TV & Radio
Television presenter Alison Mau has spoken out for the first time about her relationship with a woman, confirming she is bisexual.
The TVNZ newsreader and Fair Go host introduced her new partner, dance instructor Karleen Edmonds, to a crowd at the Queen of the Whole Universe drag pageant in Auckland on Saturday night.
Just before announcing the contest winner, Mau told the audience there was "no room in my life for bigotry of any kind and I am proud to be standing amongst the community," GayNZ.com reported.
The website said Mau then acknowledged Edmonds, who was at her side throughout the evening, introducing her to the audience by saying she was looking "incredibly hot".
When asked by GayNZ.com if she actually meant "our community", Mau said "Yes... I'm bisexual."
"I have fallen in love with a wonderful woman and it was just so unexpected," she said.
Mau has been under the spotlight this year since her split with former husband and fellow news anchor Simon Dallow.
After photos of her with Edmonds appeared in a number of magazines, Mau had a public outburst on TVNZ's Breakfast show.
Mau said she had been stalked by a paparazzi photographer hired by Woman's Day for a month, a claim the magazine's editor Sarah Henry later denied.
Until Saturday Mau had refused to discuss the matter publicly.
"I haven't wanted to talk about it, it's been a difficult time and the speculation has caused me grief," she told GayNZ.com.
"And I had to bear in mind the effect this would have on my new partner and my children and ex-husband."