Clarke Gayford

PHOTO: Clarke Gayford is closing the door on TVNZ’s Moving Houses. Photo / TVNZ

Clarke Gayford bids farewell to TVNZ’s Moving Houses, citing other commitments as the reason for his departure, as announced by the state broadcaster. Gayford, husband of former Prime Minister Dame Jacinda Ardern, expressed his gratitude for the experience, particularly lamenting parting ways with the remarkable New Zealanders encountered during the show’s filming.

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Having hosted the program for two seasons, Gayford reminisced about the thrill of overseeing monumental house relocations across challenging terrains. He highlighted the joy of witnessing Kiwis embark on ambitious projects, describing it as “recycling on a grand scale.”

While Gayford’s exit marks the end of an era, TVNZ disclosed that former All Black Andrew Ellis will assume the hosting duties for the upcoming season. Ellis, celebrated for his expertise as a landscape designer, expressed excitement about joining the team and anticipating the adventures that lie ahead.

Clarke Gayford hosted Moving Houses for two seasons. Photo / TVNZClarke Gayford hosted Moving Houses for two seasons. Photo / TVNZ

Gayford extended his support to Ellis, affirming confidence in his ability to carry the torch. Despite his departure, Gayford remains optimistic about the show’s future under Ellis’s stewardship.

Ellis, renowned for his rugby career with the All Blacks, including a pivotal role in the 2011 Rugby World Cup victory, is poised to bring a fresh perspective to Moving Houses.

Andrew Ellis is taking over as the host of TVNZ's Moving Houses. Photo / TVNZAndrew Ellis is taking over as the host of TVNZ’s Moving Houses. Photo / TVNZ

Production for the third season is underway, with plans for its release on TVNZ1 and TVNZ+ later in the year. In the interim, audiences can enjoy streaming previous seasons on TVNZ+.