Up-and-coming squash player Joelle King, surf lifesaving legend Cory Hutchings, and Auckland Blues Nick White and Onosa’i Auva’a join award-winning sports entertainment show HYUNDAI CODE this Thursday July 17 at 8.30 PM (repeats Sunday July 20 at 4.00 PM).
At 19, Joelle King’s swift rise through the squash ranks suggest her dream of going to number one is not just a dream, but entirely achievable. She has already won several age group titles, is currently ranked fourth in New Zealand, and in the last three years has also climbed 77 places in world rankings. This year she has played and trained all over the world, and plans to return overseas for further competition after the nationals in August, in a display of the athletic ability and determination that could be considered family traits – her big brother is former Chiefs player Regan King, now based in Wales and considered one of the best number 13s in the game.
Cory Hutchings has been in the limelight this year for his twinkling feet and graceful turns on Dancing with the Stars, but his choice in charity – the surf lifers – showed where his heart truly belongs. This life saving legend is a three-time World Surf Ironman Champion, in 1998, 2000 and 2002, and he also held the national title for more than a decade.
They are current Auckland Blues players and they’ve been selected to defend the Ranfurly Shield for Auckland in the Air NZ Cup. They are prop Nick White and flanker Onosa’I Auva’a, stalwarts in their side since 2006. Where White represents age and experience, Auva’a is known for his youth and flair, which has seen him included in New Zealand Under-19 and Under-21 sides, and in the Sevens team that won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Rumour has it Auva’a is also a talented blues singer, and he has threatened to bring along his guitar when he appears in the studio for HYUNDAI CODE.
Voted Best Sports Programme at last year’s Air New Zealand Screen Awards, HYUNDAI CODE is an hour-long show – now in its fourth year – and filmed live in front of a studio audience at Maori Television’s Auckland headquarters. Tawera Nikau and Jenny-May Coffin are joined by Warriors’ Wairangi Koopu and the ‘Brofessionals’ – aka Glen Osborne (Oz) and Matua Parkinson (Mutz) – for more news, inside stories and off-camera action with Kiwi sports stars excelling at home and abroad.
Book your ringside seat for hard-case interviews and plenty of laughs with HYUNDAI CODE – screening on Maori Television this Thursday at 8.30 PM (repeats every Sunday at 4.00 PM).