Radio presenter and commentator, television star, corporate speaker, comic, published poet – Gary is highly sought after on the corporate circuit, providing his own topical brand of humour as an after-dinner speaker and conference MC.
Renowned for his long-running documentary series on life in the New Zealand hinterland, Heartland, Gary is one of the country’s most popular celebrities. He is currently based in Christchurch and is co-host with Simon Barnett on More FM’s award-winning breakfast show.
Gary is a former gardener, surfboard manufacturer and merry-go-round operator from Titahi Bay (the subject of the award-winning Bay Boys documentary). His first book of poems Naked and Nameless won a Pen Poetry Award in 1978, and he started life as a touring performer with renowned poet Sam Hunt.
Years of touring with rock bands followed (Dave Dobbin, Hammond Gamble, Hello Sailor, Sharon O’Neill), as well as comedy tours and a growing number of corporate speeches. He also promoted and appeared in a series of Celebrity Comedy Debates that filled town halls throughout New Zealand. Gary was named New Zealand Entertainer of the Year in 1997.
In recent years, Gary has toured the country performing with the likes of the late former Prime Minister David Lange, Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt, entertainer Ginette McDonald, blues musician Hammond Gamble, and poet Sam Hunt.
At the beginning of 2003 Gary joined More FM, while continuing his corporate speaking, roles on television and writing for various publications. He lives in the beautiful southern port of Lyttelton, and leads a ‘sartorially-challenged’ life with ambitions to write more and spend increasing amounts of time with his lovely wife Katherine.
Radio & Television Highlights
2003 – present: More FM breakfast co-host with Simon Barnett
2007 – present: regular weekly guest on TV One’s ‘Good Morning’
2006 – present: regular guest on National Radio’s afternoon programme ‘The Panel’, hosted by Jim Mora
2000: As one of three principal presenters, Gary darted around New Zealand in a live, 40-hour, non-stop television broadcast to celebrate the millennium for TV One
1998-1999: ‘McCormick’ programme ran for two years on TV One
1998: ‘Bay Boys’ documentary
1997: awarded New Zealand Entertainer of the Year
2008: currently touring with Blues singer Paula Ubana Jones
2007 – 2008: toured with 'Lyn of Tawa' (Ginette McDonald) in ‘Lyn and Gazza – the Golden Years’
1971 – present: toured New Zealand performing poetry with fellow writer Sam Hunt
1998 – present: toured the country performing with Invercargill Mayor, His Worship Tim Shadbolt, entertainer Ginette McDonald, and Blues musician Hammond Gamble.
1999 – 2006: toured the country performing with the late former Prime Minister, Right Honourable David Lange
2001 – 2003: partnered with Brett Tutheridge and Greg Ward as ‘The Roasts – New Zealand's First Family’
2004 – 2008: regular columnist for Avenues magazine
1995: Roaring Forties
1995: Lost at Sea
1995: Honey, I Blew up the Atoll
1999: Gary’s Guide for the Millennium Man
1994: McCormick's Guide to Staying Alive in New Zealand