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Gary McCormick is a poet, radio and television personality and raconteur in New Zealandmarker.

McCormick began writing poetry in 1968. His published volumes are Gypsies (with Jon Benson, 1974), Naked and Nameless (1976), Poems for the Red Engine (1978), Poems by Request (1979), Scarlet Letters (1980), Zephyr (1982) and Lost at Sea (1995). He also wrote Performance—A Guide to the Performing Arts in New Zealand for the Department of Internal Affairs (1979) and the satiric secret diary of Jacques Chirac, Honey, I blew up the Atoll (with Scott Wilson, 1995). He is also a long-time collaborator and friend of Sam Hunt.

Invited to front a television documentary Raglanmarker by the Sea, his offbeat, amusing style won his first television outing the Documentary of the Year award. He went on to present a successful documentary series called Heartland where Gary documented the lives of the locals in small towns across New Zealand. McCormick also featured in advertisements for hardware retailer Mitre 10 during the late 1980s and early 90s.

In 1997 he was named New Zealand Entertainer of the Year.

He has held a variety of other positions - a gardener for Poriruamarker Hospital, a Merry-go-round operator and MCing the Sweetwaters Music Festival.

McCormick is currently a radio co-host with Simon Barnett on More FM in Christchurchmarker, and also has a regular slot on TVNZ's Good Morning show.


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