London-born Lisa Manning moved to New Zealand with her family, at the age of 10. After working as a regional reporter for the BBC in the early 90s, she returned downunder to file reports for One News, Holmes, Fair Go and Good Morning, winning multiple Qantas Film and TV Awards. From 2000, Manning fronted popular home renovation show Mitre 10 DIY Rescue, before shifting back to morning TV in 2004 to host Good Morning. She made international headlines when a relationship sprang from a 2004 Good Morning interview with Welsh Lord of the Rings actor John Rhys-Davies.
Lisa Manning was clearly such a good host of DIY Rescue that she's been replaced by not one, not even two, but four builder/presenters. The Listener announces a new season of Mitre 10 DIY Rescue after Lisa Manning's departure, 16 April 2005