August date for local screen heroes

Move over Kim and Kanye. New Zealand's own celebrity A-list couple are expecting the pitter-patter of tiny feet again, too.

Film-maker Taika Waititi and his wife Chelsea Winstanley are to be parents again, The Diary can report.

The couple, who live in Auckland, have a 3-year-old daughter, Te Kainga o Te Hinekaahu.

The mother-to-be told The Diary she is six months' pregnant and due in August. The pair are thrilled about becoming parents again, but have chosen not to find out the sex of their second baby. "No, we don't know what we're having," she said excitedly.


Winstanley was named the Women in Film & Television's NZ Mana Wahine recipient at Wairoa's Maori Film Festival on Saturday night.

She was unable to attend - "she is six months' hapu," it was explained - and accepted her award via proxy, making a Skype acceptance speech.

Waititi is an award-winning producer and director of various film and television projects, including What We Do in the Shadows, which currently holds the number one slot on US iTunes in the comedy and horror genre.

The couple have paired up, too, on Maori Television's brilliantly funny satirical news show Brown Eye, which kicked off last month to rival TV3's hit comedy programme 7 Days. Waititi is a producer on the show and Winstanley a writer.

Feeley denies callup to be NZ's top spy

Adam Feeley. Photo / Dean Purcell
Adam Feeley. Photo / Dean Purcell

Rumours are rife that former Serious Fraud Office boss Adam Feeley, who is chief executive of the Queenstown Lakes District Council, is to take over the role of director of the Government Communications Security Bureau, a position filled by Deputy Solicitor-General Una Jagose who is acting caretaker.

But Feeley scotched the talk yesterday. "I am flattered by the rumour mill, but there is no truth whatsoever in this," said Feeley when asked if he was moving to the GCSB.

Ian Fletcher stood down from the role earlier this year and the State Services Commission began advertising for a permanent replacement. Last week, the agency also began searching for an assistant director.

Will Key show Blatter the red card?

FIFA President Sepp Blatter. Photo / AP
FIFA President Sepp Blatter. Photo / AP

Will former Fifa president Sepp Blatter, 79, still make it to New Zealand to attend the U-20 Fifa World Cup semifinal games?


Before the resignation, a rep for NZ Football said Blatter is likely to be here for five days.

"Yes, he is expected. It is part of Fifa protocol that the president appears at a World Cup event," said media manager Steven Upfold.

John Key has so far remained silent on the man who presided over the worst fiasco in Fifa history.

Adams weighs in

Amy Adams. Photo / NZME.
Amy Adams. Photo / NZME.

It was the No 1 global trending subject on Twitter yesterday, and the protagonist set a new world record for reaching 1 million followers in the fastest time (incidentally, four hours and three minutes), but for New Zealand Cabinet minister Amy Adams, the coming out of former Olympian Bruce Jenner as a woman called Caitlyn, was, well, meh.

"Surely I can't be only person in NZ who couldn't care less about Bruce/Caitlin [sic] Jenner. How long until this stops being 'news'?" the broadcasting minister tweeted indignantly.

The Twittersphere wasn't listening. It was the media story of the day, with even Barack Obama weighing in with his support.