Shane Cortese

Shane Cortese

Shane Cortese is one of New Zealand’s most recognisable performers with a multitude of television, film, theatre and music credits to his name. He is best known for his role as Mac in TVNZ hit drama Nothing Trivial, Hayden Peters in five series of Outrageous Fortune, and Loki in The Almighty Johnsons. He is also a very accomplished Singer and MC.

Key Points

  • Shane Cortese is a high profile NZ actor and singer
  • Shane is best known or his role as Mac On Nothing Trivial, and Loki in the Almighty Johnsons
  • Also Known for his 5 years on Outrageous Fortune
  • Won TV Guide Best Television Actor in both 2013 and 2014
  • An accomplished musical theatre performer, Shane has had many leading role credits in NZ, and London’s West End
  • Shane can also provide entertainment with his Band at Awards Night Function


Shane Cortese is one of New Zealand’s most recognisable performers with a multitude of television, film, theatre and music credits to his name. Best known for his role as Mac in TVNZ Hit Drama Nothing Trivial and Hayden Peters in five series of Outrageous Fortune.

Shane also played the title role of Brian in the Television New Zealand drama series, Burying Brian. He also played the character of Victor Benton in the TV3 Sitcom Brown Bruthaz and Loki/Colin in The Almighty Johnsons. His work on Almighty Jonsons and Nothing Trivial earned him NZ Television Best Actor awards.

In 2006, Shane presented the entertainment series, So You Think You Can Dance? and won the hearts of the nation as runner up on Dancing With The Stars in 2005. He met his partner, Nerida on this series; they married in early 2009 and have 2 sons together, Kees and Jett.

Shane also had a role on the children’s series Maddigan’s Quest in 2005 and on the film Inside that same year. He backpacked around Sri Lanka for TVNZ’s award winning Intrepid Journeys, and in the same year had roles on Legend of the Seeker and narrates Serious Crash Unit and SPCA Rescue.

Before returning to New Zealand for Shortland Street, Shane starred in musicals all over London’s West End and the United Kingdom including; The Rocky Horror Show, Joseph, and Elvis The Musical. In June 2009, he starred in the New Zealand stage production of Cats as Rum Tum Tugger, and recently Billy Flynn in a sell out season of Chicago for the Auckland Theatre Company.

A strong supporter of charities in New Zealand; Shane is an official ambassador for Variety New Zealand, The Breast Cancer Research Trust and Autism New Zealand, as well as being an avid supporter of the Starship Foundation.

Presentation Topics
  • MC
  • Guest Speaker

The pre event meetings that Shane attended were much appreciated by me and the client.  At all times Shane presented himself in a professional manner and used his skills to assure and assist guiding my client through understanding the Awards process.  For this I was very grateful as it was the first time the client had done an event such as this. Shane kept to the brief and was an excellent presenter, he connected well with the audience and even happily posed for photos with the guests.

Ann-Marie Wickman
Create Marketing and Events

Thank you so much for the role you played in making the Auckland Export Awards event such a very special occasion. You are world-class talents and our exporters deserved to have a world class show staged for them. You certainly delivered that. You were definitely put to the test as MC's that night with a smattering of hiccups through the course of the evening, but you handled those situations with aplomb and it did not go unnoticed by many of our guests. You have been exceptional to work with in the lead up to the event. I have been able to take a step back in the comfort that you would choreograph an event that had WOW appeal. I would not hesitate to recommend you for future events.
Catherine Mullane
Executive Officer
NZ Export Council

Shane, you were such a great host, they loved you, the feedback has been nothing but totally glowing, and thought you should come back sometime and give them some more rock and roll. You are such a generous performer both on and off the stage, what a delight.
Teresa Sokilich
Skycity New Zealand

Shane and Nerida were sensational from the second they arrived.  They exhibited charm, style and grace and their calm, easy going professionalism was just what the brief called for.  We’ll definitely have the dazzling duo back at Trentham again.
Michelle Bare
Event Manager

Thank you ever so much for the wonderful job of mc’ing the business awards.  You did such an amazing job and we have had the best feedback yet!  I had a sponsors de-brief yesterday and they all commented on the professionalism you showed, the way in which you carried the event through and that you also shared your own experiences.  Everyone was just so impressed.  My office staff were saying….some of them now attending nearly 10 years of awards by this office and believe you to be the best.
Claudine Murray
Business Events Advisor

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