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Candice is a TV presenter on I AM TV, working alongside Olly Coddington and Gabrielle Paringatai. She did vocal study at the Excel School of Performing Arts, went to America for three months, and got a job as a TV presenter when she returned home.
Tell us about yourself, your whānau, hapū, iwi, and school.
Kia ora koutou. I was born in the King Country, Ngāti Maniapoto, and brought up on the East Coast in Tokomaru Bay. From my mother’s side, I have Rarotongan blood and whānau connections to Ngāti Porou ki Harataunga in Kennedy’s Bay.I attended Hatea-a-Rangi School and then Tolaga Bay Area School in Uawa. I loved it there and enjoyed kapa haka with Nga Taiohi-a-Hauiti.
I moved to Auckland to do vocal study at the Excel School of Performing Arts, went to America for three months, and got a job as a TV presenter when I returned home.
How did you first get into television?
I saw an ad on TV for a third presenter on I AM TV and found information about it on the I AM TV Bebo page. I made a two-minute video that included interviewing my mates, explaining where I lived, and answering some questions. Now I am a presenter for I AM TV.
Who are some of the people who have influenced you in your profession or other?
First God, then my parents, and sisters and brother (they always call me with ideas, tips and feedback), co-presenters Olly Coddington and Gabrielle Paringatai, who guided me through my first year in presenting, and Marama from Pukana. The kids are the best – I try to use some of their funny lines on screen.
Tell us about some of your major achievements.
* Getting through school and graduating in Microsoft Excel.
* Getting the job as a presenter for I AM TV.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
* Sleep … and eat, of course.
* Listen to music, make music, and catch up with other musicians and artists.
* Hang out with my mates and try keep up with the ‘hip, cool’ people.
How important is being Māori to you, and how does this influence your work?
Being Māori is important because that’s my culture, but it’s the same as being a Cook Islander, that’s what I am, that’s me. If you have Māori in your blood, in your whakapapa and you acknowledge it, then you’re Māori. Just be, and it will influence your work naturally.
What are your goals and dreams?
My goal is to pay off my bills and my dream is to be a music producer, which I am working on by getting to know people in the media industry.
What advice can you give to young people that want to get into television?
If you want it, go and get it. There’s nothing better than enjoying something you worked for.
What is your favourite kai Māori?
Nanny Kuini’s hot rewana bread with butter melted on it … mmmm I’m hungry now.