19 April 2020
Te Radar studied law at the University of Otago but abandoned his original course of study to take up drama. He has gone on to become an award-winning satirist, documentary maker, writer, stage and screen director, failed gardener, and amateur historian. He was also the presenter of six top rating TVNZ documentary series, Global Radar, Radar Across the Pacific, Radar’s Patch, Off the Radar, Homegrown and Hidden In The Numbers. His most recent TV series Te Radar’s Chequered Past is based on his popular stage show Eating the Dog and screened to critical acclaim.
Off the Radar was Te Radar’s attempt at sustainable living, spending ten months working on a small allotment. The show rated highly and led to the publication of an accompanying book. The series was followed by a sequel, Radar’s Patch, which won the 2010 award for Best Information/Lifestyle programme.
Radar has twice won the Qantas Media Award for Best Humour Column for his New Zealand Herald columns.