Mark Sainsbury Presenter Profile


Purveyor of war stories

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 Shant. 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. When it comes to affability, experience and all-round professionalism Mark Sainsbury is the real deal!






Wellington, New Zealand


Broadcaster, Celebrity, Documentary, Field Presenter, Journalist, Live Performance Host, MC / Stage compere, Panellist, Television


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