Last updated¬†07:40, September 6 2018
Ingrid Hipkiss has had a long career with Three, beginning as a political reporter in Wellington more than a decade ago before a brief stint co-hosting The Paul Henry Show following time off to start a family.
Now Hipkiss, a mother of two, presents the daily weather for Newshub Live At 6pm.
Fresh from an exercise boot-camp, she talks to Cass Marrett about work best friends, skin cancer and why her 40s are shaping up to be her best decade so far.
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What does a typical day look like for you?
The whole kit and caboodle? I’ve got two kids so it’s always a bit of a rush getting everyone off to school.
I try to squeeze in some exercise in the morning if I can. Because I work in the evening, all of those things people do from five or six when they get home I have to squeeze into the morning. So all of the housework and all the admin ‚Äď that sort of thing.
I come into work, I look at the basic information that comes through from the Metservice, figure out what the weather story for the day is. You’re wanting to make it into something that people can relate to, picking out the really important bits, and putting a bit of my own spin on things … and ‘showtime’ before you know it really.
Are there any weather presenter cliches you try to avoid?
All of them.
You do want to get away from cliches but then also they’re cliches for a reason because they usually sum up pretty succinctly what’s going on. We’ve got four minutes. It’s usually a bit of a battle with the time in a news bulletin. So I suppose everyone’s guilty of falling back on some cliches sometimes. There are only so many ways you can say ‘mostly fine’.
What is the worst weather you’ve had to endure yourself?
That storm in Auckland a few months back was pretty horrendous. That’s probably the only time I’ve actually felt physically in danger almost from the weather. That storm was pretty spectacular ‚Äď and there are a lot of trees around our area. The power was out and it was a really good reminder of just how scary and how serious the weather can be.
You’ve had a couple of skin cancer scares. Can you tell me about those?
Obviously I’m very fair and I’m a child of the 70s so I grew up not using sun cream … you know, just no one even bothers. So I’ve had quite a few.
My back is a bit of a patchwork of things being cut out. They are just the basal cell cancers. You don’t want to leave them there, but they’re not the deadly melanoma. Thankfully. So I have had quite a few things cut out.
My kids are so switched on when it comes to sunscreen, but I still think maybe people my age are a bit lax on getting things checked, so that would be my message. Obviously the sunscreen, but also getting things checked if there’s anything that you’re a little bit like, ‘That looks a little bit strange’. Don’t sit on it. Better safe than sorry.
Who is your work bestie?
We’ve got a great team here. I’ve got so many work besties really. I sit next to Kate Rodger though, our entertainment reporter, and she’s just a very warm and funny and open person.
We’ve both got children so we can relate over the struggles of child care and that sort of thing.
If you see her interview a Hollywood star you can see she’s got just as much charisma and warmth and humour as all of those stars she interviews, and she’s like that to work with as well.
Although I did get a text from Paul Henry the other day as he came into port in Italy setting up a lunch for when he’s back in the country later in the year. He’s great to work with as well. Who else texts and says, ‘Hey, I’m just pulling into port in Naples, just wondering if you’re free for lunch in December?’. I was like, ‘OK, yeah I think I can squeeze it in’.
Your 20s, 30s, or 40s ‚Äď which is the best decade and why?
I’m going to say my 40s. A couple of reasons … it’s the idea of thinking your best years are behind you. I just don’t see the point in that. But I think it’s just getting to know yourself better, getting to know what’s important to you, forgetting the things that don’t really matter, so it’s just getting your priorities straight really.
I just kind of feel like once you know yourself better then you make better decisions and your life is kind of better just all over really. I mean, the wrinkles and the slow degradation of everything else isn’t so flash, but actually as a person, yeah my 40s.
What is the best news you’ve heard all day?
I haven’t heard any news all day. I think maybe, no news is good news. Everyone’s safe and happy and healthy and yeah I think that’s the best news you can get.