The reincarnation of Hinemoa Elder

Beamed into the nation's lounges with co-host Phil Keoghan on after-school show 3.45 LIVE! and The Bugs Bunny Show, something – or maybe everything – about the young, beautiful, talented mother-of-two was like catnip for gossip columnists and national rags.

When she married Holmes, 15 years her senior, interest intensified. When he left her five years later for journalist Fleur Revell, editors were apoplectic.

Asked about this now, Dr Elder laughs. "Oh, you mean my past? My past lives?"