Real Housewives of Auckland premieres
After months of speculation and rumour, The Real Housewives of Auckland kicks off tonight — and the ladies waste no time making drama.
The first series of the popular international reality TV franchise takes a look inside the lives of six of Auckland's most privileged and pampered women.
Former broadcaster Louise Wallace, with her experience in TV production, is the Housewife who best knows how to play the game. But she is also quick with a joke and tries to keep the group functioning when the feathers fly, as in the very first episode.
"Champagne Lady" Anne Batley Burton describes herself as a party girl. She imports Champagne, makes olive oil and is obsessed with cats. With a big heart and a big wallet, she feeds Parnell's stray moggies.
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Julia Sloane is a businesswoman who says she "likes to look good". She is newly married and has a vineyard in Matakana and an apartment in Parnell.
Angela Stone splits her time between Christchurch and Auckland. A self-described "life stylist", she models, designs clothing, offers styling advice and has written a book. She has strong opinions and she shares them liberally.
Former fashion model Michelle Blanchard lives on an estate in Coatesville and is the only true "housewife" in the group, having stayed home with her children and managed the household. Not one to spare others' feelings, she quickly gets into strife with Angela Stone.
Socialite Gilda Kirkpatrick rounds out the group. A businesswoman who drives a Rolls Royce, dresses in Gucci and wears pointed fingernails, she is a force to be reckoned with.
Tonight, the ladies mix it up at several events, glasses of Champagne in hand. Join us as we live blog the action at 8:30.
* The Real Housewives of Auckland starts tonight at 8.30pm on Bravo and TV3, and continues tomorrow on Bravo at 8.30pm.