YOUR 2021 HOSTS
Bob Campbell was the second New Zealander and is one of just over 400 people in the world to hold the Master of Wine qualification. He founded The Wine Gallery, an Auckland based wine school, in 1990 and is widely regarded as New Zealand's foremost wine educator. Over 23,000 people have attended wine courses and wine seminars run by Bob Campbell throughout New Zealand and in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and London. He currently teaches the New Zealand Level Two Wine Certificate in China and Hong Kong in association with NZ Winegrowers.
Bob served as chairman of judges at the NZ Wine Society Royal Easter Wine Show for 21 years and is currently chairman of judges at the NZ International Wine Show and chairman of the New Zealand section of the London-based Decanter World Wine Awards. He has been a senior judge at the National Australia Wine Show, co-chairman of judges at the International Wine Challenge in London and has judged extensively in Australia as well as England, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, Belgium, Canada, China, Slovenia, the US and France. Bob was founding secretary of Hawkes Bay Vintners, president of Winemakers of West Auckland and president of the Rangitoto Beefsteak and Burgundy Club. Bob began his career in the wine industry when he joined Montana Wines as an accountant in 1973, the same year he became an Associate Chartered Accountant, and worked as a marketing, export and company manager for several winemakers before starting his own business in 1986.
Winner of Comedian of the Decade (Female) at the 2010 NZ Comedy Guild Awards, Michele A'Court is a full-time professional stand-up comedian and freelance writer. Her work turns up everywhere - on stage, television, radio, newspapers and magazines. Michele is a regular panellist on THREE's award-winning comedy show, 7 Days; The Project; on Radio NZ National's The Panel with Jim Mora; and 9 to Noon. She has been writing a weekly column for the NZ Woman's Weekly and relishes the opportunity to comment on current social issues. She is also a frequent contributor to several national NZ magazines, including Next and Her Business. Michele has also performed internationally with shows held in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Vancouver, Victoria and Toronto. She has performed at comedy festivals in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Melbourne and Adelaide; and entertained NZ and international troops in East Timor. Michele first came to New Zealand's attention more than 20 years ago as the award-winning host of What Now, the children's TV show, and The Video Dispatch, a current affairs programme aimed at youth but, according to legend, was the "must-see TV show" for NZ's politicians. Most recently Michele has become a published author. Her memoir/instructional book Stuff I Forgot To Tell My Daughter is based on her hour-long show of the same name. 2018 saw Michele release her second book, How We Met, a series of interviews with couples investigating how they met and how they stay together.