Gossip mags show united front
In a rare display of editorial originality, Kate Middleton graces the covers of New Idea, Woman's Day and the New Zealand Woman's Weekly this week.
Naturally, details of Prince George's first birthday were of foremost importance, accompanied in New Idea by a somewhat alarming age-progression image of what the "feisty, frolicking little prince" might look like aged 18.
Photos of George and his parents staring wistfully at butterflies were followed in New Idea by details of the Duchess of Cambridge's ironclad bond with sister Pippa.
The mag also gave details of a rumoured third baby for Australasian power couple actress Nicole Kidman and singer Keith Urban, who recently celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary.
Woman's Day took a slightly fresher royal angle, reporting the Duchess of Cambridge would meet the reigning queen of Hollywood, Angelina Jolie, at Malta's 50th Independence Day celebrations in September.
The duchess was relegated to an inset on the cover of the New Zealand Women's Weekly, with broadcaster Hilary Barry taking out the prime spot with her "family secret" - an ominous, wartime scar on her grandfather's leg.
Also in the mag, Labour leader David Cunliffe and his 90-year-old mother, Barbara, gave a heartwarming, whitebait fritter-laden interview at her Timaru home.
Clad in a yellow turtleneck, Mrs Cunliffe said she knew her son was destined for greatness when she observed him perform in a school operetta as a 9-year-old.
"He was the lead and he had to deliver all of his lines in a musical rhythm," she said. "Indeed, the play was so successful they had to do it for a second night. From that point on, I became known as 'David Cunliffe's mother'."
The Mana Party's newest candidate, former Labour MP Georgina Beyer, gave an exclusive interview to Woman's Day.
The "trailblazing transsexual" recounted her current battle with kidney disease, which involves four-times-daily dialysis, and said her decision to stand for Mana wasn't hard.
"I got a phone call last Tuesday from Hone's assistant saying, 'Look, we would love you to run'," she said. "I thought about it overnight ... and I wasn't going to let my health situation get me down."