1 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 1 News also has midday and late night news bulletins, as well as current affairs shows such as Breakfast and Seven Sharp.

1 News
1 News (New Zealand).svg
Presented by
  • Simon Dallow (6 pm weeknights)
  • Melissa Stokes (6 pm weekends)
  • Indira Stewart (Breakfast)
  • Chris Chang (Midday)
  • Jenny Suo (Tonight)
Country of originNew Zealand
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time
  • 6 pm: 60 minutes (including advertisements)
  • Breakfast: 5 min updates every 30 minutes from 6.00 am to 8.30 am
  • Midday: 30 minutes (including advertisements)
  • Tonight: 30 minutes (including advertisements)
Picture format16:9
Original release3 November 1969 (1969-11-03) –
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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.

1 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.


Previous ONE News logo

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, and the extra-tropical cyclone which contributed to the disaster also grounded air traffic preventing the film being flown to other centres.

In October 1969 the nationwide 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 2 January 1995, the main One Network News bulletin was delayed for ten minutes after protesters occupied the studio angered the Māori-language bulletin Te Karere had being suspended over the Christmas and New Year period.[2]

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 2002.

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 programme was renamed again on 31 December 1999 to 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.[3][4] Hickey returned to One News in 2007.[5]

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, called Saturday Breakfast, was broadcast from 3 September 2011, hosted by Rawdon Christie and Toni Street, and ran until the end of 2012, when it and One News at 4:30 were cancelled for financial reasons.[6]

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 30 November 2012 and in early 2013, an announcement was made of the replacement show, named Seven Sharp. The first show screened on 4 February 2013.

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

Former BBC meteorologist Daniel Corbett joined the weather team in September 2014. In December 2014, Jim Hickey left his position as head weather forecaster. Nearly a year later Karen Olsen left the weathercaster position, making her final broadcast on 16 November 2015.[7]

The programme was renamed 1 News in 2016, when TV One was renamed TVNZ 1.

During the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand as part of cost-cutting measures, 1 News will revert to a single news presenter for its 6pm bulletin. Simon Dallow would remain on as the sole newsreader while Wendy Petrie would lose her role. Petrie would remain at TVNZ as a backup presenter across other 1 News programmes.

In 2020, 1 News was named as the most trusted news source during the COVID-19 pandemic.[8]

News bulletinsEdit

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


Breakfast airs 5- to 10-minute news updates every half-hour, from 6 am until 8:30 am, hosted by Indira Stewart.[9] Weather reports air every half-hour, from 6.05 am until 8.35 am, and are presented by Matty McLean.

1 News at MiddayEdit

1 News at Midday is a half-hour long bulletin that airs at midday each weekday, and is hosted by Chris Chang. It airs every weekday at 12:00pm on TVNZ 1 and competed with Three's Newshub Midday until Newshub discontinued its midday bulletin in July 2016, making 1 News at Midday the only midday television news bulletin in New Zealand. Newshub reintroduced its midday bulletin in February 2021, although it is styled as Newshub Live at 11:30am and aired 30 minutes earlier than 1 News at Midday.

1 News at 6pmEdit

1 News at Six is 1 News' flagship hour-long bulletin, airing nightly at 6 pm; it is hosted by Simon Dallow on weekdays and Melissa Stokes at weekends. Sport is presented by Hayley Holt[10] or Andrew Saville, and weather by Daniel Corbett or Renee Wright.

The bulletin is usually structured like this:

  • 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):
    • Top stories recap
    • Business news (if any)
    • Miscellaneous local news items
  • Fourth Segment (10–15 minutes):
  • Fifth Segment (5–8 minutes):
    • Main weather forecast
    • Human interest story

1 News TonightEdit

1 News Tonight is a half-hour long bulletin that airs at approximately 10:30 pm on TVNZ 1 each weeknight, and is usually hosted by Jenny Suo. It competes with Three's Newshub Late.

Current affairs programmesEdit

Seven SharpEdit

Seven Sharp is a half-hour current affairs programme which airs at 7 pm each weekday. Presented by Hilary Barry and Jeremy Wells, it features mostly current event or local human interest stories. It was launched in 2013, replacing Close Up and long serving broadcaster Mark Sainsbury.

Te KarereEdit

Te Karere is a half-hour news programme broadcast at 3:55 pm weekdays entirely in Māori. It is presented by Scotty Morrison. 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 that airs at 9 am on Sundays. Presented by Jack Tame, it consists of 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, originally on Sunday mornings; since July 2018, it has been broadcast in primetime. By mid-2020, it returned to its traditional Sunday morning timeslot.

