Since 1983 Kevin Milne has given a voice to ordinary New Zealanders as the host of FAIR GO. In 2004 the Qantas Media Award’s judges recognised Kevin’s significant contribution to New Zealand television and awarded him the coveted prize.
Kevin began in television in 1970 back in the days of the NZBC. Back then he was a news journalist, a career he advanced in the seventies and eighties where he worked for BBC- TV in London and the British tv news agency, Visnews. On his return to New Zealand, Kevin was appointed Wellington editor of the highly respected "Eye Witness News" before joining "Production Line" a show celebrating kiwi inventiveness in industry, and "Then Again" -a TV 1 "Whatever Happened To?" show.
Kevin's association with Fair Go began in 1984 as a reporter and ten years ago he began fronting the programme. Since then, his face and voice have become synonymous with what is surely the most successful information show in New Zealand television history .He has been recognised at the Qantas Media Awards for scriptwriting, directing, interviewing and investigative reporting. In 2003, Kevin won the Qantas Media Award for best current affairs business story .Fair Go also swept aside other advice shows to clean up at the 2003 TV Guide Viewers' Awards.
Kevin has also launched his own occasional series, "Kev Can Do" -an offshoot of "Fair Go" in which viewers can write to him for assistance on any issue.
Kevin lives on a lifestyle block on the Kapiti Coast with his wife Linda, four offspring ranging from a 21 year old to a two-year-old, six head of sheep, two horses, a ton of wild rabbits, a dozy dog, a 1951 Vintage Farmhall Cub Tractor and a 54 Bedford Truck. He also gets enormous pleasure from sport, wine and collecting "old stuff' .
Kevin Milne's extensive experience as an investigative reporter and raconteur makes him a popular choice as after-dinner speaker, MC or conference keynote speaker. Whether it's serious advice on customer service or crisis management, behind-the-scenes yarns about catching up with the con-artists, 30 years on tv, or life in general, Kevin Milne has a fresh and entertaining angle on it all.
In late 2004 Kevin read about Bill Clinton's heart surgery and decided to visit his doctor. The result was Kevin having a valve replaced in his heart. While in hospital he met a fellow patient who said to him "You are my Bill Clinton".
In June 2007 Kevin was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Bithday Honours List.