From a large, noisy Irish/French family, Ginette’s independent spirit was nurtured by her parents, her convent school, and the prevailing “can-do” Kiwi attitude.
She began acting professionally at age 14 at Wellington’s Downstage Theatre. Her gum-chewing vowel-challenged alter ego Lyn of Tawa was born two years later. Lyn of Tawa, with her enthusiastic promotion of Kiwi products has become, in her own words, a “Cultural Ambassador and Certifiable Living Treasure”.
Ginette’s career has spanned over 30 years, including a five year stint in England in the 1970s. As an actress, she has done an enormous amount of theatre, television and radio in both countries. For many years she worked for Television New Zealand as a drama producer and director. She has written articles, opinion columns, reviews, after dinner speeches and debates. She has won numerous awards for acting, producing and public speaking.
Ginette’s television roles have included hosting the garden makeover show ‘Ground Force’ and the light-hearted ‘PA for a Day’. Ginette was a nominee for Best Presenter in the TV Guide TV Awards.
She is an avid consumer of Kiwi product – particularly the food.
“I can still deliver the goods because I can honestly say I’ve got everything I had 20 years ago….it’s just all a bit lower”.