One News (New Zealand)

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One News
Presented by
Country of origin New Zealand
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time
  • 6 pm: 60 minutes (including advertisements)
  • Breakfast: 5 min updates every 30 minutes from 6.00 am to 8.30 am
  • Good Morning: 5 min updates at 10 am and 11 am
  • Midday: 30 minutes (including advertisements)
  • Tonight: 30 minutes (including advertisements)
Picture format 16:9
Original release 3 November 1969 – present
External links

One News is the news division of New Zealand television network TVNZ. The service is broadcast live from TVNZ Centre in Auckland. The flagship news bulletin is the nightly 6 pm news hour, but One News also has midday and late night news bulletins, as well as current affairs shows such as Breakfast and Seven Sharp.

The 6 pm programme is New Zealand's most-watched news programme. As of July 2008, it has a market share of 44% (651,400+ each night).[1]

The head of TVNZ News and Current Affairs is John Gillespie.

One News was awarded Best News in the Qantas Media Awards from 2008 through 2011 and won Best Breaking News in the New Zealand Film and Television Awards 2012.


Television news in New Zealand started in 1960 with the introduction of television. These bulletins were broadcast from New Zealand's four main cities (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin) operating independently of each other due to technical constraints. The Wahine Disaster in April 1968 highlighted the need for a nationwide news network; footage shot in Wellington could not be broadcast in other centres around the country at the same time.

In October 1969 the country-wide TV network was completed. The first network news broadcast was live on 3 November 1969 at 7:35 pm, read by Dougal Stevenson. This bulletin was possible due to microwave links being established between the four main centres; the programme was called NZBC Network News. Initially, it was read by Philip Sherry, Dougal Stevenson or Bill Toft on a rotating roster.

Prior to the building of the Warkworth satellite communications station in 1971, international programmes could not be received live – the footage had to be flown into New Zealand and was often days old.

Angela D'Audney was the first female newsreader in New Zealand, from 1973. The Network News featured many other newsreaders until the NZBC was dissolved in 1975. The programme was then renamed simply News. The main bulletin was revamped in 1987. It was renamed Network News with Judy Bailey and Neil Billington initially co-presenting. Richard Long and Tony Ciprian alternately presented and produced sports news. Later that year Long took over from Billington as Network News news co-anchor, the beginning of a partnership that would continue for much of the next fifteen years. Ciprian moved to the new commercial channel TV3, the station's first sports news producer. He was with 3 News for almost 20 years.

From the 1970s, four regional news programmes were broadcast – one in each of the four main regions: Top Half (Auckland and the upper North Island), Today Tonight (Wellington and the lower North Island and originally the upper South Island), The Mainland Touch (Christchurch, Canterbury and later the upper South Island) and The South Tonight (Otago and Southland). Initially, these programmes ran for 20 minutes during the main news programme at 7 pm, between the sports and weather news. In 1988, the Network News was moved to 6 pm and regional news shows to 6:30 pm. On 11 April 1989 TVNZ launched a new nightly current affairs show, Holmes, which was presented by Paul Holmes. Holmes began screening at 6:30 pm and regional news shows were moved to 5:45 pm before the Network News bulletin before being axed at the end of 1990.

1989 saw the introduction of the first One News foreign correspondents – Liam Jeory in London and Susan Wood in Sydney. The 6:30 pm bulletin was reduced back to 30 minutes on weekdays.

In 1989, Network News was relaunched as One Network News; its renaming due to competition from new broadcasting station TV3's news programme 3 National News. In 1995, the main bulletin was again extended from 30 to 60 minutes, screening from the now familiar 6:00 pm timeslot, followed by Holmes at 7 pm. The change coincided with the unveiling of a new studio set which was used until 2003. On 11 August 1997, the early morning Telstra Business and Breakfast shows were first aired; Telstra Business was hosted by Michael Wilson; Breakfast hosted by Susan Wood and Mike Hosking.

The end of 1997 saw the replacement of weekend news presenters Angela D'Audney and Tom Bradley with husband and wife Simon Dallow and Alison Mau. Bradley resigned, but D'Audney stayed as a backup presenter for other bulletins until her death in February 2002, from a brain tumour.

In 1998, TVNZ signed 3 News anchor John Hawkesby to replace Richard Long from the start of 1999. But when Haweskby began presenting One Network News at 6 pm alongside Judy Bailey, there was a public outcry over the separation of Bailey and Long, that lead to Long reinstated as co-anchor at 6 pm three weeks later. Hawkesby later took TVNZ to court, a dispute that he subsequently won.

The show was renamed again on 31 December 1999 to the current name of One News.

