Wallace Chapman

  • MC
  • Speaker
  • Broadcaster

Wallace Chapman is a radio & TV broadcaster, and a public speaker.

Wallace hosts popular current affairs/lifestyle show Sunday Morning on RNZ National. With a Sunday Morning audience of over 307,000 people, it is the most listened-to weekend radio show in New Zealand.

Wallace’s versatility across all fields is his strength. Whether it’s talking to William Shatner, or Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne, in-depth interviews with Helen Clark or racing legend Scott Dixon, climate change with 350.org’s Bill McKibben or the latest in politics, Wallace’s versatility of interests is his biggest asset.

For ten years from 2008 – 2018, Wallace hosted the one-of-a-kind “pub politics show” Back Benches (PRIME TV), debating with MPs at “The Back Bencher” in Wellington before a live audience. Back Benches was described as the “Top Gear of Politics” by The NZ Herald – the sort of show you can enjoy without being a politics geek.

On occasion he fills in as host on The Project, and appears regularly on the breakfast panel on TVNZ Breakfast.

Wallace also has a book under his belt, called “Don’t Just Do Something - Sit There: A Manifesto for the Slow Life”…a part historical / part DIY book on the slow living movement (Penguin Books). The rights were sold to US and Japanese markets.

If you’re looking for an MC with top notch interviewing skills, and ability to engage with humour and intellect, Wallace is your choice!


Wallace is a pleasure to do business with. He was able to take our ideas and package them into a cohesive, engaging presentation. He dealt with difficult subject matter with ease and made economics fun in the process. We look forward to working with Wallace again soon.
-NZ Institute of Economic Research

Wallace has acted as MC for a number of WasteMINZ events. We've found him to be a consummate professional with an engaging and humorous style. We wouldn't hesitate to use his services again.