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Suzy Cato

What’s happening in Suzy’s World?


Suzy Cato first captured the hearts and minds of children more than two decades ago, which saw an entire generation of Kiwis lose their minds when she twirled her way back into the limelight for Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) last year.

 

Suzy Cato

 

We catch up with Suzy about the experience and what she has on the cards for 2019.

 

What’s happening in ‘Suzy’s World’ these days?
2018 was one of the best and busiest years I have had in a long time! DWTS was only one of many fabulously exciting projects last year, albeit an amazing one. I released two singles; the first ‘Sprinkle a Little Sunshine’ with the hugely talented Kath Bee, pre-Dancing with the Stars and the other, ‘We’re All Gonna Have Some Fun’ post the dance show; in conjunction with the compilation CD I curated for Sony Music NZ called the Totally Awesome Kiwi Kids Album.

I created and performed at the first ever Kids Music in Parks event for Auckland Council’s Music in Parks series, and curated, created and MCd the NZ Children’s Music Awards at Spark Arena’s Tuning Fork. There were also numerous opportunities to appear and MC at events all over the country, which I loved (The Vodafone Music Awards, the NZ Television Awards, the TedX Youth – Avon River event and of course the fabulous Christchurch Santa Parade, just to name a few).

And 2019 looks to be just as busy with another series of the much loved Kids Radio Show, Suzy & Friends to create and huge plans for my kids YouTube channel. Currently called TreehutTv, we’re looking to rebrand under the new channel name… SuzyCato!

 

How often do you get requests to sing, ‘It’s our time, kia ora, talofa’ or ‘See ya see ya later’?
All the time! We made over 2000 episodes of You & Me so I’ve sung both songs for the show at least 4000 times (once in the rehearsal and once in the record), but I’ve sung those songs at preschools, schools, live events for years and now that all those wee ones have grown up I’ve sung it at supermarkets, retail stores, my accountants, lawyers and… well everywhere!

 

 

How did you find DWTS?
I loved every moment of it! It was incredibly hard – physically and mentally – and not just on me but on my family. But, we all grew through it and we all loved the journey together.

I had the best dance partner. Matt Tatton-Brown is divine. I will always treasure the time I spent with Matt and the rest of the DWTS team; both contestants and crew. It really was fantastic. And hard – did I say hard? Because boy it was! It hurt – feet, ribs, back, legs, head, everything.

 

 

You had spent 15 years focused on your family. How did your children feel when DWTS happened and you were suddenly in the limelight again?
My gorgeous two young people are wee stars in their own right. Both love performing and were the reason I got back out performing again. They’d found a folder with some press clips of You & Me / Suzy’s World days and asked why I wasn’t performing like that anymore. It was with their encouragement that I started my YouTube channel.

DWTS was a really good opportunity to share with them the resilience and perseverance required and how to cope with ‘failure’. Not for a moment did I feel like a failure, not making it through to the final, but it was good for them and for those supporting me to see that not winning was ok.

Dancing for the Mental Health Foundation was a huge honour and one that I relished as I was able to share the journey and the struggle and show that no one is alone – we all have our down days and that’s ok.

 

 

What is the most fulfilling aspect of your career and everything you get to do?
Getting to be a part of someone’s day – either via the radio show, as I do now on a Saturday or Sunday morning; via the YouTube channel (where you can find eps of You & Me and Suzy’s World as well as all the new clips) or even via Facebook and Instagram – sharing a positive thought, a smile or a cyber hug is pretty damned special.

That I’m able to juggle it around my beautiful family (nearly always successfully) is a joy. For me family comes first and that’s why I hadn’t dived back into broadcasting, beyond the radio show, until recently. Growing great kids needs to start at home.

 

 

What does 2019 have in store for you?
On top of my own projects, I’m producer of the much-loved kids programme and resource Bryan & Bobby and Snr Const. Bryan Ward QSM has great plans for him and his Police Dog, this year. I’m also Chair of Kiwi Kids Music (www.kiwikidsmusic.co.nz).
I’ve got the Kids Music Awards to create for Spark Arena’s Tuning Fork. I have my album to finish recording and a tour to create and a book (or a few) to publish… Yup, 2019 promises to be an amazing one and I can’t wait to dance my way through it.