2003 saw a major shake up of TVNZ's news and current affairs programming with entering head Bill Ralston making sweeping changes to the formats of many programmes. A new state-of-the-art studio came into use for One News programmes, but many presenters were culled. The changes saw the end of Long and Bailey's 15-year partnership; from January 2004, the main 6 pm bulletin reverted to a single-headed broadcast with Judy Bailey as anchor. Jim Hickey, TVNZ's most popular weather presenter, and sports presenter April Bruce (née Ieremia) also left in 2003. Jim returned to One News in 2007.

Close Up was launched in November 2004, when Paul Holmes, host of the Holmes programme, resigned following failed contract negotiations. Close Up followed the same format as Holmes, but was hosted by Susan Wood until her sudden resignation in 2006. Mark Sainsbury became the main host following her resignation.

In October 2005, TVNZ announced that it would not be renewing long-standing flagship broadcaster Judy Bailey's contract; some observers believe this was a direct reaction to the programme's market share decline in Auckland to 3 News. An emotional Bailey signed off for the final time at the end of the 6 pm One News bulletin on 23 December 2005. She was TVNZ's longest serving newsreader and had been reporting and presenting with both NZBC and TVNZ for 34 years. When the 6 pm edition of One News returned after the Christmas break of 2005–2006, it reverted to double-headed presentation with Wendy Petrie and Simon Dallow taking over from Bailey.

The weekend 6 pm bulletin remained single-headed until September 2008, when popular presenter Peter Williams joined Bernadine Oliver-Kirby as co-anchor.

Sir Paul Holmes returned to TVNZ as the host on the new political programme Q+A in 2009. He hosted the programme until late 2012, when illness prevented him from continuing his duties. He died on 1 February 2013.

TVNZ celebrated One News' 40th birthday on 3 November 2009 with some archival footage available on their website. Later that year, Jennie Goodwin, David Beatson, Dougal Stevenson and Lindsay Perigo returned to read one Breakfast news segment each.

A Saturday edition of Breakfast was broadcast from 3 September 2011, hosted by Rawdon Christie and Toni Street. This was broadcast until the end of 2012.

TVNZ commissioned a revamped news/current affairs set on 23 January 2012. This set is used for the broadcast of the following programmes:

  • One News
  • Breakfast
  • Seven Sharp
  • Te Karere
  • Good Morning
  • Q+A
  • 20/20
  • Marae Investigates
  • Fair Go

In September 2012 an announcement was made that TVNZ would discontinue Close Up at the end of 2012. The final Close Up programme screened on November 30, 2012 and in early 2013, an announcement was made of the replacement show, named Seven Sharp. The first show screened on 4 February 2013.

Saturday Breakfast and One News at 4:30 were cancelled at the end of 2012.

Since 2013, Susan Wood has hosted Q+A.

One News has reporters and correspondents based around New Zealand and internationally, with bureaus in Australia, Europe, USA, and in the Pacific.

Daniel Corbett joined the weather team in September 2014. In December 2014, Jim Hickey will leave his position as head weathercaster. A nearly a year later Karen Olsen left the weathercaster position with her final broadcast on 16 November 2015, a replacement is currently being considered.[2]

News bulletins

One News telecommunications ute, at the 2010 Mt Allan forest fire

The flagship One News bulletin screens nightly at 6 pm and is fronted by Simon Dallow and Wendy Petrie on weekdays, and Bernadine Oliver-Kerby, and Peter Williams at weekends. Business is presented by Nadine Chalmers-Ross. Sport is presented by Jenny-May Coffin or Andrew Saville, and weather by Daniel Corbett or Renee Wright.

The bulletin is usually structured like this:

  • Pre-Opening Sequence
    • The bulletin starts off with the weather presenter explaining the current weather situation, standing in front of a map of New Zealand showing the country's satellite imagery that day.
  • First Segment (10–15 minutes):
    • Local news items
    • Major international stories
  • Second Segment (8–10 minutes):
    • International news items
    • Weather update (showing maximum temperatures in towns and cities around the country and live weather camera shots in the six main cities)
  • Third Segment (5–8 minutes):
    • Market information (graphics only – no voice-over)
    • Business news (if any)
    • Miscellaneous local news items
  • Fourth Segment (10–15 minutes):
  • Fifth Segment (5–8 minutes):
    • Main weather forecast
    • Human interest story

On weekdays, One News screens multiple bulletins during the day. This includes One News Breakfast, hosted by Peter Williams on Monday-Wednesday and Nadine Chalmers-Ross on Thursday and Friday. These are 5- to 10-minute news and weather updates that screen on during the Breakfast show (news 6–8.30 am, weather 6.35–8.35 am). Weather reports during Breakfast are presented by Sam Wallace.

One News also produces two half-hour bulletins, which screen at Midday and approximately 10:30 pm. The midday bulletin, One News at Midday is also hosted by the same presenter for Breakfast news and the late night broadcast, One News Tonight is presented by Greg Boyed with Renee Wright presenting the weather report.


