Real Life With John Cowan

Real Life With John Cowan

John Cowan hosts ‘Real Life’, a weekly nationwide chat show on Newstalk ZB featuring a different high-profile guest every week. John talks with them about their life, their upbringing, their passions and their view of the world.


January 22, 2023 24 min

Andrew was born in Dunedin and grew up in Auckland. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Public Management.

Andrew joined the New Zealand Police in 1997 and has worked in both frontline and investigative roles. Prior to his appointment as commissioner, he was Auckland City Area Commander, South District Commander, and the acting Deputy Commissioner: Strategy & Partnerships. He has served as the New Zealand Commissioner o...

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Margie's parents were Samoan emigrants from Savai'i and Apia, and she grew up in Otara, Auckland. She gained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and a Master of Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington.

Margie has held positions as Deputy Director General in the Ministry of Health, and executive roles at Capital and Coast District Health Board, the Labour Market Policy Gr...

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December 11, 2022 23 min

Carolyn attended Wairarapa College and Victoria University of Wellington, where she gained a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Sociology.

Carolyn held her previous position as chief executive of Netball Central Zone for nearly five years. In 2018 she left to become chief executive of Special Olympics, an organisation which celebrates achievements of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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December 4, 2022 23 min

Mike was born in Gore, and his family lived in the small town of Waikoikoi until he was nine years old. He started working in radio and television after he finished high school and attended NZ Broadcasting School.

From 1995 until 2015, Puru was a radio DJ on The Edge. In October 2012, he became one of the inaugural TV presenters on New Zealand's first Yesshop home shopping channel. In 2015 and 2016 he hosted the first two season...

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November 27, 2022 24 min

A theology graduate of Laidlaw College, AJ is a Youth Development Worker and housing advocate, working in the Youth Housing and Homelessness space. He leads a service supporting rangatahi experiencing homelessness and is an advocate working collectively to end youth homelessness in New Zealand. He is also the curator and creator of the blog and podcast When Lambs Are Silent, where he explores the intersection between faith and just...

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November 20, 2022 23 min

TVNZ's Sports and Events General Manager, Melodie played rugby union at an international level, winning two world cups with the Black Ferns. Playing blindside or openside flanker, she played in 18 tests with the Ferns from 1996 to 2002. While playing rugby , she gained a BA from the University of Otago, as well as studying Journalism in Wellington. Her first job was in radio – working at the press gallery in Wellington covering...

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November 13, 2022 23 min

Lorna is currently the 9-3 host on Coast FM. She has been a three-time finalist at the NZ Radio Awards, and has done voiceover and acting work for Shortland Street and Interrogation. Earlier this year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time; first was six years ago, and again in May. After surgery to remove the tumour and 18 lymph nodes, she is now part-way through chemotherapy, which will be followed by radiother...

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November 6, 2022 24 min

Chris is in his third term as a Member of Parliament and is National’s Spokesperson for Housing & Infrastructure. He is also the Shadow Leader of the House and National’s Chair for the 2023 Election Campaign. Previously he was the MP for Hutt South and is now a National List MP based in Hutt South, and has also served as National’s Spokesperson for Transport, Regional Development, Police, and Youth.


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October 30, 2022 23 min

Willy spent his school years at Auckland Grammar, where he learnt music and classical ballet, then left early to work in a garden centre. While serving as the lead singer of the band Rhythm Method, he decided on a whim to enter a comedy competition hosted by his local bar in 1983. There he met fellow contestants on Dean Butler, Ian Harcourt and Peter Murphy which kick-started his long career in making people laugh. After starting o...

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October 23, 2022 22 min

Born and raised in the Hutt Valley, Chris attended Hutt Valley Memorial College, where he was the Head Boy and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and Criminology at Victoria University. After completing his study, he worked in the industry training sector and worked at parliament, first as Senior Advisor to two Education Ministers and later in the office of former Prime Minister Helen Clark. He entered Parl...

