Clarke Gayford is a New Zealand radio and television broadcaster. He is the partner of Jacinda Ardern, who was prime minister of New Zealand from October 2017 to January 2023.
Clarke Gayford Personal Life & Career
Clarke Gayford was born on 24 October 1977 in Gisborne, New Zealand to Antony Gayford and Peri McDonald. He has two younger siblings.
After graduating from the School of Broadcasting, Gayford successfully hosted Cow TV (1999), a student life program on Channel 9 in Dunedin. In 1999, Gayford appeared as a contestant on Treasure Island, a reality show. In 2003, he started broadcasting on C4, a music TV channel that presents youth programs. In 2010, Gayford presented the third season of the biographical documentary series Extraordinary Kiwis.
Gayford also presented a number of radio shows, including morning and afternoon shows on More FM and George FM. In 2015, Gayford co-created the fishing show Fish of the Day for Choice TV with producer Mike Bhana. The documentary series also airs on the National Geographic Channel and has been shown in more than 35 countries.
In mid-April 2020, Gayford appeared in a short video on Paranormal in Wellington, urging people to look after young children during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, National Party MP Brett Hudson expressed concern at the Epidemic Response Committee meeting in early May 2020 that the video could politicize the New Zealand Police. Police Commissioner Andrew Coster defended Gayford’s presence on the grounds that he was a well-known television personality who had appeared in a television series.
In mid-January 2022, Gayford sparked controversy after telling pharmacists in December 2021 about getting a rapid antigen test for several musician friends. Gayford said the Department of Health’s testing guidelines have been changed to allow them to do rapid antigen tests instead of the more invasive polymerase chain reaction test. The National Party’s COVID-19 responsibility spokesman, Chris Bishop, criticized Gayford for allegedly using his position as an associate of the prime minister to get special favors for friends. Gayford later apologized for any problems or confusion caused to the pharmacy staff.
In 2021, Gayford hosted the TV show Moving Houses. He guest-starred in episode 2 of the first season of Wellington Paranormal.
Clarke Gayford Net Worth
Clarke has a net worth of $3 million. He earns by being a radio and television broadcaster.
Clarke Gayford Relationship
He previously dated musician Hollie Smith and Shortland Street actress Shavaughn Ruaker. Gayford and Jacinda Ardern began dating in 2013. Gayford was named as the spouse of the prime minister, although the couple is unmarried.
On 19 January 2018, Ardern announced that she and Gayford were expecting their first child in June. The couple welcomed a daughter, Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, who was born on June 21 at 4:45 pm at Auckland City Hospital. In May 2019, it was announced that he and Ardern were engaged to be married. The wedding planned for early 2022, was canceled due to the COVID lockdown implemented in New Zealand.
Clarke Gayford Education
From the age of 11, he transferred to Palmerston North High School for Boys. In 1995, he graduated from the University of Otago in Dunedin with a BA before moving to the New Zealand School of Broadcasting in Christchurch.
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Clarke Gayford Physical Stats
|Height||5 feet 8 inch|
Clarke Gayford Wiki/Bio
|Full Name||Clarke Timothy Gayford|
|Date Of Birth||24 October 1977|
|Age||46 (as of 2023)|
|Birthplace||Gisborne, New Zealand|
|Profession||radio and television broadcaster|
|Ethnicity||English, Welsh, Māori, and Scottish|
|Partner||Jacinda Ardern (2013–)|
|Children||Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford|
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