Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Kiwis made Good in Oz File - Richard Wilkins

Simon Orme writes from Sydney

From the Kiwis made Good in Oz File: Richard Wilkins

Richard Wilkins is a role model for heterosexual, kiwi males in Australia who are no longer in their ‘20s.

Wilkins is an unknown in NZ. He did a stint at Massey university in the late ‘70s, and I gather an Auckland radio station, before moving here sometime in the ‘80s to try his luck as a singer. According to the gossip magazines, he has some children in NZ from an earlier relationship.

But Wilkins is media royalty here, working for the Packer clan’s Nine Network, where he specialises in interviewing visiting stars and attending glamorous parties.

Wilkins is a regular feature in the gossip mags because he also specialises in high profile romances.

This proves the enormous pulling power of A List party invites in Sydney. Plus I’m sure Richard has those Kiwi charm genes.

Notable romances have been with Tottie Goldsmith, voluptuous presenter of the TV series “Sex”, of a few years back, and Brooke Shields (some time ago).

Wilkins’ fame was further enhanced last weekend by a racing car battle with Strictly Ballroom’s Paul Mercurio in the celebrity race from the Melbourne Grand Prix.

Wilkins was the hot favourite going into the race. That hooning down the Foxton straight and through the Manawatu gorge all those years ago paid off.

But on the day, Mercurio’s dance skills - heel and toe on the brake and accelerator - and past life as a motor bike racer, paid off. By mid-race, Mercurio was in the lead.

Near the end, Wilkins made his move, and he and Mercurio raced down the straight at 180kms neck-and-neck in identical BMW roadsters, before Wilkins flew off the track at the bend into the kitty litter. He gunned his beemer out of the kitty litter and on the way back on to the track just missed T boning into Mercurio’s car.

After being four back, Wilkins managed to recover to end up second and is said to have been romancing a hot new babe the rest of the day.

A dude indeed.

© Copyright: Simon Orme 2000
Feedback to simonorme@hotmail.com


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Binoy Kampmark: Vague Alternatives And G7 Summitry: The Build Back Better World Initiative

Summits often feature grand statements and needless fripperies. In Cornwall, the leaders of the G7 countries were trying to position and promote their relevance as the vanguard of democratic good sense and values... More>>


Suicidal Games: Tokyo’s Coronavirus Olympics

A pandemic crisis. A state of emergency. Overwhelming public opinion bristling with alarm. Notwithstanding these factors, Tokyo is still on track to host the Olympics that was cancelled last year in response to the global pandemic. The first sports team – Australia’s softball crew – has touched down. Is all this folly, bravery or self-interest?.. More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Burned By The Diana Cult: The Fall Of Martin Bashir

The interview was infamous, made his name and was bound to enrage. It also received a viewing audience of 23 million people who heard a saucy tale of adultery, plots in the palace, and stories of physical and mental illness. But the tarring and feathering of Martin Bashir for his 1995 Panorama programme featuring Princess Diana was always more than the scruples of a journalist and his interviewing methods... More>>


How It All Went Wrong: The Global Response To COVID-19

The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response was never likely to hand down a rosy report with gobbets of praise. Organised by the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last May, the panel’s gloomy assessment was grim: the COVID-19 pandemic could have been avoided... More>>



The Conversation: Is Natural Gas Really Cheaper Than Renewable Electricity?

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change... More>>

Keith Rankin: The New Zealand Government’s 'Public Finance Rabbithole'

Last week, out of left field, the government placed a three-year embargo on normal public sector wage bargaining, essentially a salary freeze. While there has been a certain amount of backtracking since, it is clear that the government has been ... More>>