Tamati Coffey

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Tamati Coffey
Born Tamati Gerald Coffey[1]
(1979-09-19) 19 September 1979 (age 34)[1]
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Nationality  New Zealand
Occupation Television presenter
Spouse(s) Tim Smith

Tamati Gerald Coffey (born 19 September 1979) is a New Zealand politician and former television host and presenter. He was the roving weather presenter for TVNZ's breakfast television programme Breakfast and the host of New Zealand's Got Talent. He has also worked on children's television show What Now, and was the winner of New Zealand's Dancing With The Stars in 2009. He is openly gay. In 2014 he was named the Labour Party candidate for the Rotorua electorate at the 2014 general election.

Early life[edit]

Born in Lower Hutt and educated at Onslow College,[2] Coffey is of Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhourangi and Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent.[3] He completed an honours degree in political science at the University of Auckland in 2003.[4]

Television career[edit]

What Now[edit]

Coffey joined the What Now team in February 2004.[5] During his time on the show, Coffey also played character roles most notably, "Whitney" in the "What Now Cheerleaders" and "New Zild's Next Top Model". He mainly traveled around New Zealand in a car called "The Spyrider", to many different towns where weekly, he would film live with the locals and experience what their town had to offer. He hosted the show alongside co-hosts Virginie Le Brun, DJ Vinyl Richie, Serena Cooper and Charlie Panapa.

Breakfast[edit]

In September 2007 Coffey left What Now and moved to TVNZ's early morning show Breakfast where he was the show's weatherman and roving reporter.[5] He presented the show alongside Petra Bagust, Peter Williams, Rawdon Christie, Nadine Chalmers-Ross and Corin Dann. Coffey left Breakfast in December 2012 and was replaced in the role by Sam Wallace.[6]

Dancing With the Stars[edit]

Coffey was a contestant on season five of the New Zealand version of Dancing with the Stars in 2009. Partnered with Samantha Hitchcock, Coffey won the series final on 21 April 2009. Coffey's charity was Rainbow Youth, an organisation that supports gay youth.[7]

Intrepid Journeys[edit]

As part of series seven of the TVNZ show Intrepid Journeys, Coffey travelled to Oman on the Arabian Peninsula for three weeks. The episode screened on 20 January 2011 on TV One. Coffey is seen engaging in activities including mountain climbing, turtle nesting, dhow fishing cruises and souk shopping.

New Zealand's Got Talent[edit]

Coffey was the host of New Zealand's Got Talent in 2012[8] and 2013.[9]

Seven Sharp[edit]

Coffey was a fill-in presenter for current affairs programme Seven Sharp in late 2013 following Greg Boyed's departure from the show.[10]

Political career[edit]

On 29 March 2014, Coffey was selected as the Labour Party's candidate for the Rotorua electorate at the 2014 general election.[11]

Personal life[edit]

After winning Dancing With The Stars in 2009, Coffey came out as gay during an interview with Woman's Weekly and said that he lives with his long-term boyfriend, Tim Smith. The couple announced their engagement on 16 February 2011[12][13] and wed in a civil union on 29 December 2011.[14]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Tamati takes off tour – Lower Hutt (video)". TVNZ video. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tamati Coffey". http://tvnz.co.nz/. Television New Zealand. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Our people: meet Tamati Coffey's parents". Rotorua Daily Post. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Bathgate, Benn (4 March 2013). "Can Coffey break McClay's hold on Rotorua?". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "This week on TV2 – Tamati moves from What Now to Breakfast". http://www.throng.co.nz/. Throng Ltd. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Tamati Coffey says goodbye to Breakfast". New Zealand Herald. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Tamati's DWTS win benefits gay youth charity". TVNZ. 9 May 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "Tamati Coffey to host NZ's Got Talent". 1 April 2012. New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Tamati Coffey Returns For New Zealand's Got Talent 2013". http://www.scoop.co.nz/. Scoop Media. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Coffey 'just helping out'". New Zealand Herald. 22 December 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Bilby, Lynley (29 March 2014). "Tamati Coffey selected for Labour". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  12. ^ http://www.gaynz.com/articles/publish/2/article_7384.php
  13. ^ "Tamati Coffey announces engagement". One News. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "TVNZ's Tamati Coffey to wed - reports". Stuff.co.nz. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Temepara George & Stefano Olivieri
Dancing with the Stars (New Zealand) winner
(with partner Samantha Hitchcock)
Season 5 (2009)
Succeeded by
Incumbent