Jane Bowron of the Dominion Post once wrote of Dougal Stevenson: “His voice is authoritative. If there is an end-of-the-world broadcast kept in readiness for the final moments on Earth, I hope TVNZ has chosen Dougal to announce it.” The quote raises a hearty laugh from the man who did, indeed, become a voice of authority for a generation of Kiwi TV news viewers until the 1980s – so much so that Stevenson was an obvious choice to co-host I Was There, a Heartland TV series that reviews many of New Zealand history’s defining moments in four decades since the 1960s
Who would dare to ask one of the most famous opera stars in the world about his failed marriage No need. He brings it up almost immediately himself.
No more living in the shadow of London – Auckland is passing go and collecting it’s very own version of Monopoly. The Auckland edition of the iconic board game was launched today at the Viaduct, on the city’s waterfront