Nuala Hafner

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Nuala Hafner
Born1976 (age 42–43)
OccupationAustralian media personality

Nuala Hafner (born 1976) is an English-born Australian media personality and television presenter. and former weather presenter of Ghanaian descent.


Hafner began her media career at the age of three months when she appeared in an advertisement for baby milk. She also starred for many years in the children's program The Book Place,[1] and on Seven Adelaide's lifestyle program Discover. However, she is best known for working as a weather presenter for Seven News in Adelaide, and later in Sydney.[1]

Nuala joined Seven News Sydney in April 2003.[1] She presented the weather, and Canberra bulletins, until her final appearance on 22 December 2006. Haftner left to work overseas, filing reports from Seven's London Bureau.

In 2008, she took more of an active role in the network, appearing regularly on Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise and the now cancelled Seven HD show, The NightCap. In 2009, she moved back to Australia and became the entertainment editor on Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise and The Morning Show. In 2010, she was appointed as Melbourne correspondent for Sunrise with weather presenter Fifi Box being upgraded to entertainment editor.

In November 2011, she resigned from the Seven Network and returned to University to complete her Psychology degree, with Nick Etchells replacing her on Sunrise. In January 2012 she filled in for Grant Denyer on there and in 2012 she returned as a guest reporter to the show.

In July 2013, Hafner was appointed as Melbourne based news presenter for Network Ten's new breakfast show Wake Up hosted in Sydney by Natarsha Belling and James Mathison. Inside a brief period the programme lost about 50% of its audience share and rated by November 2013 lower than Breakfast, Network Ten axed the show the year before because of low ratings.[2]

In November 2014, Nuala returned to the Seven Network and regularly appeared on Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise.

In addition to freelance television reporting, Nuala continued her studies in psychology, for which she was awarded the Capstone prize for academic excellence at Melbourne University in 2012. She subsequently completed a Master of Clinical Psychology at La Trobe University. Hafner is currently a registered psychologist.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Hafner is the daughter of the Ghanaian-born Australian television personality and celebrity chef, Dorinda Hafner. Her father, Julian, is a retired English psychiatrist and an art gallery volunteer. She attended Adelaide's private Pembroke School where she became Dux. In 1995 she enrolled in a Law degree at Flinders University, graduating and entering the bar in 2000.


Media offices
Preceded by
Anne Wills
Seven News Adelaide
Weather presenter

1998 – 2002
Succeeded by
Kelly Golding
Preceded by
Adam Digby
Seven News Sydney
Weather presenter

2003 – 2006
Succeeded by
Sara Groen
Preceded by
James Tobin
Entertainment editor

Succeeded by
Fifi Box
Preceded by
New position
Melbourne correspondent

January 2010 – December 2011
Succeeded by
Nick Etchells
Preceded by
Wake Up
News presenter

November 2013 – May 2014
Succeeded by
program axed