TV exec's Facebook 'hacked'
When The Diary announced this week that Gilda Kirkpatrick is expecting a baby, hundreds of people took to the socialite's Facebook page to post public comments - apparently even TVNZ executive Andrew Shaw.
A nasty and vitriolic message allegedly from Shaw posted on Kirkpatrick's page read: "Gives boring a new headline, have your kid and bugger off."
But the television veteran, who is known for his acerbic tongue, told The Diary the vile message posted from his page was a fake.
"I've never met her. I didn't write that. I think I was hacked," Shaw said.
"I only use Facebook to keep an eye on my son and write about motorcycles and rugby, not that I'm an expert on that."
He's now changed his Facebook security settings, but Shaw said he was at a loss to explain how his page could have been hacked. He blames the Telecom Xtra fracas this week and says others have complained about unusual emails from him.
"I sent everyone a link to a page about being a housewife at home, but I know even less about that," he laughed.
Multi-millionaire's winning flutter
International polo player Ignatius Du Plessis may make hearts flutter in his native South Africa, but he was no match for high-flying financier Eric Watson and his strapping teenage son Sam, who brought a dose of glamour to the Barfoot & Thompson Twilight Summer Series at Ellerslie Racecourse on Wednesday.
Watson told The Diary he was very excited to watch Albany Reunion, a horse he co-owns with friend Tim Connell, streak home first. His excitement may also have been due to the significant winnings he's purported to have taken home, though Watson was unwilling to divulge any details.
Sporting specs and hair that is more salt than pepper these days, Watson looked somewhat more aged than his robust, rugby-playing son Sam, who friends say is no slouch on the polo field either.
The Warriors co-owner, who is penning a column for the Herald on Sunday, was joined on the Champagne Lawn by Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah and new coach Matthew Elliott.
Watson told The Diary he is briefly back in Auckland with his family "to see Sam's grandmother who is in hospital". He is also accompanied by his partner Lisa and their two sons Leon and Lucas.
Ellerslie Racecourse has partnered with Auckland Polo in a relationship that includes hosting four polo players, Du Plessis being one. He took to the field on Wednesday night, ahead of next week's NZ Polo Open.
Shearer's public grovel
Some like to say it with flowers, others with sparkly gems (diamonds, not cubic zirconia), but Labour leader David Shearer celebrated Valentine's Day yesterday with a very public grovel - on Twitter. How unromantic.
The Labour luvvie bizarrely took to the public micro-blogging site to make a very personal apology to his long-suffering wife, Anuschka Meyer.
"Happy Valentine's Day Nush. Sorry I can't be there - again! Thanks for your love and patience, as always!"
Shearer wrote in an open tweet for his 5315 followers to read. Meyer does not appear to be on Twitter.
If it was an attempt to score brownie points with the missus and the masses, Shearer's got a long way to go to catch up to arch nemesis John "Romeo" Key.
The Prime Minister, who last month shared sweet nothings with wife Bronagh on an excursion to Antarctica, told The Diary he sent long-stemmed red roses and coffee to his beloved yesterday. As far as sweetheart souvenirs go, we take roses over regret any day.
Cooper brings back bow
It's not her first foray into interiors, but this time Trelise Cooper hopes her homeware range of bedspreads, cushions and bedside tables with budget clothing company EziBuy will be a sweet dreams success.
Four years ago Cooper released a range of fabrics in conjunction with textile company Charles Parsons Ltd but that relationship ended.
"We still have stock, but we won't be releasing any new products with Trelise because we found there was a shift in the market from high end to more affordable looks," a rep for the company told The Diary.
Cooper told the Herald she's happy with the EziBuy association and views it as a good fit with her high-end fashion brand. Her collection of homeware will be sold in EziBuy stores across Australasia and on their website.
Bedspread designs include oversized blooms, towering statues and old-fashioned tapestry-style florals that bring to mind grandma's couch without the plastic.
Cooper, as decor designer, has turned to nostalgia for the bedroom. Romanticism is how she rolls.
Additional items in the range include antique-style (and I use that term loosely) furniture, cushions bearing cherubic motifs, ornate Christian crosses and artificial roses.
There's also a white duvet set with a giant bow design.
It's eerily reminiscent of the controversial red ribbon bow jumper Cooper sent down her runway in 2009 that was virtually identical to one London designer Markus Lupfer had created earlier for British chain Topshop.
A rep for EziBuy says the company retains ownership of all the designs.