Everyone has a story to tell. In this New Zealand Herald podcast, Olympian Beatrice Faumuina and broadcaster Niva Retimanu talk to well known New Zealanders from all walks of life about the highs and lows of their journey, pivotal moments which have shaped them, and how they have overcome the challenges they have faced.
Buckwheat: 'If you’re gonna do something, do it to the best of your ability'
Drag queen, entertainer and community worker Edward Cowley - better known as Buckwheat - joined Beatrice and Niva on Straight Up to talk about his amazing journey from sneaking into clubs as a teenager to becoming one of the country's top performers. He discussed his journey with his sexuality alongside his family and faith, what it was like performing in the 80s and 90s, and how losing family to cancer changed his perspective on health.
Hollie Smith: 'Music was my catharsis - it was also going to get me out of it'
Singer-songwriter, producer and musician Hollie Smith joined Niva and Beatrice for this week's episode to discuss the highs and lows of her music career. Smith opened up on the complicated relationship she has with her best-known song, Bathe in the River, the legal battle that had a major impact on her international career, and what it was like growing up in a musical family and touring the US.
Toni Street: 'When you have grief like we have in our family, you do cherish things more'
Radio host, TV personality, author and beloved broadcaster Toni Street joins Niva and Beatrice as this week's guest for Straight Up. Street talks about how the loss of three of her siblings impacted her family, the grief she's carried with her since, and what she learnt at the time and in the years since about loss, moving on and what people can do to support their loved ones. She also reflects on her successful career, her love of sports, and reflects on her health battles and her experiences with surrogacy.
Sonny Bill Williams: 'When I grew up, we couldn’t think about thriving - it was all about surviving'
Former All Black, Olympian, league star and boxing champion Sonny Bill Williams joins Niva and Beatrice for the first episode of Straight Up. Here, he reflects on his sporting career and personal life and how they have led him to where he is today - including the drive to succeed to support his family, moving overseas by himself as a teenager, the mistakes he made along the way, and how his faith and family have helped him grow.
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Love listening to you both and your guests!
Niva and Beatrice, thank you. Loving your podcast, genuine and kiwi.
Wow ladies that was fantastic listening to Sonny Bill Williams share his journey . I will highly recommend your pod casts .