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Joneses all over New Zealand answer the call

Media Release 10 January 2005
Joneses all over New Zealand answer the call

The producers of a new television programme are thrilled by the response from people all over New Zealand called Jones.

An innovative programme will go to air on Canterbury Television (CTV), one of the country's most successful regional television stations in New Zealand, in late March/early April this year.

Aptly named "Keeping up with the Joneses", the series will bring people from all walks of life into living rooms around Canterbury. What they all have in common is the surname Jones.

"We've been bombarded with emails and phone calls from Joneses who have heard about the show," says Ali Jones, the show's presenter.

In just over a week, more than 50 people from all over the country have contacted CTV.

"The furthest away is man in Taupo. Most are from the South Island and I am really pleased to have received an email from a link to the West Coast Joneses. I had heard of them and am sure they have a story or two to tell," she says.

The Joneses who have made contact are young, old, male, female and one workplace in Christchurch has around 14 Joneses working for them.

"How we'll fit all of them into the studio for a half hour programme may be our biggest challenge" Jones says.

CTV is still keen to hear from you if your name is (or was) Jones and you have a special talent, unusual hobbies, interesting experiences or perhaps you just think you're a unique Jones in a world of millions.

"You may not hear back from me immediately as the response has been so great but I will definitely make contact with everyone who's interested," she says.


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