Big kids welcome too


TV presenter reckons parents will join in fun

Charlie Panapa reckons as many adults as kids will be clamouring to get on the telly at a special live broadcast of What Now from Queenstown Bay on Sunday.

A huge crowd is expected for New Zealand’s No 1 children’s show, which is bringing an action-packed combination of games, gags and gunge to the resort.

And presenter Panapa, 27, believes parents will be just as eager to get on the box as their offspring.

“The programme has been going for 28 years and a lot of mums and dads are still big fans from when they used to watch What Now when they were youngsters,” he says.

“It’s like they’re going full circle and this could be their big opportunity to finally get on, so I expect Queenstown parents to be out in force.”

Panapa – who joined TV2’s What Now in 2005 – reveals he wanted a job on the show since he was a lad.

“When I was at school, we were asked to write down what we wanted to do when we grew up and keep it somewhere safe,” he explains.

“A couple of years back I was having a clear-out at home and found the old piece of paper which said I was going to be a presenter on What Now.

“I couldn’t believe that’s what I’d scribbled down about 14 years previously.”

Presenters, including Serena Rongonui and Tumehe Rongonui, arrive today to start filming items for the show – which will take in activities like bungy jumping, Skyline luge and Shotover Jet.

“We’ll also have lots of gunge and lots of foam – it wouldn’t be What Now without it,” Panapa adds.

The action starts at Queenstown Bay from 7.30am on Sunday.