Chris Lynch

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)


Thursday 02nd June, 2016

Heads need to roll and quickly, following more shocking news that Christchurch will have to wait another nine months for the Government led convention centre. Treasury has released yet another scathing report highlighting issues with the project’s definition, budget and benefits.  The last word benefit is telling. How many times do those at the top need to be told of the benefits of a convention centre for Christchurch? Or could it just be that they’re struggling to produce a sound business case? It’s always interesting when the private hotels cry out for them, but are never willing to dig into their own pockets to fund them. Originally, the project was due to be completed next year. However, building work has yet to start. But don’t worry, plenty of people are creaming it while the going is good. $16 million has been spent arranging the convention centre, and that doesn’t include the $60 million already spent on buying up the land.


Monday 16th May, 2016
Civil Defence is investigating reports of a tornado on the West Coast. Footage emerged this morning of what appeared to be the start of a tornado near the Greymouth Airport. A severe weather warning has been issued as a huge storm batters the area. Civil Defence emergency manager Allan Wilson says they're now looking into reports a tornado could have touched down between Rutherglen and Kumara.Allan Wilson says people should only travel if it's essential.


Monday 16th May, 2016

Climate change activists have been at it again, frustrating members of the public with more protests.  Supporters of the 350 Aotearoa movement decided to block customers trying to enter a Dunedin bank. They’ve done this before and were in Auckland today sitting outside a Queen Street bank. But it seems their latest antics in Dunedin have gone too far. The protesters thought it was a good idea to stop elderly people from going about their lawful business, preventing them from entering the bank. Police were called and an officer had to help elderly people into the bank by holding their arms and navigating their way through the protesters. It was a sad sight to see an elderly person, who could barely walk, being escorted by police while student protesters sat there with vacant looks on their faces. Why didn’t police arrest them for obstructing the public in the first place? Perhaps they were keen to limit negative media exposure. The group’s apologised for their actions, but their sorry note is too late. They think that if they cause disruption to everyday New Zealanders, their climate change message will be taken seriously. It’s a strategy that doesn’t work. All it does is create an “us verse them” social environment, alienating protesters from reasonable minded people who might have taken an interest in their views. But is media attention an effective way of causing change? Not really. Once the protesters start repeating their actions, the novelty wears thins. These protesters know that their actions won’t interfere with the operations of the financial institutions they so hate. But they don’t care. Their need to feel worthy takes over. It’s more about having feelings of self-worth, by attaching themselves to a movement that doesn’t actually affect change. Do you think that protesters have the absolute right cause civil disobedience or are their actions counter-productive?


Saturday 14th May, 2016
Kenya's place at the Olympic Games is in jeopardy, but top kiwi runner Nick Willis believes it will take a huge amount to restore the country's image regardless of whether it cleans up its act. There's the possibility of Kenya being banned from Rio after its anti-doping lab was declared non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Regardless, Willis told Newstalk ZB's Chris Lynch there will be suspicions about the Kenyans. "They've had 40 athletes test positive and face suspension since 2012, and currently right now they have 18 athletes serving suspensions. So the image is already tainted." However Nick Willis would be surprised if Kenya is banned from the Olympics and thinks WADA is again trying to convey a strong message. Willis said it looks as if WADA president Sir Craig Reedie is trying to push the Kenyans into action again. "The wording of that suggests that this is just another strong message, they're just following protocol. It would be very, very surprising if they actually were banned from the Olympics."