll results at 7.1%.

Newshub political editor Patrick Gower said: “The election remains on a knife-edge. National are in the box-seat, but the Labour-Greens are not far away. It could all come down to Winston Peters.”

Newshub’s #Decision17 live election coverage will be available on Three and ThreeNOW from 7.00PM, 23rd September. RadioLIVE will also be covering the results throughout the evening with Mark Sainsbury joined in studio by Chris Trotter as well as a a line-up of commentators on rotation throughout the night.

Duncan Garner will be hosting the special, joined by Patrick Gower and The Nation host, Lisa Owen.

Garner said: “Wow, don't look away! This heavyweight scrap is heading for a deciding round. In the blue corner,

National is up on points. Labour's staggering a bit after copping a bloody nose from National's unrelenting attack on its water and income tax policy. It's hurt Labour and sent them onto the ropes. Jacinda Ardern's counter punching may have come too late. National's below the belt and far from truthful approach looks to have worked for now.'

'But Labour has the Greens in their corner to even up the fight, it's much closer now.'

'So it's now down to two things; the crucial public vote and 72 year-old veteran slugger, NZ First Leader, Winston Peters. The public appears to have given Peters the judge's seat - from where he's likely to pick the winner.'

Three’s #Decision17 Coverage:

7.00PM, 23rd September: Live Election coverage available on Three, online and on RadioLIVE

9.00 AM, 24th September: The Hui post-election night 60 minute special

10.00AM, 24th September: The Nation Live show post-election night 90 minute special

The latest Newshub-Reid Research Poll was conducted between September 13th - 20th, 2017. For full results please click here.


Andy and Nate are the winners of The Block NZ 2017, taking home a total of $131,000 after the highly anticipated auction held in central Auckland tonight, and televised LIVE on Three and ThreeNow.

Twelve weeks of renovation, drama, and top ratings culminated in tonight’s LIVE finale where the four terraced houses, located in Auckland’s Northcote, were auctioned by Ray White Real Estate.

At the end of the night, Andy and Nate’s house sold for $1,250,000 – $31,000 over the reserve, making them the team with the highest profit. Under the rules of the competition, the winners keep the $31,000 profit, and take home an additional $100,000 cash prize.

Andy said: “We’re ecstatic with our win!”

Nate added: “We’re really stoked that all our hard work has paid off.”

Andy and Nate were also named the winners of the prestigious People’s Choice Award, decided by public vote, and receive a brand new Honda Civic RS Sport Turbo Hatch .

The auction saw all four The Block NZ 2017 houses sold, with the three non-winning properties making the following profit:

Ling and Zing’s house one - $1,000

Julia and Ali’s house two - $13,000

Stace and Yanita’s house four - $20,000

MediaWorks Chief Content Officer Andrew Szusterman says: "Congratulations to all the teams, especially Andy and Nate on their win. We are absolutely chuffed for them and could not be happier with how the audience has embraced the show this year. Casting is now open for our 2018 series and we look forward to finding the next teams of DIY enthusiasts who want to share their unique Block journey with Kiwis around the country."

Overall weekly viewing of The Block NZ has been strong on TV and grown year on year online.

2.8million people have tuned in to The Block NZ to date this year (All people 5+), with over 1.3million in Three's core target of All people 25-54. The Block NZ is currently averaging a 10.8 rating against 25-54, equivalent to an average audience of 213,000 viewers - that's an additional 35,000 viewers compared to the 2016 series average.

With an audience share of 30.6% to date for all people 25-54, The Block NZ has dominated its timeslot throughout the season. Season six to date is the highest rating series since Season two in 2013 against 25-54.

Online viewing of The Block NZ has grown this year, with weekly stream views up +39% year on year overall. Growth has been most significant in the long form streams, which were up +49% year on year, and live stream viewing, which was six times more popular than last season.

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The latest Newshub-Reid research poll* shows that National has climbed to 47.3% - an increase of 4% from just over one week ago**. Meanwhile, Labour has shown its first decrease since Jacinda Ardern took over as party leader to sit on 37.8% - a decline of 1.6%.

The results show a potentially devastating turn of events for the Greens as they drop to 4.9% - a further decrease of 1.2% from the last Newshub-Reid research poll. On that result the Greens would miss out on the five per cent threshold and not make it into Parliament. NZ First is also showing a small decline but is currently tracking ahead of the Greens on 6%.

When it comes to preferred Prime Minister, both party leaders are showing an increase but it appears that the leaders’ debates have swung in favour of Bill English. English (33.1%) is recording a 3% increase, and Ardern (31.7%) is showing a 1.8% increase. Winston Peters meanwhile, is down on previous poll results at 6%.

Newshub political editor Patrick Gower said: “These results are dramatic and devastating. A dramatic rise for National to the top of the table, and devastating for the Greens who would be kicked out of Parliament. The overall outlook in the election is still volatile. The vote is extremely volatile.”

Three’s #Decision17 live election coverage will be available on Three and ThreeNOW from 7.00PM, 23rd September. RadioLIVE will also be covering the results throughout the evening with Mark Sainsbury joined in studio by Chris Trotter as well as a line-up of commentators on rotation throughout the night.

Duncan Garner will be hosting the special, joined by Patrick Gower and The Nation host, Lisa Owen.

Garner said: “The polls are as volatile and as unpredictable as the campaign itself. One poll says Labour, the next says National. It's the most interesting election in decades. No one can call it. Both English and Ardern have campaigned well, but both sides have issues that they're desperate to either keep quiet or expose in this intense arm wrestle to the end."