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


20/20 is an investigative news and current affairs magazine style show presented by Carolyn Robinson. The show has a similar format to that of its US namesake. It airs on TVNZ 1 and consists of both local content and international stories (often produced by partner networks, such as ABC). 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 NowEdit

Discontinued in July 2012, when TVNZ 7 closed down.


Amalgamated into Breakfast in 2013.

Close UpEdit

Replaced with Seven Sharp in 2013.

One News at 4.30 pmEdit

Discontinued in November 2012 due to lack of funding.

Saturday BreakfastEdit

Discontinued in November 2012.

1 News SpecialEdit

1 News Special episodes are often aired during international, one-off and breaking news events. For international breaking news stories, 1 News often airs a video feed from other news organisations. 1 News has 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
11 January 2008 Death of Sir Edmund Hillary
22 January 2008 State funeral of Sir Edmund Hillary
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
9 November 2016 2016 United States presidential election
14 November 2016 2016 Kaikoura earthquake
17 February 2017 2017 Port Hills fires
19 May 2018 Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
21 June 2018 Jacinda Ardern gives birth
15 March 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings
9 December 2019 2019 Whakaari/White Island eruption
15 March 2020 First anniversary of Christchurch mosque shootings
23 March 2020 COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand
24 March 2020
4 November 2020 2020 United States presidential election

During the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand a 1 News Special was broadcast most days at 1pm. During the 1pm broadcast Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield would announce how many new cases of coronavirus were in New Zealand.

Annual specialsEdit

Annual specials are aired for the following events:

  • 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).
  • Annual New Year fireworks in Auckland.


1 News at MiddayEdit

Tenure Presenter
1996–1997 Susan Wood
1997–2000 Liz Gunn
2000–2001 Various
2002 Julie White[11]
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
2015–2016 Peter Williams/Melissa Stokes
2016–2019 Daniel Faitaua
2019–present Jenny-May Clarkson

1 News at 6pmEdit


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
2006–2020 Simon Dallow and Wendy Petrie
2020–present Simon Dallow


Tenure Presenters
Early 1990s–1997 Tom Bradley and Angela D'Audney
1997–1999 Simon Dallow and Alison Mau
2000 Simon Dallow and Liz Gunn[12]
2001–2003 Simon Dallow and Alison Mau
2004–2008 Bernadine Oliver-Kerby[13]
2008–2015 Peter Williams and Bernadine Oliver-Kerby
2016–2018 Peter Williams
2019–present Melissa Stokes[14]

1 News TonightEdit

Tenure Presenter
1995–1997 Simon Dallow and Alison Mau
1998–2001 Various
2001 Linda Clark[15]
2002 Peter Williams[16]
2003 Neil Waka[17]
2004–2005 Eric Young and Kate Hawkesby[18][19]
2005–2006 Kate Hawkesby[20]
2007 Sacha McNeil
2007–2012 Greg Boyed[21]
2013 Melissa Stokes, Miriama Kamo
2013–2018 Miriama Kamo, Greg Boyed/Melissa Stokes
2018 Melissa Stokes/Anna Burns-Francis/Marama T-Pole
2019–present Jenny Suo

Backup presentersEdit

Show Presenter Backup presenter(s)
Breakfast Jenny-May Clarkson Pippa Wetzell, Melissa Stokes, Anna Burns-Francis or Joy Reid
John Campbell Matty McLean, Scotty Stevenson, Haydn Jones or Jenny-May Clarkson
Breakfast News and Midday Indira Stewart Jenny Suo, Jack Tame or Oriini Kaipara, Chris Chang, Wendy Petrie Matty McLean Kimberlee Downs
Te Karere Scotty Morrison Irena Smith, Oriini Kaipara
1 News at 6 Weekdays Simon Dallow Wendy Petrie, John Campbell, Melissa Stokes or Jack Tame
Weekends Melissa Stokes Anna Burns-Francis, Simon Dallow or Wendy Petrie Jack Tame Miriama Kamo
Sport Andrew Saville or Hayley Holt Melissa Stokes, Toni Street or Scotty Stevenson
Weather Daniel Corbett or Renee Wright Matty McLean, Chris Chang or Erin Conroy
Seven Sharp Jeremy Wells Anika Moa, Simon Dallow, Toni Street, Matty McLean or Melissa Stokes
Hilary Barry
1 News Tonight Jenny Suo Wendy Petrie, Claire Robbie, Anna Burns-Francis or Oriini Kaipara Kimberlee Downs

1 News ReportersEdit

The following is a list of 1 News reporters.[22]

