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Fireside-style interviews with some of NZ’s best-known names

A well-known kiwi in her own right, the wonderful Jude Dobson hosts this live and interactive series.

Join her as she travels to our villages around the country and sits down with iconic guests to chat to them about their lives, family, careers, and experiences.

These sessions are a fantastic opportunity to get new insights into some of your favourite household names, so grab a cuppa and watch the live recordings of our Summerset Interviews below.

Peta Mathias

Peta Mathias MNZM is a respected and prolific New Zealand chef, author, entertainer, broadcaster and travel food guide. Join us as she shares her life stories, adventures and many a hilarious tale with Jude.

Jude Dobson interviews Peta from our village in Kenepuru, Summerset on the Landing.

Hilary Barry

One of the most recognisable faces on New Zealand TV, Hilary Barry currently hosts the prime-time TVNZ show, Seven Sharp. She is both funny and personable, and is able to share stories and experiences from her career that will entertain any audience.

Jude Dobson interviews Hilary from our village in Ellerslie, Auckland.

Kathrine Switzer

Kathrine Switzer is an iconic athlete, social advocate, author, and Emmy award-winning television commentator. In 1967 Kathrine became the first woman to officially register and run the Boston Marathon. When the race director tried to remove her during the race because she was a woman, there was worldwide uproar — it was truly a history making moment.

This episode is hosted by Pinky Agnew.

Sir Ian Taylor

Life is full of twists and turns, and the life of Sir Ian Taylor is no exception. From labouring in the freezing works, to singing in a rock band, serving in the army, having a career in TV, founding his companies “Taylormade Media” and “ARL”, to becoming a Knight Companion of the NZ Order of Merit, you’d be forgiven for thinking Sir Ian has lived multiple lives in one!

This episode is filmed in front of a live audience at Summerset on Cavendish, Christchurch.

Liam Malone

In this interview we meet record-breaking paralympian and comic, Liam Malone.

Liam is widely known as the world's number one blade runner, and he's New Zealand's second fastest 400m sprinter ever — legs or not! His story of hitting rock bottom while at university, to turning it all around to achieve paralympic success, to leaving that all behind for a career in technology and now comedy, is nothing short of incredible.

Suzanne Paul

Inspirational speaker, Suzanne Paul shares her life stories including her experiences building one of New Zealand’s most successful marketing companies and becoming a much-loved TV personality.

This episode is filmed in front of a live audience at Summerset Richmond Ranges.

Dame Miranda Harcourt

Dame Miranda Harcourt has appeared in a number of stage, film and television productions, and has held the position as head of acting at New Zealand drama school Toi Whakaari — passing on her knowledge to a new generation of aspiring actors. She's also a woman with a social and political conscience; teaching drama in prisons, psychiatric institutions, schools, and with the deaf and disabled. Watch as Miranda tells us all about her life, career, love of acting & teaching and some of the interesting people she has met along the way.

Willy de Wit

Willy de Wit shares his inspiring and hilariously funny journey. Pioneering NZ’s stand-up comedy scene in the 80s, Willy has had an impressive career on both TV and radio. He's worked with giants like Billy T James, and McPhail & Gadsby, and was part of the hugely successful group Funny Business. In 2016 Willy suffered a life-threatening stroke which still impacts him to this day.

This interview is facilitated by David Downs, The New Zealand Story CEO, who chats to Willy about all things comedy, life & career.

Kerre Woodham

Kerre began her TV career on Fair Go, and in the last 35 years has become a regular on our screens, appearing on Heartland, Ready Steady Cook and Dancing with the Stars. She currently hosts the Newstalk ZB morning show and is a NZ Woman's Weekly columnist.

Watch as Jude Dobson chats to Kerre about her exciting life and career, recorded in front of a live audience at our Hobsonville village, Summerset at Monterey Park.

Tony Murrell

As one of New Zealand's top landscape designers, Tony Murrell has been helping kiwis create beautiful gardens for over 20 years.

You may recognise him from TV3's Ground Force and Garden Wars, or TV1's Home & Garden NZ and Kiwi Living. He is also a radio host, owns a landscaping business and has travelled the world not only designing gardens, but training as a professional chef.

Kate Targett-Adams

Scottish-born, Queenstown resident, Kate Targett-Adams has carved out a niche as a modern-day travelling minstrel.

Her captivating performance has seen her travel the world from Edinburgh Castle to Beijing's forbidden city, and in front of the likes of the British Royal family and Sir Sean Connery. Jude Dobson chats to Kate about how the harp has become her international passport to success, her travels and the people she's met along the way.

This episode is filmed at our Summerset by the Park village, Manukau.