"The minor parties are collapsing and fighting for their very existence. And that, I sense, means some voters are still making up their minds.”

Three’s #Decision17 Coverage:

7.00PM, 23rd September: Live Election coverage available on Three, online and on RadioLIVE

9.00 AM, 24th September: The Hui post election night 60 minute special

10.00AM, 24th September: The Nation Live show post election night 90 minute special


The latest Newshub-Reid Research Poll was conducted between September 6th - 11th, 2017. For full results please click here.




Aotearoa’s hottest artists, DJs, fashionistas and influencers celebrated the best of New Zealand’s music and lifestyle at the first annual Georgie Awards last night in Auckland.

Inaugural winners of the Georgie trophy included Kiwi international pop superstar Lorde, whose Montell2099 & SACHI remix of Greenlight took out the award for BurgerFuel Banger of the Year; iconic streetwear label Huffer was named Fashion Quarterly’s Hottest NZ Designer; and soulful House and Dance duo Nice ‘n’ Urlich’s 21-year partnership was honoured with the George FM Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nominees were chosen after a three-week submission period and Georgie Award winners were selected by public vote.  The inaugural Georgie Award winners are:

Cheers to the Beverage of the Year: Long White Vodka

Zestel Energy Gum Venue of the Year: Impala, Auckland   

Fashion Quarterly's Hottest NZ Designer: Huffer

Ben & Jerry's International Friends of George Award: Alison Wonderland

Crafters Union Breakthrough Artist of the year: Chores

Miss FQ's Strongest Social Media Game: Johnny Danger

Best Fest - Event or Festival: Rhythm & Vines

Paperboy's Sweetest Eats: Burger Fuel chips with the Famous Aioli

George FM Lifetime Achievement Award: Nice 'N' Urlich

Good George Life Coach Moment of the Year: Emirates Team New Zealand (for flipping their boat then bloody winning!)

BurgerFuel's Tastiest Banger of the Year: Lorde - Green Light (Montell2099 & SACHI Remix)  

Singapore Airlines International Achievement Award: Fat Freddy's Drop

Ultimate Ears Best DJ: Dan Aux

Jägermeister Artist of the Year: Sachi

The event, hosted by George FM Breakfast’s Kara Rickard and Tammy Davis, was held at Auckland’s Galatos Bar and included live performances from Kings, Theia, Baynk ft Nika as well as DJ sets from  Dan Aux, General Lee, Jay Bulletproof, Benny Boy, Erika Amoore, Bavhu, Hamish & Rangi, Ultan Burke, Sammie Whitaker.  

For images from the Georgie Awards, please click here:



In New Zealand’s first ever series of global smash hit Married At First Sight, MediaWorks is thrilled to announce that social psychology expert Dr. Pani Farvid and relationship counsellor Tony Jones will be the show’s experts.

With more than 25 years of experience between them, even their expertise has been put to the test to find 12 singles and create potential love matches. With more than 4,000 New Zealanders applying to be on the show, six couples are now paired and ready to partake in the ultimate social experiment - to get ‘Married at First Sight’ for this ground-breaking show on Three.

Dr Pani Farvid said: “It will create a lot of conversation which I think is relevant for us to engage in. Is marriage still important? Can arranged marriages based on science rather than family work? Dating has evolved massively in the last few decades, and technology is playing a big role in finding love.”  

Tony Jones said: “The nature of relationships are impulsive and unpredictable. It is the authenticity of this experience as well as the absolute rawness of emotions, that makes it so interesting to watch. It is real, we can all relate, we will take great interest from the sofa and no doubt have much to say about what we see and hear.”

Married At First Sight NZ marriages are legally binding so the stakes are high. Following their journeys down the aisle, in weddings that range from the low key to the opulent, same sex to the over 50s, our 12 singles will finally meet face-to-face and be married before being whisked away as a couple on honeymoon together.

Upon returning, our married couples will move into an apartment where they will spend time getting to know each other whilst having regular therapy sessions with our experts, getting together for cocktail and dinner parties as well as the ultimate test of meeting their new in-laws.

Have the experts matched them well?  Will there be sparks and romance? Will the pressure be too much?  

Two nights a week for seven weeks, the ultimate social experiment is about to get very real. Married At First Sight NZ will premiere on Sunday, October 1st at 7pm on Three.

Images of Dr Pani Farvid & Tony Jones available here:



MediaWorks is pleased to announce it has acquired the rights to hit US comedy, Modern Family.

The popular series has been a household favourite for eight seasons now, and will shortly launch its ninth season.

The series deal between MediaWorks and 20th Century Fox gives Three the rights to air the upcoming, brand new season.

Additionally, MediaWorks has acquired exclusive free-to-air rights to the Modern Family back-catalogue, meaning viewers will have a chance to re-watch their favourite episodes of the colossal comedy.

“MediaWorks is committed to bringing Kiwi’s the absolute best in comedy and entertainment. We are delighted to be able to bring this truly hilarious family favourite back to Three,” says MediaWorks Head of Programming & Acquisitions – TV and Digital, Ben Quinn.

Modern Family stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett and Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett.

The series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television Distribution in association with Steven Levitan Productions and Picador Productions.

Brand new episodes of Modern Family are scheduled to start airing on Three next month.



The latest Newshub-Reid research poll* shows that National has dropped to 43.3% - its lowest rating in over ten years. Meanwhile, Labour has again increased to sit on 39.4%, a push of 15.3% from four weeks ago. The gap of 3.9% between the two parties is the closest it has been since 2007 when Labour was still in power. It also sees New Zealand First and the Greens dropping as voters appear to focus in on the two major parties.

