Sir Bob fills Paul Henry's shoes

00:12, Jul 09 2014
 Bob Parker
TV STAR: Bob Parker was like a ''duck to water'' in front of the TV cameras.

It is two decades since he was in broadcasting, but former Christchurch Mayor Sir Bob Parker was like a ''duck to water'' in Paul Henry's place.

Sir Bob made his television comeback as a guest host on the Paul Henry Show on TV3 last night.

The executive producer of the show, Fiona MacMillan, said he was ''fantastic'' to have in the studio.

Bob Parker

''There was quite a gap there in terms of him fronting a show, [but] it was duck-to-water stuff,'' she said.

''He slotted right in and got straight to work.''

Sir Bob, who made his name fronting This Is Your Life, has not been a TV host since 1996.


In the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake he became a regular fixture on screens as he reassured the city.

He was knighted in January for services to local body affairs and the community.

Sir Bob said it was a privilege to be invited to host last night's show.

''It has been probably 20 years since I was sitting on that side of the interview desk. The technology has changed a lot. Using auto-cues makes life much easier than in the days I was doing television work,'' he said.

The show canvassed various subjects, including storm damage in the upper North Island and local government rates.

''I interviewed Rodney Hide about the local government reform in Auckland [and] asked him if he felt it was working well. It was fun to be able to turn the tables for a change."

MacMillan said she invited a variety of people to fill in for Paul Henry, who is on holiday for two weeks, all with broadcasting experience.

''It has worked well. I do not know what we will do next time Paul takes a holiday, [but] I am really, really glad we did this. It was an experiment - a slightly daring one,'' she said.

Other guest hosts on the Paul Henry Show this week include Mary Lambie, David Farrier and Rebecca Wright.

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