Brendon Pongia is currently the business development manager for Cure Kids and has bought in millions of dollars of charity money for them through sponsorship.
Brendon became a household name after playing basketball with the Tall Blacks for nearly a decade getting all the way to the defeating Australia to quality for the world championships in 2002. He then went on to be the co-host on the Good Morning Show, presenting for TVNZ, Sky TV and the Maori Channel whilst also being part of the radio morning crew on Flava FM.
Brendon was also a contestant in Dancing with the Stars with dance partner Hayley Holt plus appeared in Shock Treatment and in 2010 Brendon appeared in a moving documentary ‘The Missing Piece’ where he traced back his Maori ancestry.
Brendon plays an active role in charity work. He is an ambassador for the Blue September charity and he gave a poignant speech about losing his father-in-law to prostate cancer. He also made his debut as an auctioneer at the Placemakers Charity auction raising over $37,000 for the Cranford Hospice. The delegates responded well to his cheeky and entertaining style which contributed to the result. He is an ambassador for Cure Kids and Kiwanis, and has been involved in many charities including the Heart Foundation, Kidney Foundation, Plunket, Canteen, just to name few.
Brendon is a popular and entertaining MC and can deliver to a variety of audiences including events such as Bay of Plenty Sports Awards, World of Wearable Arts, Hokonui Fashion Awards, Hawkes Bay Fashion in the Field, Hawkes Bay Edible Art Awards, Wellington Architecture Awards, Kowhiti Matariki Festival of Maori Contemporary Dance.
Brendon grew up in Greymouth and is of Maori decent. He is married to Michelle, an HR Manager and has a three year old son Armani.