Alison Mau

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Alison Mau
Born (1965-02-14) 14 February 1965 (age 52)
Occupation Journalist
Employer MediaWorks
Organization RadioLive
Home town Melbourne
Children Paris

Alison Mau (born 14 February 1965), known professionally as Ali Mau, is an Australian-born New Zealand television journalist and presenter. She was a co-host of TVNZ show Seven Sharp,[1] but left at the end of 2013 to work at Radio Live.[2]


Born in Melbourne, Mau's first reporting job was for the Warracknabeal Herald in northern Victoria at age 18.[3] In 1984 she was hired by the Melbourne Herald. She moved to London in 1990 and presented and reported for World Business Report on BBC World.[4] She returned to Australia in 1993 but moved to New Zealand soon after, where she was soon employed by TVNZ.[4]

Her first television appearance was on the business-related current affairs show Made in New Zealand. Mau would later present late-night current affairs programming including Eyewitness and Newsnight, the latter of which she presented alongside Marcus Lush and her future husband Simon Dallow.[4]

After a period reporting for ONE News, Mau began presenting the Breakfast programme with Mike Hosking. She returned to ONE News after the birth of her second child and, from 1999 to 2003, presented the weekend news alongside husband Simon Dallow. She returned to Breakfast in 2004 but left at the end of the year to join rival network Prime Television, where she worked with former TVNZ presenter Paul Holmes.[4] She was made redundant from Prime when the station was taken over by Sky in early 2006[3] and returned to TVNZ in 2008.

Upon her return to TVNZ, Mau worked as a backup host for Breakfast and also appeared in other news, non-news, and current affairs shows including the home and lifestyle show Home Front, which she presented alongside future Dunedin mayor Dave Cull.[1] In 2010, she became co-host of weekly consumer affairs programme Fair Go.

In 2013, she moved to co-host the nightly current affairs programme Seven Sharp. Mau says that when she was recruited for Seven Sharp, the programme pitched to her was quite different from the one that eventuated. If she had known what the show would be like, she "never would have left the job at Fair Go".[5] In 2014, she left to work at Radio Live.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Mau met Simon Dallow on a Contiki Tours tour in Europe in 1989. The pair began working together at TVNZ in 1994 and married in 1996. The couple divorced in 2009. They have two children.[3] In 2010, following rumours of a same-sex relationship, she stated publicly that she is bisexual.[6] She became engaged to Karleen Edmonds in February 2012.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Profile: Ali Mau". TVNZ. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Alison Mau to leave Seven Sharp". Fairfax NZ News. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Glucina, Rachel (7 February 2010). "Revealed: Ali Mau's new lady love romance". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Alison Mau". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mau in dark over Seven Sharp sacking". The New Zealand Herald. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Alison Mau comes out: "Yes, I'm bisexual", retrieved 6 November 2010
  7. ^ Tapaleao, Vaimoana (2 March 2012). "Family thrilled at Ali Mau proposal". Retrieved 2 March 2012. 

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