McRoberts’ wife joins team for 60 Minutes return, on a new night

The breaking investigations, heart-wrenching stories and high-profile interviews are back for another year when 60 Minutes returns to our screen on a new night of Wednesday, February 17th at 7:30pm on 3.

2009 saw 60 Minutes cover some intriguing local and international stories, and according to Executive Producer Terence Taylor, 2010 will prove to be even more fascinating.

“As always we’ll be kicking off the 2010 season with a bang,” he says. “Shooting is already underway around the country and we have some brilliant stories coming in from overseas.”

When asked about details, Taylor is hesitant about revealing much, saying; “I can’t say too much, but what I will say is that we have some great stories already in the pipeline!”

This year will also see Mike McRoberts once again joined on screen by his wife Paula Penfold.

“As usual, Mike McRoberts will be presenting and reporting,” says Taylor. “And his wife, Paula Penfold, will be taking an on-screen role.”

As for the rest of the team, Taylor says they could not be more excited about the upcoming season.

“All of us have a good feeling about 2010 – and we’ll be keen to make it the best 60 Minutes season yet,” he says.

Make sure to join Mike McRoberts and the team for what is gearing up to be an unforgettable 60 Minutes season when the series premieres on a new night of Wednesday, February 17th at 7:30pm on 3.

– TV3

MasterChef New Zealand tonight on TV One

The top 24 contestants are taken to an old air force hangar in West Auckland for three grueling challenges, to find who will go through to the top 12, on MasterChef New Zealand tonight.

First up is the taste test, where the contestants must attempt to identify the 19 ingredients MasterChef judge Simon Gault used to make his pot of ragout. Next, the judges bring in a boat trailer full of whole salmon, with filleting the test; and finally the Mystery Box challenge.

Only 12 will go through – with the rest going home – so the pressure is on. Watch MasterChef New Zealand to see who makes it to the top 12.

TV One: Wednesday 10 February, 7.30pm

Top Model is back!

Top Model is back, baby! Hosted by recent New Zealand visitor Tyra Banks, America’s Next Top Model returns to our screens with the premiere of its 12th cycle, screening on Friday, February 12th at 7:30pm on 3.

This week’s season premiere brings together 34 gorgeous girls to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Of course, only 13 will survive this initial episode and move into a luxurious Upper East Side apartment in New York City where the real fun and catty games begin.

However, in true America’s Next Top Model tradition, this cycle will once again see a twist in the competition. Banks, who created the series to counter stereotypes of who and what is considered beautiful, says this cycle’s contestants will once again redefine beauty.

“This time around one contestant bears scars on her body from an accidental scalding she suffered as a child and refuses to hide the marks,” Banks tells American TV Guide

“Another has startlingly large, mesmerising eyes. A third is a street preacher…,” she adds.

“This is a very special group of girls,” Banks continues. “I want them to connect with viewers, and not just with their looks, but with their personalities.”

In addition to Banks and these unique contestants, supermodel Paulina Porizkova, runway expert J. “Miss J” Alexander, and photographer Nigel Barker will all reprise their roles on the show’s 12th cycle judging panel.

Make sure not to miss them when they cut down of the 34 hopefuls into one strangely beautiful baker’s dozen. America’s Next Top Model premieres its 12th cycle on Friday, February 12th at 7:30pm on 3.

– TV3

John Key’s NZ Flag doodle for auction

Prime Minister, John Key was asked to draw his version of an alternative NZ Flag by TVNZ’s Pippa Wetzell on Breakfast at 7:15am this morning.

By the time the programme went off-air at 9am, TVNZ had received many pledges of money for the A4 sized doodle, the highest being $1000. Mr Key gave his consent for the drawing to be auctioned for charity and it has been listed on Trade Me this afternoon with all proceeds going to the children’s charity, Cure Kids.

Mr Key described his drawing as a “silver fern”. Pippa Wetzell described it, perhaps more accurately, as a “lop-sided Christmas tree”.

Here is a link to the auction.

The interview can be seen on or watch below: