Bevan Hurley

Bevan Hurley is the Herald on Sunday chief reporter.

Mum set to star as Paul Henry begins new TV career

Paul Henry. Photo / Doug Sherring
Paul Henry. Photo / Doug Sherring

After signing off from New Zealand airwaves, Paul Henry has revealed he hopes to poach some top talent for his new TV show in Australia.

Henry's 81-year-old mother Olive will appear on his Channel Ten Breakfast show and could be given a regular spot.

"We are going to get her on at the end of the first week. She doesn't know that but we might build her in. She could be the New Zealand correspondent."

Henry has had dinner at the house of Channel Ten chairman Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch and has received well wishes from Prime Minister John Key.

At 51, Henry says he intends to enjoy the trappings of wealth that come with his million dollar-plus salary.

He has paid $1.15 million for a two-bedroom terrace house in the inner-city suburb of Balmain.

Henry's new home has two double bedrooms, a large open plan living and dining room with polished timber flooring and an outdoor "hedge-framed entertaining area".

"I've never before lived right in the heart of a city, so I'm going to enjoy that," he says.

Henry will hold on to his palatial country house in Albany and his Hawke's Bay holiday home.

And after travelling around Australia, he is beginning to realise the enormity of the country.

"I'm not going to try and hide my lack of knowledge about Australia - I'm going to build it in. I think I can turn that to my advantage."

Henry leaves for Australia tonight after filming four episodes of his new TV3 show Would I Lie To You.

Meanwhile, TV3 political editor Duncan Garner has told friends that he wants to replace Henry as the Drive Time RadioLive host. A MediaWorks spokeswoman says a decision has not been finalised.

- NZ Herald

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