For a quarter of a century Hamish McKay has been an easily recognised face and voice across our TV screens and on the Radio. Hamish currently combines hosting Radio Lives flagship agribusiness show “Rural Exchange” with his role as a property specialist for Bayleys Real Estate, based in St.Heliers, Auckland. He resides there with his wife Sarah and three teenage children – Poppy, Hugo and Jonty. While he’s happy to call himself an Aucklander, Hamish remains strongly connected to the Manawatu where he was born and raised, attending Apiti Primary School, Palmerston North Boys High School and Massey University. It’s a connection that gives him a position of strength as he attempts to bridge the Urban-Rural divide on his Radio Live show.
He’s also in demand as an MC and Speaker, and when the time allows he still enjoys commentating the odd game of rugby. His other passions include his favourite sporting teams The Boston Celtics, West Ham United and the West Tigers. He also knows a thing or two about the pain of endurance sport having twice cycled the Wellington to Auckland retro cycle classic. And let’s not forget his recent cameo at the NZ Shearing championship where he proved he could run a handpiece over a woolly sheep or two.