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.

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August 7, 2022 23 min

Born in Rotorua, Susan's family was very involved in the squash community and she started playing when she was young, turning professional at the age of 17. Her first World Open title came in 1985, with subsequent wins in 1987, 1990 and 1992. In 1992, the year of her unexpected retirement, she was the Australian, British, French, Hong Kong, Irish, New Zealand, Scottish, Swedish and World squash champion. After retiring from squ...

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Born in Rotorua, Susan's family was very involved in the squash community and she started playing when she was young, turning professional at the age of 17. Her first World Open title came in 1985, with subsequent wins in 1987, 1990 and 1992. In 1992, the year of her unexpected retirement, she was the Australian, British, French, Hong Kong, Irish, New Zealand, Scottish, Swedish and World squash champion. After retiring from squ...
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D'Arcy hosts Sportstalk on Newstalk ZB on weekday evenings. He was recently named Best Sportsreader at the annual New Zealand Radio Awards.

D'Arcy has an 11-year-old daughter. He loves motorsport and revels in the torment of being both a Warriors and a Black Caps fan.

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Claire works work as a NZ Registered Nutritionist and has become a familiar face and trusted voice across New Zealand media speaking on issues of health and wellbeing.

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Born in Auckland to a professional boxer father, Monty Betham is a retired professional boxer and former professional rugby league footballer. He played club football for the New Zealand Warriors in the National Rugby League, and for the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the Super League.
In December 2006, Monty announced his retirement from rugby league in order to pursue a career in boxing. His first fight took place in Samoa in 2007....

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July 10, 2022 24 min
Dai studied Theatre and Film at Victoria University of Wellington, before winning 'Best New Face' on TV2's Pulp Comedy in 1999, the Billy T Award in 2002 and the Fred Award in 2007. In 2004 and 2005, he toured the shows The Hot Stepper and Champagne Table Tennis, and performed at the Tokyo Comedy Store and in Melbourne and around Britain. He has performed at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and in 2008 he w...

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Raised in Christchurch, Mike took a high school journalism course run by the Department of Māori Affairs. In 1984 he won a Radio New Zealand cadetship and six months of journalism training. He was transferred to the sports office, and the longtime longtime rugby fan felt at ease with his subject matter, gaining valuable live experience. By age 24, he was running the sports department and was offered a job on TV One's Sports Nig...

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Matthew was born in Upper Hutt. His father was of Ngāi Te Rangi from Matakana Island, Tauranga.After living most of his adult life in Australia, Matthew moved home to New Zealand and was appointed to the role of Executive Chairman of the National Māori Authority, Ngā Ngaru Rautahi O Aotearoa in 2017. In 2018 he also became the chair of the Auckland District Māori Council and was elected to the National Executive of the New Zealand ...

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Kate was born to Kiwi parents in Suva, Fiji and lived there until she was five before moving home to New Zealand. She studied radio at the Christchurch Polytechnic Broadcasting School before getting her first job in Auckland as a producer and announcer, later working at Radio Taranaki, Classic Hits and IRN News. Kate then spent 8 years living in London and New York, holding a number of roles including working in a global communicat...

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Mark Goshe is the Chairman of Kāinga Ora and a Former Labour Cabinet Minister.
The first person of Pacific Island descent elected to Cabinet, Mark was a full-time official with the Service & Food Workers Union (SFWU) for 15 years. He was later a union secretary with the SFWU for 7 years, leading him to join the Labour Party in 1981. He was first elected to Parliament as a list MP in the 1996 election. He was later MP for the Auc...
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Jeremy Corbett, Co-Host of The Project and Seven Days, joins John Cowan to talk about his life and what makes him tick.
Jeremy was born in Westport, and raised in both England and Palmerston North. He dabbled in comedy and broadcasting while studying at Massey University, before showcasing his stand-up skills on television’s Pulp Comedy. Corbett’s live experience has proven useful in a range of TV gigs — notably as longtime host of ...
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May 29, 2022 22 min
Tina Cross was the lead vocalist of 1980s pop band, Koo De Tah, and is one-third of the harmony group The Lady Killers along with Jackie Clarke and Suzanne Lynch. She was the voice of the Shortland Street theme song and has enjoyed performances with multiple New Zealand orchestras. In the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours Tina was named an Officer of the Order Of New Zealand Merit for her services to the Music Industry and in 2008 ...

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Born in the Netherlands, Yvonne is a former netball coach and representative netball player. She played for the Silver Ferns from 1974 to 1983. She was coach of the Silver Ferns from 1997 to 2001, and coach of the Fijian national team from 2002 to 2003. 
 
In the 2002 Queen's Birthday Honours, Yvonne was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to netball, later updated to Companion of the New Zealand ...
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May 15, 2022 23 min
A former radio journalist, Tammy started as the face of homeware giant Briscoes in 1989.Tammy lives on the rural outskirts of Christchurch on a property she has called home for almost 40 years. She married her high school sweetheart Michael at 22 and together they have two adult sons. She is often found outside in her gumboots with miniature schnauzer Alby, tending to her gardens and feeding the chickens.

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English quizzer and television personality Anne Hegerty has been a "chaser" on the ITV game show The Chase as "The Governess" since 2010, and was a contestant on the 2018 ITV reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!After studying linguistics at university, Anne did a journalism course and worked for various local papers. She was a freelance copy editor and proofreader before starring on The Chase, ITV&...

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Michael studied philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford and then became an investment banker, before retraining as a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London. After graduating from medical school and becoming disillusioned by psychiatry, he joined the BBC as a trainee assistant producer in 1985.Over the next 25 years, Michael made numerous science and history documentaries initially working behind the came...

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April 24, 2022 25 min
Television presenter, director and writer Jason Gunn had his first taste of the entertainment industry aged 17, when director John Banas cast him in the lead role of Adrian Mole in the touring musical The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾. He was offered a six-week contract with the children's department at TVNZ, with the contract rolling over for 14 years.He has hosted Dancing With The Stars, and game shows The Rich List a...

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Cardinal John Dew was born in Waipawa and attended Catholic schools through high school. He studied philosophy at Holy Name Seminary in Christchurch and theology at Holy Cross Seminary in Dunedin.
John was ordained a priest in 1976 and became auxiliary bishop of Wellington in 1995. He was appointed as the sixth Roman Catholic Archbishop of Wellington and the Metropolitan of New Zealand in 2005.
Pope Francis announced in 2015 that Joh...

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Born in South Africa, Rehette Stoltz came to New Zealand 18 years ago on her OE and never left after she fell in love with the country.Stoltz was first elected to council in 2010 and was the highest polling city ward councillor in 2013 and 2016. She served two terms as deputy mayor, before becoming Mayor of Tairāwhiti Gisborne in 2019.
Flooding in Tairāwhiti Gisborne over recent years has thrust Rehette Stoltz into the national spot...

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April 3, 2022 23 min
Five-time Paralympic medalist and Dunedin-born ski champion, Adam Hall is one of New Zealand's greatest athletes. Despite being diagnosed at birth with spina bifida, he began skiing at age six. A member of the Cardrona NZ National Adaptive Ski Team since 2005, Adam Hall splits his training base between Winter Park in the USA and Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand.
Adam Hall has represented New Zealand five times at the Paraly...
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