The Diary
Rachel Glucina looks at the top events and newsmakers of the day.

The Diary: Millie's tattoo tribute to Connor

Millie Elder-Holmes posted her tattoo of Connor Morris on her Instagram and Facebook pages.
Millie Elder-Holmes posted her tattoo of Connor Morris on her Instagram and Facebook pages.

Millie Elder-Holmes is expected to be at the High Court this morning for a hearing for a 33-year-old Massey man charged with murdering her boyfriend, Connor Morris.

The accused has been excused from appearing. She will be supported by friends and family, many of whom will be wearing custom screen-printed T-shirts with Mr Morris' face emblazoned on them.

The T-shirts are a way for those who are not patched members of the Head Hunters gang to band together and show their allegiance.

Millie honoured her boyfriend with a new tattoo last month - an inked portrait of his face on her thigh.

She shared the artwork on Facebook and Instagram, saying she will "treasure it always".

Mr Morris' parents and sister also got tattoos in memory of him. The daughter of late broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes paid tribute to her father by getting a tattoo of him after his death.

Makere ups glamour quotient on Prime TV

Makere Bradnam is considered a hot newcomer to sports television in New Zealand, a star very much on the rise.

The 27-year-old tennis coach is joining forces with ex-snowboarding champion Hayley Holt, working alongside each other and Mark Richardson, Andrew Mulligan and James McOnie on Prime TV's The Crowd Goes Wild.

Bradnam will soon take up an internship on the sports show, and evidently has ambitions far beyond the tennis court.

She is also the face of Random Rugby TV, a web series on footy directed by Marc Weakley, which has Liam Messam and Kieran Reid talking school fashion, Victor Vito appearing in a satirical ad for a weight loss product, and Israel Dagg taking on Richie McCaw in a round of challenges, including juggling, ping pong, bin ball and paper plane flying.

As a presenter, Bradnam is teeming with enthusiasm.

What she lacks in experience - her delivery style is awkward at times - she more than makes up for in passion. Her transition from YouTube to network television will make her a star.

She is a sports enthusiast, something producer Ric Salizzo wants to capitalise on in The Crowd Goes Wild.

"Makere was a top tennis player and is now a professional tennis coach.

"She really understands sport. She approached us for some TV work, and we felt she would fit in on The Crowd Goes Wild.

"She gets sport, has a great sense of humour, looks great, doesn't take herself too seriously and has a real willingness to get on and do it," Salizzo said.

From Shorty to briefs

Shortland Street star Frankie Adams is the New Zealand ambassador for Bonds, joining a slew of high-profile international names, including tennis legend Pat Rafter, Aussie actor Jai Courtney, Elvis' granddaughter Riley Keough and Victoria's Secret model Kelly Gale.

The 20-year-old thespian, who is good friends with Samoan heavyweight boxing champ Joseph Parker, said posing in her undies was "new territory".

Frankie Adams will strut her stuff for underwear maker Bonds.

"I did a little bit of modelling as a kid, so I was familiar with it but nothing to the extent of this. I made a little playlist, so I basically danced in my underwear all day."

Adams shot a short film this year called The Promise of Piha, which will be released next year.

Team NZ honours friend

Yves Carcelle, the former chairman and chief executive of Louis Vuitton, died on Sunday at 66 after being diagnosed with a rare type of kidney cancer last year. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca, and his five children.

Louis Vuitton's Yves Carcelle (right, with Dean Barker) was a longtime supporter and backer of the America's Cup.

A longtime supporter and backer of the America's Cup, and an Honorary Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Carcelle's passing has been felt deeply by Team New Zealand, the chief operating officer told The Diary yesterday.

"Yves was a good friend of both Emirates Team NZ and New Zealand. As chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton from 1990-2012, he made a major contribution to the cup and played a major role in the success of the America's Cup regattas in Auckland in 2000 and 2003," Kevin Shoebridge said. "He continued his association with the team through 2007 and 2013 and was the driving force behind the two Louis Vuitton regattas held in Auckland. His presence will be missed by everyone involved in the wider America's Cup."

- NZ Herald

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