Ed­i­tor’s let­ter

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Woman's Day This Week - SIDO KITCHIN ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF, WOMAN’S DAY

Wasn’t lit­tle Prince Ge­orge adorable on his first day of school? The look of vul­ner­a­bil­ity on the cherub’s face as he bravely walked into school, cling­ing to Dad’s hand for dear life, was all too fa­mil­iar. I just wanted to give him a big hug.

I can to­tally un­der­stand why his mum Kate (page 10) is dev­as­tated she couldn’t be with him. Preg­nant with her third child and bedrid­den with morn­ing sick­ness, it’s no won­der she shed a few tears as her first­born – socks pulled up and shoes all shiny – left for school for the first time. I know all too well about how your heart will ache with love for your child.

It was lovely to meet Jacinda Ardern’s mother this week (page 16). While her daugh­ter fights the cam­paign of her life, it’s nice to know Lau­rell dropped ev­ery­thing to fly to Auck­land and lend her sup­port. You could tell how much her pres­ence meant to Jacinda.

I had rea­son to be proud d as punch of my mum Les­ley ey this week. My sib­lings and I flew to Wellington to watch her re­ceive a Queen’s award – a Com­pan­ion of the Or­der of Merit (CNZM) for ser­vices to sci­ence and ma­rine farm­ing. It was great to see her hon­oured amongst so many in­cred­i­ble Ki­wis who have ex­celled in their fields and served so gen­er­ously in their com­mu­ni­ties.

That evening, I was lucky to ac­com­pany Mum to the most in­cred­i­ble din­ner at Gov­ern­ment House, hosted by Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral Patsy Reddy. It was a very spe­cial evening and one for the mem­ory bank.

Moth­ers are the most mar­vel­lous thing and in a cat­e­gory all of their own.

Have a great week!

Left: Mum re­ceives her hon­our from G-G Patsy. Above: A proud daugh­ter with Sir David Gas­coigne, the G-G and Les­ley.

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