Well-known Wellington entrepreneur Nick Mills has been appointed to host the Newstalk ZB Wellington morning show.
Mills has been a long-time owner of the Saints basketball franchise and owns several restaurants and bars in the capital.
NZME Head of Talk Jason Winstanley says: “Nick is as passionate about the Wellington region as anybody I know, but he has also proven he’s prepared to speak out when things aren’t right and will call local decision makers to account.”
Newstalk ZB has stayed committed to a local morning show since previous host Heather du Plessis-Allan moved to take over the network’s nationwide Drive show.
Winstanley says: “I’ve had plenty of correspondence from our Wellington listeners and council leaders keen to know when our local show is coming back, and I’ve had to ask for patience while we took the time to find the right host.”
In 2012, Mills was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to basketball supported by his commitment to youth and community programmes.
Mills says: “With so many years connected to Wellington communities through sport and also through the hospitality industry – you get pretty well connected. Naturally, I love a good yarn and there are many, many things going on in Wellington that deserve a good discussion at a local level. And trust me – some tough questions need to be asked too.”
NZME’s Greater Wellington General Manager Vanya Pyne says: “Having a new host on the local show is great news for our Wellington commercial partners who now have the added bonus of a dedicated show with an engaged local audience that we can help them connect with.”
Newstalk ZB Wellington Mornings with Nick Mills airs from 9am-12pm on 89.3FM and iHeartRadio from 5 July.