When word went around that it was Hilary Barry’s turn to assume the Mother of the Nation mantle previously held by Judy Bailey, not a single person complained (as far as we know).
Barry possesses the kind, pragmatic, alwayshas-a-Band-Aid-in-her-handbag vibe that you want in a nation’s mother. She’s also a real-life mother to two sons and such a reliable broadcaster that her shock exit from TV3 last year rocked New Zealand. We could barely face our cereal until she showed up on TVNZ’s Breakfast. We treated Barry to a Mother’s Day Sunday Grill.