Lucy Lawless, best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful television series Xena: Warrior Princess but also a passionate advocate for the environment, was given the opportunity of directing and guiding the tone and content of the newspaper as editor. She chose the theme "A Brighter Day" for her edition. Herald editor Shayne Currie said Lawless was a special New Zealander, respected here and internationally as an actress and advocate for the environment.