She may now be the "mate of the nation", but the veteran newsreader came from humble beginnings.
OPINION: As the men destroy themselves and each other, crones may be the only people left to repair the shattered world.
She's left big shoes to fill, but there are some familiar names being mentioned.
Prince Rogers Nelson, the Grammy-winning pop star who died April 21, loved music - and motorcycles.
Mike McRoberts, Paul Henry, and other MediaWorks colleagues reveal their dismay over Hilary Barry's shock departure.
OPINION: "We need people who are good at their jobs, and with humanity, not loud voices full of ego."
Sorry, but for the rest of the day you'll be humming these earworms.
Hilary Barry has made a career of reporting the news from a set script, but she's often at her best when she goes rogue.
How did Australasia's most comprehensive collection of Chinese artefacts end up at the Canterbury Museum?
Hilary Barry's shock departure is just the latest in an ongoing run of upheaval to the broadcaster's news and current affairs operation.
Tommy Tiernan's old-fashioned set would offend plenty.
"While I was falling down the stairs, all I hear was: 'This is because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf'!"
Iron Maiden throw out the charm - and theatrics - for an eager Christchurch crowd.
Allison Janney played the White House press secretary on The West Wing, but has now had a taste of the real thing.
Investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs.
Comedian addresses the ease with which Americans - even those with criminal records - can buy a weapon in new sketch.
If Judy Bailey was the mother of the nation, Hilary Barry was everyone's mate.
Gwyneth Paltrow says it hasn't been easy getting over her divorce from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.
Posh Spice has Simon Fuller to thank for directing her to her true calling.
The mother of the nation is putting down her knitting - and we're all devastated.
TV news colleagues in shock as Hilary Barry announces her sudden departure from the network.
Jennifer Lawrence has lamented her single status in an interview.
We've got our own burning questions for Jordan when he and the girls are reunited.
The hip-hop song features 100% genuine quotes from the Republican frontrunner.
Marlborough stories of ships and shipwrecks will feature in television show Coastal New Zealand.
The rolling plains of Nouvelle Zelande have been thrilling actress Juliette Binoche.
Andy Whitfield found himself on the fast track in Hollywood in 2010, thanks to a starring role in the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Then he was diagnosed with cancer.
If you're Tracy Morgan, he'll also be remembered for the time he kicked you out of his house.
Ever since Beyonce dropped her latest album, the internet has gone into overdrive speculating about apparent allusions to Jay-Z's dastardly deeds.
Seven hours is a long time to be simulating sex, even if you're a professional.