Daniel Faitaua Announced as New TVNZ Breakfast Show Host

"I’ll be there bright and early on Monday, a large coffee in hand, and ready to kickstart an exciting 2024.”

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Samoan TVNZ journalist Daniel Faitaua has been announced as the new Breakfast host.

Faitaua will present TVNZ’s flagship morning news programme alongside Jenny-May Clarkson, Chris Chang and Anna Burns-Francis.

“Daniel is no stranger to early starts, having previously been on Breakfast from 2016-2019,” TVNZ said in a statement.

“He left the show to take up the role of TVNZ’s Europe correspondent. Most recently, Daniel has been presenting 1News at 6 and has been a reporter on Seven Sharp.”

Faitaua said he was thrilled to be returning to Breakfast, which returns on Monday, “and joining the amazing stable of talent, in front and behind the camera”.

“I’ve always loved the excitement of live TV and now I get to jump back into three hours of it, waking up with you every morning. I’ll be there bright and early on Monday, a large coffee in hand, and ready to kickstart an exciting 2024.”

Faitaua worked as a reporter on TVNZ’s Close Up for three years, and also served as a backup host on political talk show Back Benches before moving to the network’s main news programme.

He was the 1 News Europe correspondent, based in London, from 2019 to 2022 and was previously newsreader on Breakfast and 1 News At Midday.

Faitaua was involved in the Address the Stress support campaign for people suffering stress after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

Faitaua was born in Christchurch, where he attended Catholic Cathedral College, later graduating from the University of Canterbury before studying at the New Zealand Broadcasting School at CPIT (now Ara Institute of Canterbury), graduating in 2009.

He is married, with three children