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The familiar face of weather presenter Jim Hickey will soon be regularly gracing TV One screens as he returns to his former role in the nightly forecast on the 6pm news.

Hickey, who has a BA in geography, majoring in climatology, was TVNZ's senior weatherman from 1988 to 2003.

He has also made television programmes Jim's Car Show and A Flying Visit, as well as the documentaries How's the Weather Jim? and The Real Middle Earth.

TVNZ announced today that Hickey, along with meteorologist Karen Olsen, are to form the new One News weather team.

The pair will report from the field as well as present the forecast.

One News editor Paul Patrick said viewers would see a different presentation style.

"New Zealanders tell us that they place a high value on authoritative weather coverage, and climate change is one of the biggest news issues of our time.

"Karen and Jim have the skills and experience to interpret this specialist field, and they share a strong practical understanding of how the weather affects New Zealand's geographically diverse communities," Patrick said.

Olsen has been part of the One News weather team since 1994, joining TVNZ after a career with the MetService.