Tina Cross Profile

Alan Perrott
6 Jun 2018

Pop star, family entertainer, darling of the theatre and, latterly, singer-songwriter, Tina Cross has forged quite the musical career for someone who grew up wanting to be a social worker.

As a child she always sang, but mostly for fun: she would often serenade the passengers on her father’s bus as it crisscrossed south Auckland. Cross grew up in Otara from the age of four, except for a three-year stint in Kaitaia; her mother was of Maori-Croatian descent. It was while Cross and her family were in Northland that she won a talent quest, in a duet with her sister (one of her six siblings). 

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Tina Cross, 2018.
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Carl Doy, Tina Cross and Bruce King with the Pacific Song Contest award for 'Nothing But Dreams', 1979.
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Tina Cross - You Can Do It (Philips, 1979)
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Tina Cross with Rob Guest (at left) and manager Lew Pryme at the 1978 NEOA awards - Cross was given the "rising star award". 
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Tina Cross as part of the vocal harmony trio The Lady Killers with Suzanne Lynch (centre) and Jackie Clarke, 2015
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Tina Cross, c. 2017. 
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Tina Cross in 1981, from the programme of the NEOA awards function at which she would perform. The New Zealand Entertainment Operators Association (NEOA) is a collective organisation of promoters. 
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Tina Cross with her Benny Award, presented to her by the Variety Artists' Club of New Zealand in 2014.
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Tina Cross's second, self-titled album, 1980, rebranded as "Tina X". 
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Tina Cross in a publicity shot from 1978.
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Tina Cross revives 'Nothing But Dreams' for a 1985 TV special.
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Tina Cross in 2014, at the time of her single ‘Walk Away’, which dealt with domestic abuse. 
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Tina Cross with Sammy Davis Jr, c. 1980, after playing the support act for him at Auckland Town Hall.
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Carl Doy and Tina Cross with the Pacific Songwriting Award for 'Nothing But Dreams', 1979. 
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Tina Cross - Lay Down Your Heart (2014)
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Tina Cross in a 1979 publicity pic from the Fuller's talent agency. 
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Tina Cross in the grounds of Government House, 2007, where she was named as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music.
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Tina Cross, 2008.
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Tina Cross and Rikki Morris in 2014, when they performed together in France. 
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Tina Cross - You Can Do It (Philips, 1979)
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Tina Cross sings Nothing But Dreams on the Ray Woolf Show Christmas Special (1979)
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Tina Cross in 1983, a busy year in which she had her own TVNZ series, flew to London for a New Year's Eve special featuring Kiri Te Kanawa, a BBC-TV special recorded in Birmingham, a tour in Australia with Andy Williams, plus a dance special on TV with the Royal NZ Ballet and Gene Kelly. 
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Tina Cross - Lay Back (1979)
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