 



 

Food for a good cause

Food for a good cause


Whether diving into the local café mid-afternoon, or languishing around in the latest culinary hotspot mid-evening, food and its consumption has long been considered a fairly selfish affair, driven not so much by subsistence, but rather an immutable desire to tip the scales in favour of enjoyment.

 

Food for a good cause

 

However, an increasing number of organisations – both local and national – are serving more than just food and drink, as they increasingly seek to serve vulnerable members of our community too.

 

EAT MY LUNCH
Simple, but effective, Eat my Lunch is actively filling empty tummies. Every lunch you order through the website, the organisation gives lunch to a Kiwi kid who would otherwise go without.

It’s a little gesture that’s had a great impact on so many Kiwi children. With a good lunch in their tummies, they do better in so many ways, through focusing on learning to simply giving them something to smile about.

One in four Kiwi kids (approx. 290,000) live in poverty and thousands go to school without lunch every day. Eat my Lunch is designed to help change this by making it easier for Kiwis to help Kiwis.
www.eatmylunch.nz

 

 

CULTIVATE CHRISTCHURCH
Fiona Stewart (nee Hargreaves), a youth worker, and Bailey Peryman, an ecologist, came together via Vodafone NZ Foundation.

Both were “World of Difference” grant recipients. They spotted a cross-over in their work and after a one-hour chat over coffee, the pair knew that their purposes were aligned and Cultivate Christchurch was born.

Now they are supporting the Christchurch community by providing work experience and teaching skills to young people in need through a series of local urban farms.

“A plant will always strive to be the best version of itself. Our role as farmers and gardeners is to create the conditions that allow that to happen,” Bailey Peryman says.

“The same goes for nurturing people.”
www.cultivate.org.nz

 

 

27 SECONDS
A collaboration between two North Canterbury wineries, a grape harvesting company and several other generous donors is producing wine with a difference and the couple behind the project-turned-wine-label are still reeling from its early success.

Alanna and Pete Chapman initially started 27Seconds as a one-off fundraiser for Hagar – an international NGO that helps survivors of modern-day slavery.

“We wanted to help so we created delicious wine, where 100 percent of the profits go to survivors,” Alanna says.

“We love the idea that something accessible, like wine, can be used for good. It empowers people to make a difference through just a single choice.”
www.27seconds.co.nz

 

 

CITY HARVEST FOOD RESCUE
At City Harvest, they’re on a mission to get all quality surplus food in Canterbury to those who need it most. Think of it as a ‘My Food Bag’ for surplus food!

City Harvest Food Rescue puts surplus food to good use in a sustainable way, getting quality surplus food from food retailers, supermarkets, wholesalers, restaurants, caterers, universities and other food providers safely to the hungry.

www.cityharvestnz.org

 



 

Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine


The expression, ‘sugar, spice and all things nice,’ has long been used to encapsulate what all young girls are made of, but we think ‘shimmer, spice and all things nice’ could be used to sum up the sentiment of the sartorial season.

 

Rise & Shine
ERIN JONES

 

 

Blazing a trail, both figuratively and literally, the fashionably elite have been hitting the catwalk and the red carpet dressed almost head to toe in the shiniest of sheens, from metallic sequins to glistening chainmail.

There are endless interpretations, with an option for every occasion. Dazzling diamantes and floor-skimming metallics traditionally reserved for evening attire have been liberated from their after-hour confines and are sweeping into sartorial consciousness as appropriate attire for, well… anytime!

 

Rise & Shine
PRETTY LITTLE THING SHORT OLIVE MINI

 

Cut loose in a suitably summery micro-mini, step into the limelight with a heel encased in glitter or bedazzle your tee-and-jeans combo with the sparkliest of accessories.

Minimalism may have dominated the catwalks for the past decade, with its muted colours and shapeless garments, but ‘70s-inspired silhouettes have trickled down from high-fashion and the last couple of seasons have seen a resurgence of high-octane glamour, glitter and sequins.

 

Rise & Shine
HOLIDAY EARRINGS

 

Take the opportunity to shine and add the Midas touch to your wardrobe this season.

