American pop superstar Justin Timberlake quietly slipped into Auckland last night aboard a private plane from Perth, Australia. His wife, Hollywood actress Jessica Biel, was with him, as well a large security entourage.
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Timberlake takes to the stage tomorrow night at Vector Arena for the first of three concerts, but the question is, will he wear his personalised All Black jersey?
The Sexy Back singer and his wife will be given All Black jerseys with their names on the back as a present from his music label Sony tomorrow.
But a round of golf is likely to be on the cards before the gigs. The pop star is an avid fan of the game.
Kauri Cliffs golf resort was not saying whether the Grammy winner would be returning for another 18 holes.
The 33-year-old - who bought the Mirimichi golf course in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, and plays off a six handicap - had a few rounds at the exclusive course when he was last in New Zealand on tour, in 2007.
A helicopter was on standby to whisk him from his Auckland digs at SkyCity Grand to Northland.
Prime Minister John Key and his son Max, who count President Barack Obama as a golfing buddy, have expressed an interest in a round with the pop star, but juggling schedules may prove difficult, Key told The Diary.
Golf would be just what Timberlake needs to unwind as he is nears the end of the year-long 20/20 Experience World Tour that started in New York last November and is expected to close in Atlanta in December.
He has just completed the Australian leg, during which his wife played tourist, doing the famous Bondi Beach-to-Bronte Beach walk with a friend.
Rumours are abuzz that the 32-year-old actress and 7th Heavan star is pregnant and paparazzi shots in Sydney show her with a definite bump.
Perhaps that's why Timberlake took in a screening of the new animated children's flick Planes: Fire & Rescue at Adelaide's Hoyts cinema with an entourage of about 12 people, including a van full of security guards.
Timberlake's burly private detail went to extreme lengths in Oz, as the pop star tried to stay incognito, ducking and diving to avoid the trailing paparazzi.
Home help from abroad
The host of the British home renovation show Grand Designs, design expert Kevin McCloud, is visiting New Zealand this month for a one-off, invitation-only engagement hosted by ANZ bank, and The Diary has been invited.
The private event, on October 22 at Auckland's ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, will give bank customers and friends the chance to hear stories from behind-the-scenes on the popular TV show, and get some DIY tips on renovating and sustainable housing.
His residential housing development company, HAB Housing, develops housing projects in Britain using materials and products that have low environmental impact.
He says he is addressing the British housing problem ... but can he address ours?
The financial institution is bringing the designer and TV presenter to New Zealand to help inspire Kiwis to achieve their own grand designs, ANZ chief executive David Hisco said.
But home ownership, once part of the Kiwi dream, is unaffordable for much of New Zealand's working poor and struggling middle classes. Record high house prices, especially in Auckland, are locking people out of their dream.
This week, Bill English blamed local government for the cost of housing, but let's face it, that's too simplistic.
Celebs play sell, sell, sell
Local celebs will have to get their best sales pitch on when they take part in a charity challenge on the Television Shopping Network (TVSN) on October 29 to raise money for Starship.
The Celebrity Challenge will pit famous faces, and their sales abilities, against each other to see who can outflog and outwit in the name of charity.
Organisers are reluctant to reveal yet which local stars have signed up.
But Sky and Prime TV faces Eric Young, Melodie Robinson, Hayley Holt, Mark Richardson and Charlotte Bellis are sure to be contenders.
They will have only 30 minutes to familiarise themselves with their product before going live to air in an unscripted segment, and TVSN will be hoping for a TV ratings winner.
Alan Gibbs' quadski tops Xmas list
Like online shopping and got a spare US$100,000 to splurge for the holidays?
American luxury department store Neiman Marcus released its annual Christmas Book this week, and Kiwi rich-lister Alan Gibbs' Vilebrequin Quadskis tops the list of the 10 best luxury items to buy.
Niemans says the Quadski, hailed as the world's best high-speed amphibians, and priced at US$50,000 each, is a fantasy gift must-have.
The company will donate a portion of the money from sales to its foundation supporting youth arts education. That would suit Gibbs, founder of the multi-national Gibbs Amphibians, who is an art collector and patron of the Gibbs sculpture farm in Kaipara.