TVNZ gives Kiwi Living a makeover

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Spy with Ricardo Simich,
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Spy News,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 22 March 2016, 1:01PM
The Kiwi Living presenters. Photo / Supplied
The Kiwi Living presenters. Photo / Supplied

The second season of TV One's Friday night lifestyle show Kiwi Living may have new presenters and new segments, but TVNZ denies it's a reboot.

Miriama Kamo is now hosting the show solo with celebrity chef Michael Van de Elzen moved out to the field - and that's just the beginning of the changes.

One of the show's brightest faces, Matt Gibb, is gone, with his travel segments shared by all contributors and his Inspirational Homes slot taken over by Kamo (whose newfound knowledge of the Building Act is bound to provide useful anecdotes). 

As Spy reported earlier, former supermodel Kylie Bax will bring her fashion glam game to Kiwi Living, bumping fashion stylist Luke Bettesworth 

Former league star and celebrity boxing trainer Monty Betham will attract new female viewers, replacing fitness guru Lee-Anne Wann.

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And Erin Simpson's room do-up segments seem to have grown, with award-winning interior designer and Auckland real estate agent Melissa Greenough taking over. But Simpson told Spy there are no hard feelings over the move.

"TVNZ are like my family, there's no bad blood, only changes," she said. 

The makers of the show have also brought in a resident veterinarian, no doubt in the hope of bringing animal lovers to the viewing demographic. And he should prove popular. Dr Stacey Tremain has been touted to Spy as the "hot" vet.   

The only person whose role has not changed on the show is garden guru Tony Murrell.

Despite all this, TVNZ Commissioner Kathryn Graham denies the new Kiwi Living is a reboot.

"We don’t think the show is majorly rebooted. Our shows are continually evolving and just like magazines change what they do, this is a style of show that you can easily change and bring in new people," she said. 

Graham would not comment individually on why most of the season one personalities had been passed up.

"We've evolved the show and our changes meant we needed different faces to front the different strands. We really think you'll love the new people and what they bring to the show." 

She did, however, reinforce support for former host Van de Elzen.

"Michael is a really important part of the show. We found he was really great on the road and with people, and had really good viewer feedback on his food stories presented from around New Zealand." 

The Kiwi Living set has also undergone changes after last season's set was given away in a competition.

“We've updated the set to give it more of a bungalow feel," Graham said. "We just want to make it comfortable and easy for viewers to watch on a Friday night with a glass of beer or wine or whatever their poison is, and inspire them to do something new in the weekend." 

The second season of Kiwi Living premieres on April 1 at 7.30pm on TV One.