Pamela Anderson eyes Kiwi island retreat

BY JONATHAN MARSHALL
Last updated 11:43 27/09/2009

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Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson looks set to become Waiheke Island's first lifeguard - she's planning to buy a house there.

In town for the 9th annual Air New Zealand Fashion Week to launch the "fun, upbeat" clothing label A*Muse, the Malibu Barbie revealed she loved the Kiwi culture so much she plans to buy property here.

Anderson, who dates surfer Jamie Padgett, said: "I have been on the phone tonight to my boyfriend and kids and told them we have to come over here," the 42-year-old former Baywatch actress told Sunday News before flying out yesterday to a party in Brunei hosted by Prince Azin.

"I told him he would love to dive and surf over here. I could really see us being happy spending holidays in New Zealand.

"Buying a place is something I gotta do. Imagine being able to fly here for my holidays with the kids."

Anderson has two sons, Brandon, 13, and Dylan, 11, to her ex-husband Tommy Lee.

The superstar who played lifeguard CJ Parker on the `90s cult Baywatch series said Waiheke was her "first choice" for a Kiwi holiday home but she would research other parts of New Zealand first.

"I'm keeping my options, I will look anywhere."

Anderson was introduced to the Hauraki Gulf island a 30-minute ferry ride from central Auckland when fashion week staff arranged for her to lunch at Waiheke's Stoneyridge vineyard on Friday with New York trash-flash designer and DJ Richie Rich.

Stoneyridge general manager David Jackson said Anderson was raving about Waiheke and told staff how her next-door-neighbour had recently visited the island then gone home suggesting she also visited.

Anderson said New Zealand was very popular among her friends. "Everyone I know wants to come to New Zealand. It has certainly lived up to my expectations."

Anderson said she was impressed by the calibre of Kiwi blokes.

"So far, so good. I have to say I do like the rugby boys."

And she wants to teach Kiwis "how to dress".

"They need more colour. People in New Zealand need to dress more fun," she said.

TV One Breakfast presenter Paul Henry spent time interviewing Anderson with his 16-year-old daughter Bella.

The interview will be screened tomorrow. Henry said Anderson and Rich were "hyped and in a silly mood which was understandable given they had just had their first fashion show".

Henry said Anderson "seemed politically engaged and that impressed me".

"The thing that struck me the most is that as well as wanting to talk about her collection which is why she is here she was quite interested in talking about Obama and the environmental thing which she does seem genuinely interested in," he said.

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