Longoria says 'kia ora'

LOOKING GOOD: Eva Longoria is all smiles as she speaks to the media at Auckland's Langham Hotel.
LOOKING GOOD: Eva Longoria is all smiles as she speaks to the media at Auckland's Langham Hotel.

Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria hit Auckland today for a whirlwind trip to help promote New Zealand's latest TV channel.

The pint-sized actress - she is just over 5ft tall - appeared at a press conference for The Shopping Channel this afternoon, after flying into the city this morning.

Greeting the crowd with a well pronounced "kia ora", Longoria said so far, New Zealand had lived up to her expectations.

"I had always wanted to come here. I knew you have more sheep than people, and that reminded me of Texas, where we probably have more cows than people.

"I knew there were warm people here, a laidback environment and that it's a beautiful country, so you guys have kind of delivered on that so far."

Longoria played sexy Gabrielle Solis in Desperate Housewives for eight seasons before it ended earlier this year.  She recently posed naked for a new coffee-table book, Asleep at the Château.

Selected media where shuttled to a top secret location where the actress answered just two pre-approved questions from each journalist.

Questions about the star's private life, including her new relationship with New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, were banned.

However, looking every inch the Hollywood star, Longoria answered questions on everything from Fifty Shades of Grey to her political activism and involvement in Barack Obama's attempts to get re-elected in the United States.  

Earlier this month she spoke at the Democratic National Convention in her role as co-chair of President Obama's re-election campaign.

The 37-year-old said she will spend this afternoon shopping, before a day of sightseeing tomorrow.  

Organisers have confirmed Longoria will attend an exclusive VIP launch party tonight, and will make a live appearance on the channel tomorrow at 7.30pm.

The Shopping Channel, which launched Monday on channel 18 on Sky and Freeview, is New Zealand's first dedicated retail TV channel and features stars like Mike Puru, Monty Betham and Candy Lane as hosts.

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