Mike Puru in 2018
20 August 1975
Gore, New Zealand
|Residence||Arch Hill, Auckland, New Zealand|
|Education||St Peter's College (1987–1993)|
|Occupation||The Café host|
Mike Puru (born 20 August 1975) is a New Zealand TV personality and former radio DJ/presenter who spent two decades working at radio station The Edge from 1995 until 2015, first on its night show and then its breakfast show. Puru also worked on New Zealand's Shopping Channel Yesshop from 2012 until it ceased transmission in 2016.
From 2015 until 2016 he hosted seasons one and two of New Zealand's The Bachelor TV show on Three. Puru then began working as one of the current hosts along with Mel Homer on The Cafe which is also broadcast on Three.
Early career and education
Puru started working in radio and television after he finished high school in 1993. He occasionally worked in regular high school theatre productions. Puru set up his own radio show for St Peter's College broadcasting regular events for an hour each week from Invercargill.
During his final year at St Peter's College, Puru became head boy, and then left to pursue his career in radio and television by attending NZ Broadcasting School. He later moved to Hamilton for seven years and then to Auckland.
From 1995 until 2015, Puru was one of the Radio DJs for the New Zealand radio station The Edge.
In October 2012, he became one of the inaugural TV presenters on New Zealand's first, but short-lived Yesshop home shopping channel. A career highlight included interviewing Eva Longoria live on air during the Hollywood star's brief first visit to New Zealand as a guest of The Shopping Channel.
On 7 December 2015, Puru announced he was leaving The Edge, and did so officially on 11 December. He was replaced by Clinton Randell and the station's breakfast show was renamed The Jay-Jay, Dom & Randell Show.
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