Pinky Agnew MNZM

Pinky Agnew MNZM

NZ European
Age Range
66 - 76
154cm / 5ft 1in
110cm / 43in
100cm / 39in
126cm / 50in
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Born and raised in Koputai Port Chalmers in Ōtākou, Pinky has carved out a varied career, working as a clerical worker, union organiser and educator, singing telegram girl, actor, writer, and wedding & funeral celebrant. In 2004 Pinky was invested as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her services to entertainment. 

The late 1990s through to the early 2000s Pinky played the role of Jenny Shipley in the comedy series McPhail & Gadsby alongside long-time friend and collaborative writing partner, Lorae Parry (Helen Clark).  Pinky and Lorae went on to create multiple theatre shows including the well-received stage show Leading Ladies which toured New Zealand from 1997 to 2014. 

Other creative highlights include; theatre shows Pinky Pops In, Grumpy Old Women, Party Girls, The Truth About Love, The Candidates, Sex Drive, Peter Pan: The Pantomime, political comedy Destination Beehive and she was a core cast member of the women’s comedy group Hens’ Teeth.   Pinky is a stalwart of Radio working for RNZ National’s Nine to Noon show, with Te Radar and Kathryn Ryan and has had three published collections of readings for ceremonies – Heartsongs and Lifesongs (Random House), This is Farewell (Mrs Black Books) along with her self-published comic poetry Pinky’s Poems

Pinky is married to Allan Abbott with a loving supportive family and resides in Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington.


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
AWARDS: Services to Entertainment (MNZM) Member of New Zealand Order of Merit Drama
2005 TV3 Election Night Coverage Comedy Skits TV Three NZ Comedy
2001 Assignment Guest Appearance Other
1998 Censored Bloopers Comedy
1997-1998 McPhail & Gadsby Jenny Shipley Comedy
1998 Good Morning Guest Appearance Other
1990 Holmes Show Guest Appearance Other
1994 Live Performances at Functions After Dinner Speaker/Motivational Work/MC Pinky Other


Year Production Role Company / Director
ACCOLADES: 1998 North & South Magazine Voted one of NZ's Top Three Comedians
1990-2023 Various Creative Work MC, Speaker, Motivational Speaker, Actor & Writer
1996-2023 Other Work Celebrant - Weddings, Funerals, Baby Naming & Others
2017 Peter Pan the Pantomime Co-Writtr Circa Theatre, Wellington
2017 Destination Beehive Actor & Co-Writer Circa Theatre
2017 Hens Teeth MC Women's Theatre Festival, Circa Theatre
2014 Destination Beehive Actor & Co-Writer Circa Theatre
1997-2014 Leading Ladies Actor & Co- Writer Various NZ Corporate Events
2002-2013 Pinky Pops In Actor & Writer Various Theatres NZ
2011 Sex Drive Actor & Co-Writer Circa Theatre & NZ Nationwide Tour
2011 Party Girls Actor & Co-Writer NZ Nationwide Tour
2010 Grumpy Old Women Actor NZ Nationwide Tour
2005-2007 The Truth About Love Actor & Co-Writer Touring Arts Festival / Circa Theatre
2005 The Candidates Actor & Writer Circa Theatre
2001 Comedy Soup Actor & Co-Writer Laugh Comedy Festival, Bats Theatre, Wellington
1994-1998 The Power Breakfast Actor & Co-Writer NZ Festival of the Arts 1994 & Tour NZ
1997 An Evening with Elvis-Anne Actor & Writer Laugh Comedy Festival, Downstage Theatre, Wellington
1996 Hen's Teeth MC Circa & Taki Rua Theatres
1990s Wheel of Fortune Audience Warm-Ups (4 years) Avalon Studios


Year Production Role Company / Director
1990-1994 Various Training and Public Service Videos


Year Production Role Company / Director
1995 Lion Red - Red Blooded


Year Description Institution / Presenter
Acting for Screen Beginners and Intermediate Courses WPAC, Pip Byrne, Lorae Parry
Journalism Wellington Polytechnic

Driving & Flying

Intermediate: Driving (general)