Samantha Hayes has taken the hot seat beside Mike McRoberts - and viewers have nothing but praise for her first stint anchoring the 6pm news.

Hayes was named as Hilary Barry's replacement on Sunday after the veteran broadcaster's shock exit from the network - and her dual roles on Paul Henry and Newshub at 6pm - after 23 years.

Ingrid Hipkiss has taken on Barry's role on Paul Henry's morning news and radio show.

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Hayes posted on Twitter before the broadcast that she hoped Monday night was her first show of many.

But according to feedback from viewers, she has nothing to worry about.

Many took to Twitter to praise Hayes on a great first night in the role.

And that wasn't all: Hayes even received a tantalising offer from this smooth mover.

TV3's former Head of News Mark Jennings said he approved of MediaWorks' decision to hire Hayes in the high-profile slot.

"I think Sam Hayes will make this work," Jennings wrote for The Spinoff. "She will give it her all, but one thing she won't do is try to be Hilary Barry."

While Hayes' debut was well-received, Hipkiss' first day didn't go as well, with Henry accidentally introducing her as 'Hilary' in her first broadcast.