Staf Chat With Mark Stafford

Staf Chat With Mark Stafford

Mark Stafford is one of NZ’s most well-known sporting broadcasters and pundits. For years he was the man who delivered the odds before big international sporting fixtures and during that time his passion for sports went beyond the field and he formed close friendships with athletes across many codes. So when Staf sits down with NZ’s biggest sporting names and goes deep into what makes them tick, it makes for compelling listening. The trust and respect that some of NZ’s biggest sporting legends have for Mark is obvious in the unprecedented access they allow into not only there sporting success but also their personal life.

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November 10, 2020 58 min
Mike is a former world kickboxing champion, NZ's premier combat sports analyst and commentator, a leading trainer at world-renowned City Kickboxing where he trains the likes of Dan Hooker and Israel Adesanya and is a cancer survivor. We hear it all in this episode. 
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Matt Johnson is a former professional rugby and rugby league player. He has his third open-heart surgery at age 26 during lockdown this year enforcing early retirement. Instead of resentment, he displays gratitude. Be inspired by listening to his story.
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October 2, 2020 75 min
Staf chats with Hurricane, International 7’s and All Black Victor Vito from his home in La Rochelle, France to chat past, present and future!
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August 29, 2020 55 min
Staf chats with Eric Murray about a career that included multiple World Titles, Olympic Medals and World Records.
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August 29, 2020 63 min
Staf catches up with Scott Waldrom as he talks us through his rugby journey playing Provincial, Super Rugby, NZ 7's and one All Black Cap.
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August 29, 2020 51 min
Staf veers away from the world of sport to sit down for a chat with one of the country's top broadcasters, Mike McRoberts. He shares stories from his varied career from working in warzones and natural disasters to presenting the news during the current crisis.
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August 29, 2020 95 min
Staf is joined by former Wellington Lion, Crusader and All Black to chat about travelling the rugby world as a top player, husband and father.
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August 29, 2020 68 min
There aren't many athletes in New Zealand who have achieved as much across as many sports as Honey Hireme-Smiler. She hosted Staf at her home to talk about her childhood in Putaruru, her playing career and the changes happening in women's sport.
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August 29, 2020 112 min
Rugby, cricket, basketball and now commentary. There's not much Jeff Wilson doesn't excel at. He speaks to Staf about how it all began, his early career juggling responsibilities as a dual-representative and more.
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August 29, 2020 89 min
Ardie Savea's been in the news this week after revealing his interest in switching to rugby league and he goes in-depth with Staf on the reasons why he's keen on the change. In a no-holds barred discussion he also talks about his journey in rugby and life, including self-awareness and self-discovery.
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August 29, 2020 34 min
The Mad Butcher is one of rugby league's most recognisable personalities. A staunch supporter of the Warriors and Kiwis who has followed them through thick and thin. He caught up with Staf at Mt Smart Stadium to discuss his upbringing in Wellington, how he came to start his own business in Mangere and his work with the community.
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August 29, 2020 90 min
While he is regarded by many to be one of the best rugby players ever seen, Christian Cullen's career was not without controversy. From the decision to play him at centre in the failed 1999 World Cup campaign to his high profile snubbing by John Mitchell. He talks to Staf about all that and more.
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August 29, 2020 59 min
Dan "The Hangman" Hooker has risen from humble beginnings in Mixed Martial Arts to fighting on some of the sport's biggest stages. He tells Staf about his journey in the sport, how he prepares for fights and what the future holds.
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August 29, 2020 63 min
Staf Chat gets its first international guest with Dutch darts legend Raymond van Barneveld taking some time to talk about his glittering career and why he's decided to call it quits at the end of the year.
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August 29, 2020 59 min
At just 26 years old, Sarah Hirini (nee Goss) has achieved a lot, a Rugby World Cup winner in both 7s and Xvs, an Olympic Silver Medallist and now a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Staf went to her house in Papamoa to hear about her journey from rural Manawatu kid to rugby star.
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August 29, 2020 100 min
Andrew Mehrtens joins Staf to talk everything from the 1995 World Cup final to his on-field rivalry with Carlos Spencer to his long career playing in Europe.
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August 29, 2020 71 min
Staf sits down with New Zealand's most-capped Silver Fern, Irene Van Dyk. She talks about beginning her career, her decision to relocate to New Zealand and the highs and lows of her illustrious career.
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August 29, 2020 76 min
Staf sits down with injured Chiefs and All Blacks star Damian McKenzie to talk about his journey in rugby, the concept of Chiefs Mana and his comeback from injury.
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August 29, 2020 48 min
Staf is back for another season and is kicking it off by speaking to departing Wellington Phoenix legend Andrew Durante. He talks about his early struggles with injuries, the decision to move to New Zealand, playing for Terry Serepisos and much more.
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August 29, 2020 78 min
Sir John Kirwan's career has taken him from Mangere to Italy, to Japan and back again. He was a revered figure on the field as an All Black winger and is perhaps even more highly regarded for his work in later life as an advocate for mental health. He invited Staf into his home for a coffee and to share stories from his varied life.
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