14 Aug

The Kiwi King of Gossip

Presenting David's award is one of Anand's last duties as Governor General

Presenting David's award is one of Anand's last duties as Governor General / Photo: Simon Woolf

There are three important rules behind’s David Hartnell’s success as a gossip king, which have helped earn him an honor from the Queen.

David, who was awarded his New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for service to entertainment, last week, is believed to be the first gossip columnist in the world to be honored by the Queen, And he has the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly—and those three rules—to thank for it.

The Weekly was the first magazine to offer David a permanent gossip column in New Zealand in 1976.

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02 Aug

David Hartnell, Auckland, MNZM

Presenting David's award is one of Anand's last duties as Governor General / Photo: Simon Woolf

For services to entertainment. Mr Hartnell has made a strong contribution to the national and international entertainment industry, most notably as a celebrity columnist. In 1976 he became New Zealand’s first full-time freelance gossip columnist in print, radio and television. Since then he has continued to write columns and host shows both in New Zealand and overseas. His columns have always been presented with professionalism, integrity and credibility. During the 1980s he designed makeup for New Zealand stage productions of Annie, Half a Sixpence, and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’. In 1996 he was one of the three original presenters of Express Report, New Zealand’s first alternative lifestyle television show. In 1998 he was awarded the Variety Artist Club of New Zealand Scroll of Honour for his contribution to New Zealand entertainment. He is also the Patron of the Variety Artist Club of New Zealand.

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly