Good Morning

12:00pm Thursday, January 1 on TV One

Are you hiding a secret singing talent from family, friends and the great New Zealand public? Isn’t it time to step into the spotlight and shine? TV ONE’s Good Morning is on a mission to find New Zealand’s brightest undiscovered talent.

If you can sing like an angel, flow like an MC, croon like Frank Sinatra or belt out an aria, you could be the show’s next Find A Star Champion!

Viewers who enter Good Morning’s ‘Find A Star’ talent competition can be in to win fantastic prizes including a trip to Sydney to meet top industry contacts to kick start their careers! Plus, they’ll also record their first single with help from Mike McCarthy at Manuka Studios, and they’ll get together with Gray Bartlett for three career design sessions.

Send Good Morning a DVD of no more than 90 seconds, showcasing your talent, along with the online entry form at by noon, on Tuesday, 9 August.

The top 30 entries will be shortlisted and played on the show. Good Morning viewers will text-vote for their top 15 who will be flown to appear LIVE on one of three semi-finals: Monday 22 August, Tuesday 23 August and Wednesday 24 August.

Good Morning’s celebrity panel will judge the semi-finalists’ performances and the public will again text vote for their daily favourites to determine the top five.

The finalists will be in the spotlight on Friday 26 August as they vie for the 2011 “Find A Star” title, with guest industry judges including Robert Rigby, manager of Ambition Entertainment in Sydney and former executive at Warner Music Australia.

Producer Sally-Anne Kerr says: “Find A Star is a spectacular competition with stunning talent, so come on, what have you got to lose?”

9:00am Monday, July 4 on TV One

It’s all about manaakitanga (hospitality) on Good Morning’s Te Wiki o te Reo Maori!

On Monday, the Good Morning team’s in Christchurch and Lyttelton with Brendon and Matai.

Brendan and Sarah are hosted by Rapaki marae and Nga Hau e Wha marae, discovering some of the many heartfelt stories of compassion and caring.

They also chat with the Dean of Canterbury, Peter Beck and Bishop Victoria Matthews about their efforts in caring for the community as they recover from the earthquakes.

Keeping with the spirit of manaakitanga, Brendon and Matai meet a community hero and two families in need of a hand, and they extend some manaakitanga of our own.

Plus, they’re one-on-one with rugby star Dan Carter, and find out what the Crusaders have been doing to care for their community.

Appointment viewing across the week includes celebrity interviews with Stacey and Scotty Morrison, and broadcaster Miriama Kamo. Don’t miss stellar performances for Maori Language Week, including soulful diva Ria Hall on Monday, 4 July.

Cooking across the week includes tasty kaimoana recipes from the Maori Queen of Cuisine, Anne Thorpe, with tips on manaakitanga thrown in!

Kaiako Matai Smith boosts viewers’ Te Reo with daily language lessons and opens the door to a Manaaki-taonga competition! There’s $2,500 worth of vouchers from The Warehouse, Ezibuy, and Black and Decker up for grabs!

The week culminates with a stage challenge, pitting celebrity teams against each other in some hilarious manaakitanga-moments challenges.

Tune in from Monday 4 July for a heapin’ helpin’ of Good Morning hospitality – manaakitanga!

For further information and to watch Maori Language Week content again, visit from Monday, July 4.

9:00am Friday, May 27 on TV One

Good Morning is a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, with three hours of toe-tappin’ entertainment on the Good Morning Country Music Special, on Friday 27 May, at 9am.

Tami Neilson sings infectious honky tonk-infused country ballads with a touch of folk. Plus, she’s rocking out on the harp with her new hit, ‘One Thing’. Australian country sensation Jasmine Rae, described as “the hottest new artist to come out of Australia”, makes her New Zealand debut with songs from her new album ‘Listen Here’.

NZ Idol contestant Ashley Cooper and veteran singer/songwriter Michael Tipping perform; and award-winning singer/songwriter Donna Dean presents her smooth blend of country, blues, rock and bluegrass.

