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Co-Host for TV3's NewsHub, former Nightline and 3rd Degree presenter.


Dynamic and fresh MC, Samantha Hayes has worked as a journalist and presenter for TV3’s News and Current Affairs Division since 2006 and is currently the co-anchor with Mike McRoberts for TV3's Newshub.

Previous experience

Samantha has previously presented the current affairs programme 3rd Degree with Duncan Garner.

Samantha joined TV3 in 2006 as Nightline’s Arts and Entertainment Reporter based in Wellington, before moving up to Auckland in September 2007 to take the role of presenter for the popular late night news show Nightline.

Over the last decade she has presented Nightline, Newshub Late, 3rd Degree, 3D, 3D Investigates, Newsworthy and Firstline. Her stories have seen her venture into Mongrel Mob and Black Power gang headquarters, sit down in the recording studio with Kiwi singer Lorde, camp in Antarctica's mountains in -30degC and run a half marathon in the Masai Mara Game Reserve during the Great Migration. Sam's career with TV3 began when she was just 17 years old. While on work experience with Nightline, she was sent to interview notorious heavy metal band Megadeth and came back with an international scoop.

Prior to her work in television, Samantha worked in radio with roles including news editor, producer, DJ and even event manager.

With a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Media Studies from Wellington’s Victoria University, as well as a Certificate in Media Communication from Aoraki Polytechnic in Dunedin, Samantha was born to be a journalist.

Originally from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Samantha moved to New Zealand with her family at the age of 16 months. She has lived in Milton, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland.

Samantha enjoys running, baking and horse riding, is vegan and supports The Fred Hollows Foundation and UNICEF.

It was an absolute pleasure working with you and we are very glad that we chose you to MC our event. Your poise, grace and talent for being an MC is second to none. You took the time to understand our event and what was important to us and executed everything to perfection. We have also received some exceptional feedback in regards to you from patrons in the Fashion Village and we would highly recommend you to any other company as an MC. Wellington Racing Club

Samantha was awesome - the perfect fit for this event. She was friendly and happy to stand afterwards for over an hour while people were photographed with her. Would definitely use her again.

Foodstuffs Wellington Training Awards

Samantha was amazing as usual. Despite her having a migraine, she turned up well prepared, looked fab and did an incredible job as MC at our awards ceremony. The highlight was her doing some ‘breaking news’ when Winston Peters announced his decision to form a coalition with Labour mid-ceremony. Feedback from staff about Sam is great and she is so lovely to deal with, always accommodates selfie requests and is so approachable and everyone gets a buzz that she is part of our awards evening.


Samantha is professional, well-prepared, approachable and brings just the right tone and style to our Excellence Awards. We had numerous staff members comment on how great she was, and hoping we will have her again next year.

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