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TV3's Jim Kayes: 'Why it was time to put my family first'

The past year has changed the Paul Henry presenter's life.

By day he’s a TV presenter, but by night he’s a dad, cook, coach and homework hand.
Jim Kayes reveals his many different hats in New Zealand Woman's Weekly, one year on from settling into his job as sports presenter on TV3’s Paul Henry show.
After traveling with the All Black for 17 years and missing a lot as his young family grew, Jim knew it was time for a shift to be more family focused.
“I’d done it for a long time and I needed a change. I knew it was time to find something else,” says Jim.
While you’d never be able to tell, the familiar face that’s welcomed into Kiwi homes each morning had never been a presenter before he settled into his role alongside Paul Henry and Hilary Barry.
“I’d only been a reporter before, I’d never been a presenter, I’d never read a news bulletin, I’d never done any of the things we do now. So it was a whole new challenge and a really exciting one,” Jim reveals.
Watch: Jim and Hilary get the giggles on Paul Henry's show
And, after celebrating the first birthday of the Paul Henry show in April, there are new adventures on the horizon for Jim.
The reporter is channelling his inner sportsman and is training for the upcoming Auckland half marathon, after being taken out by injury prior to the race five years ago.
“I tried to do it in 2011, trained all through the Rugby World Cup and was looking really good for it and then did my hamstring just before it started,” recalls Jim.
With 3.30am starts every morning making it hard to train, Jim has managed to battle his body clock and is on track to finally achieve his goal this year.
New Zealand Woman’s Weekly sat down with Jim Kayes as he opened up about his job, his loves and how Hilary leaving Paul Henry has affected both him, and the show.

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