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.