NZ Smashes Guinness World Records

7:00pm Sunday, November 15 on TV2

In the penultimate episode, three more adventurous Kiwis have a crack at breaking into the record books, in tonight’s NZ Smashes Guinness World Records.

First up is Jeffery Chandy, who failed to get a record earlier in the series when he tried a world record for breaking toilet lids with his head. Now he’s back, and he’s determined to get the record for the fastest time to break 16 concrete blocks on the human body. Later, 22-year-old Jono Macfarlane also returns, after successfully breaking the Guinness World Record for the furthest distance to throw a washing machine in episode five. This time around, he’s going one step further in the ‘furthest distance’ stakes – by throwing a 60kg person.

Elsewhere, Huan Huan Zhang and Cui Cui Zhang from the Weber Bros Circus get into a spin when they attempt the record for the most rotations hanging from a power drill in one minute.

7:00pm Sunday, October 11 on TV2

Kiwis with gumption are given the chance to pilfer records from around the world, in NZ Smashes Guinness World Records.

This week, The Edge Morning Madhouse crew, along with more than 100 of their craziest listeners, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest chain of human/mattress dominoes. Spurred on by the record currently held by an Australian breakfast TV show and their viewers, the team will attempt to snatch the record from the hands of the Aussies.

Dominic Harvey, a presenter on the Morning Madhouse, revealed that it has always been a dream of the team’s to crack a Guinness World Record. “There have been two main obstacles in our way – we are lazy and we are not good at anything,” Dom jokes. “When we heard about the mattress dominos Guinness World Record we thought it was within our reach. One thing we excel at is lying down doing nothing.”

The radio show put out a call for listeners to take part, and they had an enormously enthusiastic reaction. “Everyone was really into it. A couple of girls even made a four-hour road trip from New Plymouth to take part,” says Dom.

The task of organising the event was initially a daunting one for show director Greg Heathcote. “This is the biggest record we have attempted on the show in terms of the number of people involved, and the sheer scale of the record. It’s huge,” Heathcote says.

“It’s been a bit nerve-wracking trying to get this many people into one place but the response has been amazing, particularly the support from The Edge,” he continues. “There is a bit of variation in the size of the human dominos – so hopefully no one will be getting squashed.”

Later in the show, former All Black Josh Kronfeld attempts to add a Guinness World Record to his long list of sporting achievements – by catching the most eggs thrown and caught in one minute.

Then, 12-year-old Dylan Schmidt from Waihi takes on a record unbroken since 1999 – the most trampoline ‘barani’ flips in one minute.

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of NZ Smashes Guinness World Records will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.

7:00pm Sunday, September 20 on TV2

Tonight on TV2, another batch of plucky Kiwis battle to bring funny, bizarre and dangerous world records home to New Zealand, in NZ Smashes Guinness World Records.

The All Star Cheerleaders are back for another crack at a Guinness World Record, this time for the highest cheerleader basket toss. ‘Flying’ for the cheerleading squad is 12-year-old Kate Mann, the youngest person to attempt a Guinness World Record on the show. Later, female pro-wrestler Stacey Stewart (who also answers to the name of ‘Just Plain Evil’) attempts to smash her way through ten locked and burning doors in 23 seconds. Can she do it?

And finally, record-holding host, Marc Ellis, almost comes to a sticky end as he attempts to duct tape himself to a wall in his attempt to get another world record under his belt.

7:00pm Sunday, August 30 on TV2

TV2’s brand new series, NZ Smashes Guinness World Records will pit Kiwi record-breakers against the world, as the show attempts to victoriously bring thrilling, funny and awe-inspiring world records to New Zealand.

Hosted by record-holder Marc Ellis, who still holds the record for the most tries by an individual in a Rugby World Cup match (it was six, against Japan in 1995), the show brings the legendary record book alive with the craziest, funniest and sometimes even downright dangerous world records. From cramming cheerleaders into a Mini, to smashing through burning doors, ordinary New Zealanders will attempt to break the most famous Guinness records, as well as some you didn’t know existed.

One person who is no stranger to these attempts is Guinness World Records Adjudicator Chris Sheedy; he witnesses records all over the world, and he’s been bowled over by what he’s seen here. “It’s demonstrated to me the reason why New Zealand is so good at sport on the world stage. I’ve rarely seen such spirit and dedication in the world of record-breaking.”

The programme has also not shied away from the big, iconic records, as Sheedy points out: “There are some amazing records broken on this show, some real classics. Records that people all around the world are trying to break all the time. And the Kiwis just keep breaking them! It’s mind blowing!”

For presenter Marc Ellis, the show appeals to his boyhood fascination with the famous book. “I’ve always been into Guinness World Records. I used to get the book every year when I was a kid, to see what the new weird and wonderful records were. I’ve just been fascinated by the crazy assortment of records that people are keen to have a crack at!”

Ellis has also been impressed with the Kiwi talent on the show. “We’re taking on some of the biggest challenges, and we’re succeeding – we’re beating some massive nations. I think people will love the fact that the little fellas from New Zealand are doing it.”

Stay tuned throughout the season to see Marc Ellis attempt to break a few records of his own.
This week, kickboxing champion and cage fighter Reuben de Jong will attempt one of the most dangerous records in the book – running through the most panes of glass in under one minute.