Kia ora and welcome to another year of Kiwi Yarns!
I’m so stoked to spend 2022 talking to more wonderful New Zealanders, and the first guest of the year is no exception.
Olivia Shivas is the very talented digital producer at Stuff (although she has JUST taken on a new role which we hear all about) - who late last year took out the ACC Supreme Award at the Attitude Awards.
This was for her brilliant work reshaping how disability is portrayed in the media. Part of this work includes her outstanding podcast, What’s Wrong With You? An open and honest look into living with a disability in a world that’s not designed for you.
Olivia's podcast with co-host Paralympian Rebecca Drubber is available on all major podcast apps.
Enjoy! It's great to be back :)
Today’s guest is Riley Hemson - a wonderful young businesswoman from Wellington who now lives on the Gold Coast and is carving out a huge career as a clothing designer and model for some of the biggest brands in the world.
Riley - or @healthychick101 as she is known to her over 400-thousand followers on Instagram - is someone who has used social media for good.
She's playing a such an important role in making sure the fashion and beauty industry is more inclusive of all types of humans, and it's just bloody awesome to watch.
From Palmerston North City to New York City...
Maia Cotton is only 22-years old but I told her she could easily write a book of all the interesting things that have happened in her life already.
Making the move to New York at 18, her modelling career took off and resulted in her walking in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
Maia's super honest about the good and the bad of modelling, and how it has affected her over the years.
Plus, Maia talks about having just converted to Judaism because her partner Max is Jewish. It's like Sex and the City but in real life!
Emma Twigg personifies a never give up attitude and we all were witness to that when she won Gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
I'm pretty sure most of us cried when she crossed the finish line, because we felt the heartbreak she'd had with a fourth in London and another fourth in Rio. And this time, she'd done what she always knew she could do.
A champion rower with an amazing story about how it all went right on the day.
We're chatting to filmmaker Ollie Lucks, who has just released his doco/fly-on-the wall film There’s No I in Threesome. Ollie also stars in this as it's a true story about him and his fiancée, and their decision to open up their relationship and share their exploration of polyamory in the build up to their wedding.
Polyamory specifically refers to people who have multiple romantic relationships at the same time.
And look this is a spoiler without it really being a spoiler - the relationship doesn’t end well. But by crikey it leaves us with a delightfully interesting, sad and fascinating film.
Available to watch on Neon from 18 November.
Tegan Yorwarth is a bright young radio star who is destined for big things.
She's one third of the brilliant Mai FM Morning Crew and she’s already a wonderful role model for young women - simply through her relatability, her honesty, her presence, not to mention she’s extremely talented.
A lovely chat with a stunning gal!
Today’s guest is a remarkable young man with an incredible story. Abbas Nazari was just seven-years old when he and his family fled the Taliban in Afghanistan - and experienced a journey that would last for months - including being stuck onboard the Tampa. This was the boat that Australia horrifically turned its back on resulting in an international stand off 20 years ago. Abbas and his family were accepted to come to New Zealand to be resettled - and it’s from here this amazing man and his amazing family started a new life…
The Fulbright Scholar has written After The Tampa: From Afghanistan to New Zealand and it's an absolute must-read, along with this absolute must-listen episode!
Available at bookstores throughout NZ.
We're lucky enough to have "Palmerston North's funny girl" with us today!
Enter the hilarious and delightful comedian Laura Daniel - who lights up any screen or stage she graces.
We walk about those first few gigs - including getting heckled by her dad.
And, a really awesome love story between her and her fiancé AND comedian partner Joseph Moore.
Matthew Saville and I recorded our first episode way back in August when he was JUST about to release his first feature length film Juniper.
And, well, we all know what happened in August (Delta came) which meant his release date was postponed.
So we thought we’d catch up again seeing as August feels like ten years ago, to chat about this amazing film I thoroughly enjoyed.
Matthew has worked extensively as a writer, director, and actor across film, theatre, and television.
Amazingly, for his first feature length he managed to secure award-winning actress Charlotte Rampling to travel across the world to play Ruth, the alcoholic Grandmother.
Juniper will be out in cinemas across New Zealand from October 28.
Today’s guest is the extremely talented Makeup Artist Michael Ashton - a Kiwi with skills that are so world class, he’s got a quite a few famous clients.
One of them being Adele. Yes I said Adele. And I think that word on its own says it all really. So, we’ll find out about how THAT eyeliner came to be and whether Michael can help me become friends with Adele too...
I've been hanging out to chat with investigative journalist and documentary maker David Farrier for a while now, so this big long decent yarn, best dissected with a long walk or maybe even a nice drink (or both haha).
From his hilarious TV3 sign off from back in the day, to chasing Mongolian Death Worms, interviewing Colin Craig in the sauna, to now spending a lot of time looking into conspiracy theories - this guy is just so interesting and awesome.
Here's the link to David's Webworm: https://www.webworm.co/
Today’s guest Joe Daymond, a delightful young man who hails from Wainuiomata.
He’s smart, he’s bloody funny and Joe is basically taking on everything - which is awesome to watch unfold.
