Hewitt has been in radio longer than anyone can remember, including himself. But when he started, the Prime Minister was Keith Holyoake, and LBJ was the US President. He has always been based in Wellington, starting in the NZBC days working on all the stations that were based in the late Broadcasting House. That included ZM, its predecessor 2YD, as well as ZB, YC YB and YA – today, what we call Radio New Zealand National.
He read the news minutes after men first set foot on the moon. ewitt has also had 15 years on television, presenting, reporting, interviewing and newsreading. He fronted the weekly classical music programme Opus for many years in the 1980s and 1990s. He has also worked as a radio bulletin editor.
These days he is Presentation Standards Manager at Radio New Zealand, but still reads the news when members of his team are off doing other things.
Away from the radio station, Hewitt is a Judicial Justice of the Peace, past-president of the Wellington Justices of the Peace Association, a keen Rotarian, an Ambassador for Variety – the Children’s Charity, and a marriage celebrant.
He likes fly-fishing, reading, music, cars, watching police dramas on television, and narrow boating.