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Award-winning sports journalist and NewstalkZB radio host


Phil has been described as a media savant, whose amazing career has ranged from reporting on every Rugby World Cup, to meeting Mick Jagger and Dolly Parton, to writing Dame Valerie Adams’ biography, to dancing with Dame Edna Everage, to co-writing the script for the Billy T James film “Te Movie”, to ghost writing for Sir Peter Snell.

Current work
Phil Gifford is the co-host with Simon Barnett of NewstalkZB’s nationwide noon to 4pm show.

He also writes two weekly columns in the New Zealand Herald, and a music column in North And South magazine.

Twice judged New Zealand sportswriter of the year he’s won nine New Zealand and two Australasian radio awards, and been judged New Zealand sports columnist of the year three times.

In 2010 he was honoured with the SPARC lifetime achievement award for services to sports journalism.

He has also won two Dulux national print awards for news reporting, on the Captaine Bouganville shipwreck and on the 1981 Springbok tour.

Creative author
He invented the satirical rugby character Loosehead Len, and wrote the columns for 32 years in the New Zealand Herald, and a music column in North And South magazine. He has also written 27 books.


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Phil was the best opening speaker that we'd had! Excellent, catered perfectly for the audience and very well received. New Zealand Heavy Haulage
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