When he’s not selling out stand up comedy gigs, or featuring on Celebrity Treasure Island, he’s making an amazing show called Bouncers, for Comedy Central and Sky UK. Pretty epic for someone who has only been in the game four years!
WARNING: This episode discusses suicide and mental illness.
It’s an absolute honour to speak to today’s guest - the 2021 Young New Zealander of the Year, Jazz Thornton.
Jazz is a Mental Health activist, a TV and Film director, an author, not to mention a beautiful young woman who puts her heart and soul into everything she does.
She is a shining light of hope in New Zealand, and she shares that light and that hope here and around the world with her own personal story.
Jazz joins me as Mental Health Awareness Week begins here in Aotearoa.
Where to find help and support: Shine (domestic violence) - 0508 744 633Women's Refuge - 0800 733 843 (0800 REFUGE)Need to Talk? - Call or text 1737What's Up - 0800 WHATS UP (0800 942 8787)Lifeline - 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within AucklandYouthline - 0800 376 633, text 234, email firstname.lastname@example.org or online chatSamaritans - 0800 726 666Depression Helpline - 0800 111 757Suicide Crisis Helpline - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Honestly, if you don’t walk away from today’s episode with a cup so full it’s overflowing, I’ll give you your money back (lol).
Seriously though, this young woman is such a beautiful soul, an amazing role model and someone pretty brave to open up and share her story - the good, the bad, the funny and the sad.
Jess Quinn has achieved so much, and can now add book author to her long list of awesomeness.
Still Standing: What I've learnt from a life lived differently is available from 21 September at most bookstores.
We have two guests who are multi-sport legends.
Simone Maier (2x Coast to Coast Longest Day Winner) and Emily Wilson (2019 GODZone winner with Simone) have had their fair share of success in endurance and adventure racing - their mental toughness, grit and determination is very inspiring.
How cool then, that Simone and Emily have decided to pass on all their knowledge and experience to others - particularly women - so they can grow to be better versions of themselves. I am so here for that.
These two are an absolute hoot to chat to. And to find out more about how you can draw some more inspo from them, here's their website: https://www.alevelup.co.nz/
Today’s guest is the remarkable young woman Siobhan Terry, and I think we’ll all have to keep an eye on her as she’s destined for big things.
Siobhan has just featured on the global stage as part of a series called “We The 15”, which is sport’s biggest ever human rights movement to end discrimination. It aims to transform the lives of the world’s 1.2 billion people with disabilities who represent 15% of the global population.
See here: https://www.wethe15.org/
Siobhan is a competitive para swimmer and loves spending her time with younger athletes encouraging them to follow their dreams. SHE IS AMAZING!
Today’s guest is a very special young woman called Lizzie McKay who works at Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand.
Lizzie is about to embark on "Sweatember" which is all about challenging Kiwis to commit to any sweaty activity throughout the month of September to get fit and raise money for New Zealanders living with cystic fibrosis.
Lizzie herself has been living with CF since she was born, she's just celebrated her 30th birthday, and has an epic attitude towards life. A lovely chat with a lovely gal!
To join SWEATEMBER, go here: https://sweatember.org.nz/
To sign the Petition of Carmen Shanks: Publicly fund Trikafta medication for people in New Zealand with Cystic Fibrosis: https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_99952/petition-of-carmen-shanks-publicly-fund-trikafta-medication
Today’s guest is world champion mixed martial artist Michelle Montague.
An amazing story about how she literally discovered MMA on YouTube - and is now traveling the world representing her country!
Michelle grew up on a farm in Matamata, has played rugby since she was four and almost became a police officer.
A really fascinating chat about the strength, discipline and training it takes to be a world champion fighter.
This episode is a bit different. It is still a great New Zealander, there’s no two ways about that. Today’s guest is Dr Nikki Turner, director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre, an academic General Practitioner and an Associate Professor inthe Division of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Auckland. Dr Nikki Turner is here to talk about the COVID Vaccine.
I, like many, have become extremely concerned at the level of misinformation, rumours, lies, hearsay - you catch my drift - about Covid and in particular, around the vaccine rollout. I’m concerned and scared that scientists and experts aren’t being listened to, but your Mum’s cousin’s Aunt on Facebook is, or the Yoga influencer on Instagram has miraculously overnight become more qualified than an epidemiologist.We are, without doubt, in a terribly uncertain and scary time, but that should be all the more reason to listen to the advice of people whose job it is to keep us healthy, keep us safe.I wanted to use my platform in a way that gives you one of these people, gives you the answers, gives you clarity and certainty. God knows that is what we all need right now.
Matt Brown is the man behind the powerful and vital movement, She Is Not Your Rehab. He's just released a book of the same name. Matt openly shares his own experiences of family violence and childhood sexual abuse in the book, but also in public talks and at his world famous barbershop, My Fathers Barbers in Christchurch.
Matt is playing a major role in trying to stop the cycle of domestic violence here in New Zealand. She Is Not Your Rehab is an opportunity for men to break away from their own pain and shame in a safe place.
She Is Not Your Rehab by Matt Brown with Sarah Brown, published by Penguin Random House NZ, is out now.