As the anchor of TVNZ’s nightly flagship bulletin, One News, since 2006 Wendy Petrie is used to covering big events.
Wendy brings New Zealanders up to speed on what’s happening at home and abroad during the hour-long television news coverage. Viewers rate Wendy as warm, professional and authoritative.
Wendy has a real connection with the people she interviews for news stories and as an MC she brings this same warmth and humour to the role. For any hosting job she dedicates time to researching the event to ensure she’s fully prepared.
A journalist first and foremost, Wendy travelled to Gallipoli to cover the one hundred year commemorations of the start of World War One delivering stories to kiwis on the lead up to the moving Dawn Service at Anzac Cove.
Other overseas assignments include covering the Royal Wedding in London of Prince William and Duchess Kate. Back home, Wendy travelled to Christchurch following the devastating Christchurch earthquake anchoring the coverage and filing stories on the rescue and recovery operation.
Before taking over the reins of One News, Wendy worked in Toronto, Canada as an anchor for CTV, on a national 24 hour news channel.
As a correspondent for New Zealand in Canada, Wendy travelled to New York when terror struck on September 11, reporting live in the hours following the collapse of the Twin Towers.
Outside work commitments Wendy is an ambassador for Kidz First Children’s Hospital. Wendy grew up in Manurewa, South Auckland and loves to help the community where she grew up. For a challenge, Wendy has completed two half marathons and can often be seen pounding the pavement.
To raise money for leukaemia, Wendy joined 850 firefighters in climbing the Sky Tower in full firefighting gear, weighing 25kgs!
Wendy was wonderful to work with. She was happy to meet with me prior to the event to ensure she understood the event. She arrived promptly and her speech was exactly what we had asked of ... keep readingher. She was friendly and approachable and warm throughout, and she stayed much longer than expected after the ceremony to chat with students. Highly recommended as a host for the evening! The University of Auckland
Wendy did an amazing job and fitted our event perfectly. She was very professional, funny, down to earth and approachable. I received lots of positive feed back from my client and colleagues.