Ginette grew up in Wellington as part of a large noisy Irish/French family where her independent spirit was encouraged by her parents, her convent school and the prevailing “can-do” kiwi attitude.
She began acting professionally at 14 yrs at Wellington’s Downstage Theatre and it was here she developed the famous “Lyn of Tawa”, character with the distinctive “accent” enthusiastic for all things NZ. Ginette describes “Lyn of Tawa” as becoming a “Cultural Ambassador & Certifiable Living Treasure”.
Ginette’s career has spanned over 30 years, including five years in England in the 1970s. She has done an enormous amount of theatre, television and radio in both countries and for many years worked for Television New Zealand as a drama producer and director.
She’s written articles, columns, reviews, after dinner speeches and debates and has won numerous awards for acting, producing and public speaking. She continues to be in demand on the speaking circuit and is renowned for her sharp wit and clever humour.
Ginette was presenter for the very popular garden makeover series “Ground Force”. She filmed four series and earned a place among the nominees for Best Presenter in the TV Guide TV Awards 2000.
She appears regularly in productions throughout New Zealand and is a popular TV presenter, astute debater, entertaining speaker and conference MC.