In what has been a significant turnaround over the past six weeks, English (30.1%) and Ardern (29.9%) are effectively tied for preferred Prime Minister.

Previous** poll results for preferred Prime Minister showed Ardern on 26.3% and English on 27.7%. This was a 17.6% increase for Ardern in comparison to Andrew Little who had 6.7%*** at the end of July.

Newshub political editor Patrick Gower said: “These results take us into the leaders debate tomorrow night and they show just how volatile the vote currently is. It is very telling that English and Ardern are neck-and-neck. This election is themed around leadership, making the head-to-head closer and therefore more important than ever before.”

Gower said: “Winston Peters remains the kingmaker - but in another sign of the volatility, a new potential governing arrangement is emerging: A Labour-Greens-Maori coalition is only a couple of seats off.

“Last week was the warm-up event ahead of tomorrow night's’ leaders debate on Three. Both leaders need to bring their personality, inspiration and their policy know-how because this will come down to the wire.”

Three’s leaders debate between Bill English and Jacinda Ardern will be live from 8.30PM, Monday, 4th September 2017.

The latest Newshub-Reid Research Poll was conducted between August 22nd - 30th, 2017. For full results please click  here.

*The latest Newshub-Reid Research poll was conducted between August 22nd - 30th, 2017. 1,000 people were surveyed, 750 by telephone and 250 by internet panel. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.

**The third Newshub-Reid Research poll was conducted 2-8 August 2017. 1,000 people were surveyed, 750 by telephone and 250 by internet panel. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.

***The second Newshub-Reid Research poll was conducted 20-28 July 2017. 1,000 people were surveyed, 750 by telephone and 250 by internet panel. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.


To celebrate the final week of The Block NZ 2017, fans are invited to the Block Party at the Challenge Warehouse to meet their favourite teams on Sunday, 10th September, ahead of the highly anticipated auction which will be held on Sunday, 17th September and broadcast live on Three.

Competing teams Ling and Zing, Andy and Nate, Julia and Ali, and Stace and Yanita will all be at the Block Party at the Challenge Warehouse, as well as hosts Mark Richardson and Shelley Ferguson, and site foreman Peter Wolfkamp.

It is a family friendly event which is free to the public, with plenty of onsite entertainment, including sponsor giveaways and More FM broadcasting live from the event. The producers of The Block NZ will be filming for the season’s final episodes. Come along and check out the location where they battled it out for great prizes throughout the show.

Block Party at the Challenge Warehouse will take place on Sunday 10 September from 10am-2pm at 254 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland and replaces the Block Open Homes which, due to the number of stairs in this season’s houses, is not able to happen this year.  All of the teams are really excited to be able to connect with their fans in this new and unique way.

And then, on Sunday 17th September, after 12 weeks of sweat and tears, the teams will find out if all their hard work has paid off in The Block NZ 2017 live auction. The outcome of the auction will determine the winners of this season.

The teams are able to keep any profits above the reserve price, and whichever team gets the largest profit over the reserve will win an extra $100,000! The People’s Choice Award will also be announced on the night, and the team with the most votes will be taking home a brand new Honda Civic RS Sport Hatch.

The Block NZ 2017 live auction and season finale airs Sunday 17 September at 7pm on Three.

The Block NZ airs Sunday at 7pm and continues Monday-Wednesday, 7.30pm on Three, and then on ThreeNow.

The Block NZ is made by Warner Bros. New Zealand for Three.



MediaWorks Live, Three and The Rock are stoked to announce this year’s 7 Days Live tour in 11 locations across the country!

Pre-sales begin Wednesday 23 August, general sales on Friday 25 August. For more information go to

"What if you could have all the fun of New Zealand's most popular ever TV comedy show, but instead of them being on a tiny screen, they were right in front of you, in real life?? And what if there were no cameras or censors or advertisements, just full-on comedy with Dai, Paul and Jeremy, right there in 11 towns around the country?? And what if you could watch it with your mates, and with a drink of something??"

It's this sort of blue-sky brilliance that sparked the idea of the 7 Days Live tour five years ago, a tour that has grown and grown each year. See Dai Henwood, Jeremy Corbett, Paul Ego, Ben Hurley, Josh Thomson, Jeremy Elwood and Justine Smith as they smash out a quick-fire burst of stand-up comedy brilliance before unleashing a 7 Days show that you will never forget.

That's 7 Days Live! …and it's coming to a town near you.

New Plymouth – Thursday 30 November – TSB Showplace –

Palmerston North – Friday 1 December – Regent on Broadway –

Wellington – Saturday 2 December – Opera House –

Invercargill – Thursday 7 December – Civic Theatre –

Ashburton – Friday 8 December – Ashburton Trust Event Centre –

Christchurch – Saturday 9 December – Horncastle Arena –

Napier – Monday 11 December – Municipal Theatre –

Whangarei – Wednesday 13 December – ASB Leisure Centre –

Tauranga – Thursday 14 December – ASB Baypark Stadium –

Hamilton – Friday 15 December – Claudelands Arena –

Auckland – Saturday 16 December – ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre –



Duncan Garner will be hosting Three’s election night special from 7:00pm on September 23rd, 2017. With close to 20 years press gallery experience and host of The AM Show, Garner will be joined by Newshub Political Editor Patrick Gower and The Nation host, Lisa Owen.

Garner said: “It's become pretty clear in the past two weeks that it's game on. New Zealanders have a stark choice in front of them. Politics is such a fluid game, change is the only constant - this makes it exciting but uncertain.”

