Actress Teuila Blakely, 39, has moved on from the high-profile sex tape scandal involving on-again/off-again lover, 23-year-old Warrior Konrad Hurrell. She is dating Tame Tupou, 31, a former professional league star, and has a new online talk show starting this weekend.
Teuila Talks, a six-part weekly talk show on online channel thecoconet.tv, starts on Saturday with Blakely at the helm and panelists including Bernice Mene and Oscar Kightley.
Blakely, who left TV soap Shortland Street in May after four years on set, admits she's always wanted to front her own show.
"Having my own talk show is a life dream of mine," she told The Diary. "I've always wanted to be a young Oprah Winfrey. I don't think there are enough female, ethnic opinion-makers on television, and I aim to change that.
"My show will cater mainly to Pacific Islanders, but the topics will be generic and relevant for a lot of people. There are no scripts and everything is very candid. It's very irreverent and no-holds-barred. In fact, I don't think we've had content like this before."
Each weekly webisode is 10 minutes long.
"We talk about everything, from gay marriage, poverty, sex and interracial relationships to whether New Zealand is a racist country.
"We're really trying to expose prejudices and say it's okay to express your opinion. I think women should give their opinion more, especially Pacific Island women, because our culture can be so conservative at times."
Blakely experienced that first-hand after the fallout from the sex tape, filmed in a car in May. She copped death threats, hate mail, the loss of a commercial sponsorship deal and ostracism from her Samoan community.
She's still exasperated by the turn of events.
"But you know, so much good has come out of that scandal. It was a real turning point for me. For starters, I'm not as nervous talking about delicate subjects now as I may have been. It's dialogue and it's progress."
Another benefit is the new love in her life: former Kiwi Tame Tupou.
They have been friends for years, but Tupou reached out to Blakely after the sex tape furore to show compassion and concern. A relationship blossomed and a woman who had been single for 10 years found herself smitten. She is reluctant to dish too many details. "All I can say is that I'm in love and I'm really happy with Tame," Blakely said.
The couple maintain a long-distance relationship: Teuila in Auckland; Tame in Sydney where he works in project management for a construction company.
He retired from professional league with the West Tigers in 2010 after a persistent knee injury.
Blakely, mother of 22-year-old Jared, is embracing life to the fullest. She has also developed and written a film script for South Pacific Pictures (makers of Shorty St) for a new movie project called Island Girls.
Ruck forms here - All Black star wants us all to get on board
Who knew Blues and All Blacks star Jerome Kaino likes public transport? He often takes the bus to the Takapuna market, and catches the train to visit his mum in Papakura.
Now the 31-year-old rugby star is putting his preference for cheap rides to good use - and money.
Kaino is the new ambassador for Auckland Transport in a campaign called "Get on board with Jerome" launched this week.
How much the rugby player is being paid to endorse public transport around Auckland remains commercially sensitive.
"Jerome is really at ease in front of the camera, he's a natural. He's a good fit because he's a regular user of public transport," said Rob Pitney from Auckland Transport. "He's got a great sense of humour; he's not dry and rugby-like."
The council campaign with Kaino was initiated by Blues management four months ago. Auckland Transport jumped at the chance. Who wouldn't, when a household name is on offer?
Kaino will appear in bus and radio adverts promoting the Hop travel card, specifically targeting south and west Auckland where the card has a lower use.
He also appears in four online videos designed to make public transport cool.
"Jerome lived in Japan for a while and he knows how good public transport can be," said Pitney.
With a rugby ambassador at the helm, will public transport in Auckland become the ride du jour?
5 tweets on SBW's return
1 Craig Robertson @CraigTRobertson
Reports are that Judith Collins, inspired by Sonny Bill Williams, will switch codes and become a journalist. Patrick Gower left sceptical.
2 Terry Thorne @NZTeza
The SBW debate. League get him back after rugby and they celebrate. Rugby get him back after league & they bag him. WTF.
3 Mike Puru @MikePuruNZ
Just hanging with SBW.
4 All Blacks @AllBlacks
I think you are not the only one looking forward to it @SonnyBWilliams! Welcome home! @CountiesRugby.
5 Hayley Holt @theHoltBolt
I just got told off by Sonny Bill, how is your day going? @SonnyBWilliams @thecgwshow