Clarke Gayford


MC, Speaker, Adventurer & DJ

While studying at the NZ Broadcasting School, Clarke Gayford successfully pitched his very first TV project, Cow TV, to Dunedin’s Channel 9. Following this, he worked as a presenter for music channel C4, United Travel Getaway and Extraordinary Kiwis, as well as presenting on a number of radio shows on channels such More FM and George FM. But it’s no secret Clarke’s life-long passion is fishing, which led him to launch Choice TV show Fish of the Day, which he still currently hosts. When he’s not spearfishing, Clarke has filled in as a host on Seven Sharp and RNZ’s The Panel. In 2017, Clarke became NZ’s “first-man” when his partner Jacinda Ardern became Prime Minister.

Clarke has transferred his great TV presenting skills into MCing and public speaking very successfully. He has MCed all kinds of events, from the Sustainable Coastlines Auction Ball to the infamous Rhythm and Vines music festival! He has the ability to engage and entertain even the rowdiest of audiences, incorporating his own fun-loving nature while still delivering important messages.


Auckland, New Zealand


Compere/MC, Judge, Live Performance Host, Panellist, Speech Writer


DJ/Music, Film & Television, Fishing, Food & Wine, Music, Travel

Testimonials (8)

Auckland Conversations: Our Gift to the Gulf Feb 2

We just wanted to express our huge thanks to you for being our MC at the Auckland Conversations: Our Gift to the Gulf event on Thursday evening.

There were some great discussions/comments/responses to questions between yourself, the panellists and the audience. Your personal connection with the Hauraki Gulf definitely brought a special element to the discussion. While some of the points raised may have been hard for the audience (and everyone) to hear, raising awareness of the issues at hand around the Gulf and what actions need to be taken to restore and regenerate the Gulf was what the conversation was intended to do.

You were awesome at keeping everyone engaged and your abilities as an MC are outstanding. We have had great feedback on the event already! Thank you for keeping the conversation lively and for providing your personal insights on the topic.

Ashley McIntyre | Citizen & Customer Engagement Specialist

Citizen Engagement & Insights

Auckland Council