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Carolyn Taylor to turn on the glitz for Cure Kids

2 April 2019

Carolyn Taylor to turn on the glitz for Cure Kids in Three’s Dancing with the Stars

Carolyn Taylor will take to the dance floor with professional dancer Johnny Williams for Cure Kids, New Zealand’s largest charitable funder of child health research, in this year’s Dancing with the Stars NZ on Three.

Much-loved former children’s TV presenter and media personality Carolyn Taylor is set to dance her heart out for Cure Kids in this year’s Three’s Dancing with the Stars NZ, it was announced today.

The Cure Kids ambassador, who has been working closely with the organisation that funds research for a wide range of child health conditions for many years, will join 11 other Kiwi stars when the dance show returns to television screens on Sunday 14 April.

Carolyn, known as ‘Caro’ has selected Cure Kids as her charity of choice – a move which will put Cure Kids in the spotlight, as the New Zealand public make an all-important text vote. This year, nearly 100 percent of the text vote proceeds will go to each celebrity dancer’s charity of choice.
“I love working alongside those who care about helping others feel good and I’m passionate about the work Cure Kids does,” says Carolyn.

Cure Kids CEO Frances Benge was ‘over the moon’ when she heard Carolyn had chosen to dance for Cure Kids on live TV.

“Dancing with the Stars NZ brings so much glitz, glam, fun and smiles. We know many children around the country love watching the show and we’re absolutely delighted that Cure Kids is Carolyn’s chosen charity,” says Benge.

As Carolyn takes to the stage with professional dancer and long-time Dancing with the Stars personality Johnny Williams, she’ll be adding another string to her bow, following a successful career in entertainment.

Carolyn, originally from Hokitika, became a household name when she landed the role hosting What Now?! during the early 2000s. Since then, she’s worked both in front of and behind the camera, and also as an announcer on The Edge radio station.

Carolyn has been MC at many corporate events, including Cure Kids’ AccorHotels Kitchen Battles, and she has supported Red Nose Day over the years.

“When I started in TV it was all about the kids so it's great to be able to represent the kids again with Cure Kids. I feel like DWTS has given me yet another chance to unleash my inner child and bust out a few moves for a good cause - I can't wait!”

Cure Kids funded research covers everything from childhood cancers, inherited heart conditions, epilepsy, infectious diseases and cystic fibrosis to sudden unexpected death syndrome in infants (SUDI), stillbirth, burns, as well as child and adolescent mental health. Over the past 48 years, the research has led to significant breakthroughs and changed the way serious child health conditions are diagnosed and treated in New Zealand.

“We have every confidence in Carolyn and we will be tuning in to support her week after week, just as she’s so generously supported Cure Kids over the years,” says Benge.

Dancing with the Stars will be hosted by Dai Henwood and Sharyn Casey with one winner taking home the Glitterball trophy at the end of the 12-week competition.

Dancing with the Stars returns this Sunday 14 April at 7pm, with the second show on Monday 15 April at 7.30pm. Watch the show Sundays at 7pm and Mondays at 7.30pm on Three. Text 'Carolyn' to 3333 to vote and support Carolyn in her biggest TV challenge yet (texts cost 99 cents).

For more information, tickets to attend the live shows, more information on the dancers and their charities of choice please visit or for more information.

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