Breakfast (New Zealand TV program)

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Breakfast Intertitle
GenreNews program, Live-action
Presented byJack Tame
Hayley Holt
Daniel Faitaua (news)
Matt McLean (weather)
Country of originNew Zealand
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons15
Running time180 Minutes
Original networkTVNZ 1
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release11 August 1997 –
External links

Breakfast (also referred to as 1 News Breakfast) is a New Zealand morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on TVNZ 1, produced by 1 News. Debuting on 11 August 1997, it was the first of its genre in New Zealand. It contains a mixture of breaking news, news, sport, weather and feature items. Originally a two-hour program, it was expanded to three hours in 2012.


Breakfast began airing on 11 August 1997. The program's dominance was virtually unchallenged by the other networks until 2008, when TV3 launched Sunrise. Sunrise struggled against Breakfast in the ratings until Sunrise went off air because of financial issues in April 2010, leaving Breakfast as the only morning news and talk show in New Zealand, until TV3 launched their second attempt at a morning news program, Firstline, in 2011. Firstline was cancelled in April 2015, and replaced by Paul Henry, which caused a significant increase in Breakfast's competition. This caused the changes to the presenters in September 2016.


Dates Presenter One Presenter Two
1997-1999 Mike Hosking[1] Susan Wood[1]
2000 Alison Mau[1]
2001 Liz Gunn[1]
2002-2003 Kate Hawkesby[1]
2003 Mike Hosking
January 2004 - August 2004 Alison Mau
August 2004 - December 2004 Paul Henry[1] Alison Mau[1]
January 2005 - July 2007 Kay Gregory
July 2007 - October 2010 Pippa Wetzell[2]
October 2010 - December 2010 Greg Boyed/Rawdon Christie[3]
January 2011 - May 2012 Corin Dann Petra Bagust
May 2012 - December 2012 Rawdon Christie[4][5]
January 2013 - December 2013 Toni Street[6]
January 2014 - September 2015 Alison Pugh[7][8]
September 2015 - September 2016 Nadine Chalmers-Ross[9]
September 2016 - December 2017 Hilary Barry[10] Jack Tame
January 2018 - April 2019 Hayley Holt[11]
April 2019- present John Campbell[12]

News anchor[edit]

Weather reporter[edit]

  • Tamati Coffey (2007-2012)
  • Sam Wallace (2012-2016)
  • Matt McLean (2017-present)


Saturday Breakfast[edit]

On 3 September 2011 TVNZ launched Saturday Breakfast, which aired between 7 am and 9 am each Saturday. The program was axed at the end of 2012 due to low viewership.

Program format[edit]

Ten minutes of news, sport and weather is presented every half-hour between 6:00 and 8:30. Daniel Faitaua presents the news headlines from the Breakfast studio on the hour and half-hour, followed by Matt McLean presenting the regional weather bulletin on the hour, and the main centres' weather bulletin on the half-hour. Mostly, the program has interviews with newsmakers or TVNZ reporters on the day's headlines. The first hour of the program is devoted to news stories, and the rest of the program has entertainment or special interest segments.


In 2014, TVNZ was awarded a Bravo award by the New Zealand Skeptics for coverage of the "dangers of Miracle Mineral Solution." And for their comment that MMS “is not a miracle cure for anything”.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "A complete history of TVNZ Breakfast hosts". Spy. The New Zealand Herald. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Paul Henry resigns from TVNZ". The Spy Report. Media Spy. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Henry's a tough act to follow". Mountain Scene. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Rawdon Christie joins Breakfast". Dominion Post. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  5. ^ "TVNZ announces new hosts for Breakfast". The Spy Report. Media Spy. 18 December 2010. Archived from the original on 22 December 2010.
  6. ^ "The Diary: New taste for Breakfast - Entertainment - NZ Herald News". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Ali Pugh named new Breakfast co-host - Entertainment News". 14 February 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Summer Diary: Seven Sharp delays return to air - Entertainment - NZ Herald News". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Nadine Chalmers-Ross returns to TVNZ's Breakfast as Alison Pugh leaves". 18 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Jack Tame and Hilary Barry confirmed for TVNZ Breakfast". 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Hayley Holt to join Breakfast as Hilary Barry moves to Seven Sharp". 15 January 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  12. ^ "John Campbell to present Breakfast show as Jack Tame moves to Q+A". 18 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  13. ^ "TVNZ Confirms News And Current Affairs Structure". 17 January 2002. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Bravo Awards". New Zealand Skeptics. Retrieved 7 November 2016.