“In the past, Three's election night special has been fast, furious, fun and first; first to the big interviews, first to call it. I'm keen to build on that. We'll have a lively and seriously informed panel. I'm also teaming back up with Paddy and he refuses to wear a short leash - so anything can happen. Make a night of it, grab the popcorn, there's too much at stake to miss this.”

Gower added: “New Zealand politics has had a bit of a roller-coaster feel to it with the recent leadership changes and shifts in polling that shows this election is a genuine contest. It is obvious to everyone that there is a very volatile political environment out there - but now is the time to focus on policies and the things that matter to New Zealanders.”

Owen said: “So far in this campaign, there has been more plot twists and untimely exits than a Hitchcock thriller. How could you resist tuning in for the final chapter? The great thing about elections is that you have the power to influence how the story ends, and this will be down to the wire. I can’t wait.”

In the build-up to what is expected to be the most hotly contested election in 10 years, Three will also be hosting a live leaders debate from 8:30pm on September 4th. Hosted by Gower, the televised debate will see Jacinda Ardern and Bill English go head-to-head in front of a live audience of undecided voters at the BNZ Theatre, Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau.

Gower said: “My job at the debate is actually quite simple; I’m there to keep it straight and hold the line.”

Three’s #Decision17 Coverage

- 8.30PM, 4th September: Leaders debate with Bill English and Jacinda Ardern

- 7.00PM, 23rd September: Live Election coverage available on Three, online and on RadioLIVE

- 9.00AM, 24th September: The Hui post-election night 60 minute special

- 10.00AM, 24th September: The Nation Live show post-election night 90 minute special

The latest Newshub-Reid Research Poll was conducted between August 2nd - 8th, 2017. For full results please click here.





American pop superstar Jason Derulo is set to perform at KFC Edgefest this November.

The Edge, MediaWorks and TEG Live today confirmed that the singer, songwriter and dancer will be joining chart-topping pop girl band Fifth Harmony as the international headliners at the summer’s biggest music festival series.  

Derulo, who began his career writing songs for the likes of Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Diddy and Sean Kingston, has gone on to sell more than 50 million singles worldwide and racked up over two billion views on YouTube and one billion plays on Spotify.  He’s had 11 career-defining platinum singles, including the New Zealand #1 single Whatcha Say, Want to Want Me, In My Head, Ridin' Solo, Don't Wanna Go Home and It Girl.

Derulo’s 2014 album, Talk Dirty, spawned five platinum singles that sold a collective 16 million units worldwide including: The Other Side, Talk Dirty (feat. 2 Chainz), Marry Me, Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg), and Trumpets — propelling Derulo into an elite cadre of artists, including Drake, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift, who have scored five platinum singles from one album.

Performing KFC Edgefest alongside Derulo and Fifth Harmony are English dance pop sensation Jonas Blue, Norwegian tropical house/pop princess Astrid S as well as a host of Kiwi acts including Kings and Mitch James.

KFC Edgefest will kick off in Christchurch at the Horncastle Arena on Friday 3rd November. The Festival heads to TSB Bank Arena in Wellington on Saturday 4th November, with the final event taking place in Auckland at Spark Arena on Sunday 5th November.

Ticketing information:


Visa pre-sale:

Auckland Wellington

ROVA/Ticketmaster pre-sale: Friday 28th July, 9am General on-sale: Monday 31st July, 9am



The Edge, New Zealand’s hottest entertainment brand, MediaWorks and TEG Live are thrilled to announce multi-award winning hitmakers Fifth Harmony as the headline act for this summer’s biggest music festival series, KFC Edgefest.

Fifth Harmony is a four-part contemporary pop girl band who originally formed on The X Factor USA in 2012. The group has topped the New Zealand charts with their #1 song Work from Home, a track which has been streamed more than 685 million times on Spotify.  Other hit Fifth Harmony tracks include: All In My Head (Flex), Miss Moving On and Worth It.  The group’s accolades to date include three MTV Europe Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, an American Music Award, a Billboard Women in Music award, four iHeart Radio Music Awards and six Teen Choice Awards.

Also joining Fifth Harmony in New Zealand for KFC Edgefest is English dance pop sensation Jonas Blue whose New Zealand top 20 hits include Fast Car, Perfect Strangers and Mama; plus Norwegian tropical house/pop princess Astrid S whose 2016 track Hurts So Good reached #18 in the Kiwi music charts.

KFC Edgefest will kick off in Christchurch at the Horncastle Arena on Friday 3rd November. The Festival heads to TSB Bank Arena in Wellington on Saturday 4th November, with the final event taking place in Auckland at Spark Arena on Sunday 5th November.

Performing KFC Edgefest alongside the international acts are some of New Zealand’s stellar contemporary musical talent, including hip-hop star Kings (Don’t Worry Bout It) and singer-songwriter Mitch James (Move On).  

More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Edge Content Director Ryan Rathbone says: “The Edge is stoked to be partnering with KFC to bring Edgefest to life. This festival is guaranteed to be the ultimate music event to kick off New Zealand’s 2017 summer in style.”

Ticketing information: Visa pre-sale: Wednesday 26th July, 9am:

Auckland Wellington Christchurch

ROVA/Ticketmaster pre-sale: Friday 28th July, 9am General on-sale: Monday 31st July, 9am



Much-loved radio duo, Polly & Grant, will make a welcome return to Wellingtonians’ weekday mornings when they debut on More FM breakfast in the capital city and Kapiti Coast on Monday, 24th July 2017.

