You'll no doubt recognise Hayley immediately, having been the host of TVNZ's HAVE YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION and THE GREAT KIWI BAKE OFF for the past 3 years. Her dulcet tones now populate the airwaves too, on ZM's Fletch, Vaughan and Hayley Breakfast Show.
Hayley burst on to the scene in 2012, after graduating from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Acting in 2011. Her passion for theatre and comedy lead her to create a number of successful comedy works, and earned her an array of praise and accolades, including Best Newcomer at the NZ International Comedy Festival back in 2012, the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Most Promising Female Newcomer in 2013 and Best Actress and Best Composer at The Wellington Theatre Awards 2016. She was also nominated for an NZ Film Award in 2014 for her role in the short film School Night.
She has been a writer on many series including Jono and Ben, 7 Days and Funny Girls, with a weekly segment Hayley Bailey featuring on the Jono and Ben show. She still regularly creates comedy content, and fits in acting roles when she can, most recently you will have seen her in sitcom Golden Boy which premiered in 2019 and ran for two seasons.
She has hosted many events including the 2018 Comedy Fest Gala, the Queenstown Winter Festival, Big Wednesday at The Classic, and the Basement Theatre Christmas Show. When she isn’t writing, performing or composing, you’ll still find her on the marching field with her team Royal Command.
The event was amazing – Hayley was awesome! Right from the start she pumped up the crowd, and then she made the whole night fun. A few classic moments during the night which will be remembered for a long time!Chris Sharpe, Ignite, 2023
We love Hayley, we think she is a world-class MC and host. We have invited Hayley back several times to MC our large advertising and media awards shows – including our first attempt to run a virtual award show during Covid. She absolutely smashed this virtual, being a master of the camera/studio set-up. She has a wonderful sense of humour, is super clever, looks fantastic, and is word-perfect when chomping through big scripts on the auto-cue. I always feel very reassured knowing we have her as MC at our massive events. Hayley’ humour is fresh, on-point, she puts the mahi into her scripts and we generally love working with her. You want Hayley on your team.James Wotton, Beacon Awards, 2021
Thanks so much for the AMAZING job you did as MC for us, you really nailed it! We’ve had wonderful feedback on the event overall, with particular mention of the great life, fun and positivity you injected. Your self-deprecating approach really appealed to our audience and your wit, professionalism and skill really shone through. Thanks for powering through the programme at a great pace, without making it feel rushed – I’m glad you didn’t have to whip out the bell on our speakers in the end, but appreciate that you were willing to.Natalie Ward, Kiwi Innovation Network Limited, 2020