This list excludes reporters from 20/20, Q&A, Fair Go, Sunday, Te Karere, Marae Investigates, Breakfast 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
Daniel Faitaua 1 News Correspondent London
Anna Burns-Francis 1 News Correspondent New York
Ryan Boswell 1 News Correspondent Sydney
Barbara Dreaver 1 News Correspondent Pacific
Sean Hogan 1 News Reporter Hawke's Bay
Helen Castles 1 News Reporter Northland
Sam Kelway 1 News Reporter Tauranga
Jared McCulloch 1 News Reporter Queenstown
Paul Hobbs 1 News Reporter Auckland
Nicole Bremner 1 News Reporter Auckland
Kimberlee Downs 1 News Reporter Auckland
Katie Bradford 1 News Reporter Auckland
Andrew Macfarlane 1 News Reporter Auckland
Laura James 1 News Reporter Auckland
Emily van Velthooven 1 News Reporter Auckland
Kim Baker Wilson 1 News Reporter Auckland
Kate Nicol-Williams 1 News Reporter Wellington
Mei Heron 1 News Reporter Wellington
Kristin Hall 1 News Reporter Wellington
Cushla Norman 1 News Reporter Wellington
Imogen Wells 1 News Tonight Reporter Wellington
Jessica Mutch McKay 1 News Political Editor Wellington
Maiki Sherman 1 News Political Reporter Wellington
Benedict Collins 1 News Political Reporter Wellington
Ali Pugh 1 News Reporter Christchurch
Joy Reid 1 News Reporter Christchurch
Lisa Davies 1 News Reporter Christchurch
Thomas Mead 1 News Reporter Christchurch
Jared McCulloch 1 News Reporter Queenstown
Jordan Oppert 1 News Reporter Christchurch
John McKenzie 1 News Reporter Dunedin
Andrew Saville 1 News Rugby Editor Auckland
Chris Chang 1 News Sports Reporter Auckland
Matt Manukia 1 News Sports Reporter Auckland
Guy Heveldt 1 News Sports Reporter Auckland
Michelle Prendiville 1 News Sports Reporter Auckland
Dewi Preece 1 News Sports Reporter Wellington
Abby Wilson (née Scott)[23] 1 News Sports Reporter Auckland
Daniel Corbett 1 News Weather Auckland
Renee Wright 1 News Weather Auckland

News resources on 1 NewsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Nine months of growth for One News". TVNZ.
  2. ^ "One Network News - Protest (2 January 1995) | Television | NZ On Screen". www.nzonscreen.com. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  3. ^ "TVNZ to lose another high-profile presenter". The New Zealand Herald. 5 December 2003. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  4. ^ "TVNZ planned to sack stars, says Ralston". The New Zealand Herald. 9 October 2005. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Hickey back as TV One weatherman". The New Zealand Herald. 17 September 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  6. ^ "TVNZ cuts Saturday Breakfast and 4.30pm bulletin". The New Zealand Herald. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  7. ^ "TVNZ weather presenter Karen Olsen signs off after 22 years". Stuff.co.nz. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
  8. ^ "NZ On Air survey: "Where are the Audiences? 2020"".
  9. ^ "The 1 NEWS team". TVNZ. 20 April 2021. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  10. ^ "TVNZ's late change: Wendy Petrie staying on 6pm news during alert level three". The New Zealand Herald. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  11. ^ "TVNZ Confirms News And Current Affairs Structure". Scoop.co.nz. 17 January 2002. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Family time grows for Mau". The New Zealand Herald. 22 December 2000. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Dallow off air, Hosking axed". The New Zealand Herald. 13 January 2004. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Melissa Stokes to replace Peter Williams as the host of 1 News on the weekends". Stuff.co.nz. 6 December 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  15. ^ "TVNZ's culture sends viewers scrambling for the remote". The New Zealand Herald. 9 February 2001. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Williams may go in news revamp". The New Zealand Herald. 8 November 2002. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Corkery gets the last word at TVNZ". The New Zealand Herald. 21 January 2003. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  18. ^ "TVNZ's bid to reclaim late-night news spot". The New Zealand Herald. 18 January 2004. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  19. ^ "'Tonight' tinkering a failure". The New Zealand Herald. 28 May 2004. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Eric Young gone from TVNZ late news". The New Zealand Herald. 1 June 2005. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  21. ^ "TVNZ names late news presenter". The New Zealand Herald. 13 July 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  22. ^ "One News Team". TVNZ. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  23. ^ Abby Wilson [@abbywilsontvnz] (13 January 2016). "First day back at work and first day as "Abby Wilson, One News". New year, new husband, new name :)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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