It was lights, cameras, action at Invercargill's Anderson Park yesterday as presenters and crew from Television New Zealand's Good Morning programme broadcast live from the historic art gallery.
More than 100 fans gathered to watch presenters Brendon Pongia and born-and-bred Southlander Astar (Eileen Kirkpatrick).
The quirky Astar was dressed grandly to match the surroundings; in a light pink satin ball gown, trimmed with leopard print neckline, belt and jacket, plus sequined dance heels.
The vivacious presenter designed and made the glamorous outfit and said she made all her own clothes on Wednesdays in the Avalon studio sewing room after ballet lessons with the Royal New Zealand ballet company.
"I like to make one outfit a week," Astar quipped.
Parents Jim and Marg Kirkpatrick joined their daughter on the show for a live segment at 9.30am.
While performing comes naturally for Mr Kirkpatrick, who is a musician, Mrs Kirkpatrick said being in front of the cameras was not her thing but it was great having Astar home "in her own bed" this week.
Astar moved from Southland in 1988 but visits her family in Invercargill about three times a year, she said.
She was especially thrilled to be filming in her home town yesterday.
"There's no place like home. You can take the girl out of Southland but you can't take Southland out of the girl," Astar said.
In between signing autographs for fans, co-presenter Brendon Pongia said it was great to be in Invercargill and out meeting fans.
"Not that I don't like working in the studio ... It's great to be getting out and meeting the people that appreciate you."
Local identities to feature on the show yesterday included: Anderson Park art director John Husband; Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt; artist Paul Lindsay; chef Mat Jackson and Burt Munro's son, John.
- The Southland Times
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