Country stars Eddie Low and Dennis Marsh belt out big country ballads and Suzanne Prentice sings rousing country classics, while industry legends Brendan Dugan, Gray Bartlett, and Jodi Vaughan perform classic numbers including Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire’, backed by the Allstar Country Band.

Gray Bartlett says: “Good Morning’s Country Music Special is a gathering of New Zealand’s finest and greatest country music stars. These are indeed true legends of NZ country music, and they feature some of the best songs and music ever written.”

Don’t miss Good Morning, Friday 27 May from 9am until midday, and a special encore screening, Queen’s Birthday Monday, 6 June.

Nicholas Brockelbank’s chicken and broccoli pasta proved a winner with the judges and public as the nine-year -old was crowned Good Morning Kids Cook Off Champion. 

Nicholas was teamed with presenter Sarah Bradley for two rounds of the competition, first cooking his own recipe and then making a challenging dessert recipe of french toast with honey marscarpone with caramelised bananas. Nicholas beat fellow finalists nine-year-old Hugh Spence and 11-year-old Oliver Cowan.

Nicholas’s mum Chris Brockelbank says she was impressed with how cool and collected Nicholas was.

“I’m constantly in awe of Nicholas and everything he achieves. This competition has nurtured his passion for cooking, and makes what he does even more worthwhile.”

Nicholas suffers from muscular dystrophy and has written his own cook books and sells them to raise funds for the condition and also to support the Christchurch earthquake recovery.

He says he feels proud about his achievement and is excited about his future as a young chef.

Nicholas takes home prizes of an HP Photosmart E-station E-printer with a detachable tablet; a Tefal Actifry and a large wok pan.

Runner’s up, Hugh Spence who cooked with Cohen Holloway, and 11-year-old Oliver Cowan who partnered with Brendon Pongia, each take home an HP Envy 100 printer’ a Tefal Toast ‘N’ Eggs and a large wok.

TVNZ is relocating its weekday mid-morning programme Good Morning to Auckland from the end of the year.

TVNZ Chief Executive Rick Ellis said today that a new mid-morning programme would be launched in 2012 that would be based out of the company’s Auckland Television Centre.

“The Good Morning team have done an outstanding job out of Avalon. But the implementation of our new multi-million dollar digital infrastructure and play out facilities in our Auckland TVC mean we have the opportunity to better utilise staff, technology and studios and further grow the revenue and profitability of the show,” Mr Ellis said.

“We want to build the show from its current strong base to make it even more attractive to audiences and advertisers.”

Good Morning’s move to Auckland will also free up Avalon for other potential work. TVNZ was looking at options for utilising Avalon’s studios post December 2011, perhaps by third parties for film or overseas long format television dramas.

Avalon has four purpose built television studios and a high definition control room as well as extensive set design and build workshops, wardrobe, make-up and green rooms. There was also an extensive back lot available for production use.

TVNZ was in early discussions with local and international interests.

He said TVNZ would exit and sell Avalon after June 2013, when existing contracts with key customers come up for renewal.

“The utilisation of the studios by third parties could enhance our potential to sell Avalon in due course. The tower block and some land on the Avalon site were sold in 2003.”

Some Good Morning production staff may be relocated to Auckland at the end of the year but regrettably there could potentially be up to 12 Full time equivalent positions redundant and a number of contract positions affected as a result of the move. Whether or not there are further redundancies leading up to June 2013 will depend on the future use of Avalon.

The TVNZ Archive at Avalon will not be impacted by these changes.

“We’ll work this through with staff closer to the time. We’re telling staff now because we want to give people certainty and as much time as possible to make plans.

“The need for Avalon’s large studio facilities for local television production has steadily decreased over the years with the outsourcing of programme making and big budget studio based local shows being less profitable to commission.”

9:00am Monday, February 7 on TV One

TV ONE’s LIVE daily magazine show Good Morning is back for a new season, packed with celebrity guests, home and living ideas, parenting, fashion, food and music – and a new look.

