Who said real men don't wear pink? All Black Dan Carter celebrated the New Year by embracing his feminine side and wearing a pink-striped onesie jumpsuit while clay bird shooting on a family holiday in the Marlborough Sounds.
The rugby star says he "lost a bet and had to wear the hideous pink onesie". But he was happy to share the joke with social media fans.
Carter, his wife Honor and their son Marco have been holidaying with family in the Sounds, where they've been sipping rose wine on board a boat and plunging into the cool water of Rose Bay with dive bombs.
Wearing baby blue togs emblazoned with tiny turtles, Carter and his, er, derriere proved popular online sights.
First kid Max Key spurned the annual Key family New Year's Eve celebration in Hawaii in favour of hanging out with teenage pals in Gisborne at the Rhythm and Vines festival. But he flew out yesterday to join his parents and big sister Stephie and her friend.
The Prime Minister owns a $5.6 million townhouse on the southern side of Maui and he told the Summer Diary that festivities this year were low-key.
"To be honest, it was a very pleasant New Year's Eve. We had a quiet meal of baby back ribs and a glass of champagne, and then watched the fireworks."
Sir Douglas Myers, who has terminal cancer, celebrated the three-day wedding of his only son Campbell, a Cambridge graduate, to his American fiancée Audrey Smith at Kauri Cliffs on Monday.
The following night, Myers hosted a New Year's Eve bash in the woolshed at his Matauri Bay property where Dave Dobbyn performed until the wee small hours entertaining wedding guests, including David Richwhite, Graham Wall and Murray Thom.
It was nuptials, too, for Samantha Hayes who spent her New Year's at a childhood friend's wedding in the tiny South Island town of Lawrence (population: 474).
Auckland artist Scrap Wall proposed to his fashion model girlfriend Lily Montana in Sydney on New Year's Eve.
Sir Peter Leitch and Sir Graham Henry took their bromance to Waiheke Island where the old friends have been spotted kayaking around the bays.
"The two knights have been having a ball," said the Mad Butcher who hosted a New Year's Eve barbecue at his Oneroa beachfront house.
No surprise, it was a feast fit for a meat lover.
10 questions this week
1. Is Rodney Hide selling his Wellington property and relocating to Auckland? Epsom, perhaps? Twitter tongues are wagging that the follicly-challenged former MP is selling up and eyeing a new home. Hints are heavy that Hide is circling the Act party leadership wagon, again.
2. Will new dad Marcus Lush get the hang of taking selfies with newborn son Tracker?
3. Hayley Westenra secretly married last weekend but didn't tell fans for fear of breaching her pricey Woman's Day deal (estimated to be around $40,000). Millionaire All Black Israel Dagg shared his engagement story in the tabloid too, in exchange for a hefty cheque. He was snapped riding a white stallion and walking hand-in-hand with fiancée Daisy along a white sandy beach. So stereotypical. Why are celebrity stories cheesier than a Manchego factory?
4. Which man about Auckland went to Bunnings yesterday and complained he spent "just $3" because his wife was with him? "An all-time low," he scoffed. That'd be handyman Councillor Dick Quax.
5. Which "girl power" MP sat enthralled watching American tennis superstar Venus Williams courtside at the ASB Classic on Wednesday? That'd be Judith Collins.
6. No matter how dull, will Mike Hosking still insist his holiday was perfect?
7. Who isn't playing backyard summer cricket and calling themselves "Corey" or "Jesse"?
8. How does man of God Bishop Brian Tamaki reconcile the killing of God's creatures? He posted snaps of himself yesterday hunting boar.
9. Which cheeky high-profile politico said Mayor Len Brown should have received an honourable mention in the New Year Honours List for "services to the Chinese community"?
10. What happens if celebrity sprog Jaime Ridge gets a gift from a PR company and doesn't plug it on Instagram? A New Year's resolution, we hope.