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NOTHING SET IN STONE: Petra Bagust is going camping with the family this summer.
NOTHING SET IN STONE: Petra Bagust is going camping with the family this summer.

Petra Bagust is going camping with the family this summer, but after that "nothing's set in stone" following the surprise announcement last week that she was quitting TV One programme Breakfast.

She dominates the cover this week of the New Zealand Woman's Weekly, which also talks to Mary Lambie, the former presenter of TV One's Good Morning, about the melanoma operation which left her with a large facial scar.

New Idea has an interview with New Zealand's Got Talent judge Rachel Hunter about losing in love, while Woman's Day turns serious with a story about television presenter Helena McAlpine and the breast cancer that is expected to kill her.

In between the magazines have plenty about Russell Crowe and his disintegrating marriage, a reconciliation between Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart - apparently no longer RPatz and KStew - the Middleton sisters, and a bit of Tom Cruise, of course.

Bagust, 40, who has three children with freelance cameraman husband Hamish, tells the Weekly that the 4am starts on Breakfast were "huge".

"...for our family right now, the cost of my work is too high," she said.

"I'm going camping with the kids for the summer, and I haven't really thought past that point. Nothing's set in stone."

She admitted the criticism she received as Pippa Wetzell's replacement had been difficult, although it was not the reason she left the show.

"It's horrible having anti-Petra stuff on Facebook, to know that people don't like you," Bagust said.

Now it was time for Hamish to have a turn on the career ladder.

"He's been the primary caregiver for the past two years, and I'm looking forward to taking on that role again."

The article about Lambie, 48, includes a picture of the scar - running from her cheekbone almost down to her jaw - where the melanoma was removed.

"I've always thought melanoma would be my thing," she told Woman's Weekly.

"I've got fair skin. I spent my childhood burning then peeling off skin and in my teens coated myself in coconut oil. In my twenties and thirties I thought a tan was a must. Finally in my forties, I wised up and since then I've been having regular skin checks."

As for Hunter, she remains keen on men despite her bad experience with Canadian ice hockey star Jarret Stoll.

She is open to finding love again, New Idea reports, based on a story in British magazine Hello!

"I think it's a matter of just meeting the right person," 43-year-old Hunter said.

"I love men. I think they are amazing."

The cheerful outlook defies a tough 12 months since she was dumped by toyboy Stoll, who is 13 years younger than her.

After Stoll called off their engagement six weeks before the marriage date, Hunter was diagnosed with heart problems myocarditis and pericarditis, then three months later she was stricken with two slipped discs and a twisted nerve, requiring urgent surgery.

McAlpine, 34, is pictured in Woman's Day with best friends Shortland Street star Shavaughn Ruakere and musician Hollie Smith.

From her initial breast cancer diagnosis in 2009, through to discovering earlier this year the cancer had returned and spread to her liver, McAlpine has relied heavily on the strength of the two friends she calls "my rocks".

Now she wants them to help her pass on her legacy to 12-year-old daughter Shannon.

"I need Shannon to hear those stories and get the advice that she needs from her mother," McAlpine said.

"But I might not be there when she drives her first car, has her first boyfriend or picks a career."

What she could do was give her friends who would be there, the advice she wanted to have passed on.

Woman's Day also talks about the tough life star Mila Kunis, 29 - recently voted the sexiest woman alive - had on her way to becoming the partner of Ashton Kutcher, the highest paid star on television.

When she was eight, Kunis left Ukraine with her family to escape anti-Semitism and civil unrest, winning a lottery for a US green card visa.

Without a word of English when she arrived in Los Angeles, Kunis cried every day in school.

Her mother, formerly a physics teacher, got a job unloading boxes in a supermarket, while her father, an engineer, delivered pizzas.

Her humble beginnings are the reasons Kunis remains so grounded, Woman's Day said.

She would "rather be in love and have a baby than have a movie".

"I may have a lot now, but I'm ok if it all goes."