Hosted by Sarah Bradley and Brendon Pongia and broadcast LIVE from Avalon Studios, celebrities gracing the show in the opening weeks include; Rhys Darby; best-selling novelist Joanna Trollope; and psychic Lisa Williams. Plus they’ll be filming out and about in the summer sun. Producer Sally-Anne Kerr says: “This season of Good Morning promises to be better than ever with lots of great ideas, recipes and fun to be had.”

Among the coming highlights, the show celebrates the Divas of the New Zealand music scene with Tina Cross and friends; precocious youngsters step up to the plate in the Kid’s Cook Off; and country music fans are in for a musical extravaganza.

The show’s favourite faces also return, including comedian Ginette McDonald, baby whisperer Sharlene Poole, the male panel and gardening guru Heather Tait. Simon Holst is also back in the kitchen, along with cupcake queen Tamara Jane, versatile budget cook Astar, and celebrity chefs Martin Bosley and Adam Newell.

Plus, Simon Gault and Ray McVinnie serve up all the gossip from the new series of Masterchef New Zealand.

The show’s fitness segments for 2011 includes Zumba, Group Kick, a wealth of programmes for pre- and post-natal mums, plus Melissa Moon’s six-week weight-loss challenge.

9:00am Friday, December 10 on TV One

Australian Idol winner and Kiwi star, Stan Walker is headlining three hours of LIVE show-stopping Christmas entertainment on the Good Morning Christmas Show in a spectacular end to the series before it returns in the new year.

Talented Find a Star winner Tammy D’Ath, also returns for an encore performance and the Male Panellists Barry, Paul and Te Rau perform the classic hit ‘My Girl’.

New Zealand’s top chefs are cooking up a Christmas storm, and hosts Sarah Bradley, Brendon Pongia and Hadyn Jones have their hands full when Astar performs a ballet routine like no other!

Plus, from 29 November more than $60,000 in prizes are up for grabs including a Suzuki Alto worth almost $18,000 in the Good Morning Christmas Bauble Competition.

9:00am Monday, November 22 on TV One

Super-smooth US celebrity pundit Nelson Aspen’s heading downunder to check out his namesake town and guest present on Good Morning.

Nelson will front cooking, exercise and celebrity gossip segments along-side regular hosts Brendon Pongia, Sarah Bradley and Hadyn Jones. He’ll make his signature dish; add show-biz flavour to our popular agony panel; and celebrate Thanksgiving.

Good Morning host Sarah Bradley says she is thrilled Nelson’s coming to New Zealand, “I can’t wait to meet him in the flesh and catch up on all the latest gossip,” she says.

One lucky Good Morning viewer will also win a high tea with Nelson at Wellington’s Five Star Museum Hotel.

Nelson says: “I’m so excited to see the beautiful sights of Wellington and Nelson. It’s going to be a jam-packed week of laughs, adventures and certainly the trip of a lifetime.”

Don’t miss the man Hollywood will miss!

9:00am Monday, November 15 on TV One

Kiwi singers are celebrating legendary performer Ray Woolf, with a star-studded show for his 66th birthday, on Good Morning Monday 15 November on TV ONE.

Suzanne Lynch of The Chicks fame and jazz great Erna Ferry will take to the stage in tribute to the stage and screen star. Former NZ Idol judge Frankie Stevens will also sing for his friend. Plus ‘King of the Rockers’ Tom Sharplin is joining the party with some classic rock n’roll.

Ray’s granddaughter Katelyn Baker will have her turn in the spotlight with her own composition. And of course, the maestro himself, Ray Woolf will team up with long-time collaborators The Rodger Fox Band for some stunning classic numbers.

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Hadyn Jones has today announced he won’t be returning to Good Morning for 2011. 

Jones says while Good Morning has been an invaluable learning experience in live television and a fun place to work, he misses news and current affairs.

“Originally I planned to do at least two years on Good Morning but my gut tells me news and current affairs is a better fit for me,” he says.

“I am indebted to the wonderful crew at Good Morning. I really have enjoyed my year but think my broadcasting heart is elsewhere.”

Good Morning Producer Sally-Anne Kerr says they have not considered any plans for a possible replacement at this stage.