Chris Lynch


Wednesday 14th June, 2017
Crawling backwards to safety as a gunman went on a deadly rampage in an Orlando nightclub a year ago today, Patience Carter could have escaped unharmed. But as her hands hit the street gutter the 21-year-old realised her friend Tiara Parker was still inside the Pulse nightclub, where Omar Mateen was firing a Sig Sauer .223 calibre assault rifle and a Glock 17 pistol indiscriminately. Joined by her friend's cousin, Akyra Murray, who had also got to safety, she went back inside, she told Newstalk ZB's Chris Lynch on Tuesday. The decision cost Murray her life, and cost Carter her sense of safety in the world. As the pair found Parker, they realised Mateen was still firing and rushed with others into a bathroom.They were hiding together in a stall when they heard Mateen's footsteps, she said."It's like an indescribable amount of fear. It's petrifying. It was silent for a moment. We just started praying and then you just hear his footsteps come into the bathroom. "Then he starts firing into the bathroom non-stop. He keeps firing until his gun jams. That's the only thing that stopped him."


Monday 17th April, 2017
New Zealand Director Slavko Martino talks to Chris Lynch about his new movie Pecking Order, a feature length documentary that follows the members of the Christchurch Poultry, Bantman, and Pigeon Club in the lead up to NZ National Champs. As you might imagine, the film is full of some incredibly interesting characters (or Chicken fanciers as they are more lovingly known) as well as some great unexpected drama and bucket loads of heart. 


Monday 17th April, 2017
Linda Robinson is a senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Her current research centers on the U.S. strategy to counter the Islamic State, gray zone conflicts, building partner capacity, and special operations forces. She recently testified before the U.S. Congress on U.S. counterterrorism policy. She spoke to Chris Lynch about what the US should do now in Syria. 


Friday 07th April, 2017
Over the past week, Sesame Street Muppets have brought laughter to a thousand children in Fiji who have been impacted by Cyclone Winston. Before I visited schools, I was briefed by Fiji Red Cross' health coordinator on the psychological impact of the cyclone. She told me that two months on, many children are still too frightened to attend school. Others run out of their classrooms, frightened at the first sign of wind and rain. A day before we hit the road, I gave Fiji Red Cross staff members an impromptu performance so they could experience first-hand what children could expect. Much to my surprise, when I brought out Grover and Elmo, they reacted with fits of laughter. The Muppets are quite possibly the easiest ice breaker. 

CHRIS LYNCH Talk Host Finalist 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | Winner: Best Journalist daily current affairs show 2012

Thursday 05th January, 2017
Chris Lynch is a multimedia journalist and award winning television news producer. He hosts a morning talk show on New Zealand's #1 radio station Newstalk ZB. Chris works across all media platforms including television, radio, print and social media. He has experience working in 'live' network television control rooms, producing breaking national and international news. Along with Chris' journalism, he's also a fully-fledged television camera operator and editor and produces social media videos. Chris was nominated for "best talk host"  at the New Zealand Radio Awards in 2016, 2015, and 2014. He hosts nationwide talk radio shows and presents special network shows including War Memorial Day, Easter holidays and New Zealand Day.   (Below: Chris Lynch with then New Zealand Prime Minister) 


Sunday 13th November, 2016
Bollywood superstar Sidharth Malhotra, and Tourism New Zealand’s ambassador to India, touched down in Christchurch to promote the city to his millions of social media followers. It’s his second visit to New Zealand. Sidharth’s first visit resulted in an increase in the number of Indians more likely to visit New Zealand for a holiday. India is a key emerging market for New Zealand. Nearly 50,000 Indians visited in the year to September, nearly half of them travelling here for a holiday.

You can win two tickets to fly on the Emirates A380

Monday 31st October, 2016

Any photo you take of the A380 in Christchurch could win you tickets for two on the A380 from Christchurch to Sydney.


Sunday 02nd October, 2016
Newstalk ZB’s Chris Lynch recently travelled to Anaheim, California and discovered there’s a lot more to the city than just Disneyland. Anaheim in Southern California is home to the most famous theme parks on earth. Disneyland resort remains the city’s number one attraction and with good reason, given it’s “the happiest place on earth.” The park is ever expanding and construction for a Star Wars themed attraction is well underway at Disney’s California Adventure Park, located next to Disneyland. The city has a lot more to offer travellers than just magic kingdoms and rollercoasters.  Locals are proud to live in a city with Disneyland as their backyard but they’re equally appreciative when Disney fans venture further afield to explore their vibrant city, which boasts superb restaurants, food outlets and markets. 

VIDEO: New Zealand's biggest Lego show comes to Christchurch 

Monday 18th July, 2016
New Zealand’s biggest Lego festival was held in Christchurch on the weekend. The Christchurch Brick Show attracted thousands of spectators to Horncastle Area. Nothing was off limits, from glow in the dark Lego to animatronic lego puppets. NewstalkZB’s Chris Lynch went along for a look. 


Tuesday 12th July, 2016

Got a cute dog or a great photo of your dog? Live in Canterbury? Then enter our "Canterbury's cutest Dog Competition" on Chris Lynch's Facebook page! You can enter this competition only once, sending in one photo. The photo must be landscape, and clear. Vertical photos won't be accepted. Winner will be posted online on Chris Lynch's Facebook page on Wednesday 20th July at 7PM. Newstalk ZB's newsroom will judge the competition. (Subject to change at short notice, depending on the day's news)