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Australian Women’s Weekly NZ June 2021

The Australian Women's Weekly, NZ Edition, delivers hard-hitting news, gorgeous features, advice, inspirational stories and the best triple-tested recipes. It’s the ultimate magazine with something for everyone, while providing inspiration for women of all ages.

New Zealand
Are Media Pty Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s letter

As humans, we love to “put something in a box”. We love to take people or situations and neatly label them with assumption. We all do it, as much as we’d like to think we don’t. On a fundamental level, it is the way we are wired. And with good reason. If our minds had to process everything we encountered as unique or one-of-a-kind, we’d literally have a neurological meltdown, so instead we categorise – we put something in a box. But there’s always a downside, especially when it comes to people. When we put people in boxes,we limit who they are. We stifle their greatness. We group them with a set of rules that determines how they should look, act and be, and never is this more evident than…

2 min
melinda and bill call it quits

Twenty-seven years after Bill Gates filled the whiteboard in his bedroom with the pros and cons of proposing to his girlfriend Melinda French, one of the world’s most influential marriages is over. Bill and Melinda announced they were divorcing in a joint statement on Twitter, in which they appeared to present a united front, saying, “We have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives.” They said they continue to share that vision. The reason for the split they gave was, “We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.” However, the divorce petition, filed by Melinda and obtained by NBC, described the marriage as “irretrievably broken”. The final…

1 min
finish this sentence …

If I wasn’t a musician, I’d be a … Bum?! I have no back-up profession in mind for me. My next album is inspired by… My life experiences over the past five years. So much has happened that I’ve had to process, and now these things sit on my heart to sing and write about. After The Masked Singer NZ, my favourite reality show is… The Real Housewives of Atlanta . The last message I sent on my phone says… “12.30, huh? Let’s skip it and reschedule my roots and a trim for another time. I’ll have a luxurious sleep-in instead. Love you, thank you!” That was to my hairstylist and make-up artist, and it shows both my laziness and penchant for a good lie-in!…

1 min
they said what?

“He should be in bed – he’s 83.” Olivia Colman talking about Oscar winner Sir Anthony Hopkins missing the ceremony. “Madam Speaker, Madam Vice-President. No President has ever said those words from this podium…and it’s about time.” President Joe Biden in his first speech to Congress. “It looked like a scene from Love Actually.” Jacinda Ardern observing the airport on day one of the travel bubble with Australia. “I’m very grateful I don’t have to get naked in front of anybody again ever, even in candlelight.” Jane Fonda speaking to Harper’s Bazaar.…

1 min
valerie adams

Three-time Olympic medallist Dame Valerie Adams might compete in a solo sport, but she’s taken one for the team. The mum-of-two was proud to receive her Covid-19 vaccine in preparation for the Games in Tokyo. “I’m doing my bit to keep myself safe, but also my teammates safe,” said the shot putter. She urged others, especially her fellow Pasifika Kiwis, to follow in her footsteps when their time came. The Olympics are due to start on July 23. Mega moon From France to the US to Turkey, the world looked up in awe in April as a full moon – also known as a pink moon – dazzled our night skies. The stunning phenomenon occurs when our lunar friend comes as close to us as its orbit allows.…

1 min
finish this sentence … michael hurst

When it comes to acting, people are always surprised to know… “How do you learn all those lines?” The answer is always, “Bloody hard work!” If I wasn’t doing this, I would… be screaming and tearing at the walls of my padded cell. The line that sticks in my head is… “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” William Shakespeare, The Tempest , Act 4, Scene 1. The last message I sent on my phone says… “I’m outside” – I was picking my son Cameron up to go to a steam room for a “schvitz”. My greatest achievement is… Creating two beautiful sons with my wife Jennifer [Ward-Lealand]. Life is too short for… Bad beer.…