Fleeting TV3 gig looks unlikely to be repeated as mag lines up baby story

Has Anna Guy named her newborn daughter Ruby? We can expect to see the revelation in an upcoming paid-for woman's magazine story. However, she will not be sharing the news on 3rd Degree.

TV3's current affairs show won't commit to working with Guy again, they told The Diary this week.

Producers hired the Feilding mum last year to produce three autobiographical reports for an undisclosed fee. She did only two.

A rep for TV3 says they are under no obligation to fulfil the agreement. "Certainly there's no pressure to bring her back. She would need to have a story that could stand on its own merits."


But it is unlikely there is one. Baby #5 is not appropriate, TV3 says.

However, an insider on the show told The Diary late last year there was a feeling of resentment after Guy chose to break the news of her pregnancy in a magazine deal, opting not to use the current affairs show as the vehicle. All deals were off.

TV3 denies this.

Guy did not respond to The Diary's request for comment.

Her foray into television current affairs has been short-lived. But one wonders what producers expected when hiring her in the first place.

They promised to cover the changes in her life. Besides the notoriety of being the ex-wife of Ewen Macdonald, which Guy has talked about at length, she has had another child (she has four to Ewan and one to partner Brent Jameson) and moved to Auckland. This is deemed more tabloid mag fodder.

Guy's relevance flame appears to have extinguished for TV3.

"I haven't thought about her," said executive producer Terence Taylor yesterday, which seemingly summed up the sentiment perfectly.

Trouble for Tory tots

It's that time of the year again when the Tory tots get together and let their hair down. The Prime Minister will be the guest of honour at the $110-a-plate Young Nats Ball tomorrow night at Auckland's Rendezvous Hotel, opposite the central police station. Paula Bennett will play MC and there will be a host of Nat MPs on hand, including Judith Collins, Chris Finlayson, Nikki Kaye, Sam Lotu-liga, Maggie Barry, Jami-Lee Ross, Tau Henare, Joanne Hayes, Paul Foster-Bell, Simon O'Connor and Alfred Ngaro.

But trouble is brewing ... if the Auckland Action Against Poverty (AAAP) group gets its way.

They are hosting a "Block Party" in protest outside the venue to try to mar the event, and they have taken to Facebook to rally the troops.

"We're hosting an alternative party for those left out in the cold by National's war on the poor," AAAP wrote. "Let's remind the Nats their champagne celebrations will not go unchallenged while so many of us are pushed further into poverty as a result of their policies."

They're serving free soup and bread to protesters. Naturally.

And there will be performances by electronic producer Totems (aka Reuben Winter) and indie rock band Street Chant, who promise "a National Party themed set".

No doubt covers by Morrissey and Billy Bragg, and, of course, that alternative national anthem by Blam Blam Blam on social upheaval in New Zealand, when Muldoon was in power and protesting rife.

Young Nats president Sean Topham says bring it on. "They're just a rent-a-crowd and they won't ruin our night."

Questions of the week

1. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge jet into the capital with Prince George on Monday, but where are they spending their first two nights? It's a closely guarded secret. Even the Governor-General hasn't been loose-lipped about it. The private residence is away from prying eyes and paparazzi lenses.

2. Which political candidate running in this year's election believed the chef de mission in the New Zealand Olympic team was actually the cook? Seriously.

3. Did sailing millionaire Grant Dalton pay $100,000 for a pony for his daughter, Olivia, an accomplished equestrian? "Categorically no," he told The Diary, adding: "That's a mighty expensive horse." Jamie MacKay, host of the ZB Farming Show, said on air it was the gossip at the Horse of the Year show in Hastings last week.

4. Which two senior MPs are dancing the horizontal tango together in Wellington?

5. Has television journalist Kate Lynch (formerly TV3, then TVNZ) gone to the dark side of PR? That's a yes. She joins the New Zealand Racing Board next week as media manager.

6. Will John Key be visiting the White House before the election? "I'm hopeful, but it's not confirmed," he told The Diary yesterday. He last went in 2011. "I've obviously seen Obama a lot between then and now, but a visit once a term feels about right to me."

7. You can take the girl out of Glenfield, but can you take Glenfield out of Rachel Hunter? The former model and international glamazon had a pit stop at a public toilet to, er, blow-dry her hair. The 44-year-old blonde, clearly with no diva pretensions, shared the pic with social media followers.

Changing sides

TV3 new recruit Lisa Owen takes the reins of political current affairs show The Nation tomorrow alongside political editor Paddy Gower. Owen, who is a personal friend of deputy news boss Richard Sutherland, is another high-ranking defector from One News. She started at TV3 this week. However, her partner, One News reporter Paul Hobbs, remains at TVNZ ... for now, at least.