Breakfast (New Zealand TV programme)

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 programme, it was expanded to three hours in 2012.

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Breakfast Intertitle
GenreNews program
Presented byJohn Campbell
Jenny-May Clarkson
Country of originNew Zealand
Original languageEnglish
Running time180 Minutes
Original networkTVNZ 1
Picture formatPAL
HDTV 1080i
Original release11 August 1997 (1997-08-11) –
Related shows1 News
External links


Breakfast began airing on 11 August 1997. The programme'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 programme, 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 Presenters
1997–1999 Mike Hosking[1] Susan Wood[1]
2000 Alison Mau[1]
2001 Liz Gunn[1]
2002–2003 Kate Hawkesby[1]
January 2004 – August 2004 Alison Mau[1] Does not appear
August 2004 – December 2004 Paul Henry[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 – August 2020 John Campbell[12]
August 2020 – present Jenny-May Clarkson[13]

News anchorEdit

Weather anchorEdit


Breakfast reporters predominantly appear in 1 News bulletins that sit within the show, however they'll often be used for live crosses throughout the three hour broadcast.

Name Role Bureau
Katie Stevenson Reporter Auckland
Ashleigh Yates Reporter Auckland
Vandhna Bhan Reporter Auckland
Wilson Longhurst Foreign Producer Auckland
Victor Waters Sports Producer Auckland
Abbey Wakefield Reporter Wellington
Isaac Gunson Reporter Christchurch

Covid-19 pandemic presentersEdit

Between 23 March and 8 May 2020, the show was hosted by two rotating teams of three presenters due to the public health regulations around the COVID-19 pandemic. Campbell hosted with Pippa Wetzell and Melissa Stokes on Mondays and Tuesdays, with Clarkson, Hadyn Jones and Anna Burns-Francis taking over for the remaining episodes. Holt remained in self-isolation due to her pregnancy, while McLean temporarily moved to present the weather for 1 News at 6pm. From 11 May the regular daily presenters returned, with Clarkson continuing as a main co-presenter until 2 June in Holt's absence. During Auckland's lockdown period between 18 August and 12 November 2021, the two presenting teams were Campbell, Stewart and Stokes, and Clarkson, McLean and Jenny Suo.

Saturday BreakfastEdit

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


Ten minutes of news, sport and weather is presented every half-hour between 6:00 and 8:30, followed by the weather bulletin. Mostly, the programme has interviews with newsmakers or TVNZ reporters on the day's headlines. The first hour of the programme is devoted to news stories, and the rest of the programme 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".[15]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "A complete history of TVNZ Breakfast hosts". 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". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Ali Pugh named new Breakfast co-host". 14 February 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Summer Diary: Seven Sharp delays return to air". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Nadine Chalmers-Ross returns to TVNZ's Breakfast as Alison Pugh leaves". Stuff (website). 18 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Jack Tame and Hilary Barry confirmed for TVNZ Breakfast". Stuff (website). 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Hayley Holt to join Breakfast as Hilary Barry moves to Seven Sharp". 15 January 2018. 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 Breakfast shakeup: Hayley Holt leaves Breakfast, Jenny-May Clarkson moves into presenting role". NZ Herald. 11 August 2020. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  14. ^ "TVNZ Confirms News And Current Affairs Structure". 17 January 2002. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Bravo Awards". New Zealand Skeptics. Retrieved 7 November 2016.