Hon Judith Collins is in London this week for the End Sexual Violence in Conflict summit, co-hosted by actress Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague. And she's rubbing shoulders with some highfalutin' folk.
There's been a private brekkie with close chum Lord Michael Ashcroft, a visit to the Crown Court, meetings with Home Secretary Theresa May and Rt Hon Chris Grayling, with whom she signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the sharing of information regarding Family Court reforms.
Judith Collins - literally - rubbing shoulders with Angelina Jolie. Photo / supplied
Attorney General Dominic Grieve wanted his pic with our very own Iron Lady. So too, did Baroness Warsi, who posed up in the Foreign and Commonwealth office.
On Wednesday night there was a private dinner at the prestigious House of Lords with Victims Commissioner Baroness Newlove, which gave Crusher the chance for a squiz.
"Unfortunately we can't take photos in the building but it is incredibly beautiful and I was able to go into the Queen's Robing Room which she uses when she opens Parliament," Collins told The Diary.
She was scheduled to meet Angelina Jolie and had originally joked;
"Not sure about selfies with Angelina, but if I can do so without causing an international incident, then I will," she laughed.
As it turned out, she managed to secure quite the photo coup.
Later, at a private dinner at Lancaster House, Collins, whose table adjoined Pitt's and Jolie's, had a private word with the Hollywood stars.
"I asked Brad if he'd like to make a movie in New Zealand," Collins told The Diary from London this morning.
"He said he would really like to do a motorbike tour of New Zealand. I, of course, said that would be an excellent idea."
Media men turn sexism tables
Male executives at MediaWorks turned green with envy when their female counterparts were treated to a luxury day off work earlier in the year. "We thought it was sexist and we wanted our own day," said one feigning bitterness.
So, group chief executive, Sussan Turner, listening to the blokey bitching, decided to splurge and spoil the chaps and correct the gender imbalance.
Today, 30 of MediaWorks' top male executives across radio and television
will take to the water for a high-speed jet boat trip to Waiheke, followed
by various activities and an obligatory boozy luncheon. It's bromance
Only, the boys' big day out will be cramped, somewhat, with the invasion of
Turner and Wendy Palmer, CEO of MediaWorks Radio, who are tagging along.
"Yeah, the girls are crashing our day," admitted Paul Maher, CEO of
MediaWorks TV. "And we weren't even invited to theirs! Not that I would want
to go on a tour of Remuera homes and gardens, just quietly."