She has a fantastic musical pedigree with a power-packed list of credits, from first place win in the 1979 Pacific Song Contest and a Royal Command performance in 1980, to Best Theatrical Performer in 1995/96. Tina has performed throughout Asia, UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand appearing alongside stars Sammy Davis Jnr, Meatloaf, the Village People and Tom Jones, amongst others. ... not too bad for a youngster from Otara with nothing but dreams on her quest to make it in showbiz!
She has also won a host of awards including, Rising Star, Most Professional Performer, Top Female Vocalist and an Australian Johnny O'Keefe MO. With two successful albums and several hit singles already under her belt, the 1980s also saw Tina headlining on TVNZ and BBC Television with her own series and specials. Further record success topping Australian and German charts with her Australian rock band Koo De Tah followed - this was the result of 9 years hard work while based in Australia.
As recently as 1995 Tina ventured into musical theatre and received rave reviews for her performances in The Rocky Horror Show and CATS. During that year Tina also recorded a CD of songs from musicals dueting with fellow cast members of Cats and Rocky, produced by Carl Doy. Tina donned the hat of producer and co-produced and performed in a short season of Kander and Ebbs, "The World Goes Round," staged at Auckland's Harrahs Sky Theatre in January 1997. Tina stunned Melbourne audiences with her portrayal of evil stepmother Dahlia Kensington, in the Kevin Jacobson in association with Michael Jackson production of "Sisterella" in 1998. The Melbourne Age called her magnificent and mesmerizing while the Herald Sun hailed her as the onstage star of the show.
As theatre Madam, Tina continued the tradition when she starred as Roxy Hart in the 2001 New Zealand tour of Chicago and then in 2005 when offered the role of Velma Kelly in yet another touring version of Chicago, this time starring with Michael Barrymore, Tina simply said, "both leading ladies, hell yes"! In 2003 she toured New Zealand with the UK cast of Boogie Nights and in 2004 she took on the ultimate challenge when she played Beth Heke in the musical stage version of the New Zealand classic, Once Were Warriors and in the 2007 Queen's Birthday honours Tina was awarded ONZM for her services to the music industry.
She's been a judge on several of our popular TV shows including McDonalds Young Entertainers, Showcase, Smokefree Stage Challenge and vocal coach on TV2's Do You Wanna Be A Popstar. Her television appearances are truly wide, many and varied and while Tina is known as one of New Zealands top jingle singers, was the voice of the Shortland Street theme song, she has also enjoyed performances with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Christchurch Symphony and the Dunedin Sinfonia, in recent years. She has been a favourite performer in the Coca Cola Christmas In The Park and the Starlight Symphony series, over the years.
With her partner Aaron Gilmore, Tina gave a stellar performance in the 2008 series of "Dancing with the Stars" where once again her talent and professionalism shone through as she competed with other NZ celebrities. In June 2009 Tina joined the cast of CATS in the Harlequin Musical Theatre production, with a stunning performance once again, as "Grizabella".
Tina also performs with Jackie Clarke, Suzanne Lynch and Taisha in The LadyKillers, a combination of 4 of New Zealands most experienced women in entertainment. A force to be reckoned with, The LadyKillers vocal prowess is dynamic to say the very least. They have released their debut album "Black is Black" and will be touring towards the end of the year.