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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.

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

Phil Gifford was a pleasure to deal with, professional and delivered on the day - looking forward to using him again sometime soon.

Mango Communications

Phil was a perfect blend of humour and sincerity. He had the audience with him all the way. He facilitated, tied various presentations together and made the morning a seamless exercise.


Phil fills the MC role very well. Phil assisted in the entire presentation, flowing smoothly with appropriate links where required.

Suzuki New Zealand Ltd

Phil was a fantastic speaker for us to have at our annual conference. He took the time to understand our organisation and tailored his address accordingly. His rugby tales were enjoyed by all. Phil's diversity and willingness to go the extra mile also shone when he interviewed the Prime Minister on stage in a Q&A style following his own address.

i-SITE New Zealand

Phil is obviously very passionate about what he has done and is doing, so comes across as very entertaining and therefore was extremely well received. Delegates loved to hear the little anecdotes that he had to tell. He was more than happy to take questions afterwards which meant he was speaking for over an hour much to everyone’s delight. Comments were “He was the best speaker we’ve had.” “A very genuine speaker”

Industry Management Systems

Phil was just PERFECT! Phil came in on the right level for our group and very entertaining.

New Zealand Association of Credit Unions

Phil was fantastic the audience loved him!

Innovation Park

Phil prepared an extremely interesting speech. He was well prepared and well organised with a keen sense of humour! Most importantly Phil was happy to spend time with members of the audience after the completion of the formalities, which added a personal touch that many other speakers don't embrace. I would be happy to recommend Phil for any speaking engagements.

Ovation New Zealand

Phil Gifford was a pleasure to work with! Communication with him before the event was incredibly straightforward and we found him to be both reliable and flexible. His talk was very well received and he tailored his content perfectly for the age of the audience that he was presenting to. He had the residents engaged in his talk, had them laughing in their seats and stuck around for a very healthy Q&A and meet & greet afterwards. We wouldn’t hesitate to invite him back again.

Summerset Group Holdings Limited
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