Polly & Grant’s new More FM Wellington & Kapiti breakfast show will air Monday to Fridays from 5.30am to 10am and the pair are delighted to be back on air in their old stomping ground: “Wellington radio was where it all began for us and we have always had a hugely loyal audience in the capital. It’s a genuine thrill for us to join the More FM team in our home town,” said Polly & Grant.

Listeners throughout New Zealand can tune in to The Rova All Day Breakfast with Polly & Grant every weekday from 6am via channel 0 on the rova app. Polly & Grant will also continue hosting their More FM Saturday morning breakfast show from 6am in Auckland, Wellington, Waikato, Tauranga, Rotorua, Hawkes Bay, Whanganui, Kapiti and Marlborough.  

Tim Lockhart, General Manager of MediaWorks Wellington, said: “Industry names don't come much bigger than Polly & Grant and we are extremely excited to have them back where they belong on live and local, weekday breakfast radio here on Wellington and Kapiti's More FM.”

Leon Wratt, Group Content Director – Music, MediaWorks Radio, said: “We launched The Rova All Day Breakfast at the beginning of July and the show instantly established itself as number one on the rova app. New Zealanders love tuning in to Polly & Grant via rova and on More FM Saturday mornings but we know they have a particularly avid fan-base in Wellington so it makes sense to give them a regional home in the capital on More FM.”

More FM breakfast with Polly & Grant will be broadcast on the following frequencies:


·         More FM Wellington: 99.7 & 95.3

·         More FM Kapiti: 90.3



MediaWorks is pleased to announce that it has secured the rights to broadcast the highly anticipated new drama series, Tin Star.

Created by the producers of Broadchurch and Humans, Tin Star will see Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight) lead this ten-part thriller, set in the Canadian Rockies, which sees an expat British police officer (Roth) take a stand against an oil company fronted by the mysterious Mrs Bradshaw (Hendricks).

Ben Quinn, MediaWorks Head of Programming and Acquisitions said: “It’s really important to continue to bring premium drama series to New Zealanders on free to air television. We know that this style of content resonates really well with our audience and we are thrilled to be launching it the same week it premieres in the UK.”

MediaWorks will be broadcasting the ten-part series on Three later this year.

A trailer for Tin Star is available to download here:



After eight years of relentless gags at Hamilton’s expense, and to celebrate its 250th episode, 7Days is pleased to announce that it will be doing its first ever recorded TV show in the city of Hamilton.

Jeremy Corbett, 7Days presenter said, “Personally, I am very grateful to Hamilton for all the good content they have provided us with over the years. This is our way of saying sorry and giving back to the people of Hamilton. And of course, we will be including a montage of some of our best Hamilton related gags throughout the history of the show.”

Hosted by Jeremy Corbett, the show will also feature comedians Paul Ego, Dai Henwood, Rhys Mathewson, Cal Wilson, Josh Thompson and Cori Gonzalez-Macuer.

The show will take place at Claudelands Arena on Thursday, August 10th with doors opening from 5.30pm. Tickets are on sale via Ticketek from tomorrow with prices starting from $29.90 per person. All proceeds from the event will be going to a Hamilton-based charity.

The show will air on Three on Friday, 11th August 2017 at 9pm.

Event details

Where: Claudelands Arena, Hamilton

When: Thursday, 10th August 2017, doors open from 5.30pm

Who: Jeremy Corbett, Paul Ego, Dai Henwood, Rhys Mathewson, Cal Wilson, Josh Thompson and Cori Gonzalez-Macuer.

7Days is returning to Three on Friday, 28th July 2017 after a five week hiatus.  



Thursday 6th July, 2017

GfK Total New Zealand Commercial Radio Survey results show that MediaWorks Radio has increased its popularity among New Zealanders now reaching 2,274,600 listeners every week across its nine radio brands.

For the first time, The Breeze is New Zealand’s number one music station with 8.2*** percent of commercial share - joining The Edge, The Rock and More FM to take out four of the top five music radio stations in the country.

In the key 25-54 commercial demographic, MediaWorks continues to lead with 55.2^ percent of commercial share, beating its nearest competitor by 22 percentage points. MediaWorks also boasts the top four stations nationwide in this demographic: The Rock, The Edge, More FM and The Breeze^.

MediaWorks also retains its title of market leader in the critical 6-9am timeslot with Breakfast results showing 1,514,300* listeners nationwide which equates to over 60% of total commercial listeners.

In national reach, The Edge retains its title as New Zealand’s most popular station with 647,200 listeners. The Breeze has moved into second place nationally with an audience of 521,600 - an increase of 15,500 from May 2017. More FM rounds out the top three with an audience of 513,800.

MediaWorks stations also lay claim to over half of the total listening audience - 12.3 percentage points ahead of its closest competitor***.

Celebrating its 25th year, Mai FM has increased its national reach to over 400,000 listeners and retains its spot as Auckland’s most popular music station^^ with the region's leading music Breakfast + , Drive ++ and Night shows +++.

In Wellington, MediaWorks' overall market share was recorded as the biggest it has ever been #. In addition, The Breeze has the largest station share growing to 13.9 percentage points and Breakfast with Steve & Kath remains the number one music show in the region**.

Simon & Gary continue to dominate the share in Christchurch with 19 percent of the 10+ audience in Breakfast radio~. MediaWorks also has the top five music stations in the area with More FM, The Breeze, The Sound, The Rock and The Edge~~.  

The launch of Rova in January 2017 is contributing to the success of MediaWorks Radio, showing impressive results with 160,000 app downloads to date, 145,000 registered app users and close to 800,000 streams in June from web and app. 

