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When Women’s Weekly Was Wonderfully Well-done!



It’s easy to look down on women’s magazines. Compared to “Time“, “The Listener“, “National Geographic“, “International Train Spotters Guide“, et al,  women’s magazines tend not to be held in terribly high regard.

After endless stories on Brad & Angelina; Kate & William; All Black X and wife/girlfriend X; some local celebrity or Hollywood star’s personal crisis; latest recipes/latest diets;  etc, etc,  etc, it’s easy to overlook these magazines as the “McDonalds” of the literary world…

But every so often, sitting on the shelf at your local supermarket, is a lovely surprise that is not only refreshing – but positively uplifting.

I refer to the January 16 edition of the “New Zealand Woman’s Weekly“,



A cover story featuring the marriage of a male gay couple?!


I bought it immediatly to show my household and we were all blown away by the richness and beauty of the story.

We were thoroughly impressed that “Woman’s Weekly” took a risk at putting a non-heterosexual couple’s wedding on the cover.

They’ll probably get a few brickbats from some individuals who feel threatened   – but I think most folk will see the nature of the story and value it for what it is.

Congratulations “Woman’s Weekly“, on a great story, and on your courage. Your magazine has  set a memorable milestone in journalism.  (And maybe, I’ll learn not to be quite so smug about women’s magazines.)

Oh, and congrats to Tamati and Tim. We wish them a long and loving future together. All the best to you both!




  1. Freda
    20 January 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. New Zealand Womans Weekly.has shown the way and blown me away! Oh and congratulations to the newly weds!

  2. Sam
    21 January 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Woman’s Weekly proves to be the only worthwhile weekly title week in and week out. They’re depth of stories and wonderful tales of people we actually want to hear about are great, who cares about Kim Kardashian?

    LOVE the Woman’s Weekly for truly understanding NZ and showing what real kiwi culture is like now! #equalrightsforall!!!

    • 23 February 2012 at 12:54 am

      I never could figure out what the Kardashians are actually famous for…?! (One day, if I’m utterly bored, I might google them. Perhaps. Maybe. Probably not.)

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