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Samantha Hayes: Beautiful inside and out

As part of our series ‘Beautiful inside and out’, Samantha Hayes shares what makes her heart sing.

By Kelly Bertrand
As part of our series ‘Beautiful inside and out’, Samantha Hayes shares what makes her heart sing.

On the surface, they’re all different – a cross-section of sensational women of varying ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. They are all stunning, that’s for certain, but their beauty is not the sole reason the Weekly has gathered together Jude Dobson, Samantha Hayes, Dame Rosie Horton, Miriama Kamo and Sophie Pascoe. The reason is more than skin-deep – they’re here because these five incredible women are making a tangible difference in the lives of others.

Some are just beginning to dip their toes in the water, while others have made charity their life’s work – each taking a stand in her own way, and proving that their beauty does indeed come from within. In our series “Beautiful inside and out”, we chat with these five gorgeous Kiwi women about what inspires them. Here, 3D and Newsworthy presenter Samantha Hayes shares what makes her heart sing.

What causes do you stand for?
I support the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as a Global Parent. I also support the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) – I’ve always been passionate about conservation.

To you, what makes a person beautiful?
Confidence and empathy are two of the greatest qualities a person can have. Confidence is a beautiful quality but without empathy, it just comes across as arrogance.

When do you feel at your most beautiful?
When I’m wearing no make-up whatsoever and my partner tells me I look beautiful.

What do you value the most in the world?
My family and friends are the most important thing to me. But fresh water and a clean environment also matter!

What inspires you?
Stories about adventure and people overcoming the seemingly impossible. And Antarctica, because it’s the last untouched place on earth.

What makes you happy?
A lot of things make me happy – spending time with my family, a good coffee, going for a walk in the bush, chasing a story…

What do you think the world needs more of?
Maui’s dolphins, rhinos and elephants. In New Zealand alone there are more than 2000 threatened species.

If you could change anything, what would it be?
I’d like to prevent wars and end poverty, and I’d also like to see some decisive action on climate change.

Who do you most admire?
I’ve always admired David Attenborough, and I follow the work of Australian journalist Tara Brown, but I must mention my friend Claire Robbie. She’s a yoga instructor travelling the world with her one-year-old – who wouldn’t admire that?