  • Flagship bulletin at 6 pm
  • Weekdays every half hour from 6 am-9 am, Midday, and 10:30 pm


  • Flagship bulletin at 6 pm

Current affairs programmes

Seven Sharp

  • Weekdays at 7 pm
  • Presented by Mike Hosking and Toni Street
  • Reporters: Craig Stanaway, Jehan Casinader, Matt Chisholm, Gill Higgins, Haydn Jones, Heather du Plessis-Allan, and Michael Holland

Seven Sharp is a half-hour current affairs programme, which features mostly current event or local human interest stories. It was launched in 2013, replacing Close Up and long serving broadcaster Mark Sainsbury.


Breakfast is a three-hour-long magazine style news and current affairs programme which looks at the day's headlines and events happening around New Zealand. News, sport and weather are updated every half hour, with business news being updated at around 6:40 am, 7:10 am and 8:10 am.

News segments are presented by Peter Williams, Melissa Stokes or Nadine Chalmers-Ross. Sam Wallace is the weather presenter and roving reporter.

Breakfast received a new look and set, along with other TVNZ news and current affairs programmes, on 23 January 2012. Plasma screens and lighting effects make up the majority of the set design, meaning ease of changeover between Breakfast and Good Morning, which are to share the same set, and air live, back to back. Changes to the show's format from January 2012 mean the first half hour of the show will be more formal, and feature the presenters behind news desks, from 6 am until 6:30, when the presenters will then move to couch or "soft set" to continue with its traditional, more relaxed style from 6:30 until 9 am. This format change was made as a result of TV3's competing Firstline programme which airs at the same time, and is a more formal approach to morning news and current affairs.

Breakfast remains the leading morning news and current affairs show in New Zealand, dominating ratings against its rival, TV3 Firstline.

From 2013 changes were made to the format of the show. New segments were also introduced along with small changes to the on-screen graphics and the positioning of presenters.

TVNZ Breakfast saw record rating dominations during the live screening of the America's Cup from San Francisco, with 1,000,000 viewers tuning in each morning to watch each race.

Te Karere

Te Karere is a half-hour news programme broadcast entirely in Māori. The weather is also broadcast in Māori. Te Karere regularly attracts between 50,000 – 80,000 viewers a day.


Q+A is an hour-long political show containing an interview with a politician that has been in the news during the previous week and a panel debate on a political hot topic. Q+A has been screening since March 2009.

Q+A won Best News/Current Affairs Programme in the 2009 Qantas Media Awards.


  • Presented by Sonja Wilson
  • Reporters: Emma Keeling, Erin Conroy, and Hannah Ockelford

20/20 is an investigative news and current affairs magazine style show. The show is of the same format to that of the American Broadcasting Company's edition.

It airs on TV2 and consists of both local content and international stories (retrieved from partnering networks and shows in Australia). 20/20's set is the shared TVNZ News and Current Affairs studio in the TVNZ Television Centre in central Auckland.


TVNZ News at 8 and TVNZ News Now

Discontinued in July 2012, when TVNZ 7 closed down.


Amalgamated into Breakfast in 2013.

Close Up

Replaced with Seven Sharp in 2013.

One News at 4.30 pm

Discontinued in November 2012 due to lack of funding.

Saturday Breakfast

Discontinued in November 2012.

One News Special

One News Specials are often aired during international, one-off and breaking news events. Often for international breaking news stories, One News airs a video feed from other news organisations. One News aired specials for the following events:

Date Event
31 August 1997 Death of Diana, Princess of Wales
11 September 2001 September 11 attacks
20 December 2007 2007 Gisborne earthquake
4 September 2010 2010 Canterbury earthquake
19 November 2010 Pike River Mine disaster
22 February 2011 2011 Christchurch earthquake
11 March 2011 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami
30 October 2012 Hurricane Sandy
21 July 2013 2013 Seddon earthquake
15 December 2014 2014 Sydney hostage crisis

Annual specials:

  • Annual Government Budget announcements.
  • Annual special reports such as The Year in Review (which airs on the first Sunday of the year and looks at the previous year).


One News at Midday

Tenure Presenter
1996–1997 Susan Wood
1997–2000 Liz Gunn
2000–2003 Linda Clark
2003–2008 Peter Williams
2008–2010 Peter Williams/Alison Mau
2011–2012 Peter Williams/Rawdon Christie
2012 Peter Williams/Melissa Stokes
2013–2015 Peter Williams/Nadine Chalmers-Ross
2015-present Peter Williams/Nadine Chalmers-Ross/Jenny-May Coffin

One News at 6


Tenure Presenter(s)
1970s–mid-1980s Bill Toft, Tom Bradley, Philip Sherry, Jennie Goodwin, Angela D'Audney, Bill McCarthy, or Dougal Stevenson
1987 Neil Billington and Judy Bailey
1987–2003 Richard Long and Judy Bailey
2004–2005 Judy Bailey
2006–present Simon Dallow and Wendy Petrie


