Suzy Cato
Born
Suzanne Noreen Cato

(1968-06-20) 20 June 1968 (age 52)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
OccupationTV personality, producer
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Steve Booth
Children2
Websitesuzy.co.nz

Suzanne Noreen Cato (born 20 June 1968) is an Australian-born New Zealand children's entertainer. She is best known as the host of several New Zealand children's television programmes, most notably Suzy's World and You and Me.

Career

Cato began her broadcasting career at the KCCFM radio station in Whangarei, before she moved to Auckland to begin her television career in 1990.[1] Cato's first role on television was as a presenter of the New Zealand version of the popular children's television series The Early Bird Show with a puppet character named Russell Rooster. After The Early Bird Show, Cato moved on to hosting the children's television show 3pm.[1]

In 1993 Cato presented the successful You and Me television show, which aired over 2000 episodes.[2] When this show finished in 1998, Cato created her own production company – Treehut.[3] Cato went on to produce her immensely popular Suzy's World, which aired 263 episodes from 1999–2002.[4]

Since 2005, Cato has produced a television show in association with the New Zealand Police – Bryan and Bobby.[5] Bryan and Bobby is an educational show which was created to teach children safety messages through song and entertainment.[6]

Cato was a contestant on the seventh series of Dancing With The Stars New Zealand.[7][8]

She is currently co-hosting a podcast series Double Strength Mama Power (regarding parenting in New Zealand) alongside Tui Fleming.[9]

She will be part of a TV channel designed to educate New Zealand children stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, on one of two channels announced on 8 April 2020.[10]

Personal life

Born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia to New Zealand parents, Cato moved to her parents' homeland when she was a month old, living in Hamilton, Kaikohe and Dunedin before settling in Auckland where she lives today.[11]

When Suzy's World was cancelled, Cato said that she was taking a break to focus on "her greatest production ever — growing a wee family"[11]

Cato and her husband Steve have two children.[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "About Us". Suzy's Store. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  2. ^ "You and Me | Series | Television | NZ On Screen". www.nzonscreen.com. NZ On Screen. Retrieved 7 May 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Where are they now: Suzy Cato". Now To Love. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Suzy's World | Series | Television | NZ On Screen". www.nzonscreen.com. NZ On Screen. Retrieved 7 May 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ "Bryan and Bobby | Series | Television | NZ On Screen". www.nzonscreen.com. NZ On Screen. Retrieved 7 May 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ "About – Bryan And Bobby". bryanandbobby.co.nz. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Suzy Cato's my hot potato on Dancing With The Stars". Stuff. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Dancing with the Stars: Suzy Cato just re-wrote our childhoods". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  9. ^ "How to listen to Double Strength Mama Power, Stuff's new podcast with Suzy Cato". Stuff.co.nz. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Suzy Cato to front new educational TV channel". Otago Daily Times. 8 April 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Suzy Cato | NZ On Screen". www.nzonscreen.com. NZ On Screen. Retrieved 7 May 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)
  12. ^ "Dancing with the Stars NZ: A hard road, for some, as celebs prepare for battle". Stuff. Retrieved 7 May 2018.