Broadcaster Kerry Smith passed away this morning after a courageous battle with melanoma.

Kerry took medical leave from her role as 10am – 2pm announcer on radio station The Breeze in January, to focus on treatment and recovery.

MediaWorks Group Managing Director Sussan Turner said:  “Kerry was a respected broadcaster and a very treasured member of the MediaWorks family.

“Our thoughts are with Kerry’s family and close friends at this incredibly sad time.”

The Breeze Programme Director Ian Avery said:  “Kerry was a hugely talented radio host, the ultimate professional, and a dear friend.

“Listeners loved her, and her colleagues loved her dearly. She will be greatly missed.”

Kerry Smith’s broadcasting career spanned radio and television.  She was a foundation member of radio station The Breeze, hosting the 10am – 2pm show from 2006 until 2011, and also worked as a presenter on Radio Pacific and RadioLIVE. 

Her extensive television career included the iconic role of sharp-tongued deputy editor Magda on classic 80s TV Series Gloss, and she worked as a television continuity announcer, a weather presenter, and the host of home improvement show Changing Rooms.

 Kerry Smith’s family expressed their appreciation of the thoughts and condolences they have received today.  They will be respecting Kerry’s wish for a family funeral. 

A tribute to Kerry, a celebration of her life, will be broadcast on The Breeze in the coming days.


Actor Peter Elliot is interviewed by Sunday magazine – he talks about his childhood and his career.

“People sort of know me.  They used to go ‘that guy’ and since the documentaries they know me as Peter.  I’m conscious that if you get a celebrity status you burn brightly and then people tend to hate you and I can’t stand that.  I don’t want people to turn on me.”

On playing Rex Redfern in Gloss:

“My thing was to piss off as many people as possible while looking as smart as possible.  So with every single line I found a way to say it that would irritate and I loved it.”

On playing Dr David Kearney in Shortland Street:

“All the female characters are redeemed; they are strong, clever, challenging, they can be victims but they always have a way to come back, whereas the men are stupid, calculating, vile and unpleasant and I railed against it for years.

I said, ‘Look this is the head of the clinic – give your boy viewers something that doesn’t always uterrly undermine their being male.’ I thought, Jesus, we’ve got the highest rate of suicide among young men in the world and I think it’s because if you watch film or television in this country the men come out looking like dicks or shits and I’m sick of that.” 

“It wasn’t that big an income but it was big for us, and Suze and I both forgot what a dollar bought.  We’d just renovated the house when they sacked my arse, so that was terrifying.  I couldn’t get a job fr a year.”