Mark Stafford is one of NZ’s most well-known sporting broadcasters and pundits. For years he was the man who delivered the odds before big international sporting fixtures and during that time his passion for sports went beyond the field and he formed close friendships with athletes across many codes. So when Staf sits down with NZ’s biggest sporting names and goes deep into what makes them tick, it makes for compelling listening. The trust and respect that some of NZ’s biggest sporting legends have for Mark is obvious in the unprecedented access they allow into not only there sporting success but also their personal life.
#29 Mike Angove
Mike is a former world kickboxing champion, NZ's premier combat sports analyst and commentator, a leading trainer at world-renowned City Kickboxing where he trains the likes of Dan Hooker and Israel Adesanya and is a cancer survivor. We hear it all in this episode.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/11/2020 • 58 minutes 21 seconds
#28 Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson is a former professional rugby and rugby league player. He has his third open-heart surgery at age 26 during lockdown this year enforcing early retirement. Instead of resentment, he displays gratitude. Be inspired by listening to his story.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/11/2020 • 50 minutes 51 seconds
#27 Victor Vito
Staf chats with Hurricane, International 7’s and All Black Victor Vito from his home in La Rochelle, France to chat past, present and future!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/10/2020 • 1 hour 15 minutes 55 seconds
#26 Eric Murray
Staf chats with Eric Murray about a career that included multiple World Titles, Olympic Medals and World Records.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 55 minutes 46 seconds
#25 Scott Waldrom
Staf catches up with Scott Waldrom as he talks us through his rugby journey playing Provincial, Super Rugby, NZ 7's and one All Black Cap.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 3 minutes 23 seconds
#24 Mike McRoberts
Staf veers away from the world of sport to sit down for a chat with one of the country's top broadcasters, Mike McRoberts. He shares stories from his varied career from working in warzones and natural disasters to presenting the news during the current crisis.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 51 minutes 16 seconds
#23 Ross Filipo
Staf is joined by former Wellington Lion, Crusader and All Black to chat about travelling the rugby world as a top player, husband and father.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 35 minutes 3 seconds
#22 Jeff Wilson
Rugby, cricket, basketball and now commentary. There's not much Jeff Wilson doesn't excel at. He speaks to Staf about how it all began, his early career juggling responsibilities as a dual-representative and more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 52 minutes 13 seconds
#21 Honey Hireme-Smiler
There aren't many athletes in New Zealand who have achieved as much across as many sports as Honey Hireme-Smiler. She hosted Staf at her home to talk about her childhood in Putaruru, her playing career and the changes happening in women's sport.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 8 minutes 33 seconds
#20 Ardie Savea
Ardie Savea's been in the news this week after revealing his interest in switching to rugby league and he goes in-depth with Staf on the reasons why he's keen on the change. In a no-holds barred discussion he also talks about his journey in rugby and life, including self-awareness and self-discovery.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 29 minutes 49 seconds
#19 Sir Peter Leitch
The Mad Butcher is one of rugby league's most recognisable personalities. A staunch supporter of the Warriors and Kiwis who has followed them through thick and thin. He caught up with Staf at Mt Smart Stadium to discuss his upbringing in Wellington, how he came to start his own business in Mangere and his work with the community.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 34 minutes 2 seconds
#18 Christian Cullen
While he is regarded by many to be one of the best rugby players ever seen, Christian Cullen's career was not without controversy. From the decision to play him at centre in the failed 1999 World Cup campaign to his high profile snubbing by John Mitchell. He talks to Staf about all that and more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 29 minutes 59 seconds
#17 Dan Hooker
Dan "The Hangman" Hooker has risen from humble beginnings in Mixed Martial Arts to fighting on some of the sport's biggest stages. He tells Staf about his journey in the sport, how he prepares for fights and what the future holds.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 59 minutes 12 seconds
#16 Raymond van Barneveld
Staf Chat gets its first international guest with Dutch darts legend Raymond van Barneveld taking some time to talk about his glittering career and why he's decided to call it quits at the end of the year.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 3 minutes 33 seconds
#15 Sarah Hirini (nee Goss)