The exclusive Rova All Day Breakfast with Polly & Grant is off to a great start, already the most popular show on Rova. Listeners are loving that the show is live from 6 - 9am weekdays and is then available for the rest of the day, so they can listen anytime, anywhere.

Leon Wratt, Group Content Director – Music, MediaWorks Radio said there were great results across the country and emphasised the importance of multi-platform communication.

“We’re really happy with the latest survey results and what our team has achieved. It’s important to remember that radio is more than just listening. Radio is about connectivity and having authentic conversations with our audiences. We are engaging with our listeners multiple times a day across different platforms and whether that’s via digital, social media, events or on-air, we always come back to the core goal of connecting with New Zealanders everywhere.

“These survey results are about more than claiming number ones. They tell us that we are creating content that resonates with our audience and that’s the real indication of a job well-done.”




*CUME AUD (000’s), All 10+ MON-FRI, 6AM-9AM

***COMMERCIAL SHARE (%), All 10+, MON-SUN, 12MN – 12MN

^COMMERCIAL SHARE (%), 25-54, MON-SUN, 12MN – 12MN


+ AUCKLAND 2/2017, CUME AUD (000’s), All 10+ MON-FRI, 6AM-9AM

++ AUCKLAND 2/2017, CUME AUD (000’s), All 10+ MON-FRI, 4PM-7PM

+++ AUCKLAND 2/2017, CUME AUD (000’s), All 10+ MON-FRI, 7PM-12MN


# WELLINGTON 2/2017, COMMERCIAL SHARE (%), All 10+, MON-SUN, 12MN – 12MN



Any comparisons made are done with GfK Survey 1 2017 (unless otherwise stated).


Friday 5th May, 2017

MediaWorks is pleased to announce it will be broadcasting Radio New Zealand’s (RNZ) The 9th Floor from October 2017. The landmark series sees presenter Guyon Espiner talk at length with five of New Zealand’s six former Prime Ministers about political events and decisions that have shaped the country over the past thirty years.

MediaWorks Head of Broadcast News, Richard Sutherland said, “We are pleased to provide a platform to share this series of historical journalism with our audience. In an evolving political environment we know this series will be a popular one and realise the importance of New Zealander’s learning about the history of our country.”

RNZ’s Tim Watkin, executive producer podcasts and series, says, “Our whole plan is to make smart journalism available to as many people as possible so it’s great Three is going broadcast the series free-to-air and ad-free on Sunday mornings from October.

This is another first for The 9th Floor. Already the series is the first to be shared free and in its entirety across all major New Zealand media. It’s the first New Zealand podcast to reach #1 on iTunes. Now it’s the first RNZ series to be broadcast on mainstream TV. So we’re stoked. It shows there’s an audience for long-form current affairs, rather than just another snackable cat video.

These interviews talk about the issues and controversies, drama and decisions that shaped modern New Zealand and so hopefully will help viewers understand how we’ve become the country that we are.”

The interviews will be broadcast in chronological order starting with Sir Geoffrey Palmer (1890-1990), Mike Moore (1990), Jim Bolger (1990-1997), Dame Jenny Shipley (1997-1999) and Helen Clark (1999-2008). The series will be broadcast from October 2017 on Three.


Thursday 4th May, 2017

MediaWorks Radio remains the most popular radio network in New Zealand according to the latest GfK Total New Zealand Commercial Radio Survey, reaching 2,262,100 listeners every week across its nine radio brands - an increase of 53,200 from November 2016.

Total audience share for New Zealand is singing the same tune with MediaWorks stations laying claim to 51.4*** percent of the listening audience - a strong 14.2 percentage points ahead of its closest competitor.

Focusing on the key 25-54 commercial demographic, MediaWorks continues to lead with 56.9^ percent of network share, beating its nearest commercial competitor by 25 percentage points. MediaWorks also boasts the top four stations nationwide in this demographic: The Rock, The Edge, More FM and The Breeze^.

Afternoon Drive~~ results show MediaWorks winning the top three spots in the country with The Edge also taking out the top spot, followed by The Rock in number two and More FM in third.

Breakfast remains consistent with the latest survey results showing 1,520,600* listeners nationwide and 60.9% of the total commercial listeners, MediaWorks has continued to solidify its unquestionable leadership in the critical 6-9am timeslot.

The Edge retains its title as New Zealand’s most popular station with 662,300 listeners,  More FM remains in second place with 517,400 listeners followed by The Breeze with an audience of 506,100, an increase of almost 40,000 listeners from 2016.

Mai FM has proven itself as Auckland’s most popular music station for the third year running^^^, and New Zealand’s number one Hip Hop & RnB station, with the Auckland region's leading music breakfast + , drive ++ and night shows +++. Nationally the station attracted an additional 33,100 listeners growing its total audience to 386,800.

The Rock celebrates a consistent result as the number one music station***, equal with The Edge with 428,500 nationwide listeners.

The Sound once again cemented its position as the number one station^^^^ in its target demographic of listeners aged 45-64 with 169,800 listeners nationally.

The Breeze celebrated a big increase of 39,700 listeners, resulting in a total audience of 506,100, the third highest in the country.

Now in its third year, Magic has shown continuous growth and is New Zealand’s equal 12th most popular station*** - ahead RadioSport and Flava. RadioLIVE and George FM are consistent, attracting 230,100 and 152,400 listeners respectively.

Rova has some impressive numbers since launch in January 2017 with 125,000 app downloads, 105,000 registered users and 65,000 unique monthly users resulting in over 700,000 streams per month.

Leon Wratt, Group Content Director – Music, MediaWorks Radio said the results signalled a strong 2017 was underway for MediaWorks brands who are focused on delivering the best content across the board.

