Real Housewives of Auckland revealed
Mediaworks has finally confirmed a long-rumoured local version of reality TV franchise The Real Housewives, announcing the line-up for their New Zealand version.
Among the six women involved are prominent socialite Gilda Kirkpatrick and former broadcaster Louise Wallace.
The show will be the first progamme from the new joint venture between Mediaworks and US television giant NBCUniversal and will be a flagship for their new female-focused channel Bravo, which replaces FOUR in July.
READ MORE: Real Housewives is happening
Australian production house Matchbox Pictures - who developed the Melbourne version of the franchise - have been confirmed as making the show, which will premiere in August.
The Housewives were paraded at the official launch of Bravo at an Auckland bar on Tuesday night, with original Real Housewives of New York cast member Ramona Singer on hand for the unveiling.
Producers have jealously guarded the identities of the women until now, although most of the names have been rumoured for some time. Among those to turn down their advances was author and property investor Nicolette Connors. Angela Stone earlier broke ranks to admit she had been cast.
The six women are:
* Fashion designer, author and 'lifestyle guru' Angela Stone, who has a styling company and a wine label.
* Champagne importer and animal advocate Ann Batley-Burton
* Gilda Kirkpatrick, society queen, PR consultant and ex-wife of property tycoon Jimmy Kirkpatrick
* Author, businesswoman, ex-model and athlete Julia Sloane
* Former broadcaster and actor Louise Wallace
* English-born former fashion model Michelle Blanchard
Mediaworks are selling the show as "an exclusive look into the glamorous galas, scintillating scandals, and enormous egos of this group of luxury-loving ladies as they navigate the social scene of the city's elite, all while juggling their husbands, boyfriends, careers and families."