Clarke Gayford


MC, Speaker, Adventurer & DJ

After graduating from NZ Broadcasting School, Clarke Gayford created student show Cow TV. Presenting gigs followed for music channel C4, United Travel Getaway, and Extraordinary Kiwis. In 2016 he swapped his radio mike for a speargun to launch Fish of the Day, a Choice TV show about his lifelong passion. In 2017 Gayford became NZ’s 'first bloke', when partner Jacinda Ardern became Prime Minister.

When not spearfishing, Gayford has filled in as a host on Seven Sharp and been an occasional guest on Radio New Zealand's The Panel. He has MCed at events from the Sustainable Coastlines Auction Ball to the Rhythm and Vines Music Festival.


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