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.