Hayley Holt

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Hayley Doreen Holt (born 3 July 1981) is a New Zealand television presenter, former snowboarder and ballroom dancer, who currently co-presents TVNZ Breakfast alongside Jack Tame. She was previously notable for her appearances on several reality television series, as well as co-hosting a networked breakfast show on More FM from 2012 to 2013. She stood in the 2017 general election for the Green Party.

Early life[edit]

Holt was born in Auckland. She grew up in the Epsom district of the city, and attended Epsom Girls' Grammar School.

Dancing career[edit]

Holt started ballroom and Latin dancing at the age of seven, and was placed 19th in the Blackpool Rising Star Professional Ballroom Competition and was sixth in the US Open Rising Star Professional Ballroom Competition. She has also trained in jazz dance and studied for many years with Candy Lane.[1][2] Holt's professional dance partner is David Yeates.

Holt joined the second season of the New Zealand TV show Dancing with the Stars in 2006, becoming the professional partner of swimmer Danyon Loader – the couple were eliminated in the semi-final. During the third season, Holt was the partner of basketball player Brendon Pongia and was again eliminated in the semi-final. In the fourth season, Holt was partnered with DJ Peter Urlich and was eliminated in episode three.[1]

Holt participated in the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing as the professional partner of swimmer Mark Foster.[2][3] Holt and Foster were voted off on 26 October, placing 11th overall.[4][5] She did not return for Series 7.

TV appearances[edit]

In 2007, Holt won TV2's Treasure Island: Pirates of the Pacific as one of "The Others".[1][6] On 5 October 2008 Holt appeared on TV2's Shock Treatment.[7] On 28 October 2008 she was interviewed on Campbell Live.[citation needed]

Since December 2009, Holt has been working on The Crowd Goes Wild, as a reporter and occasional presenter.[8] In 2013, Holt was a co-presenter of TV One series Best Bits.[citation needed] In 2015, Holt appeared in one episode as "Olivia Banes" on Shortland Street.[citation needed] In January 2018, Holt began co-hosting TVNZ Breakfast with Jack Tame.[9]

Boxing career[edit]

Holt has had two fights in the ring, both in 2011, both won by decision.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

In 2016, Holt announced she would be contesting the 2017 general election for the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand.[10][11] On 17 February 2017 it was announced that she will stand in the Helensville electorate, held by retiring former Prime Minister John Key.[12] She failed to be elected either for the Helensville seat or from her 17th placing on the party list.[13]


  1. ^ a b c "Top Town | Television New Zealand | Entertainment | TVNZ 1, TVNZ 2". Tvnz.co.nz. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
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  3. ^ "Strictly celebrities are unveiled". BBC News. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008.
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  5. ^ "Swimmer Foster sent off Strictly". BBC News. 26 October 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  6. ^ "A bit on the side with: Hayley Holt « Bits on the Side". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Shock Treatment | Television New Zealand | Entertainment | TVNZ 1, TVNZ 2". Tvnz.co.nz. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Campbell Live – Story – Business – 3 News". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  9. ^ "Hayley Holt joins Breakfast, Hilary Barry to Seven Sharp". New Zealand Herald. 15 January 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  10. ^ Hayley Holt. "Hayley Holt to run for Parliament as Green Party candidate, may stand against John Key in Helensville – National – NZ Herald News". Nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  11. ^ "TV personality Hayley Holt to run for Parliament". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Holt heading to Helensville". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  13. ^ McConnell, Glenn (15 January 2018). "Hilary Barry moves to Seven Sharp, replaced on Breakfast by Hayley Holt". Stuff. Retrieved 17 January 2018.