WHAT A TEAM!

FUN, SUN AND SAUSAGE ROLLS – WE CEL­E­BRATE WITH OUR WEEKLY FAVOURITES

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - THIS WEEK IN... -

Trea­sured mem­o­ries were shared when our colum­nists got to­gether one af­ter­noon for a birth­day bar­be­cue

KEVIN MILNE

CON­SUMER

What are your child­hood mem­o­ries of the Weekly?

It cost 6d and was filled with end­less ad­ver­tise­ments for women’s un­der­wear and corsetry. They were mainly black and white draw­ings, and made me feel awk­ward. I flicked past them as quickly as pos­si­ble, should some­one find me look­ing at them.

The corsetry il­lus­tra­tions, in par­tic­u­lar, looked very odd.

The strangest reader feed­back I’ve ever had was... When

I had a cover story about the ar­rival of our daugh­ter Tom­mie when I was 52 and a let­ter was pub­lished from a woman ex­press­ing her up­set. She’d had “an old mother” who never played with her be­cause when she (the mother) got down on the floor, she had dif­fi­culty get­ting up again. Now, even at 68, I have no dif­fi­culty get­ting up and down off the floor!

When was your best an­niver­sary? My 25th an­niver­sary of work­ing on

Fair Go felt pretty mean­ing­ful. TVNZ’s CEO at the time came down from his of­fice, stood next to my desk and made a lit­tle speech. But the an­niver­sary I’m look­ing for­ward to most is Linda and my 40th wed­ding an­niver­sary next year. Far more im­por­tant than any work thing!

Can you re­mem­ber your mother read­ing the Weekly?

Yes, I can re­mem­ber her read­ing the Weekly. She would al­ways let me rip out the Look­ing at New Zealand full-page colour photo. I used to col­lect them in a scrapbook.

What do you do at a BBQ?

I get the BBQ go­ing, en­gage with other men around it for a while, then slide off leav­ing them to it. Most men love to BBQ. I wouldn’t want to deny them their plea­sure – I’d rather be chat­ting to their wives. New Zealand Woman’s

Weekly is… The mag­a­zine every­one reads – some more se­cretly than oth­ers.

NICI WICKES

FOOD ED­I­TOR

What are your child­hood mem­o­ries of the Weekly? As a teen, I adored the roy­als of Monaco and they oft graced the cover of the Weekly.

What’s the best or strangest reader feed­back or en­counter you’ve had? As food ed­i­tor, I get so much lovely feed­back, as well as a lot of ques­tions that make me won­der if they were that well thought out.

How do you like to cel­e­brate big mile­stones? With lots of food, friends and fam­ily usu­ally, but not all at once. For my 40th, I had a big party in my lo­cal com­mu­nity hall, com­plete with sit-down din­ner for 70 (I hap­pily cooked) and a live band for danc­ing late into the night. For my 50th, I had 16 friends come and do yoga fol­lowed by a nour­ish­ing lunch. Oh, how a decade can change things!

If some­one asks you to bring

a plate, your go-to is? I don’t have a go-to, but I’ll al­ways try for some­thing a lit­tle sur­pris­ing, like fix­ings for some rice pa­per rolls or per­haps a pavlova with cus­tard and roasted rhubarb in­stead of straw­ber­ries and cream. Some­thing that trav­els well is a good idea so that it sur­vives the car or bike ride. New Zealand Woman’s Weekly

is… The mag­a­zine I like to re­lax with know­ing I’ll al­ways learn some­thing from its pages.

NICKY PEL­LE­GRINO

BOOKS ED­I­TOR

What are your child­hood mem­o­ries of the Weekly? I grew up in the UK, so my Mum didn’t buy the Weekly, but she did get lots of other mag­a­zines. I was al­ways an avid reader of them, which is where I think I got my love of mag­a­zines.

What’s the best or strangest reader feed­back or en­counter you’ve had? I was in the mid­dle of hav­ing a smear test done and the gy­nae­col­o­gist asked me what I did. When I told her I worked on the Weekly, she got all ex­cited and said as a re­sult of a story we’d run on poly­cys­tic ovary syn­drome, sev­eral women had come in and been di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion. I re­mem­ber her telling me never to un­der­es­ti­mate the reach and in­flu­ence the mag­a­zine has.

What’s the best an­niver­sary you have had? My 18th wed­ding an­niver­sary in south­ern Italy. We got the date wrong and ended up hav­ing two spe­cial din­ners!

Where can we usu­ally find you at a back­yard BBQ? Near the nib­ble plat­ter. Please, take it away from me! New Zealand Woman’s Weekly

is… A friend to its read­ers.

