Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Dancing with the Stars NZ raises funds for Cure Kids

August 2019

Three’s Dancing with the Stars NZ raises funds for Cure Kids’ big research for little lives

Cure Kids CEO Frances Benge with Cure Kids child ambassador Eva and Carolyn Taylor.

Ten weeks of sweat, sequins and sparkles came to an end in June when Manu Vatuvei was named winner of Dancing with the Stars NZ, taking home the Glitterball Trophy – but the celebration didn’t stop there.

Twelve charities are set to benefit from the public’s generous text-to-vote donations, with each charity receiving over $40,000 each to make a difference to the work they do in the community.

Carolyn Taylor did New Zealand proud during her three weeks on the show and her efforts will see $40,197.24 go towards helping her charity of choice, Cure Kids, fund research in the children health space.

“I had such a fun time on Dancing with the Stars NZ and was pleased to have ticked the achievement off my bucket list, while raising funds for the important work Cure Kids does to improve the lives of children in New Zealand and around the world,” says Carolyn.

While the former children’s TV presenter and media personality and her professional dancing partner, Johnny Williams, left the competition much sooner than hoped, the couple helped shine a light on child health.

“We were delighted that Carolyn chose to dance for Cure Kids and highlight the child health research we support,” says Cure Kids CEO Frances Benge.

“Carolyn was a winner in our eyes. She shone on the dance floor and put smiles on the faces of many children around New Zealand. We’re grateful for Carolyn’s support and the generosity of those who donated.”

Since inception 47 years ago, Cure Kids has funded research into a range of health conditions including childhood cancers, inherited heart conditions, epilepsy and infectious diseases to cystic fibrosis, sudden unexpected death syndrome in infants (SUDI), stillbirth, burns, and mental health.

This was the first year that all the funds raised during Three’s Dancing with the Stars were divided equally between all 12 charities and nearly 100 percent of the text vote proceeds went towards each celebrity dancer’s charity of choice.

The Mediaworks Foundation says the figure received by each charity ($40,197.24) was the total amount raised, minus the hard costs required to cover audit and technical back-end fees, and less the Week 1 funds raised which were donated to The Christchurch Foundation’s Our People, Our City fund.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: NZSQ Conclude National Tour With ‘Release’ Programme

The NZSQ concluded their national tour in Wellington with a three-part programme, the triumphant final installment of which was entitled ‘Release.’ It included three pieces representing radical musical innovation... More>>

Howard Davis: The Show Must Go On - ‘La Traviata’ Opening Night Wobbles
Casting problems have beset ‘La Traviata’ since its first performance in March 1853 at Venice’s La Fenice opera house. Sadly, Saturday night’s premiere at Wellington’s newly-restored St James Theatre proved no different... More>>

Howard Davis: Dennis Villeneuve’s Dune - A Brief History

So many elements of Herbert’s novel have since become tropes of popular SciFi that Villeneuve’s film sometimes seems deceptively derivative. What makes all this nonsense essential viewing is his astonishing visual sensibility. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which has been republished by Te Papa press. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland