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Popular television news presenter and master of ceremonies.


One of the most recognisable and popular faces on New Zealand television, Hilary currently hosts the prime time TVNZ show, Seven Sharp.

Hilary is a highly sought after and polished MC. She’ll have your event running like clockwork and make you, the organiser, look like a star.

Current work
Hilary has also worked extensively in New Zealand on both radio and television. In 2021, Hilary took up the role of host for The Hits 3pm Pick-Up show and also a Co-Host on the game show, Give Us A Clue.

She was TV3’s 6pm network anchor for many years before moving to TVNZ where she now hosts Seven Sharp with Jeremy Wells.
Hilary spent many years working in morning radio as well, both on Auckland’s More FM and Radio Live.

The multi-award winning newsreader and presenter, Hilary is an accomplished MC and public speaker.

- Best New Journalist, New Zealand Radio Awards 1993
- Best Newsreader, New Zealand Radio Awards 2002, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016.
- Best News or Current Affairs Presenter 2011 AFTA Awards.
- Best News Presenter, TV Guide Best on the Box 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- Best News or Current Affairs Presenter 2019 NZTV Awards

Background: Originally from Wellington, Hilary started her career as a radio reporter in the Wairarapa. She moved to Christchurch in 1993 to take up a reporting role at TV3 and then Auckland as a reporter and presenter on 3 News. She anchored TV3’s news for many years before moving to TVNZ where she has been a presenter on both Breakfast and Seven Sharp.

Public Speaking: Hilary is an accomplished public speaker with a particular passion and focus on issues that affect women. She is both funny and personable and able to share stories from her own career which relate to the audience.

Fantastic - Hilary’s speaking was flawless and lively, she delivered the script given to her with humour and made her own adjustments to the script which were funny and complemented the occasion. Hilary gave the formalities of the evening the significance and gravity that was required, while making the audience feel at ease and relaxed. It was a pleasure to meet Hilary and have her at the function, and we will recommend her in the future. New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants

"Hilary was a delight, she worked with our audience to perfection. Her pronunciation and annunciation were spot on, she was interesting and amusing. Hilary was great company and did not object to her fans coming up to say hello. She helped us make up some lost time (due to a later than planned start), she really made the night feel as if it was about us - not about her…..she was gracious enough to let the awards have the starring role. Her pre event contact was also spot on - would highly recommend her and would not hesitate to use her again!"

Attend Ltd - Romeo Bragato

Hilary was relaxed, professional and very easy to deal with from the run through to the main event. She held the crowds attention well and kept the flow and timings of the night ticking along. Thanks for being a super star.


Hilary was absolutely fantastic as the MC for our awards evening. She was entertaining, funny, professional and a pleasure to deal with!

Crawford & Company

As expected Hilary was very professional, with a warmth to her work both in pre-event meetings and on the night.

AMP Scholarship Dinner

Hilary was an excellent MC for our event - thoroughly prepared and professional throughout!

Fairfax Media - CFO Summit

Hilary was fantastic, her personality shone throughout the evening and our audience loved her!

Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand

Hilary Barry was beyond exceptional and an absolute pleasure to work with. Her professionalism and skills at working through the live TV production we created, are unmatched - and we absolutely loved having her MC our event. She is funny, kind and was super enthusiastic every day. It was wonderful to have her play such a big part of our event.


Witty, engaging and very willing to connect to all levels of our organisation.


Hilary is a pleasure to work with. An absolute professional. Kind caring and funny. We love her!

Uno Loco

Fantastic across both our events. Very easy to work with and beautifully friendly and warm with all her fans in the room.

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