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Issue 21, 2021

Woman is a place where real women are celebrated and uplifted, a community that reflects us – where we feel like we belong. Woman is a relatable and reliable source of information and inspiration. Featuring powerful stories, shared experiences, engaging entertainment and advice that connects and empowers women. Woman’s content pillars include stories about women, culture, recipes, health & wellbeing, home & garden, fashion & beauty, te reo Maori, books and entertainment, as well as puzzles, star columnists and more.

New Zealand
School Road Publishing Limited
26 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s letter nā sido

Some people believe the harsh realities of a global pandemic are no laughing matter, but personally, finding moments of humour to trigger the “happy hormones” has helped save my sanity. Having a great giggle always eases my worries. When news of the (slight) relaxing of Level 3 restrictions in Auckland were announced last week, waves of confusion and angst were soon replaced by laughter as people frantically shared jokey memes. “At this rate, Christmas in the Park this year is gonna be a group of 10 people sitting around listening to Mariah Carey on a UE Boom” type humour unites us in a “good laff” and helps us cope. I guess if you don’t laugh, you cry. Lockdown life in Auckland has meant being isolated from so many friends and family, and…

12 min
our secret recipe

This time last year, wasn’t feeling great. Her adult children, Rose and Sean, were living overseas, the global pandemic was raging uncontrollably around them, and sleepless nights were many. The devoted mum was worried they’d get sick, that they might not be able to access medical treatment in the overwhelmed hospital systems of the US and England, and she knew that if her children needed her, she’d have no way of getting to them. Now, though, it’s a different story. A beaming Annabel has her 27-year-old daughter Rose with her at home in Wānaka, and son Sean, a junior doctor, is safe for now in London. After a terrifying year, the international cooking star simply couldn’t be happier. “It’s just wonderful to have Rose here and I feel so incredibly lucky,” she…

17 min
the redemption of monica lewinsky

‘I was made a scapegoat to protect the president’ Twenty-five years ago, Bill Clinton was re-elected as President of the United States, defeating Bob Dole in a landslide. He had survived the missteps and controversies of his first term and the loss of Congress to the Republicans in 1994. The economy was strong. America was at peace. Clinton, a man of prodigious energy, intellect and ambition, seemed well placed to become one of the more consequential US presidents. Except that he was also a man of prodigious appetites – for sex as well as food. Like other journalists based in Washington DC at that time, I was well aware of Clinton’s past womanising. His 1992 presidential campaign had been rocked when Gennifer Flowers, a cabaret singer, claimed to have had a long affair…

3 min
sign of the times

I’ve known a lifetime of protests, from when I went to them as a schoolgirl until today, when there’s just as much to protest about. But how people go about it these days seems more covert and sinister. We were out there with our placards against the Vietnam War, or nuclear testing, or racism in sport. You could see our faces, and the most eloquent of our organisers said what we felt in plain language, short of insults and threats. There were scuffles, certainly, among the young male stags of the movements and jeering bystanders or police, but protesting was a calm business most of the time. People aren’t going to get overheated about schoolkids with banners. About the time when the scuffles began to scare me, I stopped turning up. That was…

6 min
stroke of inspiration

As New Zealand was in the midst of the latest Covid-19 lockdown, para swimmer Tupou Neiufi’s beaming smile after winning a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games brought joy into homes around the country. The 20-year-old had fulfilled her childhood dream and represented New Zealand with pride on the world stage. But Tupou’s competitive spirit and confident smile masked an inner turmoil. For years, the Tongan swimmer had struggled with her identity and mental health due to the trauma of being picked on because of her disability, both as a child and as a teenager. It was only when Tupou stood on top of the podium at the Paralympics in August, after winning the women’s 100m backstroke, that she could fully accept herself and embrace her disability. “I was always scared that…

14 min
‘toni, it’s mum. there’s been an accident’

Edited extract from Lost & Found: My story of heartbreak and hope by Toni Street with Sophie Neville Like many teenage boys, Stephen loved sport and he loved hanging out with his mates. But he was happiest out on the farm with Dad. They were a tight duo. Every day after school he would walk in the door, throw down his schoolbag and head out to see what Dad was up to. Stephen wasn’t particularly academic; he struggled at school, and I know he found that doubly tough because schoolwork came quite easily to Kirsty and me. But he had other skills. He was a courageous little rugby player. He wasn’t big, but he was wily and could outwit his opponents. He was amazing with his hands – skills honed by all those hours…