James Daniels to join Simon Barnett on Newstalk ZB’s afternoon show

News Release – 10 May 2021

James Daniels to join Simon Barnett on Newstalk ZB’s afternoon show

New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) today announced broadcaster, city councillor and iwi leader James Daniels (Ngāi Tahu, Te Arawa, Tuwharetoa and Tainui) is to join Simon Barnett to co-host Newstalk ZB Afternoons from 13 July 2021.

Daniels spent nineteen years on the tribal authority Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu and is currently a Christchurch City Councillor.

“Last year I was asked to host nine to noon in Canterbury on Coast 105.7FM” said Daniels.  “It’s been busy juggling those roles, but for more than forty years I’ve been involved in broadcasting and my passion for connecting with people remains strong. Being offered this opportunity to be a full-time host nationwide on the biggest radio network in New Zealand is unexpected and extraordinary.”

Daniels will replace Phil Gifford who’s leaving Newstalk ZB Afternoons after two years co-hosting the show with Simon Barnett.

“When we launched the show, I couldn’t have wished for a better partner than Phil to get things up and running. He’s a true mate and has been an absolute rock,” said Barnett.

Daniels brings extensive experience in corporate and community leadership and governance alongside his broadcasting background to support the network producers’ plans to steadily evolve the show for listeners.

“For the last 4 decades I’ve worked with and represented communities I’ve lived in, which has given me a very clear sense of what really matters to people, the things they care about, want to be heard on and want to talk about. There’s no better place to have those conversations with Kiwis than Newstalk ZB Afternoons,” said Daniels.

Simon Barnett said “Both being Christchurch based broadcasters for so many years, James and I know each other well. But, in the all the years we’ve had on air we’ve always worked on opposing networks. Now, to not only be on the same network, but to be hosting a show together, it’s going to be a real treat for me and ZB’s listeners.”

While Daniels has been able to manage his community commitments with the Coast role, the Newstalk ZB afternoon show conflicts with meeting schedules so he’ll resign from Council as soon as the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan has been approved in late June.

“It has been an honour to be elected by the people of the Coastal ward which is where I’ve grown up and live.  I trust they’re happy with my efforts and feel they’ve had a strong voice in the Council Chamber.”

James Daniels will continue to host Canterbury Mornings on Coast then go nationwide with Simon Barnett on Newstalk ZB Afternoons.

Newstalk ZB Afternoons with Simon Barnett and James Daniels, Tuesdays to Fridays 12pm - 4pm – from 13 July 2021.


For further information please contact:

Cliff Joiner

GM Communications

New Zealand Media and Entertainment