Special tribute for Mike McRoberts as he celebrates 20 years at Three

Mike McRoberts, Newshub's 6pm anchor and reporter, has celebrated a very special milestone.

The television journalist has marked 20 years presenting and reporting at Three.

From earthquakes to tropical cyclones, coups, wars - and marathons - he's covered it all. 

The 55-year-old joined TV3 as a news reporter in 2001. In 2002, he took a presenting position with current affairs show 60 Minutes.

In March 2005, he was appointed as a 6pm newsreader with journalist Hilary Barry.

McRoberts has spent the past 15 years fronting the 6pm news - "a job he was made for", co-host Samantha Hayes said on Monday.

Presenting him with flowers, Hayes thanked him for just turning up.

"Your home away from home," she said.

McRoberts got teary as he thanked all his colleagues - past and present - and Newshub's viewers, for all their support.

"I don't know whether to laugh or cry," he said.

"I just want to thank all my wonderful, wonderful colleagues - past and present - over the 20 years that have made this job so fantastic.

"And you - everyone sitting at home - and allowing me to bring you the news each night. It's a real privilege, thank you."

Watch the video above.