John Cowan hosts ‘Real Life’, a weekly nationwide chat show featuring a different high-profile guest every week. John talks with them about their life, their upbringing, their passions and their view of the world.
John Cowan is an accomplished author, media producer and seminar presenter. He's been a hospital scientist in neurophysiology, a youth worker, a social worker, minister, and parenting expert, but his primary passion is communication: mainly as a speaker to live audiences, and as a writer. His wit and humour have been enjoyed by tens of thousands of people in live-audiences around the country.
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Netball legend Yvonne Willering reflects on her life and career with John Cowan
Born in the Netherlands, Yvonne is a former netball coach and representative netball player. She played for the Silver Ferns from 1974 to 1983. She was coach of...
Tammy Wells tells John Cowan about how she became "The Briscoes Lady"
A former radio journalist, Tammy started as the face of homeware giant Briscoes in 1989.Tammy lives on the rural outskirts of Christchurch on a property she has...
Chaser Anne Hegerty tells John Cowan about how she became "The Governess" on hit television show The Chase
English quizzer and television personality Anne Hegerty has been a "chaser" on the ITV game show The Chase as "The Governess" since 2010, and was a contestant on...
Health & science communicator Dr Michael Mosley retraces his career and passions with John Cowan
Michael studied philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford and then became an investment banker, before retraining as a doctor at the Royal Free...
Jason Gunn reflects on upcoming book, heart attack, and the Zoom age
Television presenter, director and writer Jason Gunn had his first taste of the entertainment industry aged 17, when director John Banas cast him in the lead role...
Head of the Catholic Church reflects on importance of Easter Sunday
Cardinal John Dew was born in Waipawa and attended Catholic schools through high school. He studied philosophy at Holy Name Seminary in Christchurch and theology...
Mayor of Tairāwhiti Gisborne reflects on floods and her journey from South Africa to one of New Zealand's most high profile mayors
Born in South Africa, Rehette Stoltz came to New Zealand 18 years ago on her OE and never left after she fell in love with the country.Stoltz was first elected to...
Adam Hall reflects on career as a paralympic skier
Five-time Paralympic medalist and Dunedin-born ski champion, Adam Hall is one of New Zealand's greatest athletes. Despite being diagnosed at birth with spina bifida,...
Journalist Meslissa Stokes reflects on her time as Europe Correspondent for TVNZ
While studying at NZ Broadcasting School, Melissa landed an internship and then a job at Prime News'in 1999. In 2001 Stokes moved to Breakfast as the Christchurch...
National Director of World Vision, Grant Bayldon, talks about the current crisis in Ukraine and other humanitarian aid work in his career
Grant Bayldon is the National Director of World Vision New Zealand, leading the organisation’ development and humanitarian work in more than 25 countries as well...
National Party Deputy Leader Nicola Willis tells John Cowan about her life and career to date
Nicola Willis is a List MP based in Wellington, having entered Parliament in April 2018, and being reelected in October 2020. She is National’s spokesperson for...
Business consultant Juliet Funt tells John Cowan why employees need space in their calendars
Featured in both Forbes and Fast Company, Juliet is a renowned keynote speaker, tough-love business advisor to the Fortune 500, and founder and CEO of an efficiency...
Jamie McDell on her new album, wedding and life as a kiwi country music icon
An Auckland native, musician Jamie McDell spent part of her youth living aboard her family’s yacht with her father, sailing champion Terry McDell. It was during...