Originally trained as a journalist in 1979 and with a degree from Victoria University in English Literature & Drama, Michèle has been part of New Zealand’s entertainment industry since she first appeared on television in 1987 as a children’s TV presenter.
In the years since she has worked in radio, theatre and television, and was an original member of the team of comedians who brought the hit TV show, “7 Days” to our screens. She performs live in pubs and clubs everywhere from the Laugh Factory in Las Vegas to the Mangawhai Tavern in Northland.
Michèle co-hosted the legendary feminist podcast and webseries ‘On The Rag’ for several years with Alex Casey and Leonie Hayden. The trio were nominated for ‘Best Presenter Entertainment’ at the NZ TV Awards in 2020.
Michèle has written two bestselling books: “Stuff I Forgot To Tell My Daughter” (2015) and “How We Met” (2018), both published by Harper Collins. She has been writing a weekly column on social issues since 2008, most recently in the NZ Woman’s Weekly. As a freelance writer, her work has appeared on the Spinoff and RNZ, in Metro, Next, the Listener, Your Weekend, the Sunday Star Times, In-Business, Good, Bride & Groom and Pet Magazine.
As an after-dinner speaker, event host and conference MC, Michèle’s hundreds of corporate clients over the past 25 years include nurses, social workers, financial advisors, classical musicians, IT specialists, plumbers, insurance specialists, bankers, builders, lawyers, electrical workers, travel industry professionals and scientists.
Michèle first came to NZ’s attention as the award-winning host of What Now, the children’s TV show which aired live for two hours each week, and The Video Dispatch, a current affairs programme aimed at youth but, according to legend, was the “must-see TV show” for NZ’s politicians who were looking for a weekly, easy-to-understand explanation of the big news stories.
Michele has a raft of awards from various comedy festivals. She is a member of Actors’ Equity and a Life Member of the NZ Comedy Guild.
Michèle is the Patron of the Moving & Handling Association of NZ (MHANZ) which cares for carers in the health sector, and an Ambassador for Breast Cancer Cure.