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Astar was born and raised in Southland, and is part-Irish and part-Maori (Kati Mamoe). 

She trained in floristry and worked as an art teacher, floral designer and design tutor before taking a year out to write not just one - but three - books (yet to be published!).

She then became a 'finishing artist'. Her focus was on floral design in the many homes owned around the world by none other than the Sultan of Brunei. 

Exciting as it was, Astar decided to return to New Zealand and commenced working on the Good Morning show in 1998 where she set out to amaze viewers with her innovative floral, cooking and craft segments.

Astar lives in Auckland with partner, The Engineer, and her son.

When Astar grows up she wants to be a ballerina.

Click here to check out Astar's debut on YouTube with her remarkable rendition of Dying Swan or to check out her website Astar's Place