Gordon Harcourt

Gordon Harcourt
Cricket Commentator, Host, Journalist, Live Commentating, MC, Presenter, Producer, Radio Host, TV Presenter, Voice over Artist
Adventure, Art, Business, Cars, Celebrity, Culture and the Arts, DIY, Economy and Finance, Entertaining, Environmental, Fashion, Food and Wine, Health and Lifestyle, Inspirational, Law, Leadership, Marketing, Motivational, Politics, Social Media, Sport, Travel

Gordon Harcourt has been lucky enough to do a job he absolutely loved – reporting and presenting on Fair Go. He got to help people out of tight spots, confront bullies, and also have the occasional good laugh along the way.

He’s probably best known for being bopped in the face by a car dealer who didn’t appreciate being put on Fair Go. He says it didn’t hurt nearly as much as the cricket ball that knocked him out cold in 1995, but it’s been a great conversation starter ever since.

Back in November 1989 he started work at TV3, the about-to-launch upstart. He was the “lowliest-ranked news gimp in the building”. Since then he’s worked for or appeared on every major broadcaster in NZ and had six fantastic years with the BBC. He remains an avid observer of British politics.

He’s been menaced by thugs in Lagos Nigeria, tramped through muck with the residents of a Moroccan rubbish dump, and lived through and reported on the 7/7 London attacks. Back in NZ he helped change a bit of the Consumer Guarantees Act to better protect consumers, offered advice to countless Fair Go viewers, met far too many very dodgy characters, but met way more really excellent Kiwis from strugglers to CEOs.

Fair Go turned out to be the culmination of his 26 years as a journalist in New Zealand and some interesting bits of the world. He now works as Senior Communications Adviser for the Commerce Commission.

He has three kids under ten, is married to lovely Louise, he’s obsessed with the Arsenal football club (and the Western Springs Grade 6 Lions), and if time allowed he’d play mediocre cricket again. He’s given up running and taken up boxing training. His only luxury is his Economist subscription, and he’s pretty fussy about good coffee.

Through the years we have heard many keynote speakers. Sometimes their message resonates for the moment, sometimes days. Gordon clearly did his homework before addressing our group. His passion for the construction industry resonated with our audience and many delegates took up the opportunity to speak with him, at the next break. I recommend Gordon without reservation or hesitation. After seeing how he honed his message to relate to the specifics of our group, I have no doubt that he can (and will) do the same for yours and leave your attendees inspired, thought invoking and raring to put his message into practice in their lives and in your organization.
- Sally Dunbar - NZ Institute of Building Surveyors
Gordon Harcourt acted as Master of Ceremonies at our charity banquet with Dennis Conner. We would recommend him to anyone looking for a well prepared, professional and reliable MC or facilitator.
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