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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Former Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy reflects on her career in sports and public service
Born in Rotorua, Susan's family was very involved in the squash community and she started playing when she was young, turning professional at the age of 17. Her...
D'Arcy Waldegrave speaks with John Cowan about his life, career, and mental health challenges he's faced
D'Arcy hosts Sportstalk on Newstalk ZB on weekday evenings. He was recently named Best Sportsreader at the annual New Zealand Radio Awards.D'Arcy has an 11-year-old...
Claire Turnbull opens up about her tumultuous relationship with food in her teen years and how nutrition became her passion
Claire works work as a NZ Registered Nutritionist and has become a familiar face and trusted voice across New Zealand media speaking on issues of health and wellbeing.
Veteran boxer Monty Betham joins John Cowan to talk about the upcoming Fight for Life and his own boxing career
Born in Auckland to a professional boxer father, Monty Betham is a retired professional boxer and former professional rugby league footballer. He played club football...
Comedian Dai Henwood tells John Cowan about living sober and his exploration of spirituality
Dai studied Theatre and Film at Victoria University of Wellington, before winning 'Best New Face' on TV2's Pulp Comedy in 1999, the Billy T Award in 2002 and the...
Journalist Mike McRoberts joins John Cowan to reflect on his life and career to date
Raised in Christchurch, Mike took a high school journalism course run by the Department of Māori Affairs. In 1984 he won a Radio New Zealand cadetship and six months...
Matthew Tukaki reflects on his riveting life story
Matthew was born in Upper Hutt. His father was of Ngāi Te Rangi from Matakana Island, Tauranga.After living most of his adult life in Australia, Matthew moved home...
Kate Rodger reflects on a life with the stars
Kate was born to Kiwi parents in Suva, Fiji and lived there until she was five before moving home to New Zealand. She studied radio at the Christchurch Polytechnic...
Vui Mark Gosche reflects on his life and career on Real Life with John Cowan
Mark Goshe is the Chairman of Kāinga Ora and a Former Labour Cabinet Minister. The first person of Pacific Island descent elected to Cabinet, Mark was a full-time...
Jeremy Corbett reflects on his life as an iconic kiwi comedian
Jeremy Corbett, Co-Host of The Project and Seven Days, joins John Cowan to talk about his life and what makes him tick. Jeremy was born in Westport, and raised in...
Singer Tina Cross reflects on her life in showbiz
Tina Cross was the lead vocalist of 1980s pop band, Koo De Tah, and is one-third of the harmony group The Lady Killers along with Jackie Clarke and Suzanne Lynch....
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...