Kiwi Yarns
Oriini Kaipara

Oriini Kaipara

April 4, 2022

Today’s guest is Newshub presenter and journalist Oriini Kaipara, of Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Rangitihi descent.

Oriini is an award winning, bilingual journalist and is committed to the revitalisation of Te Reo and Māori customs and values - a passionate wahine toa I’m really honoured to chat to.

Emma Ferris

Emma Ferris

March 28, 2022

Today’s guest is physiotherapist and breath coach Emma Ferris - owner of The Breath Effect.

We have a fascinating chat about how important it is to look after our breathing - you can bet your bottom dollar I was focused on it this entire episode!

Emma is also a woman you may have heard of for her own podcast, Conning the Con. It tells the story of how she experienced her very own Tinder Swindler.

We discuss how conman Andrew Tonks Thomson ripped her off - and the remarkable way she got a good chunk of her money back.

Emma is an amazing woman!


Casie Bowry

Casie Bowry

March 21, 2022

Today’s guest is a very very dear friend of mine, Casie Bowry. We grew up doing surf life saving together, our Mums grew up doing surf life saving together - we've been friends a very long time.

Casie was a top water polo player representing New Zealand for many years, and was fast becoming a very well respected police officer. In 2018, life was ticking along nicely.

But in March of that same year Casie fell very ill, and was diagnosed with an extremely rare autoimmune disease, NMNDA Encephalitis. Essentially, her body was attacking her brain.

Casie was in hospital for over two years - including one whole year in ICU.

I, at times, did not think she would survive. And even when I thought she just might, I didn't think she would ever get her life back. She was so sick.

But Casie was so tough and so strong, and through determination and grit she made a extraordinary recovery. Her story is astonishing.

Dr Stacy Sims

Dr Stacy Sims

March 14, 2022

Today’s guest is exercise physiologist, nutrition scientist, author and former triathlete Dr Stacy Sims.

Dr Sims is constantly looking to revolutionize exercise nutrition and performance for women.

She has directed research programs at Stanford, AUT University, and the University of Waikato, focusing on female athlete health and performance and pushing the dogma to improve research on all women.

She so rightly points out that "Women are not small men. Stop eating and training like one."

Incredibly insightful! 

William Trubridge

William Trubridge

March 7, 2022

We’re going to go deep with this week's guest (ok ok bad dad joke) who I’ve always been absolutely fascinated in watching.

William Trubridge has been repping Aotearoa as a world champion free diver with a massive 18 freediving world records since 2007.

Such a fascinating conversation about how William does what many of us can't quite get our heads around, or breaths for that matter!

Sulu Fitzpatrick

Sulu Fitzpatrick

February 28, 2022

Today’s guest is Silver Fern number 149 Sulu Fitzpatrick.

Sulu had an absolutely stonking 2021 with the national side and led the Mystics to an historic maiden ANZ Premiership title, AND took out the Dame Lois Muir Supreme Award - unreal stuff!

Sulu chats with me about how important her family and support network has been over the years, and how sport has helped her be proud of who she is. It hasn't always been easy but we discuss how she's got to a happy place today.

A lovely yarn with a beautiful young woman.

Matt Chisholm

Matt Chisholm

February 21, 2022

Today’s guest is an old work colleague of a father of three, published author, public speaker and of course, Central Otago farmer.

Matt Chisholm and I had the pleasure of being TV reporters on the new look “Seven Sharp” back when it started in 2013 and it would be the same year it, and all of those involved copped an absolute flogging…ah the memories!

A lot has changed for Matt since then and what’s actually been quite amazing to watch from the sidelines is how openly he has shared his mental health struggles in such a public space and in doing so, helped a great deal of people along the way.

WARNING: this episode includes discussions around suicide.

Where to get help
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Supporting Families in Mental Illness 0800 732 825 Web chat, email chat or free text 5626
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Dave Letele

Dave Letele

February 14, 2022

In his own words, Dave Letele's story is "from rags to riches, back to rags, and hopefully back to riches, but riches for me means different things now, it's not just about money."

The man who can comfortably sit in a board room, deal with the Government but also go to a gang pad is making massive changes to people's lives through Buttabean Motivation, or BBM. 

BBM has become a hugely important organisation by helping better the lives of those that society has left behind, to give them a push-start to get back on track.

The work Dave and his crew do is absolutely remarkable, and so is his story.


Robin Judkins

Robin Judkins

February 7, 2022

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the iconic Coast to Coast, it would be rude not to get the man behind it on for a cracking yarn.

Robin Judkins set the first 79 athletes away on Kumara Beach back in 1983 and since then there's been over 20-thousand athletes from all over the world scrambling for a spot in the 243km event from the west to the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

He's a legend, his race is a legend and I promise you, even if you have absolutely no intention of doing it, you'll still enjoy the story!

Lana Searle

Lana Searle

January 31, 2022

A wonderful chat this week with a true Far North gem, Lana Searle.

Lana has to get up stupidly early every morning to entertain people on the More Fm Breakfast Club.

She's a super talented broadcaster and story teller and was a real crowd favourite on last year's Celebrity Treasure Island.

We also talk about life as a Stepmum, and how she's overcome some pretty hectic health battles.

She's a legend.

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