 

Rise & Shine
DIANA FERRARI SAYDIE BLACK ROUGH GLITTER

 

 

Rise & Shine
DIANA FERRARI PURSE

 



 

Seeing Red

Seeing Red


Cherry red is adding a powerful punch to our wardrobes this sartorial season, most popularly paired with more muted tones of warm beige and deep whisky browns that are tiptoeing into consumer consciousness for 2019.

 

Seeing Red

 

Cherry red is a “full-bodied” colour, which Vogue describes as ideal to enhance velvet, tulle and satin, recreating elegant, retro-feel looks.

It’s hot property for those wanting to add that ‘little something’ missing from an otherwise low key outfit and it’s getting us all fired up about the possibilities in store for our wardrobes.

It’s time to roll out the red carpet.



 

Into the Wild

Into the Wild


Animal print is leading the pack this season, as designers tap into their wild side.

 

Into the Wild
SEED

 

Leopard, tiger, zebra and even snakeskin have been seen prowling the streets in 2018 and now they’re set to make their impact known even more as we enter 2019.  Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors are just some of the designers who have been indulging their animal instinct and transforming the catwalk into an urban jungle.

 

Into the Wild
WITCHERY HEEL
Into the Wild
 SPORTSGIRL SCRUNCHIE

Despite an otherwise intricate pattern, animal print has a muted colour palette which has seen it pegged as 2019’s equivalent to a neutral, with a chic, almost understated elegance (note, we said ‘almost’). It’s exceptional teamed with an otherwise all-black ensemble and striking teamed with an all-white outfit, or why not get wild with some serious power clashing? However you choose to wear it, it’s officially a reliable print that can be paired with just about any look.

 

Into the Wild
DIANA FERRARI BOOT

Christian Dior famously wrote in his 1954 manual, The Little Dictionary of Fashion that “to wear leopard you must have a kind of femininity which is a little bit sophisticated. If you are fair and sweet, don’t wear it.”
Since then, it’s always been a little bit sexy, a little bit raunchy, a little bit daring and a little bit wild.

 

Into the Wild
WITCHERY WRAP DRESS

 

Into the Wild
SEED SLIP ON


 

Green Machine

Green Machine


Green is the colour most closely associated with envy and when it comes to the field of fashion, the green-eyed monster in us is running rampant. After all, with so many things to covet and collect in this space, there’s always something bigger and better to fix our aspirational eyes on.

 

Green Machine
TRELISE COOPER CLEAR VISION SUNGLASSES, OFF THE CUFF JACKET, SLEEVE APPEAL DRESS.

 

This season we’re going green with envy in a much more literal sense as designers use the colours of nature to bring fashion to life and new crops of clothing take to the sartorial street.  Green is fast becoming the seasonal go-to, with Kelly Green making its mark. A colour concept which is believed to have originated in Ireland, this happy hue is highly saturated, leaning more towards yellow than emerald green.

 

Green Machine
SABA RUBY RIB SKIRT JADE

Brighter than emerald, deeper than lime and more intense than forest green, this shade chameleon manages to be both cool and warm at the same time, enabling its rich, bold beauty to work for all seasons.  The colour of nature, it represents growth, nature and fertility and, when it comes to colour psychology, it adds visual credence to the ‘green movement, with its reported ability to improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety and heighten awareness of one’s surroundings.

 

Green Machine
THE GOODS OVERSIZED EMERALD GREEN CLUTCH

As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side and we’re looking forward to adding the lush palette to our wardrobes.

 

Green Machine
LOCAL SUPPLY GLASSES

 

Green Machine
SEED HERITAGE HEEL

 



 

Metropol Editor Melinda Collins

Editor’s Perspective: Metropol 31st Jan


“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you”
Oprah Winfrey

Melinda Collins
Melinda Collins

There’s something addictive about success. Whether it’s kicking bad habits, forming better ones or setting our lives on the paths we aspire to.

However, we’ve talked to some highly motivated women recently who don’t set New Year’s resolutions – including Chelsea Winter in our last issue and Karen Walker in the pages ahead – which has seen me reflecting on resolutions and what they seek to accomplish.

