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.
This week's guest is an absolute ray of sunshine - a smart, funny and talented young woman who always seems to have her foot on the accelerator. Laura McGoldrick is a Kiwi broadcaster who lights up the airwaves on The Hits radio station, and shines on the screen when hosting international cricket, awards ceremonies, you name it, she can do it.
In the 90s I pretty much watched Angela Bloomfield play Rachel McKenna every night on Shortland Street - she has been an integral part of the show since 1993 and it was extremely interesting hearing how it all started for her, and Ange also shares some pretty big challenges she faced along the way. She's just embarked on a pretty significant career change, becoming a real estate agent. A truly delightful chat with a great woman.
Ben Seymour is a Kiwi entrepreneur based in Sydney who has set up an incredibly successful fitness business. The former professional rugby player spends his time helping others make significant lifestyle changes - making sure people look after their health and wellbeing. Oh yeah - and he does mad crazy long distance things all the time - including the Coast to Coast Longest Day, and the Atacama Crossing, a 250-kilometre running race in the desert in Chile!
Kiwiherb Founder Phil Rasmussen
This episode is brought to you by Kiwiherb, who make the highest quality natural health products for you and your family in New Zealand. It’s Naturopathic Medicine Week here - so my guest is pharmacist, herbalist and international lecturer Phil Rassmussen. He is the founder of New Zealand based company Kiwiherb, which specialises in 100% natural, premium quality herbal health products. A really interesting chat into how we can incorporate natural products into our everyday lives, in a bid to look after ourselves a bit better
Chlöe Swarbrick - the young woman who ran for Mayor of Auckland at age 22, the young woman who at 23, become the youngest MP in New Zealand for over 40 years at the 2017 election. The young woman who is often reminded about how young she is, especially when she’s surrounded by politicians who are well, old (ok ok not all, but heaps are haha). No matter where your vote is going this election, Chlöe is a breath of fresh air in the political world. The energy and drive she throws at the job is pretty epic, and she's a cool person to yarn to as well!
It's Mental Health Awareness Week here in New Zealand so a warning: we will be discussing issues around mental health including suicide. My guest is Bryce Casey - a man who has done a remarkable job in this country at opening up about mental health struggles and by doing so has helped drop the stigma around talking about such a complicated issue. He’s also a very funny, talented broadcaster with a gorgeous family and is armed with some cracking yarns having worked at The Rock radio station for 20 years!
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