Big Buddy Breakfast Series

Big Buddy Breakfast Series

The Big Buddy Breakfast Series is an online fundraising event in which leaders from sports and business worlds lend their time, thoughts and unique perspective to help make a positive difference for boys without fathers in their lives with Big Buddy.



May 23, 10-11am

In this first-of-its-kind interview, GJ Gardner Homes Ambassador and media personality Simon Barnett will talked all-things-rugby with Head Coach, Ian Foster. This event is was proudly supported by Big Buddy Foundation Partner, GJ Gardner Homes. 

While the rugby season stands still, Foster found a rare window of time to share his vast experience in New Zealand rugby, to help us raise money for boys without dads in their lives. They also answered the questions that attendees asked directly, in the form below.

Big Buddy makes a positive difference to boys who grow up without a father around, by finding male role models for them to spend time with. By making a generous donation attendees joined Ian, Simon, and hundreds of others in making this difference.

Everyone who donated was sent a link to watch the recording after the event, at any time.

We look forward to bringing you the next Breakfast Series talk very soon!

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 21: Ian Foster - All Black Management headshots on May 21, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
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About Ian

During his playing career, Ian Foster, 54, became the most–capped Waikato player of all time, boasting 148 games (1985 – 1998). He also has 26 games under his belt for the Chiefs (1996 – 1998). But he eventually swapped his boots for a coach’s whistle: he became The Chiefs' Technical Advisor, then Assistant Coach with Waikato, followed by co-coach of the Junior All Blacks (2005-07 and 2009). Foster also spent eight years and over 100 games coaching The Chiefs.

Before he succeeded Steve Hansen as Head Coach of the All Blacks following Rugby World Cup 2019, he had been Assistant Head Coach - since 2012. He was also a Selector, working alongside Steve Hansen on strategy, with a particular focus on back play and attack.

About Simon

Simon Barnett is a father of four young women and married for 30 years to his beautiful wife, Jodi. He’s been a broadcaster for 36 years and in that time hosted some of NZ’s favourite shows: What Now, Face The Music, Wheel of Fortune, Stars In Their Eyes, Mitre 10 Dream Home.

He starred in and won Dancing With The Stars in 2017. Simon spent 20 years as host of More FM’s breakfast show, winning multiple awards. He now broadcasts nationwide on Newstalk ZB with Phil Gifford.

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