Mark Sainsbury MC/Entertainer Profile


Journalist, TV & Radio Host, MC, Presenter

Mark Sainsbury has more stories to tell than practically anyone in the business. As one of New Zealand’s most experienced and recognisable media figures, his career has seen him cross paths with the good, the bad and the ugly – not to mention his moustache being named “arguably the most famous in the country”. Throughout his career, Mark has worked as political editor for One News, host of TVNZ’s popular current affairs show Close Up and morning host for Radio Live. Mark has covered 11 Prime Ministers, worked on a ton of elections, as well as facilitated a number of political debates, both locally and internationally.

However, Mark’s adventures go far beyond politics. He has had encounters with some of the most celebrated people in the world, from celebrity chef Rick Stein to Star Trek director William Shatner. Oh, and he once survived a near death experience in the Himalayas alongside Sir Edmund Hillary!

His work has earned him the title of Qantas Best News and Current Affairs Presenter three times. Having been a talk back host, columnist, presenter and documentary-maker, it’s clear Mark has a passion for talking to people – which is why he is an expert at public speaking and event hosting. Whether he’s delivering a speech or MCing a corporate event, Mark never fails to delight and entertain his audience.






Wellington, New Zealand


After Dinner Speaker, Compere/MC, Debator, Judge, Keynote Speaker, Live Performance Host, Panellist


Broadcasting, Current Affairs, Film & Television, Food & Wine, Interviews, Intrepid Travel, Politics, Satire, Sport, Travel

Event Highlights

2022CEO Retirement Party, AA - MC
2022NZAMI Conference, NZAMI - MC

Testimonials (13)

Riccarton Park Annual Sponsors & Supporters Dinner

Mark played a big role at our Annual Sponsors & Supporters Dinner and delivered an enjoyable, humorous, and extremely interesting presentation on New Zealand Prime Ministers from the 70’s till current, He was extremely professional, very accommodating, and just so easy to work with. Highly recommended.

Eric Cormack | Operations Manager

Canterbury Jockey Club Inc.