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October 16, 2022 24 min

At the age three, Julia played the piano and at 12 performed to large crowds. From 2000-2005, she was the lead vocalist for the band Elevator before beginning her solo career in songwriting. The release of her self-titled album juliagrace on the Parachute Music label in October of that year scored four number one singles in New Zealand. The album received the Tui Award for Best Gospel/Christian Album at the New Zealand Music Awards...

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October 9, 2022 23 min

Patrick grew up in New Plymouth and attended Victoria University where he gained a BA with honours. After finishing his politics degree, he studied journalism at Auckland University of Technology.

Patrick started his journalism career working the graveyard shift at The New Zealand Herald, becoming one of the newspaper's two police reporters. He subsequently moved to the UK and worked at Jane's Police Review. Once back in New...

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October 2, 2022 23 min

One of seven children raised in Masterton, Roman Travers graduated from the Wellington based New Zealand Radio Training School in 1995. In 1996 he started as the drive time host on Classic Hits, first in Wanganui and then Hamilton. Over the years, Roman has held many roles within radio, TV, and as a voice over artist. You may have seen Roman hosting the London and Paris editions of 'The Twenty Dollar Challenge' or on Sky Mo...

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September 29, 2022 23 min

After a stellar law career, Clayton Kimpton has been representing New Zealand in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. His most recent role has been as Commissioner-General overseeing New Zealand's participation in the Dubai Expo, the biggest international event to take place during the pandemic. While New Zealand was isolated, the New Zealand pavilion was a hugely valuable 'shopfront' to the world, and welcomed 1.2 million...

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September 18, 2022 23 min

Erica was born in the East Coast Bays and has lived in the area for over 40 years.  She attended Rangitoto College, then went on to gain a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Auckland. 


Erica has worked in export sales as well as producing local television shows. She produced Last Chance Dogs, reality TV show Noise Control, and worked on Piha Rescue for more than six years. In 2013 Erica began working for former MP Murray McCul...

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September 11, 2022 22 min

A born and bred Aucklander, Phil Goff is the Mayor of Auckland, in office since 2016.

Representing Mt Roskill for 10 terms of parliament, Phil became New Zealand’s youngest ever cabinet minister in 1984. He was Associate Finance Minister, served as the leader of the Labour Party, Leader of the Opposition and was also Minister of Education, initiating New Zealand’s international education industry.

In February Phil announced that he w...

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September 4, 2022 24 min

Born in Auckland, road and track cyclist Aaron Gate joined the national high-performance squad in 2010 and currently rides for UCI Continental team Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling. He represented New Zealand country in track cycling at the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympics, and the Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Aaron recently became the first New Zealand athlete to win four gold medals at a single Commonw...

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August 29, 2022 23 min

Brought up in Christchurch’s New Brighton, James began his broadcasting career in his early twenties at community station Radio Caroline in Timaru. He quickly progressed to become the breakfast host at the pop station juggernaut 1323ZM. He left radio in the late 90s, going to university full-time and gaining a Bachelor of Commerce before returning to radio in an on-air and management role as foundation Content Director of NZME’s FL...

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Originally from Minnesota in the United States, Joel attended Gustavus Adolphus College, a small liberal arts university. He then completed his PhD in chemistry at Purdue University. He moved to New Zealand as an ice hockey player in 2017, playing for the Botany Swarm in East Auckland. He applied for a job at the University of Auckland, where he is a Research Fellow based at the School of Chemical Sciences. A passionate science com...

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August 14, 2022 23 min

Born in Upper Hutt, Keri Bloomfield is a kiwi mum living in Denmark with a Dane and their daughters.

Keri and her husband moved to Copenhagen, Denmark in 2016. Her book Nothing Like a Dane was released in April and is her humorous and heartfelt memoir of navigating her first couple of years living in the Scandinavian country. Before writing Nothing Like a Dane, Keri created a blog called Bilingual Backpack Baby, where she shared her...

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