Mike McRoberts, Matilda Rice announced for Dancing With The Stars NZ 2019

  • 29/11/2018

Newshub presenter Mike McRoberts and former The Bachelor star Matilda Rice will compete in Dancing With The Stars NZ next year.

MediaWorks revealed the news on Thursday, along with several other announcements for its TV and radio line-ups in 2019.

Dancing With The Stars NZ enjoyed a successful comeback this year, with fellow Newshub presenter Sam Hayes winning the competition.

"I've loved dancing for as long as I can remember, but I've never ever had any formal training so I'm actually feeling super excited about learning how to do it properly," says McRoberts.

"Some of the best things I've done in my life have seemed at the time insurmountable challenges; reporting from conflicts around the globe, or some of the world's biggest natural disasters - or even running marathons and competing in multi-sport events.

"Dancing with the Stars NZ feels like one of those challenges - but perhaps with a slightly more glamorous wardrobe."

Sharyn Casey and Dai Henwood will host Dancing with the Stars New Zealand again in 2019.
Dai Henwood and Sharyn Casey will host again host Dancing With The Stars NZ Photo credit: MediaWorks

MediaWorks also announced that Clarke Gayford's Fish of the Day is moving to Three in 2019.

Also coming to Three in 2019 is Patrick Gower: On Weed, a two-part documentary by Newshub's National Correspondent on the pros and cons of legalising marijuana.

Gower says he aims to "get to know more about cannabis than anybody else in New Zealand, then pass that onto the rest of the country" - and the timing could not be better ahead of a referendum on the issue during the next election.

Perennial top-performing shows Married at First Sight NZ and The Block NZ will also return to Aotearoa's screens next year - the latter of which has been revealed to feature the makeover of four high-end Auckland CBD apartments.

Joining the reality TV fold is The Project's Kanoa Lloyd, who will host Moving out with Kanoa. The programme will follow New Zealanders as they embark on a move from their current house to something a bit less familiar - be that a tiny house, a boat or simply somewhere a little more rural.

MediaWorks also revealed it will air a two-part mini-series on All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup. Mosese Veaila, 21, will play Lomu and show how he became the most recognisable name the sport has ever produced.

As for radio, MediaWorks has announced that TVNZ's Peter Williams is joining Magic Talk as a host, while The Rock's Drive show will be hosted by new duo Jay Reeve and Duncan Heyde, as Thane Kirby leaves the show.