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More Mean Sports Stars On Hyundai Code


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TUESDAY MAY 6 2008

More Mean Sports Stars On Hyundai Code – On Maori Television!

New Zealand Sevens skipper DJ Forbes, ace surfer Daniel Kereopa and former Kiwi player and Warriors coach Tony Kemp are special guests on Maori Television’s award-winning sports entertainment show HYUNDAI CODE this Thursday May 8 at 8.30 PM (repeats Sunday May 11 at 4.00 PM).

DJ Forbes has had an incredible run since taking the reins as captain of the NZ Sevens national team in late 2006. Praised for his unbelievably high work rate, he has also proved himself as a special kind of leader, and his team has absolutely blitzed the IRB Sevens 2008 tournament. An amazing winning streak has seen them power through 42 consecutive games unbeaten, and to claim five of the six rounds played so far. That streak ended in the last round in Adelaide, but the team still looks odds on favourites to go all the way. With just two more rounds to play later this month – in London and Scotland – the New Zealanders are currently sitting on 126 points, their nearest rival is South Africa on 92, then Fiji on 74. Forbes checks in with the crew at HYUNDAI CODE before he heads away.

Daniel Kereopa – aka DK – is one of New Zealand’s top surfers, and he’s also Mr Consistent, finishing at the top, or near to it, in all the big contests. He has an impressive string of trophies to his name including numerous longboard events, Maori nationals and ‘Big Wave’awards – for biggest wave paddled into – and the Open Men’s 2007 title. His positive and determined attitude also makes him an ideal mentor and role model to young people, especially in his home turf, the Raglan-Waikato area. He has presented one of Maori Television’s shows – HYUNDAI HEKE NGARU – which sees him travelling the country to the big surfing events, and imparting his wisdom and experience along the way.

As a player Tony Kemp scaled the heights of international rugby league. As a former coach of this country’s only NRL team, he held the hopes of the league nation in his hands. On the field and on the sidelines, Kemp has proved he’s got what it takes to handle the jandal n the high pressure world of elite sport. Most of Kemp’s career was in the NRL in the late 80s and early 90s, when he played for Newcastle Knights and South Queensland Crushers. As a Kiwi player he racked up some 25 tests to his name. His coaching career began in the England Super League, then continued with the Warriors where he worked his way to head coach in 2004. His sporting inspirations: fellow Northland boy Sid Going and the legendary 1983 Kiwis.

Voted Best Sports Programme at last year’s Air New Zealand Screen Awards, HYUNDAI CODE is an hour-long show – now in its fourth year – and filmed live in front of a studio audience at Maori Television’s Auckland headquarters. Tawera Nikau and Jenny-May Coffin are joined by Warriors’ Wairangi Koopu and the ‘Brofessionals’ – aka Glen Osborne (Oz) and Matua Parkinson (Mutz) – for more news, inside stories and off-camera action with Kiwi sports stars excelling at home and abroad.

Book your ringside seat for hard-case interviews and plenty of laughs with HYUNDAI CODE – screening on Maori Television every Thursday at 8.30 PM (repeats every Sunday at 4.00 PM).


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