Mary in the Media

Express talks to prominent LGBT+ figure and transgender personality, Mary Haddock-Staniland, to find out what she’s been up to, as well as her thoughts regarding Countdown Supermarkets new transgender policy that was just released last month.

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Mary Haddock-Staniland is receiving a number of enquiries from media after her and husband, Willie Staniland return from a fleeting trip in Tonga where it is understood the successful couple are moving a step closer to their long term dream of having children.

While Mary is remaining very tight lipped about her recent adventure to the pacific islands, she feels she shouldn’t be being harassed by the media. “I have chosen to share pictures of our trip on my social media channels, but that isn’t enough of a reason for media to raise questions as to who or what we are doing in Tonga”. The former ZM radio reality star understands their maybe public interest about their plans, but is saying that the matter is private and personal and the couple won’t be discussing it further.

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In this week’s New Zealand Woman’s Day Transgender Personality Mary Haddock-Staniland opens up about life and love.  This is the first time she and her husband, Willie Staniland speak publicly since their wedding story was published in the magazine three and half years ago.  Be sure to buy the magazine to read all about the exciting times that are ahead for the loved up duo.

Mary is currently abroad, in Australia working on an exciting project which will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The launch of the popular #LiveWithMary Facebook live show was successful and she is excited about returning to the inter web soon. “I was blown away at our reach and views on the first show, and it’s just been growing week by week, as soon as we can secure a sponsor, it’s all on”.

An announcement will be made about the return of the show by the end of the month.


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The fourth successful episode of #LiveWithMary went out across Mary Haddock-Staniland’s followers on her Facebook page tonight, bringing to a close the first season of the hit live segments.

Strong reach and viewership has proven the show, hosted by the vivacious Transgender Personality, is set for a more permanent weekly slot in the future.
“I’m traveling a lot over the coming weeks, taking the time to seek new and exciting guests and great sponsors, ensuring the second season of the show is bigger and better,” says Haddock-Staniland.

The entire #LiveWithMary team is excited for what comes next for the show. “Mary has a real gift, she is such a talented presenter with a bright career ahead, that’s clear,” says Producer Andrew Gray, who was instrumental in forming the YouTube channel Mary TV back in 2006.

“Any sponsors that get involved with Mary are lucky to align with someone with such a proven track record for success,” says Publicist Miranda Likeman. “Her social media following alone has doubled in the past 12 months and is currently reaching hundreds of thousands of people influenced by what she has to say.”

To be a part of Season Two of #LiveWithMary, contact:
Miranda Likeman, Publicist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 027 296 2124

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In her second Facebook Live show #LiveWithMary, Transgender Personality Mary Haddock-Staniland has secured an interview with investigative journalist Paula Penfold - instrumental in helping quash Teina Pora’s wrongful conviction for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992.

Paula will be discussing her team’s involvement in the case, how the $2.5 million compensation payout to Pora is ‘woefully inadequate’ and how such a miscarriage of justice was allowed to occur in this country.

Mary will be asking Paula questions posed by her extensive social media audience. #LiveWithMary will go to air on Mary’s Facebook page Sunday night at 6pm, and she invites you to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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Twitter @MaryHadStan


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First show has gone live without a glitch #LiveWithMary

NZ Transgender Personality Mary Haddock-Staniland has done the first #LiveWithMary show on social media platform Facebook and it went to air without a glitch.

The popular entertainer has wooed her audience with a captivating first episode, discussing the issue of homelessness in the South Auckland community with activist Casey Panapa of Manurewa. The response has been overwhelming with a number of people getting involved in the live conversation.

The show has taken some time to piece together, I want to make it as engaging as possible and also raise important issues that I think matter to people.” says Haddock-Staniland.

The sponsored weekly segments are being produced by former Founder of Mary’s online show Mary TV, Andrew Gray who says he’s happy to be onboard. “Mary has a great talent and has wanted to do something like this for some time, I’m really pleased to be involved and looking forward to interest growing in these segments."

#LiveWithMary will go to air via Mary’s Facebook page every Sunday night at 6pm.


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NZ Transgender Personality Mary Haddock-Staniland is ready to hit the Facebook airwaves in a new format on her verified public page, with a show called #LiveWithMary.

With over 10 years experience in the public speaking circuit, a radio career, an online TV show and a number of other businesses, Mary is turning her hand to Facebook live segments, which she says is going to be a heap of fun to watch.

“I’m excited to be starting #LiveWithMary in a few days, it will be a great chance for me to chat to the loyal followers I have on my Facebook page, some of which have been with me from the beginning.” says Mary.

The popular entertainer has had sponsors come on board to assist with the prizes. Mary will also be having some special guests join her on the Sunday evening segment.

“I’m unsure what viewers will expect to see on the 30 minute segment, it’s live and anything is possible. I want to educate, have fun and sprinkle fabulousness over those watching, setting them up to be confident and content for their week ahead” says Haddock-Staniland.

#LiveWithMary launches on Facebook, Sunday 12 June at 6pm in New Zealand.


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