the grill

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - NEWS - Pho­to­graph by Be­van Read / Words by Britt Mann

Things read­ers may not know about TVNZ’s Matt Chisholm in­clude, but are not lim­ited to, the fol­low­ing: His un­cle Scott was a vet­eran news an­chor for Sky TV in the UK, who fa­mously thumped his co-an­chor on air in the 90s.

His brother Nick is some­thing of a med­i­cal mir­a­cle. He is a four-time wheel­chair body­build­ing cham­pion de­spite hav­ing locked-in syn­drome, which means he can­not talk or walk un­aided.

In his 20s, Chisholm ju­nior taught “very butchered agri­cul­tural English” in South Korea. He is not flu­ent in Korean but he says he can or­der “a bloody good kim­chi soup”, which he of­ten in­dulges in – alone – nearby the TVNZ head­quar­ters in cen­tral Auck­land.

Chisholm, who holds a de­gree in So­cial Sci­ence from Lin­coln Univer­sity, re­turned to univer­sity to study jour­nal­ism at the age of 30. He’s gone on to hold var­i­ous re­port­ing roles at TVNZ, the lat­est be­ing Sun­day.

He also moon­lights as the host of Survivor NZ. He missed the birth of his first baby while in Nicaragua film­ing the first sea­son.

He did not miss the birth of his se­cond baby, de­spite film­ing the se­cond sea­son of the afore­men­tioned re­al­ity TV show in Thai­land while his wife was hov­er­ing about her due date.

In the in­ter­ests of learn­ing more about the man who’s made a se­cond ca­reer out of snuff­ing tiki torches, we asked Chisholm to take our Sun­day Grill.

The se­cond sea­son of Survivor NZ pre­mieres tonight at 7pm on TVNZ 2.

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