KERRE MCIVOR

SHORT BLONDE

What are your child­hood mem­o­ries of the Weekly? I don’t re­ally have child­hood mem­o­ries of the Weekly, but I can re­mem­ber say­ing when I joined Fair Go at the age of 20 that I would love to be a Weekly cover girl. That seemed to me to be the ul­ti­mate. And when I had my daugh­ter Kate, at the age of 24, I made it!

What’s the best or strangest reader feed­back or en­counter you’ve had? The best reader feed­back was the re­sponse to news that I had be­come a mother and, some years later, the news I was about to be­come a grand­mother. Read­ers sent in cards, good wishes and hand­knit­ted baby gar­ments. It was very spe­cial. I also love meet­ing the peo­ple who read the Weekly when I travel round the coun­try – it’s like an in­stant con­nec­tion.

How do you get the ideas for your col­umn? Oh good­ness, every­thing is up for grabs! Any event that oc­curs in my life, be it good (be­com­ing a grand­mother) or bad (be­ing trapped in my dress in a ho­tel in Blen­heim) is fod­der for my col­umn.

How do you like to cel­e­brate big mile­stones I love a big party to cel­e­brate mile­stones. Why not?

They are the per­fect rea­sons to cel­e­brate. Friends, mu­sic, good food and bub­bles – let’s go!

Where can we usu­ally find you at a back­yard BBQ? I’m usu­ally in the mid­dle of a group of peo­ple, glass in hand. I’m not at all help­ful dur­ing a party, although I’m pretty good at help­ing clean up at the end or the next day. New Zealand Woman’s Weekly

is… A won­der­ful record of New Zealand’s so­cial his­tory. I have shared ab­so­lutely every­thing with Weekly read­ers. In fact, I prob­a­bly could be ac­cused of over­shar­ing on oc­ca­sions... and I’m not stop­ping now!

‘I was in the mid­dle of hav­ing a smear test done and the gy­nae­col­o­gist asked me what I did’

COLIN HOGG

MAN OF THE HOUSE

What are your child­hood mem­o­ries of the Weekly?

My grand­mother, who was an avid fol­lower of the royal fam­ily and al­ways had an eye out for a new recipe, read it. But all the women read it – hence the sen­si­ble name.

What’s the best or strangest reader feed­back or en­counter you’ve had? I’ve had kind read­ers help me out many times. Re­cently, one helped put me in touch with my beloved hair­dresser, who

I’d lost when I moved out of town for a while.

How do you get the ideas for your col­umn? I get them from day-to-day life mostly.

I’ll jot down an idea or an over­heard line some­one said that caught my ear and build a col­umn from there.

What’s the best an­niver­sary you’ve had? Twenty-five years know­ing and five years mar­ried to my dar­ling wife.

Can you re­mem­ber your mother read­ing the Weekly?

My mother al­ways pro­fessed to be “not a mag­a­zine sort of per­son”, though the ru­mours among her pals about my col­umn drew her in even­tu­ally.

Where can we usu­ally find you at a back­yard BBQ?

Turn­ing sausages or look­ing for the beer bin. New Zealand Woman’s Weekly is… My con­nec­tion to a world of read­ers who I feel great af­fec­tion for and great grat­i­tude to.

‘I’ve had kind read­ers help me out many times’

JEREMY COR­BETT

DI­RECT MALE

What’s the best or strangest reader feed­back or en­counter you’ve had? Air­ports. Why are so many Weekly read­ers hang­ing around at air­ports?

How do you get the ideas for your col­umn? I ask my wife Me­gan.

How do you like to cel­e­brate big mile­stones? I ini­tially want to keep things small, then I re­alise it’s not about me, it’s about me thank­ing my friends and fam­ily, so I in­vite far too many peo­ple I haven’t seen enough of. Then I don’t get to see them on the night be­cause I’ve in­vited too many peo­ple.

Where can we usu­ally find you at a back­yard BBQ? On a bean­bag, in half sun/half shade, within reach of the chilly bin.

What mo­ments in your life have you shared with Weekly read­ers? Pretty much ev­ery area of my life! Cer­tainly mar­riage and birth – and I’m stay­ing away from the third one. New Zealand Woman’s Weekly

is... A con­duit straight to the heart of the peo­ple who make New Zealand tick.

DAVID HARTNELL

HOL­LY­WOOD TRIVIA

What are your child­hood mem­o­ries of the Weekly?

Both my grand­mother and mother al­ways got the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. As a child, I loved read­ing about the movie stars and see­ing glam­orous pic­tures of them. I guess you could say the Weekly planted the seed in my child-like mind of want­ing to go to Hol­ly­wood and in­ter­view the stars. The Weekly had a pro­found ef­fect on my life – and here I am, all these years later, as a Hol­ly­wood gos­sip colum­nist.

