Mark Sainsbury


TV & Radio Presenter, MC, Live Host, Journalist

Mark has more stories to tell than practically anyone in the business. As one of the most experienced and recognized media figures in New Zealand his career has seen him cross swords with good the bad and the ugly and that’s only during his stints at parliament.

He has covered 11 prime ministers both as political editor and host of the countries most popular nightly current affairs show plus hosting election coverage and debates both here and around the world (including several US elections, an area he follows avidly). He is a athree time winner of the Qantas Best news and current affairs presenter title.

His adventures go well beyond politics surviving a near death experience in the Himalaya’s with Sir Edmund Hillary who he filmed extensively in Nepal, plus encounters with everyone from celebrity chef Rick Stein who he did a stage tour with, to William Shatner.

Having been a talk back host, columnist and documentary maker Mark divides his time between various media projects involving among other things his passion for classic cars and conference hosting and after dinner speaking.

Mark is still involved in journalism and particularly when it concerns his passion for classic cars. He owns a 1963 Lincoln Continental 4 door convertible, a 1971 Bentley Corniche convertible and a 1968 Norton SS. He is also in demand as an after dinner speaker, an MC and facilitator and undertakes limited commercial work in the area of media analysis and advice.


Wellington, New Zealand


After Dinner Speaker, Broadcaster, Celebrity, Compere/MC, Debator, Documentary, Field Presenter, Journalist, Judge, Keynote Speaker, Live Performance Host, MC / Stage compere, Panellist, Television


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

Testimonials (8)

Mataura Valley Milk Nov 2018

Mark was amazing, he was incredibly personable, helpful and obviously tuned in to the changing dynamics of our event as he altered his style to suit the needs of the different audiences and venues. The after dinner speech was perfect as it not only engaged the diverse audience but also clearly delivered the overall message we were after.

Mataura Grand Opening & Gala Dinner 2018

Gary Andrews - Mataura Valley Milk