'Especially when I was sick' - Toni thanks Mike for 'always being there' as they sign off from Seven Sharp

Toni Street thanked Mike Hosking for "always being there" for her when she was sick, as the Seven Sharp co-hosts signed off for their last time on the hit TVNZ1 show last night.

The duo were both on the brink of tears as they bowed out after four years fronting the programme together.

"Your backing of me has been fantastic this year, so thank you. Especially when I was sick, thank you for always being there," Toni said to Mike. 

After several years of poor health, Toni was diagnosed with a very rare autoimmune condition in 2015. 

She told viewers last night that just like Mike, she was a little nervous when asked to host Seven Sharp, as she was enjoying hosting Breakfast.

"But when they said the opportunity to work with you, Mike, I couldn't pass it up. And I knew we'd make a go of it," she said.

The pair made the announcement on air tonight during the penultimate show of 2017. Source: Seven Sharp

The announcement that the pair were leaving Seven Sharp was made live on air on Thursday night. Toni said she wants to spend more time with her family while Mike said, "Given we started together, we end together".

Toni last night thanked the viewers first for watching the show, saying, "We have had the best four years."

She also thanked Seven Sharp's producers, camera people and reporters, saying, "We are going to miss you all dearly.''

Mike agreed, saying: "This is the thing you learn about television as opposed to radio, television is resource heavy. The people behind the scene really make it. It's big machine. We're a couple of little cogs in front of it all. 

"Most importantly for me, I get to go home and spend more time with my family. And that's what counts. So thank you. Merry Christmas, and you can sing us out."

The dynamic duo are stepping down from the hit show, after plenty of entertaining moments. Source: Seven Sharp

He handed over to Sol3 Mio who sang "Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day" as Toni and Mike's families went on set to hand them bunches of flowers. There were hugs for the outgoing presenters from family and colleagues.  

The programme also included a package of "some of the more memorable moments" from Mike and Toni's last four years on Seven Sharp and programme staff dancing to 'Happy Holiday'.

Seven Sharp will return in February with a new presenting line-up which is expected to be announced in January.

There were tears and memories as the pair said farewell to the show. Source: Seven Sharp

'My god she can run' - woman at centre of hilarious Kawakawa dog escape video says Lily is enjoying her 15 minutes of fame

A Bay of Islands woman told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp she is "never going to live this down" after footage of her rescue dog Lily dragging a bakery's flag down the main street of Kawakawa went viral around the globe.

CCTV footage of the freedom-seeking furball's runner — accompanied by Yakety Sax, the song made famous by the Benny Hill Show — has been viewed more than 500,000 times since it was posted to Facebook last night.

Lucie Green, a volunteer with Bay of Islands Animal Rescue, was taking the basset hound for a walk last week when she decided to stop at a local business to buy Lily a treat.

But the Basset Hound received a fright and bolted despite being tied to a large Coca-Cola flag forcing Lucie to give chase.

"For an animal with just little legs, my god she can run," Lucie told Seven Sharp.

Lily, Lucie and the rogue flag brought Kawakawa's State Highway 1 strip to a standstill, the whole escapade captured on CCTV.

"My partner owns a local CCTV company I got to the office and I told him what had happened.

"He didn't tell me he'd done it, but he edited footage and put the music on and uploaded it to Facebook and tagged me in it.

"I knew it was trouble when basically by the time we'd gone to bed last night it had hit 100,000 views," Lucie said.

Thousands of people have since commented on the video, with many of them admiring the dog’s spirit.

"I'm laughing my guts out it's so funny," wrote Facebook user Annie Hicks.

Lucie does see the funny side of events however.

"They say every dog has their day, so I guess Lily is enjoying her 15 mins of fame." 

Lily made a run for it when owner Lucie Green stopped at a shop in the Northland town. Source: Seven Sharp


Tracking down New Plymouth youth MP candidates after Andrew Little's 'hip' appeal

Labour MP Andrew Little released a tongue in cheek video encouraging young people from New Plymouth to get involved in politics today.

The video inspired TVNZ1's Seven Sharp to travel to Mr Little's old school to find the perfect candidate for its new youth MP.

Judge for yourself if New Plymouth Boys' High students Thomas Foy and Jarrod Wilson have what it takes in the video above.

Tamati Rimene-Sproat is on the case after the Labour MP's piece of political theatre. Source: Seven Sharp


Watch: Take a tour inside Kate Sheppard’s former house where suffragists worked to get women the right to vote

Suffragist Kate Sheppard's old house in Christchurch goes up for auction next month - so Seven Sharp host Hilary Barry took a tour.

Ms Sheppard was instrumental in gaining New Zealand women the right to vote in 1893. She carried out important work for the suffrage movement in the house during the late 19th Century.

Today saw celebrations around the country marking 125 years since women gained the right to vote in New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern has indicated the Government is interested in buying the house for the nation. It's expected to fetch in excess of $3 million when it goes under the hammer on October 17.

Hilary Barry met with the home's current owner Julia Burbury who showed her around the dwelling set on one acre of gardens.

The house has a category one heritage listing.

The piece of New Zealand history in Christchurch, worth more than $3 million, is up for auction. Source: Seven Sharp

Mum distraught as son turned away from Hutt Valley High School because he didn't have permanent address

Being homeless has become an obstacle for one mother wanting to give her child an education.

Helen Taitapanui and her son were turned away from Hutt Valley High School last week because they don't have a permanent residential address.

Ms Taitapanui, is currently battling cancer and lives in a motel with her teenage son while they wait for a permanent home.

"We've got to be glad that we've got that when we know that a lot of our families are out there living in cars," Ms Taitapanui told 1 NEWS.

However, this was a problem when she tried to enrol her son at a local school.

"The response was it's against their policy to register children living out of a motel. you had to have a residential address," Ms Taitapanui said.

She complained to the Ministry of Education and shortly after Hutt Valley High School reversed its decision.

Ms Taitapanui says her son's excited about going back to school.

"I know once he steps back into the realm of education he'll be well and truly away."

She hopes by speaking out, another unnecessary obstacle will be removed for the homeless.

Being homeless threw up an unexpected obstacle for a mum wanting to educate her child. Source: 1 NEWS