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Bernadine leading ‘Best Newsreader’ category

11 October, 2006

Bernadine leading ‘Best Newsreader’ in
New Zealand’s biggest people’s choice TV awards

TVNZ's weekend newsreader Bernadine Oliver-Kerby is giving her high-profile colleagues a run for their money in TV Guide's annual Best on the Box People's Choice Awards.

Bernadine, who lost out to Wendy Petrie for the position of co-anchor of the prestigious week-night One News, is currently leading the poll as the country's favourite newsreader. This puts her ahead of all other newsreaders including One News' co-anchor Simon Dallow and TV3's Hilary Barry and Mike McRoberts.

Media coverage in recent months has highlighted a drop in ratings for One News, as well as controversy surrounding its recent text campaign.

"Bernadine has always been popular with TV Guide readers, but I have to say I am quite surprised to see her leading the pack," says Editor Julie Eley.

"But then that is the beauty of the Best on the Box Awards - we get to know what TV viewers really think."

Dumped former newsreader Judy Bailey is also proving popular with TV Guide readers. The Maori TV Anzac Day Special Broadcast she co-presented with Wena Harawira is leading the Best Documentary category in the Awards.

"That was landmark television, and it's not surprising to see it doing so well," says Julie.

"However, it is early days and things are changing all the time. The votes are still flooding in, and nothing’s final."

Voters can make their picks online at or by using the special voting form included in the TV Guide issue on sale October 12. All voters go in the draw to win a major HP prize pack valued at $3000.

TV Guide’s the Best on the Box Awards give Kiwis an opportunity to vote for their favourite TV stars across a range of categories, including Best News Presenter, Sexiest Woman, and Funniest Person on TV.

TV Guide is New Zealand’s top selling weekly magazine, featuring TV listings ahead of any other publication. The Best on the Box Awards results will be published in the TV Guide issue on sale November 9.

List of nominees.

Results will be announced to media on November 9.

The list of categories and nominees is as follows. It can also be viewed online at

Sexiest Woman Sexiest Man
Alison Mau Antony Starr
Bernadine Oliver-Kerby Benjamin Mitchell
Charlotte Dawson Dominic Bowden
Siobahn Marshall Michael Galvin
Toni Marsh Shane Cortese
Simon Dallow

Best Actress Best Actor
Alison Quigan - Shortland Street Antony Starr - Outrageous Fortune
Danielle Cormack - Maddigan’s Quest David McPhail - Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby
Jamie Passier-Armstrong - Shortland Street Frank Whitten - Outrageous Fortune
Kate Elliott - The Insiders’ Guide to Love Renato Bartolomei - Shortland Street
Robyn Malcolm - Outrageous Fortune Taungaroa Emile - The Market
Zoe Naylor - Orange Roughies Tim Balme - Maddigan’s Quest

Best Presenter, News Best Presenter, Current Affairs
Bernadine Oliver-Kerby - One News Cameron Bennett - Sunday - TV1
Carolyn Robinson - 3 News John Campbell – Campbell Live - TV3
Hilary Barry - 3 News Larry Williams -Williams Up Front – Sky News
Mike McRoberts - 3 News Mark Sainsbury -Close Up – TV1
Simon Dallow - One News Mike McRoberts -60 Minutes – TV3
Wendy Petrie - One News Susan Wood -Close Up- - TV1
Wena Harawira -Te Heteri – Maori TV

Best Presenter, General Best Presenter, Lifestyle Shows
Alison Mau -NZ’s Top 100 History Makers - Prime Charlotte Dawson -United Travel Getaway - Prime
Dominic Bowden - NZ Idol – TV2 Jane Kiely - Mitre 10 Dream Home – TV1
Jason Gunn -Dancing With The Stars – TV1 Peta Mathias - NZ House and Garden, Taste NZ – TV1
Judy Bailey - Anzac Day coverag e- Maori TV Pete Peeti -Kai Time On the Road – Maori TV
Kevin Milne - Fair Go – TV1 Richard Till -Kiwi Kitchen – TV1
Mark Leishman -The Great New Zealand Spelling Bee – TV1 Rob Harte -My House, My Castle – TV2
Petra Bagust -The Perfect Age – TV3

Best Presenter, Weather Best Presenter - Sport
Brendan Horan – TV1 Andrew Mulligan - Prime
Karen Olsen – TV1 Clint Brown - TV3
Mike Hall – TV3 Geoff Bryan - TV1
Rochelle Gillespie – TV1 Howard Dobson - TV3
Russell Dixon – TV3 Neil Waka -TV1
Toni Marsh – TV3 Stephen McIvor - Sky Sport 1

Rising Star Funniest Person On TV
Mark Ruka - Orange Roughies – TV1 Dai Henwood -C4
Nick Kemplen - Orange Roughies – TV1 Hori Ahipene - B & B -Maori TV
Rose McIvor - Maddigan’s Quest – TV3 Jason Gunn -Dancing with the Stars – TV1
Ryan O’Kane - Insiders’ Guide to Love – TV2 Jeremy Wells -Eating Media Lunch – TV2
Te Awanui Reeder - Lips – Maori TV Leigh Hart - Sports Café – TV2
Tom Hern - Shortland Street – TV2 Te Radar -B & B – Maori TV

Best News Best Current Affairs
3 News 20/20 - TV2
Nightline 60 Minutes -TV3
One News Campbell Live -TV3
Prime News – First at 5.30 Close Up -TV1
Te Kaea Sunday - TV1
Tonight Williams Up Front - Sky News

Best Documentary Best Entertainment
Anzac Day Special Broadcast -Maori TV About Now with Mark Sainsbury - TV1
Dagg Sea Scrolls -TV1 Coast -Maori TV
Dave Dobbyn - One Night in Matata – TV1 Eating Media Lunch -TV2
High Times -TV3 Game of Two Halves - TV1
House Trap -TV3 Holmes - Prime
What Lies Beneath -TV1 Out of The Question - Prime

Best Kids Show Best Sports Show
Let’s Get Inventin - TV2 3 Sport Arena - TV3
New Zealand’s Brainiest Kid -TV2 BP Ultimate Sports Sunday – Prime
Pukana - Maori & TV3 Code - Maori TV
Squirt -TV2 One Sport Motorsport - TV1
Sticky TV - TV3 The Crowd Goes Wild - Prime
Studio 2 - TV 2 The ITM Fishing Show - TV1
What Now? - TV2

Best Drama Best Comedy
The Insiders’ Guide to Love – TV2 B&B – Maori TV
Maddigan’s Quest – TV3 bro’Town – TV3
Outrageous Fortune – TV3 Face Lift – TV1
Shortland Street – TV2 Kai Korero – Maori TV
Taonga – TV1 Pulp Sport – TV3
The Lost Children – TV2 Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby – TV1

Best Reality/Competition Best Reality Series
Celebrity Treasure Island – TV2 Borderline - TV1
Dancing with the Stars – TV1 Emergency - TV1
Dragon’s Den – TV1 Piha Rescue - TV1
Marae DIY – Maori TV Police 10-7 - TV2
NZ Idol – TV2 SCU Serious Crash Unit - TV2
The Great NZ Spelling Bee – TV1 The Zoo - TV2

Best Lifestyle Show Best Advice Show
Country Calendar - TV1 Ask Your Auntie - Maori TV
Hunger for the Wild - TV1 Downsize Me - TV3
Kiwi Kitchen - TV1 Eat Yourself Whole - TV2
Mucking In - TV1 Fair Go - TV1
NZ House & Garden - TV1 Target - TV3
Ten Years Younger - TV1 The Money Man - TV3



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