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Former TVNZ newsreader Philip Sherry dies

Former TVNZ newsreader Philip Sherry has died aged 87.

Philip Sherry presenting 1 NEWS in 1983. Source: 1 NEWS

Sherry was a familiar face on New Zealand TV for many decades, having roles with various media outlets from TVNZ to South Pacific Television and TV3.

He also had a career in radio, hosting shows on Radio NZ and local Wellington station 2YD.

His family told Newshub Sherry died this morning in Papamoa surrounded by his family after a short illness.

Sherry's death was also announced at a Catholic convention in Auckland today.

"At the Eucharistic Convention in Auckland, the death of former TVNZ newsreader and devout Catholic Philip Sherry, MNZM, was announced.

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Sherry was a familiar face on New Zealand television for many decades. Source: Breakfast

"For many years, Mr Sherry was the MC for the Eucharistic Convention. May he rest in peace," a post on the NZ Catholic Facebook page reads.

Sherry was known for the quote:

"(Newsreading is) like riding a bicycle. All you need is sobriety and good eyes."

Later in life he moved into public service, acting as the deputy chairman of Auckland Regional Council for a time.

Sherry also served as a councillor for Environment Bay of Plenty after moving to Papamoa in 2004.