This year the dinner will be held in the Limes Room at the Christchurch Town Hall.  Join us for dinner, live music and to hear the results of the Bidfood People’s Choice Awards, The Judges’ Supreme Award and the announcement of the Chairman’s award.

Your MC for the night is Mike McRoberts. He’ll entertain with his experiences as a broadcaster.

Bio for Mike McRoberts

One of New Zealand’s most recognisable faces, Mike McRoberts graces our TV screens weekday evenings bringing us our six o’clock news bulletin with co-anchor, Samantha Hayes. The former “60 Minutes” current affairs host, whose reporting career spans more than 20 years, is perhaps best known for his journalism work in some of the world’s most dangerous places, covering conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.

Mike has also covered some of the world’s biggest natural disasters in China, Haiti, Pakistan and South East Asia and of course, the Christchurch Earthquake. Beginning his career in 1984 as a cadet at Radio New Zealand, Mike furthered his journalism career when he accepted a role with TVNZ in 1995 as a sports reporter. It is after this role that he moved to TV3 and progressively took up a position which saw him reporting for the current affairs programme “60 Minutes”. Author of his book, “Beyond the Front Line“, Mike expands on the events that have taken him to many of the world’s war zones and disaster areas. He gives an insightful account of his experiences; the warfare, the devastation, and finding humour in surprising places, as well as the fascinating people he’s met getting the stories.

Mike has won numerous journalism awards, including “TV Journalist of the Year” in 2006 and “News Presenter of the Year” in 2017. A keen sports-follower, Mike has also presented and reported from several Rugby World Cups and Olympics Games.

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