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New Zealand Woman’s Weekly Issue 22, 2021

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly is the country’s most read woman’s magazine. A true publishing icon, the Weekly shares stories of real New Zealand women as well as in-depth royal news and celebrity features from abroad. The magazine also inspires with relevant and aspirational content covering all things food, style, home and entertaining.

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in this issue

1 min
royals’ delight we’re having a bea-by!

The royal family is set to grow with the announcement that Princess Beatrice is expecting her first child with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, in the northern autumn! In a statement, Buckingham Palace says, “The Queen has been informed and both families are delighted with the news.” It’s sure to have brought joy to the monarch, who is mourning the loss of her husband Prince Philip, who passed away last month. The 32-year-old princess tied the knot at Royal Lodge at Windsor last July in a pared-back wedding due to Covid-19. With just a small group of close friends and family, including the Queen and Prince Philip, the short service followed government guidelines of no hymns, but her mother, Sarah Ferguson, read a poem, as did the groom’s mum, Nikki Williams-Ellis. The nuptials saw…

1 min
from the editor

There is a bit of a theme to this issue – brave women. Our gorgeous cover star Dame Helen Mirren has been a trail blazer her entire life and on page 6 she shares all the details about her latest roles. She has a great attitude towards life, and I love how she faces her fears and embraces challenges. We also share the stories of three Kiwi women who are very brave for very different reasons. Barbara was a neighbour of the Centrepoint commune north of Auckland (page 28) back in the ‘80s. Knowing something wasn’t right, she bravely campaigned against it, even when it put her in danger. And on page 34, Larissa persevered through life-threatening situations totrek the entire length of New Zealand on a horse! And then on…

4 min
daredevil helen i'm living fast & furious

‘Excuse me, where can I find a little bit of swagger for today?’ After a lifetime on stage, television and the big screen, fans might think nothing can frighten Dame Helen Mirren. Just don’t try sending her to Mars! “There’s no way I would sign up to go into outer space,” the acting legend shudders. “I find the whole concept absolutely terrifying. I have nightmares about it, actually. There’s no way. I want a cup of tea, Marmite on toast and a fire!” Fortunately for the multiaward-winning actress, her latest role as a septuagenarian who volunteers for a one-way trip through the Milky Way didn’t require her to leave the comforts of planet Earth. The Amazon Prime show called Solos, which premiered last week, instead offered Helen the opportunity to reflect on the idea…

4 min
harry’s new life‘i’m breaking the cycle’

It was a brave and surprisingly frank Prince Harry who this month shared some startling insights into his life as a member of the British royal family. During a 96-minute exposé with podcaster Dax Shepard, the soon-to-be father-of-two talked openly about everything from the “genetic pain” handed down to him by his parents and grandparents to how he felt like he was the living in The Truman Show. Following his podcast appearance, the prince then took part in an equally-as-candid TV series on mental health with Oprah Winfrey called The Me You Can’t See, talking publicly about his mental health struggles. But while he feels as if a weight has lifted off his shoulders since fleeing for a new life in the US last year, Harry’s shocking new revelations have caused an uproar…

3 min
titanic tyrant!

KATE THROWS THE BOOK AT A STORY ABOUT HER LIFE After revealing recently that her husband Ned likes to wear Spanx shapewear, it seemed Kate Winslet was happy to talk about pretty much anything – but a respected biographer says the Mare of Easttown actress has bullied him into silence. Garry O’Connor, who has written biographies on the likes of Laurence Olivier and Sir Ian McKellen, says he wrote to the mother-of-three, 45, in March, explaining that he was researching a book about her life and asking if she might consider cooperating with him. The reply, however, came not from The Reader star but from her solicitor. Garry’s agent Peter Cox described the missive as a “tyrannical” letter warning of legal action and demanding that the biographer pass on the letter to all potential…

7 min
we eat everything on our plates!

As the gregarious co-host of TVNZ 1’s Eat Well for Less, Ganesh Raj puts grocery shopping under the microscope and tries to help Kiwi families save money, cook better and adopt healthier eating habits. So it wouldn’t surprise the restaurateur if, when people spy him in the supermarket shopping for his own family, they steered their trolley away down another aisle, to avoid any judgement. But that’s not the case and people often walk towards him, asking, ‘Do you want to look at what I’ve put in?’ “Then I play the role of, ‘Oh, my gosh, I can’t believe this is your trolley. You should be so embarrassed!’” he says, feigning mock horror. “Because that’s the reaction they want. They don’t want me to go, ‘Great choices!’” laughs Ganesh, 50, who reveals the show…