Mum’s the word!
Known for infiltrating Kiwi living rooms in the 90s, former TV presenter turned producer and parenting guru Jude Dobson is a recognisable face to most New Zealanders.
An icon of NZ television, Jude got her start in the broadcasting industry with Sale of the Century 30 years ago this April. Thereafter, Jude hosted some ten different primetime shows over the next decade, including her own daily lifestyle show ‘5.30 with Jude’ for five years. Others might know her from fronting Family Health Diary for a good decade or so.
A mother of three, Jude, went on to set up her own production company, producing a factual broadcast series about child development and parenting, and more recently a documentary series about New Zealand’s role in WW1 in 1918. She is also the creator of a digital parenting tool-kit aptly named Raising Children which began as a TV series and later morphed into a website and app. Its mission is to help guide Kiwi parents through the all-important first years, with over a hundred short clips covering all aspects of parenting.
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Jude says, “I recognise I’m the dancer with perhaps the most years and kids to my name, with the least experience and the least number of Instagram followers! But…as utterly terrified as I am about attempting to learn something new (and so darn publicly as well!) I figure you’ve got to grab opportunities when they pop up, and why not scare myself a little in midlife?!”
With a background in nursing, Jude has gone full circle, having recently returned to tertiary study part-time and is in the process of completing a postgraduate degree in Public Health.