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Samantha Hayes

Newsreader, Reporter

Raised in NZ by a South African mother and Kiwi father, Samantha Hayes later did a degree in Media Studies and International Relations. Her first gig for TV3 was at 17, as an intern. At 23, the ex radio DJ was anchoring news show Nightline. She went on to present and report for TV3’s primetime news, and current affairs show 3rd Degree/3D. In 2016 she became co-anchor of the primetime Newshub bulletin, with Mike McRoberts.

She has no fear of failure, to a degree. I think she tells herself she won't fail, and that's maybe born into her a bit, too. Most of us, me included, are racked with fear and insecurity, about 'Oh, can I do this?'. She doesn't ever have that. Ex TV3 News and Current Affairs Head Mark Jennings, on Samantha Hayes