Tina Cross is without question a New Zealand icon. Having been on the New Zealand music scene since 1975, Tina conquers every genre she tackles. Unashamedly admitting to being around forever, Tina has come a long way from early appearances on TVNZ’s Ready to Roll where she sung current popular hits of the day. Winning the 1979 Pacific Song Contest with Nothing But Dreams, Tina was catapulted into the limelight and a Kiwi star was born. It was then at the tender age of 20, New Zealand’s love affair with Tina Cross began and marks the start of her long and successful singing and entertaining career.
With singles making the charts in the early days, Tina maintained a high profile with numerous television appearances and singing on the concert and cabaret circuit throughout the years. Tina has performed throughout Asia, UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand appearing alongside stars such as Sammy Davis Jnr and Tom Jones. Tina’s well known for her starring roles in musical theatre such as Cats and Chicago, ensuring a long list of accolades that has seen Tina awarded Top Female Vocalist, an Australian MO, a Best Theatrical Performer award and in 2007 the Queens ‘Order Of New Zealand Merit’ (ONZM), for her services to the music industry.
Tina is a past national ambassador for Dress For Success and is currently an ambassador for Totara Hospice in South Auckland, Women’s Refuge NZ and also the Patron of North Shore Music Theatre.
Throughout Tina’s illustrious career, her strong family ties are evident as Tina celebrates 26 years of marriage and two adult children. Tina’s focus on health, fitness and wellbeing is inspirational and to all who marvel at her youthful looks.
Hailing from Otara, Tina is extremely proud of her South Auckland roots and strong Maori heritage. It is these strong bonds that are in part instrumental in Tina’s community and charity focus. At the age of 55, never afraid to try something new, Tina is embarking on a new direction with her singing and entertaining career. During 2014 the public will have the opportunity to experience a reinvented Tina, with a focus on producing original songs, launching an album supported by a café style tour of New Zealand all energised by a desire to support and inspire New Zealand women. One song in particular ‘Walk Away’ has been written specifically to raise funds and awareness for Woman’s Refuge.
- Guest speaker