Tenure Presenter
Early 1990s–1997 Tom Bradley and Angela D'Audney
1997–1999 Simon Dallow and Alison Mau
1999 Richard Long and Liz Gunn (three weeks in February only)
1999–2003 Simon Dallow and Alison Mau
2003–2004 Simon Dallow
2004–2008 Bernadine Oliver-Kerby
2008–present Peter Williams and Bernadine Oliver-Kerby

One News Tonight

Tenure Presenter
1995–1997 Simon Dallow and Alison Mau
1998–2001 Linda Clark
2001–2002 Liz Gunn
2003 Simon Dallow
2003–2004 Eric Young and Kate Hawkesby
2005–2006 Kate Hawkesby
2007–2012 Greg Boyed
2013 Melissa Stokes
2013–present Greg Boyed/Miriama Kamo/Melissa Stokes

Backup presenters

Show Presenter Backup Presenters
Breakfast Alison Pugh

Nadine Chalmers-Ross, Melissa Stokes, or Wendy Petrie

Rawdon Christie Peter Williams, Greg Boyed, Tim Wilson or Matt McLean
Breakfast News and Midday Peter Williams or Nadine Chalmers-Ross Greg Boyed, Daniel Faitaua, or Brooke Dobson
Te Karere Scott Morrison Tini Molyneux
One News At 6 - Weekdays Simon Dallow Peter Willams or Greg Boyed
Wendy Petrie Bernadine Oliver-Kerby, Miriama Kamo, or Melissa Stokes
One News At 6 - Weekends Peter Williams Corin Dann, Jack Tame, Greg Boyed, or Daniel Faitaua
Bernadine Oliver-Kirby Miriama Kamo or Melissa Stokes
One News At 6 - Sport Andrew Saville or Jenny-May Coffin
One News At 6 - Weather Daniel Corbett or Renee Wright Sam Wallace
Seven Sharp Toni Street Nadine Chalmers-Ross or Pippa Wetzell
Mike Hosking Jack Tame or Nadine Chalmers-Ross
One News Tonight Greg Boyed Melissa Stokes, Miriama Kamo, Renee Wright or Nadine Chalmers-Ross
Q+A Susan Wood Rachel Smalley

One News Reporters

Source: TVNZ[3]

This list excludes reporters from TVNZ News, Good Morning, 20/20, Q&A, Fair Go, Sunday, Te Karere, Marae Investigates and Seven Sharp. TVNZ has one of the largest news gathering teams in the country - based in New Zealand and in TVNZ bureaus around the world.

Name Show Role Bureau
Sam Kelway One News Reporter Auckland
Monique Fischer One News Reporter Auckland
Jehan Casinader One News Reporter Wellington
Sean Hogan One News Reporter Auckland
Luke Appleby One News Reporter
Sam Hurley One News Reporter
Paul Hobbs One News Reporter Auckland
Nicole Bremner One News Reporter Auckland
Nadine Chalmers-Ross One News Reporter
Max Bania One News Reporter Auckland
Megan Martin One News Reporter Dunedin
Lorelei Mason One News Reporter Christchurch
Lisa Davies One News Reporter Christchurch
Joy Reid One News Reporter Christchurch
Helen Castles One News Reporter Auckland
Donna Marie-Lever One News Reporter Christchurch
Daniel Faitaua One News Reporter Wellington
Andrew Morrison One News Reporter Wellington
Michael Parkin One News Reporter Christchurch
Will Hine One News Reporter Auckland
Renee Graham One News Reporter Wellington
Chris Chang One News Reporter Auckland
Anna Burns-Francis One News Reporter
Ryan Boswell One News Reporter Wellington
Mark Hathaway One News Reporter Dunedin
Matt McLean One News Reporter Auckland
James Ransley Breakfast Reporter Wellington
Briar Wells One News Reporter Wellington
Emma Keeling One News Correspondent London
Ruth Wynn-Williams One News Correspondent Australia
Jack Tame One News Correspondent New York
Barbara Dreaver One News Correspondent Pacific
Jessica Mutch One News Correspondent London
Corin Dann One News Political Editor Wellington
Katie Bradford One News Political Reporter
Martin Tasker One News Sports Reporter
Kimberlee Downs One News Sports Reporter Auckland
Jenny-May Clarkson One News Sports Reporter Auckland
George Berry One News Sports Reporter Christchurch
Abby Wilson (née Scott)[4] One News Sports Reporter
John McKenzie One News Sports Reporter Wellington
Daniel Corbett One News Weather
Renee Wright One News Weather
Holly Carran Breakfast Reporter Christchurch
Selena Hawkins Breakfast Reporter

News resources on One News


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