“I could not be more proud of the team.  We are thrilled to remain the most popular radio network in the country - and that we hold on to the top three spots across breakfast and drive nationally. Once again this demonstrates that our brands, talent and content continue to connect with New Zealanders everywhere and that we truly are the home of the crucial 25-54 audience.

A huge congratulations to our staff and a big thank you to our advertisers and clients for their ongoing support”

Michael Anderson, MediaWorks CEO added:  

“The results also paint an incredibly positive picture of the strength of the radio industry as a whole at a time of so much disruption and change in media consumption around the world. The increase in total audience again demonstrates that the radio industry is delivering content that is entertaining, compelling and relevant and we will continue to innovate to ensure that it remains so in the future.”





***STATION SHARE (%), All 10+, MON-SUN, 12MN – 12MN

^STATION SHARE (%), 25-54, MON-SUN, 12MN – 12MN

~~STATION SHARE (%), All 10+, MON - FRI, 4PM-7PM


^^^^STATION SHARE (%), 45-64, MON-SUN, 12MN – 12MN




+++AUCKLAND 3/2016, CUMULATIVE AUDIENCE (000’s), All 10+ MON-FRI, 7PM-12MN



Wednesday 12 April, 2017

MediaWorks is pleased to announce the appointment of newly established WeThinkMedia as its advertising representation agency in Australia, effective immediately.

WeThinkMedia is founded by highly experienced media executive Peter Wiltshire, former Chief Revenue Officer and Group Sales and Marketing Director at Nine Entertainment Co. (ASX:NEC). Joining Peter and running the MediaWorks business is Jane Stucci, a senior media sales executive with more than 20 years’ experience in revenue generation, yield and inventory management.

Stucci will manage operations and client-facing work with the support of sales professionals Gaylene Riminton and Emma Thomas, who have experience with MediaWorks, to provide continuity of service and a strong basis for growth.

Glen Kyne, MediaWorks Chief Commercial Officer says, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Peter to launch WeThinkMedia in the Australian market. His reputation, depth of experience and knowledge and intimacy with the local market, bring great benefit to MediaWorks in broadening our brand offering in Australia. Also, having met and spent quality time with Jane, we have great confidence in the leadership she will bring to the market on behalf of MediaWorks.”

Jane Stucci, WeThinkMedia Head of Sales says, “It’s fantastic to be launching WeThinkMedia and to have MediaWorks as our foundation client. Though I’ve lived in Australia for many years, I’m still a passionate Kiwi so I’m thrilled to share MediaWorks’ extraordinary offer as New Zealand’s largest independent broadcaster with the Australian client and agency market.”

WeThinkMedia holds the exclusive representation rights in Australia for MediaWorks, New Zealand’s largest independent broadcaster, across its television, radio and digital platforms.


Tuesday 11 April, 2017

MediaWorks is pleased to announce Shelley Ferguson and Peter Wolfkamp as hosts for the upcoming property series, Slice of Paradise.

The eight-part series will track the journey of New Zealand individuals, couples and families as they endeavour nx to enter or manoeuvre the local property ladder, with Shelley and Peter working with prospective buyers and ultimately competing with each other to find the property best suited to their needs.

Each episode will feature two prospective buyers with Shelley and Peter presenting three housing options to each buyer, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of each. Viewers will get an entertaining look at a variety of properties in each episode, taking away practical discussion points regarding different housing options in New Zealand.

Your Home and Garden Managing Editor and The Block NZ co-host, Shelley Ferguson, has a wealth of experience in lifestyle magazines and property, knowing what to look for when purchasing a home.

“The show is fascinating because it follows real people in a range of situations, from first-home buyers to investors or empty nesters. By following their journey – and let’s be honest, property searching can be a journey – New Zealanders can get a good look at what’s on offer in terms of lifestyle and real estate in different regions around the country,” Shelley said.

“I’m really looking forward to challenging people’s thought patterns on where or how they could compromise, manage expectations or reprioritize when it comes to property buying. I think we’ll have some real head versus heart battles on our hands!”

Shelley will be joined by Peter Wolfkamp, site foremen of The Block NZ and professional carpenter. Peter says it will be great to get an insight into the property market across the country.

“Like anyone who is a homeowner, or a potential homeowner, we are intensely interested in the property market at the moment. It will be very interesting to see what money can buy in different areas and I think we will see a huge contrast in the market depending on location.

We will be working with people of all circumstances from both ends of the country and it’s going to be extraordinary to see what’s available.”

MediaWorks is also pleased to announce as the broadcast sponsor for Slice of Paradise, accompanied by New Zealand Home Loans and Resene as programme partners.


Friday 31st March, 2017

MediaWorks is pleased to welcome Barney Rothwell to the position of Head of TV Integration. Barney will be responsible for the seamless integration of MediaWorks partners, via sponsorship and branding, within locally produced content.

"Every now and then you come across a person who you know has the potential to make a real difference - both to your business and importantly, to your customers' business. We are thrilled to welcome Barney and have his experience and passion for insights driven, content solutions," says Alana O’Neill, MediaWorks Head of Integration.

“I’m very excited join the innovative team at MediaWorks. They have a track record of creating cutting-edge content and I look forward to working with our clients and local productions to implement creative solutions,” says Barney.

Barney has extensive experience in media with a focus on commercialising content platforms. In 2016, he returned to New Zealand after 12 years based in the UK - during this time he worked at Bauer Media and The Walt Disney Company as Director of Brand Partnerships and Promotions across the UK and European markets. He is passionate about the future of content and the way it is consumed in New Zealand.