How do you get the ideas for your col­umn? I never stop look­ing for trivia ques­tions, one could even say it has be­come an ob­ses­sion with me. I even keep a note­book in my bag and as soon as I think, “Hey, that would make a great ques­tion”, I jot it down.

What’s the best an­niver­sary you’ve had? Septem­ber 9 this year marked my part­ner Som­boon and my 24th an­niver­sary to­gether. Next year, for our 25th, we will be cruis­ing in a bal­cony suite on the Queen El­iz­a­beth.

Where can we usu­ally find you at a back­yard BBQ?

Sit­ting be­ing waited on – at my age, I have earnt that right! I’m al­ways amazed that the out­door BBQ is the male’s do­main, yet ask most men to cook in a kitchen and they think that is firmly a fe­male’s do­main. I re­ally don’t get it.

If some­one asks you to bring a plate, your go-to is?

Som­boon is an ex­cel­lent cook, so I al­ways leave that to him. He does all the cook­ing and I do all the wash­ing up. Although, when he came to live in New Zealand from Thai­land 24 years ago and was asked to bring a plate, he couldn’t un­der­stand it. He re­ally thought you brought an empty plate.

Fin­ish this sen­tence – New Zealand Woman’s

Weekly is… The great­est

New Zealand mag­a­zine of them all. Mag­a­zines have come and gone but the Weekly sur­vived be­cause it has a won­der­ful spirit, and it’s the mag­a­zine of and for New Zealan­ders. The Weekly never talks down to its read­ers, it talks to them in the same way a friend would do.

The mag­a­zine has al­ways had strong women ed­i­tors, who com­pletely un­der­stand what their reader wants. This has never been sim­ply a job for these women – they truly care about the mag­a­zine.

WENDYL NIS­SEN

GREEN GOD­DESS

What are your child­hood mem­o­ries of the Weekly?

The only mag­a­zines we got in my house were Time and the New Zealand Lis­tener, but my nana got the Weekly and we’d read it to­gether when I vis­ited. Now, my grand­daugh­ter Lila reads it from cover to cover and just loves it when she vis­its. They live in Los An­ge­les, so I send her my copies in spe­cial parcels.

What’s the best or strangest reader feed­back or en­counter you’ve had? When I was edit­ing the Weekly and was preg­nant. Lots of read­ers started knit­ting and my baby daugh­ter Pearl was the re­cip­i­ent of some beau­ti­ful hand­made booties, hats and cardi­gans.

How do you get the ideas for your col­umn? I write about recipes and tips I glean from the 150-odd recipe books I have col­lected. Re­search for the col­umn is not hard work, it’s what I love to do most week­ends. What’s the best an­niver­sary you’ve had? This year my hus­band and I cel­e­brate our 20th wed­ding an­niver­sary, which is the long­est I’ve ever stuck at any­thing. That’s def­i­nitely the best!

Can you re­mem­ber your mother read­ing the Weekly?

Sadly, no. My mother was a bit anti-women’s mags, which is prob­a­bly why I ended up edit­ing and writ­ing for them.

How do you like to cel­e­brate big mile­stones? Al­ways with a bot­tle of Cham­pagne. I’m a big fan of cel­e­brat­ing any lit­tle achieve­ment with a bot­tle of some­thing. It’s re­ally im­por­tant to recog­nise the pos­i­tives in your fam­ily’s life. Where can we usu­ally find you at a back­yard BBQ?

Well, that very much de­pends on how many glasses of wine I’ve had. Early on, I can be a bit shy, so I’ll be in the kitchen help­ing out or talk­ing to any chil­dren who are there. Later on, I’ll be hold­ing forth on some­thing po­lit­i­cal or gos­sipy, or be danc­ing.

If some­one asks you to bring a plate, your go-to is? Bread. I bake a very good loaf and every­one loves fresh bread. What mo­ments in your life have you shared with Weekly read­ers? I was edit­ing the Weekly when I mar­ried my sec­ond hus­band Paul Lit­tle and had my last baby Pearl – so my read­ers got to hear all about that, over and over. New Zealand Woman’s

Weekly is... Still at the heart of every­thing women do in this coun­try.

‘ My mother was a bit an­ti­women’s mags, which is prob­a­bly why I ended up edit­ing and writ­ing for them’

What’s all the racket? It’s Swift-serve Jeremy tak­ing on Cool- hand Colin

at swing­ball.

Don’t mind if I do! Dap­per David placed him­self within reach of the as­para­gus rolls and the savouries.

Clock­wise from left: Party peo­ple Wendyl, Nicky, Nici, Jeremy, Colin, David, Kevin and Kerre.

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