The Weakest Link (New Zealand game show)

The Weakest Link was a New Zealand game show based on the original version in the United Kingdom. It was broadcast on TV One and was hosted by Louise Wallace.[1] Season one aired on Tuesday nights in 2001, while season two aired in 2002 on weekends.

The Weakest Link
GenreGame show
Presented byLouise Wallace
Narrated byUnknown
Country of originNew Zealand
No. of series2
ProducerDarryl McEwen
Original networkTV One
Original release17 July 2001 (2001-07-17) –
March 2002 (2002-03)
Related showsWeakest Link


This version of the show featured nine contestants competing for prize money of up to twenty thousand New Zealand dollars.[2] The New Zealand general knowledge questions for the show were written by Derek Bolt.[3] In the first seven rounds there was a money tree ($50, $100, $200, $400, $600, $900, $1,200, $1,600, $2,000) with $2,000 as the maximum result. The eighth round was the same, except the winnings were tripled.

Special episodesEdit

The show aired three celebrity specials, one of which was sports-themed. In each celebrity special, money was raised for nominated charities. One of the contestants in the first celebrity special was Mayor of Invercargill Tim Shadbolt.[4] In the second celebrity special, $9,600 was raised. This was the highest amount ever achieved on the New Zealand version.

Reception and impactEdit

The first episode pulled in 670,000 people, outperforming Holmes.[1]

The show's first two episodes received over six hundred thousand viewers, almost half of the national television audience.[5] Amanda Young, one of the winners of the show said about the experience; "It was actually fun. I love that sort of thing of answering questions, pub quizzes, although I haven't entered that many of them." [6] Television New Zealand newsreaders and reporters had been banned from participating in one of the show's celebrity specials because bosses claimed that they didn't want their media staff to look dumb to primetime viewers.[7] New Zealand On Air had reportedly found a new comedy for young adults, who were believed to be stunned by dumb answers.[8]

In 2001, then-Labour Cabinet Minister Lianne Dalziel referenced the show's catchphrase when she told members of the New Zealand National Party "You're all the weakest link. Goodbye." [9]


  1. ^ a b "Soft start to 'The Weakest Link'". The New Zealand Herald. July 18, 2001. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  2. ^ Louise gears up to find the weakest link (subscription required)
  3. ^ Dedicated to making the weakest think (subscription required)
  4. ^ Tim a little red-faced after Weakest Link blue (subscription required)
  5. ^ New game show's no weak link in the ratings (subscription required)
  6. ^ TV quiz show 'hysterical' - winner (subscription required)
  7. ^ The news is out (subscription required)
  8. ^ THE LAST WORD (subscription required)
  9. ^ National full of candidates for weakest link (subscription required)

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