At just 26 years old, Sarah Hirini (nee Goss) has achieved a lot, a Rugby World Cup winner in both 7s and Xvs, an Olympic Silver Medallist and now a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Staf went to her house in Papamoa to hear about her journey from rural Manawatu kid to rugby star.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 59 minutes 50 seconds
#14 Andrew Mehrtens
Andrew Mehrtens joins Staf to talk everything from the 1995 World Cup final to his on-field rivalry with Carlos Spencer to his long career playing in Europe.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 40 minutes 10 seconds
#13 Irene Van Dyk
Staf sits down with New Zealand's most-capped Silver Fern, Irene Van Dyk. She talks about beginning her career, her decision to relocate to New Zealand and the highs and lows of her illustrious career.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 11 minutes 14 seconds
#12 Damian McKenzie
Staf sits down with injured Chiefs and All Blacks star Damian McKenzie to talk about his journey in rugby, the concept of Chiefs Mana and his comeback from injury.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 16 minutes 11 seconds
#11 Andrew Durante
Staf is back for another season and is kicking it off by speaking to departing Wellington Phoenix legend Andrew Durante. He talks about his early struggles with injuries, the decision to move to New Zealand, playing for Terry Serepisos and much more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 48 minutes 18 seconds
#10 Sir John Kirwan
Sir John Kirwan's career has taken him from Mangere to Italy, to Japan and back again. He was a revered figure on the field as an All Black winger and is perhaps even more highly regarded for his work in later life as an advocate for mental health. He invited Staf into his home for a coffee and to share stories from his varied life.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 18 minutes 38 seconds
#9 Julian Dean
While he competed for 14 years at the highest level in his sport, the story of Julian Dean is not widely known in New Zealand. He tells Staf about riding with Lance Armstrong, getting shot during the Tour de France and shares more stories from his time in the saddle.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 18 minutes 10 seconds
#8 Steve Williams
Despite never hitting a ball, Steve Williams is regarded as one of the most influential figures in New Zealand golf, thanks to his time on the bag for greats such as Greg Norman, Adam Scott and of course Tiger Woods. He tells Staf about his career on the course, how he got to caddy for the greatest golfer in the world and what he's up to now.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 6 minutes 10 seconds
#7 Justin Marshall
One of the most polarising figures in New Zealand rugby, everyone seems to have an opinion on Justin Marshall. Both as an over-competitive halfback, playing 81 tests, and as an expert commentator on Sky. He talks to Staf about his childhood in Southland, his illustrious career on the field and his new career behind the mic.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 23 minutes 26 seconds
#6 Grant Nisbett
With over 300 tests to his name, Grant Nisbett has been the voice of the All Blacks for more than a generation. He shares stories from his long and varied career in broadcasting, a career that started back in 1968.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 2 minutes 2 seconds
#5 Paige Hareb
Paige Hareb is one of New Zealand's most distinguished surfers. She was the first Kiwi to crack the women's World Tour and has experienced all the highs and lows of life on the circuit. She chats to Staf about her career and her comeback from her latest devastating injury.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 52 minutes 55 seconds
#4 Ian Smith
Throughout a long career in international cricket and broadcasting, Ian Smith's been involved in more than his fair share of memorable moments. He shares stories with Staf including memories from the '81 underarm incident, the 1992 World Cup and dealing with Kerry Packer.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 4 minutes 35 seconds
#2 Stephen Donald
When the story of Stephen Donald is told, it tends to revolve around Hong Kong, white-baiting and THAT kick in the World Cup. In this episode, he tells Staf about what happened before that point and what it was like growing up dreaming of playing just one game for Counties.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 8 minutes 58 seconds
#3 Mark Sorenson
Mark Sorenson is New Zealand's greatest softballer and one of the country's most accomplished sports people. He chats to Staf about his life in softball from being a six year old bat boy for New Zealand in Lower Hutt to winning world titles, playing in the US and his big opportunity in MLB.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 53 seconds
#1 Sarah Walker
The story of BMX World Champion Sarah Walker is one of perseverance and overcoming adversity. She opens up to Staf about overcoming injuries, facing her fears and putting BMX racing on the map.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/08/2020 • 1 hour 1 minute 26 seconds
Staf Chat With Mark Stafford - Trailer
Mark Stafford sits down with some of New Zealand's most prolific and successful sports personalities to find out what makesthem tick.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.