Welcome to Kiwi Yarns - those yarns you have where you sit down, put the kettle on, pour a whiskey or crack open a beer I honestly don‘t mind. Anyway! We‘re sitting down and we’re yarning to some great New Zealanders, their back stories, their front stories, even stories where they went sideways, we will go there. It’s a place where we celebrate the great people of this glorious nation.
Bevan James Eyles
Today’s guest is a brilliantly inspiring man - one guaranteed to always put a smile on your face.
Bevan James Eyles is one of the real OG trainers of Les Mills - sharing his passion and taking packed Christchurch classes since 1999.
He’s also a pretty outstanding triathlete, Ironman and runner.
But he describes his younger self as a "dropkick" and shares a fascinating story of how he changed his life in his early twenties.
We talk about Bevan's new book I Will Make You Passionate About Exercise and I honestly reckon hearing him talk will be the motivation anyone needs to find the love for exercise - in whatever form it comes!
Today’s guest is south Taranaki dairy farmer Kane Brisco.
Kane has just released “Tools for the Top Paddock - Lessons from life on the land” - a book which is pretty open and honest about his upbringing, his struggles with depression, and battles on the farm.
But also, how he’s turned it all into something pretty remarkable. Including Farm Fit - his fitness bootcamp for the rural community.
Kane's learnt some pretty valuable lessons through his struggles, and it's a really bloody insightful chat.
When we talk about the achievements of this person, it’s actually mind-boggling they are 22 - and I don’t say that in a patronising way either.
Shaneel Lal’s relentless passion and dogged determination was monumental in conversion therapy being banned in Aotearoa. They have recently been in the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list for social impact.
And Shaneel leaves no stone unturned when it comes to fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.
Today’s guest is someone who has had an absolutely incredible career as a broadcaster since the 1980s.
And really, there is nothing Kerre Woodham cannot do.
She lights up the airwaves whilst navigating talkback callers on Newstalk ZB, she has written best seller books, run marathons and climbed Mt Kilimanjaro.
More recently, she twinkled-toed beautifully through Dancing with The Stars - she’s also a very dear friend, and has been a mentor to me for a big chunk of my career.
Today’s guest is one of the most ridiculously talented sportswomen in our country and one of the greatest cricketers in the world.
Suzie Bates has been playing top level cricket since 2006 and is just about to represent the country at the Commonwealth Games which is super exciting. Not bad for someone who also represented New Zealand at the Beijing Olympics for Basketball. Suzie is a true sportswoman and a wonderful role model and tells a great yarn.
Today’s guest is one of the coolest multi-sporters in New Zealand in my humble opinion.
Not only because he’s awesome and one of the best in the country, Sam Manson is literally the people’s coach.
If I had a dollar for every hour he puts into coaching others, through Top Sport Kayaking, I’d be loaded. I’m always intrigued as to how he fits in all his training for the Coast to Coast, while he’s helping so many others, so let’s find out!