As Physiotherapist and Pilates therapist Cath Julius points out on page 39, humans are emotional beings and goals that focus on what we want to achieve rather than how we want to feel is what lets us down in the resolution stakes.

So focus on the feelings that will result from the actions. If being able to run that 5km is going to bring you soul-fulfilling contentment; if it’s going to make you feel strong, confident and healthy and those are the feelings you seek, then I say make all the resolutions in the world.

Whether you choose to set resolutions or not, I say do whatever it is that makes you happy. Step into this New Year without baggage from the last. If it feeds your soul, do it. If it makes you want to get out of bed in the morning with a smile, carry on.

So rather than focusing on resolutions, why not use the New Year to take stock of where you are and what you want out of life? Importantly, do whatever it is that makes you feel good. Life’s too short for anything else.

 



 

50 Shades of Beige

50 Shades of Beige


Beige has long been the ‘Plain Jane’ of the fashion world, but this year designers are injecting a sexier edge into this shy shade.

 

50 Shades of Beige
KAREN WALKER

 

While the Oxford Dictionary defines beige as a “pale, sandy fawn”, the bare facts on beige are that the fashionable lines are increasingly being blurred between nude, flesh and champagne. From the high street to the most expensive designer collections, we’re seeing shades from the palest ‘natural’ to golden terracotta and even pale creamy khakis sheltering under the ‘beige’ umbrella.

No matter what sartorial shade you yearn for this season, we think it’s high time you join the beige brigade.

 

50 Shades of Beige
PARED EYEWEAR

 

50 Shades of Beige
SKAGEN

 

50 Shades of Beige
DOG AND BOY

 

50 Shades of Beige
FOSSIL GROUP AUSTRALIA

 



 

If it suits

If it suits: Fashionable suits


From the closets of men to the closets of women, the power suit has crossed a divide that few garments can. Now after a few years in the sartorial shadows, the broad shoulders and stiff lines that have been defying gender norms since actress Sarah Bernhardt scandalised Paris in a custom-made trouser suit in the 1870s have made a welcome return to the ‘what’s hot’ lists.

 

If it suits

 

The fact that the power suit has re-emerged during a cultural turning point for women, with the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns making global waves is not lost on the world’s sartorial movers and shakers, with Conde Nast artistic director Anna Wintour explaining, “A fashion show does not exist in a vacuum, it is reflecting our culture,” in a video discussing New York Fashion Week trends.

“The biggest cultural shift in the last several months has been women and how they have been treated in the workplace. There is no way this was not on designer’s minds.”

 

World Brooklyn Blazer Mint.
 World Brooklyn Blazer Mint.
If it suits
Karen Walker women’s suit.

 

If it suits
Country Road jacket.

 

If it suits
Bec & Bridge Rosa Jacket.

 

If it suits
Seed Heritage coat.

 



 

Metropol Editor Melinda Collins

Editors Perspective: 17th Jan


“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be” – Abraham Lincoln

It is the season of resolutions, but perhaps it should simply be the season for being happy.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m an A-type personality who can’t get through a day without having it plotted out with goals, to-do lists and calendar alerts. I’m also well aware of the positive results attained by aiming high.

Melinda Collins
Melinda Collins

But the fact is, over the past century, despite immense progress in health and wealth, human happiness has not advanced.  Happiness is when your life fulfils your needs, when you feel satisfied and fulfilled. It’s a feeling of contentment.

It’s easy to think of happiness as a result… a result of working hard and accomplishing, of getting that to-do list ticked off and of succeeding at life. But perhaps we have this back to front. Shouldn’t happiness come first? After all, happiness, they say, actually makes us more productive.

We’re all familiar with the concept of glass half empty, glass half full, right? When it comes to your cup, it doesn’t matter so much whether it is half full or half empty, but rather whether you fill your own cup first.
According to Simon Sinek, putting yourself first is not selfish at all, “Quite the opposite. You must put your happiness and health first before you can be of help to anyone else.”

 

So in 2019 I vow to keep my standards high but my level of self-acceptance higher; to make plans and yet be okay if they occasionally fall through and to set goals, but be open to change. Most importantly, to make time for myself.

After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup.