TV3 announces new weather presenter for weeknight bulletins

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A change of weather presenters will see Ingrid Hipkiss take over the weekday weather presenting role in the 3 News 6pm bulletin, replacing Mike Hall.

Mike’s final day on air will be Friday 3 May. He will continue to freelance for TV3, and will work on the weather desk as a consultant during a full handover developing further weather features.

Paul Maher, Chief Executive MediaWorks TV says: “Mike has done a great job over the past seven years, introducing numerous innovations to the 3 News’ weather product as both a presenter and producer. We thank him for all his hard work.

“Ingrid will bring a fresh perspective, and a fantastic skill set to what is a key part of the 3 News’ bulletin.”

Ingrid Hipkiss has worked for 3 News for 10 years as a journalist and presenter. Currently a senior reporter for the 6pm bulletin, Ingrid was part of the 3 News press gallery team for four years, was news anchor on Sunrise, and presented Nightline during Sacha McNeil’s maternity leave.

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Mike says: “It’s been a privilege to bring the weather to Kiwis around the country. Many New Zealanders are either passionate or parochial about their weather – I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“It was also an honour being part of an award-winning News presenting team, but I’m now looking forward to new challenges. I wish Ingrid all the best.”

Ingrid says: “Weather plays a unique part in people’s lives; personal and economic. I’m looking forward to joining Mike, Hilary and the team in the 3 News studio each weeknight to present the forecast, and to covering major weather events in the field.”

Ingrid’s first day as 3 News weeknight weather presenter will be Monday 6 May. Josh Heslop will continue to present the weather in 3 News’ weekend bulletins.

Check out one of Mike’s lighter moments below.

TAKE IT URBAN, MIKE!

TV3 and Maori Television to exchange weather presenters

As part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week), TV3 and Maori Television will exchange weather presenters for the first time.

On Friday 27 July, viewers of TV3 News will be treated to Rahia Timutimu presenting a bilingual weather bulletin whilst Mike Hall will present the weather for Maori Television’s daily news programme, Te Kaea.

The two presenters will have the opportunity to rehearse their routines only twice before going live.

For Rahia Timutimu, a Te Kaea reporter and fluent reo speaker, this is not just an exciting opportunity to focus on the correct pronunciation of place names, it’s also a chance to present the weather conditions in Maori. Ready for the challenge, Rahia says “I give full credit to weather presenters; it’s a lot more difficult than it looks in terms of reading and timing the clicker – I hope I don’t mess it up!”

Meanwhile, popular TV3 weather man Mike Hall is enthusiastic about the challenge of presenting on Maori Television’s flagship daily news programme. Keen to brush up on his reo skills, Mike says “I’m always impressed when I hear people speaking Maori. But there’s a big difference between speaking it, and speaking it well. Hopefully this will give me the opportunity to lean towards the latter”.

The idea came from Te Kaea producer Mihingarangi Forbes – an ex-TV3 reporter who now works at Maori Television. Keen to do something different for Maori Language Week, Ms Forbes saw it as an opportunity to share the reo with a wider audience and manaaki (support) those who are willing to learn. ”I know Mike from my days at TV3”, she says. “Good on him for giving it a go. We’ll be supporting him 100 per cent on Friday”.

– Maori Television