Fishing presenter hooks role as NZ's new "first bloke"
NEW Zealander Clarke Gayford may be that country’s new “first bloke”, partnered as he is with newly appointed Prime Minister, Jacinda Ahern, but he is also a success in his own right. The 39-year-old has combined his love of fishing and broadcasting into a business which has resulted in his show - “Fish of the Day” - being sold into 20 countries.
According to an article on the Radio NZ website, Gayford has always been prepared to take the odd risk. After leaving NZ Broadcasting School he successfully pitched a notorious student show, which led to a gig in Auckland with music channel C4 and stints on commercial radio.
Gayford went on to host the NZ travel show Getaway in 2007, and in 2010 was brought in as presenter on the third season of Extraordinary Kiwis.
Last year he teamed up with producer Mike Bhana to make Fish of the Day, a series in which Gayford travels the Pacific fishing and finding recipes for his catches.
He has said he met Ms Ardern in 2013 after wanting to complain to an MP about the then National government's proposed changes to security legislation. They met for coffee ... and now he finds himself the first man. He and Ahern have been together four years.