Hilary Barry

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Hilary Barry
Born Hilary Ann Pankhurst
(1969-12-04) 4 December 1969 (age 47)
Residence Auckland, New Zealand
Education Victoria University of Wellington (BA)
Occupation Broadcast journalist
Employer Television New Zealand
Spouse(s) Mike Barry
Relatives Liam Barry (brother-in-law)
Kevin Barry (father-in-law)

Hilary Ann Barry [1] (née Pankhurst, born 4 December 1969) is a New Zealand journalist and television personality who currently co-hosts TVNZ's Breakfast with Jack Tame. She was a newsreader on TV3 for many years and until 2016, presented the 6 pm Newshub show with Mike McRoberts. She also worked on the Paul Henry morning TV show since its launch, reading the news. Barry resigned from these roles in April 2016. Five days later TV3 chief executive, Mark Weldon also resigned.


Barry attended Queen Margaret College in Wellington from 1980 to 1987, and was head girl in her final year.[2] She later completed a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington and a Certificate of Journalism.

She and husband Mike Barry, a teacher and son of All Black Kevin Barry, have two sons.[3]



Barry began her career as a reporter for radio 89.3 TODAY FM (now More FM Wairarapa). She read the morning news on radio station More FM and participated in the morning shows for 10 years. On 9 February 2009, Barry became news anchor on the RadioLIVE breakfast show hosted by Marcus Lush.[4]


Barry became a TV3 news reporter in Christchurch in 1993 then moved to Auckland to work as a reporter on 3 News. She presented 3 News on weekends for six years, before presenting the weeknight 3 News. Former regular anchors John Campbell and Carol Hirschfeld moved on to respectively present and produce the 7 pm current affairs show, Campbell Live, in March 2005.[5]


At the 2006 Qantas Television Awards she was voted Favourite New Zealand Female Personality.

Barry won the Best News or Current Affair Presenter award at the 2011 Aotearoa Film and Television Awards. She hosted The Coca Cola Christmas in the Park in December 2011. In March 2012, Barry won TV Guide's Best on The Box award for Best Presenter.[6] In May 2012, Barry won the Radio Award for Best Newsreader.[7] In March 2013, she once again won the TV Guide's Best on The Box award for Best Presenter. On 7 April 2015, Barry became news anchor for the morning talk show The Paul Henry Show.


On 4 February 2016, Barry laughed uncontrollably during The Paul Henry Show when reading a news item about the former Malaysian diplomat who admitted going to a young woman's home with no pants on and defecating on her step before leaving.[8] The incident received widespread coverage[9][10] and a video uploaded by Henry received about 270,000 views on Youtube in two days.[11]

Barry also lost her composure in May 2015 after watching a news story on John Campbell's departure from TV3. As she tried to read the next item, Barry choked up and said: "I think Mike might have to read this one," referring to her co-anchor Mike McRoberts.[12]


Hilary Barry unexpectedly resigned from MediaWorks (thus Newshub and Paul Henry) on 26 April 2016. Barry had been with the company for 23 years, working across several brands. She claims she left in order to spend more time with her family,[13] although there were reports she had been dissatisfied with the direction the network had been taking under the leadership of chief executive Mark Weldon for some time.[14] When Weldon resigned five days later, Barry and co-host Mike McRoberts were seen bringing champagne and beer into the Mediaworks office to celebrate. When entering the building, Barry gave a "v for victory" sign with one of her hands, but declined to comment further.[15] It has since been revealed that Mike McRoberts (Barry's long term 3 News/Newshub co-host) is trying to convince Barry to stay with the company.[16]

Her final day was on Friday, 27 May 2016, receiving a special video tribute from colleague Mike McRoberts.[17]

On Sunday 29 May, it was revealed that Samantha Hayes would replace Barry on Newshub at 6.[18] On Monday 30 May, MediaWorks announced that Ingrid Hipkiss would replace Barry on Paul Henry.[19]


On 18 August 2016, Barry, along with Jack Tame, were confirmed as the new co-hosts of Breakfast, to take over from 19 September 2016. [20]


  1. ^ "This is why you should never buy your own Mothers' Day present". facebook.com. Paul Henry/MediaWorks. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Old girl, Hilary Barry, in the news". Queen Margaret College. 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Hilary Barry quits TV3 amid rumours she's heading to TVNZ
  4. ^ "TV3's Hilary Barry to join Radio Live". MediaWorks. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "TV3 Announces 7PM Current Affairs Show". Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "AFTA winners pay tribute to Christchurch". 3 News. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Read: congrats to our radio award winners!". RadioLive. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Hilary Barry laughs uncontrollably while delivering news". Stuff.co.nz. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "'Today could be the day I lose my job': TV news anchor bursts into a laughing fit after report about a Malaysian diplomat jailed for defecating on a woman's doorstep". Daily Mail. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "RUSH HOUR: The stories you need to know today". News.com.au. 5 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Hilary Barry cracks up during the news". Youtube. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  12. ^ Hilary Barry in tears over John Campbell's departure
  13. ^ "Hilary Barry quits TV3". Stuff. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  14. ^ Hilary Barry quits TV3 amid rumours she's heading to TVNZ
  15. ^ Hilary Barry delivers drinks after Mark Weldon resigns
  16. ^ "Mike McRoberts: I am trying to convince Hilary Barry to stay". Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  17. ^ "Newshub farewells Hilary Barry". www.newshub.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  18. ^ "Samantha Hayes announced as Newshub co-presenter with Mike McRoberts". www.newshub.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-05-30. 
  19. ^ "Ingrid Hipkiss joins the Paul Henry team". www.newshub.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-05-30. 
  20. ^ "Jack Tame and Hilary Barry confirmed for TVNZ Breakfast". stuff.co.nz. 2016-08-18. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 

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