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Actress, comedian, television drama producer and director.


Ginette's career has spanned over 35 years. She devised the Kiwi comedy icon Lyn of Tawa in the early 70's, followed by a five year acting stint in the UK. As an actress, she has done an enormous amount of theatre, television and radio in New Zealand, England and Scotland.

Current work

She is kept busy as a warm and humorous after dinner speaker and conference MC and has won numerous awards for acting, producing and public speaking. Her conference work has taken her to Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Fiji and all over New Zealand. She is also a notable corporate MC and extraordinary raconteur.

Previous experience


Ginette McDonald's career began as a teenage apprentice in all areas of stagecraft at Wellington's Downstage Theatre. For many years she worked for TVNZ as a drama Producer/Director. She has written articles, opinion columns, reviews, after dinner speeches and debates. She has been a regular on TV1's Good Morning as a social commentator and agony aunt.

For five years, Ginette was the presenter of the TV3 gardening show Ground Force. Ginette was the narrator in the 2011 World of Wearable Arts Kiwi Icons section and has also toured with the Dunedin and Christchurch symphony orchestras narrating The Proms, The Firebird and Badjelly.


Ginette has won numerous awards for acting, television producing and public speaking. In 2007 she was awarded the ONZM for services to Entertainment.

Ginette was extremely entertaining, and fitted well with the theme of the evening. She was very easy to deal with. Although very humorous Ginette was also very empathic with the theme of the evening which was raising funds for the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery. ANZCO Foods Ltd

We had a lot of fun. I would like to thank you very much for providing such an entertaining breakfast address and giving us lots of laughs. Feedback from the managers and secretaries who attended the event has been great.

Auckland City - Traffic & Roading Services

Ginette was extremely entertaining. She had sufficient knowledge of medical science to appeal to our audience.

NZ Institute of Medical Laboratory Science

The audience loved Ginette and there was laughter from start to finish - which was my main requirement.

Scenic Circle Hotels

The audience was always engaged with Ginette. We have had several calls from members expressing their delight at the event.

Waikato Sunrise Rotary Club

Ginette was funny, good spirited and entertaining.

Colliers International

Ginette exceeded our expectations. The audience thoroughly appreciated Ginette's wit, warmth and professionalism. The positive feedback has kept coming in.

True Colours Charitable Trust

Our residents absolutely loved her and have been hearing nothing but compliments since her talks. The events were very popular and and well-attended.

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