Tuesday 28th March, 2017

MediaWorks Radio CEO, Wendy Palmer has decided to step down. 

Wendy has been with MediaWorks Radio almost 12 years - the last three of which have been as CEO Radio where she has led the business to its number one position in the market - with its highest ever ratings achieved last year.

Wendy Palmer said: "It has been an absolute privilege to be part of such a brilliant team of people - I cannot thank them enough. I am so proud of everything we have achieved together and in particular over the last year - our great content team for our best ever ratings and the radio business overall for delivering our best ever financial performance. I wish them all the very best for the future."

Michael Anderson, MediaWorks CEO said: "We are really sad to lose Wendy but understand her decision to move on. She leaves our radio business in strong shape - and poised to move forward and capitalise on its leading position - thanks to her brilliant leadership and work with her teams and with clients. She has been a great support to me in my time at MediaWorks and I know I speak on behalf of the many, many people Wendy has worked with when I say she will be greatly missed."

David Gibbs, who has been assisting the radio team since the beginning of the year, will act as Head of Radio where he will lead the Regional Managers and branch operations working closely with Group Content Director – Music, Leon Wratt and Chief Commercial Officer, Glen Kyne. David has extensive sales management experience both in radio and in out-of-home industries.

Wendy will leave MediaWorks at the end of April.



Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

The results of its first Newshub-Reid Research poll of the year will be released from midday today - marking six months to go until the Election.

A new methodology has been developed that combines the use of both telephones and the internet to ensure the highest level of accuracy ahead of the Election on September 23.

And for the first time, the Newshub Power Rating feature will show how voters believe New Zealand’s two potential leaders, Bill English and Andrew Little are performing head-to-head.

“We have changed the way we poll to reach the most Kiwis,” said Political Editor Patrick Gower. “You can’t stand still when it comes to polling, it is too important.”

The poll will still sample 1000 people but the updated methodology sees 25% of respondents participating through an internet panel. The remaining 75% have been contacted via traditional landline telephone poll method. The poll will have the same margin of error of 3.1%.

“We are using the best mix of the new and the traditional that has worked well,” said Gower.

“We are using the internet to get to those harder-to-reach voters.”

The Power Rating feature is measured by respondents indicating how they think the two leaders are performing on a scale of ‘well’ or ‘poorly’ - with the net figure showing whether the leaders have a “positive” or “negative” rating.

“The Power Rating is a powerful piece of data that tells us who voters think is doing the best out of Bill English and Andrew Little,” said Gower.

The Power Rating is backed up by a data set that dates back until John Key took power which can be tracked to show how voters think leaders are performing over time.

Results will start to be released from 12pm today via Newshub and radio with further updates on Newshub Live at 4pm and Newshub Live at 6pm.



Tuesday, 14 March, 2017

MediaWorks is delighted to introduce the 19 amazing women who are vying for the affections of our bachelor Zac Franich in the third season of The Bachelor New Zealand.
From various locations spanning the length of New Zealand – and abroad – these 19 beauties have a vast array of different qualities they’re bringing to the table. However, they all have one thing in common – they’re all looking for their Mr Right!
Ally: 23 from Worcester, England.
Bel: 25 from Christchurch.
Charlotte: 24 from Auckland.
Claudia: 21 from Auckland.
Elaina: 26 from Bangkok, Thailand.
Hannah: 29 from Invercargill.
Jess: 23 from Hull, England.
Katey: 21 from Auckland.
Lily: 20 from Darwin, Australia.
Lucia: 21 from Auckland.
Mariana: 31 from Rotorua.
Molly: 24 from Wellington.
Monique: 25 from Wellington.
Nina: 23 from Christchurch.
Rosie: 23 from Benson, England.
Sophie: 26 from Te Pahu.
Stephanie: 24 from Auckland.
Taylar: 23 from Christchurch.
Viarni: 22 from Mount Maunganui.
From sport fanatics, creatives, social butterflies, academics, adrenaline junkies, beach babes to beauty queens and beyond – these interesting and talented ladies offer something for everyone, but the most important question remains: is there a special someone for this year’s leading man Zac Franich? Tune in to the season premiere on Sunday March 19 at 7pm on Three to judge for yourself!

To check out the promo for episode one of The Bachelor New Zealand season three click HERE.
To find out more about this year’s bachelorettes, click HERE.
Season three of The Bachelor New Zealand is produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production New Zealand and premieres on Sunday March 19 at 7pm and continues Tuesdays at 7.30pm on Three and ThreeNow.



Wednesday 1st March, 2017

Newshub has today announced a brand new weekday Newshub bulletin will be coming to Three later this month.
Launching on March 20th,  Newshub Live at 4pm will provide an afternoon news product Monday to Friday that will feature live content, studio interviews and a faster pace than traditional 6pm or late programmes.  

The half an hour programme will include full coverage of the spectrum of News & Current Affairs, lifestyle and entertainment news, as well as allowing for expanded coverage of major news events taking place in New Zealand, or globally, ahead of 6pm.

It will be presented by Newshub’s Susie Nordqvist, who will also help produce the bulletin.  

MediaWorks Chief News Officer Hal Crawford said: “As a network we are committed to news - with this new afternoon bulletin we’re catering to evolving audience demand and increasing the amount of news we broadcast.”

“Internationally, afternoon news is an area of growth for free-to air-broadcasters. This programme will provide in-demand content to the sizeable television audience at this time, increase audience for Newshub Live at 6pm and further cement our position as New Zealand’s number one news service.”