The women set to shine in 2017

Anna Murray,
Spy News,
Publish Date
Monday, 16 January 2017, 10:58PM
Photos / Instagram
Photos / Instagram

It's been six years since the goddess Beyonce proclaimed "Who run the world? Girls!"

And guess what? They still do.

Spy takes a look at just a few of the Kiwi women set to blow the roof off 2017.


With a few big, BIG, gigs lined up for later this year, all signs are pointing to the imminent arrival of Lorde's much awaited second album.

And given it’s been years since she released the critically acclaimed and hugely popular Pure Heroine, we predict a frenzy around the globe when her new music does finally drop.

Sophomore albums come with their own special kind of pressure, but sophomore albums from singers who took the world by storm when they were just 16 years old? Well, anticipation doesn’t get much bigger than that.

But do we think Lorde will smash it out of the park come release day? Of course she will.


uh oh, dancing past the point of n- r-----

A photo posted by Lorde (@lordemusic) on Apr 17, 2016 at 1:06pm PDT


Rose Matafeo

We always knew Rose Matafeo was a star – and now the Brits have cottoned on to that fact, too.

The Kiwi comedian, who calls the UK home these days, recently made The Guardian's list of '20 talents set to take 2017 by storm'.  

Her inclusion on the list, where she is described as having "charisma to burn" and a talent that "hits you like a force-10 gale", follows a guest appearance on iconic BBC show, Have I Got News For You.

We think 2017 might be the year Matafeo becomes a household name on the other side of the world. And while she does that, be sure to keep an eye out for another season of her comedy series, Funny Girls, closer to home.


"what are you doing with your life Rose?" READ THE T SHIRT PAL

A photo posted by Rose Matafeo (@rosematafeo) on Nov 15, 2016 at 8:47am PST


The Foreign Correspondents

If you're one of those people who still watches a television news bulletin at 6pm, you may notice that women will be taking over the foreign correspondent posts at both of the major networks this year.

At MediaWorks, Tova O'Brien and Sophie Lowery are toiling away as Europe correspondent and Australia correspondent respectively, while over at TVNZ, Emma Keeling covers Europe, with Rebecca Wright about to take over Jack Tame's US correspondent job, and Kimberlee Downs set to embark on the Australia correspondent role.  

And don't be fooled by some of the glamorous events these journalists may get to cover in their line of globe-trotting work – these assignments are not for the faint of heart, especially in a media age where foreign correspondents are often expected to film and edit their own reports as well.


A photo posted by Tova O'Brien (@tovaobrien) on Jun 25, 2016 at 1:15am PDT


Kanoa Lloyd

It's also going to be a big year for another of MediaWorks' TV broadcasters, Kanoa Lloyd.

With TV3's 7pm timeslot in line for another shake-up, with the launch of The Project in February, the stakes will be high for presenter Lloyd and her co-hosts, Jesse Mulligan and Josh Thomson.

But Lloyd, already popular for her work on the Newshub bulletins, is more than up for the task.

As Mulligan pointed out earlier this month, Lloyd has "brilliant and diverse broadcast experience" and "undeniable star quality”.

Yes, indeed she does.

Archie and moi. #vnzmas

A photo posted by Kanoa Lloyd (@kanoalloyd) on Nov 18, 2015 at 9:42pm PST

The women of Auckward Love

It's the little web series that could.

Created by Holly Shervey and based on her own experiences, Auckward Love and its refreshing take on Auckland's dating scene has gone from strength to strength.

Also starring Luci Hare, Jess Holly Bates and Jess Sayer, the team behind the series is currently developing a third season. And we can't wait to see what they come up with.



Toni Street

Not content with charming viewers over at TVNZ's Seven Sharp in the evenings, broadcaster Toni Street is also preparing to work her magic on the airwaves in the mornings, with a new breakfast radio show.

As one-third of The Hits' new Auckland show due to start in February, Street will be working gruelling hours in 2017, as she tackles entertaining the masses at both ends of the day.

In announcing her new radio gig alongside Sarah Gandy and former Breakfast weatherman Sam Wallace, Street mentioned the fact her Seven Sharp co-host, Mike Hosking, does the same over at Newstalk ZB.

"If Hosking can do it, how hard can it be?" she joked at the time.

We think she'll juggle her various roles with her trademark ease.



Georgia Fowler

Last year was a big one for Kiwi model Georgia Fowler, culminating in a simply stunning appearance at the world famous Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

And the demand for Fowler from designers, fashion brands and the biggest magazine titles in the world shows no sign of abating in 2017.

In the last few weeks alone, Fowler has appeared in Vogue Japan and Elle USA, and has become the face of Portmans. We simply won't be able to keep up with all the places this model will go this year.