Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Kiwi Housewives Invade Bravo — Meet The Real Housewives Of Auckland!

Even though we already covered the first season of The Real Housewives of Auckland, we will cover it once again since it's making its US debut. Bravo will air the New Zealand production starting Saturday, July 22 at 12pm/11c, similar time slot to what Bravo did with the first season of The Real Housewives of Melbourne and The Real Housewives of Cheshire.



The Real Housewives of Auckland premieres on Saturday, July 22 at 12/11c. In this new series, you'll meet six fabulous women who love galas, gossip, and glamour just as much as any American Housewife. As the supertease says, Auckland is "where new money meets old, and attitude is everything."

So who are the amazing ladies of Auckland? Anne Batley Burton, aka "Champagne Lady," works in importing Champagne, French wine, wine barrels, and closures into New Zealand and is happily married. Angela Stone is a fashion designer, stylist, lifestyle guru, and mom of three teens. Gilda Kirkpatrick is a divorced mom of two who's a major part of the Auckland social scene. Julia Sloane is an author, businesswoman, athlete, and a former model, who recently remarried. Louise Wallace is a veteran of the world of New Zealand broadcasting who has been married for 33 years and has two children. Michelle Blanchard is a former model who's now married with two kids.

via Bravo TV's Press Release 

The Real Housewives of Auckland gives an exclusive look into the galas, gossip and glamour of this group of luxury-loving ladies as they navigate the social scene of Auckland's elite, all while juggling their husbands, boyfriends, careers and families.

Pedigree and status may grant an automatic invite to the glitziest gatherings in town, but one stiletto out of place could shift anyone on to the blacklist and trigger social suicide. Pecking orders and relationships are at stake when old money meets new-money meets no-money, and these ladies soon realise who will survive the twists and turns, and who will be left in the dust to lick their wounds.

The Real Housewives of Auckland premiered on Bravo NZ in August 2016 and is produced by Matchbox Pictures, NBCUniversal International Studios' production company, which also produces The Real Housewives of Melbourne and The Real Housewives of Sydney.

Meet the Housewives:

Anne Batley Burton, otherwise known as Champagne Lady, has been importing Champagne, French wine, wine barrels and closures into the New Zealand wine industry for the last 20 years. In 2007, the former champion ballroom dancer was made a “Dame de l’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne” - Dame of Champagne. Anne was the first female (and youngest) public company director in New Zealand at Batley Printing. She is also the recipient of the SPCA Assisi Award for her outstanding services to animals. She founded The NZ Cat Foundation to de-sex and care for stray and community cats. Anne and her husband Richard Burton live in Parnell. The couple also owns an olive oil estate in Huapai and a home in France.

Angela Stone is a fun, focused and creative fashion designer, stylist, author, lifestyle guru and mother. She juggles three teenage children and a career that has spanned over two decades: working in the fashion industry as an international model, producing her own wine label, and speaking professionally about fashion and styling. She owns one of New Zealand’s most successful stylist service providers, Angela Stone Consulting, with premises in Christchurch and Auckland.

Gilda Kirkpatrick is known around Auckland as much for being the queen of the social scene as she is for her feisty temperament. Once dubbed the “Princess of Paritai”, Iranian-born Gilda was previously married to Auckland property magnate and richlister James Kirkpatrick. Now divorced, Gilda resides in Paritai Drive’s well-known ‘wedding cake’ house and is a doting mother to her two young boys: Lucan (two-and-a-half years) and Kyan (seven months). Gilda has a bachelor degree in architecture and works as a creative and designer at Rascals - an advertising agency. Last year she made her debut as a children’s book author with The Astarons: Cosmic Guardians, a fun, educational series of sci-fi comic-style books.

Author, businesswoman, athlete and former model, Julia Sloane is a familiar face in upmarket Parnell. When she’s not writing her sixth children’s book or looking after Dunbar (15) and Ella (13), Julia is further developing a successful online database for jobseekers with her brother. Julia recently remarried and her husband is an investment banker who owns an award-winning vineyard in Matakana.

Louise Wallace is a 30-year veteran of New Zealand broadcasting. Perhaps best known to local television viewers as the presenter of flagship current affairs shows, 60 Minutes and 20/20. Louise has also worked as a journalist in radio, print and as a field director for reality television. She has been married to advertising man Scott for 33 years. The couple share a palatial Paritai Drive home and have two adult children, Ashley (24) and Guy (21). A trained actor, Louise founded Tadpole Theatre Productions. She played the lead role in two of Tadpole’s plays as well as appearing in a number of local primetime TV drama series.

Michelle Blanchard is a former fashion model who hails from England but who’s been turning heads on the Auckland social scene for many years. It was while holidaying in New Zealand that she first met her husband of 16 years, David Blanchard, former director of the family company Good Health Products. Michelle and David have two children, Curtis (14) and Christelle (12). Michelle loves fast cars (she drives a Maserati Ghibli) and is a connoisseur of high fashion.

The Real Housewives of Auckland Season 1 premieres on Saturday, July 22 at 12pm/11c only on Bravo

Source/Photo Credit: Bravo

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