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Hosted by broadcaster Wallace Chapman, the format is simple – a guest is invited to choose an object playlist – selecting six objects that are important to them. The interview will plot a course around the conversation their selection catalyses. 

Our fourth event of the series welcomes recently honoured New Zealander of the Year, Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira.

Since training at Auckland’s Theatre Corporate, Ward-Lealand has worked extensively in theatre, film, television, musicals and radio for over 37 years.

Jennifer was a founding board member of the Watershed Theatre and a co-founder of the drama school,  The Actors' Program. She is President of  Equity New Zealand, Patron of Q Theatre, and serves as a trust board member of Actors Benevolent Fund. In the 2007 New Year’s Honours List, she was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre and the community. In 2018 she was named SPADA Industry Champion and in this year’s New Year’s Honours List, she was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to theatre, film and television. In 2019 she was presented with a Woman of Influence Award (for arts and culture).


Jennifer Ward-Lealand's stage credits include Twelfth Night, August: Osage County, Lysistrata and Six Degrees of Separation for ATC. The Goat, Brel (Metro Magazine’s #1 Cultural Experience 2012) and The Book of Everything (Best Ensemble & Excellence Awards, Auckland Theatre Awards 2015) for Silo Theatre. She tours her Marlene Dietrich cabaret show, Falling in Love Again, throughout New Zealand and Australia. Most recently she performed in Here Lies Love for Silo Theatre and Delicious Oblivion for the Auckland Live Cabaret Festival. Ward-Lealand directed the play Provocation as part of Pride Festival 2020. 

Her film work includes The Footstep Man, Desperate Remedies, and new New Zealand feature film, Vermilion (Best Actress award Los Angeles Film Awards and Award of Excellence: Actress in Accolade Global Film Competition). Television and web series include Full Frontal, Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Auckland Daze, The Almighty Johnsons, Awkward Love, High Rd, Friday Night Bites, The Ring Inz II and Dirty Laundry.

Wallace Chapman is a broadcaster and host of top rating show The Panel on RNZ National. For five years prior to that he was host of Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman, and hosted the ‘pub politics’ TV show Backbenches for 10 years until 2018. Chapman has a personal interest in the arts, specifically New Zealand artists, both emerging and established.

Jennifer Ward Lealand, Auckland Theatre Company's Mrs Warren's Profession, 2018.

Wallace Chapman