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Elaine Paige

Queen of Musical Theatre: Q&A with Elaine Paige

Elaine Paige, the queen of musical theatre, is heading to our southern city with a show at Christchurch’s Isaac Theatre Royal on Monday 21 January.


Elaine Paige


The English singer and actress has built a stellar career, with some laudable performances, including the role of Eva Perón in the first production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita in 1978, which made her a household name.
We caught up with Elaine to discuss her illustrious career.


Can you tell us a bit about the concert series and what Christchurch audiences can look forward to?
It’s a concert series that will be celebrating song writers that I love and people I grew up listening to, such as Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman and Carly Simon. It’s really celebrating their music and a bit of a soundtrack of all our lives really, from the late 60s to 70s. It’s a show that has something for everybody.


What attracted you to singing and performing?
Academically I was not that interested; I was always much more about the vocational things in life. Singing was something I knew I loved; I was in the school choir, did the end of school productions. Dad asked me if I would like to go to drama school. I’m always grateful he made that suggestion. I’m not altogether sure I would have come to that myself. From a middle class family, we knew nothing about drama schools or anything of that ilk. Pretending to be someone else appealed to me, so I went to drama school and that’s how it all began.


What are some of your career highlights?
Evita will be one of the major highlights. Having the opportunity to originate the role of Eva Peron gave me a career in musical theatre, so that will always be the one that is most special to me. I was able to pick and choose after Evita what roles I wanted to play. I was very fortunate to find myself in a very privileged position that gave me a career and choice.


You’ve performed at some of the biggest venues around the world, what are you looking forward to about performing in New Zealand?
I’ve come ‘Down Under’ to New Zealand and Australia several times during my career, although I haven’t been your way in half a dozen years. So I’m really looking forward to visiting and seeing the changes. Equally it’s like coming home really because New Zealand is so similar to England. That’s what I like about it. People are always very welcoming and in the past have come out to see me, so I’m hoping I can enjoy the same this time around.


What do the next 12 months have in store for you?
I’ve always worked very hard, many hours, done many different things. Next year I’m coming to see you in January, then when I come back to England there’s some television on the cards, a play I might be doing and in the summer I’m looking to do a new album with Cliff Richard. I’ve been having a quiet year this year, jumped off the bandwagon for a bit, smelled the roses and next year is looking to be quite busy.



Sophie Pascoe

Canterbury’s Golden Girl: Q&A with Sophie Pascoe

Sophie Pascoe has taken adversity and turned it to gold. We catch up with the inspiring Canterbury medallist about finding your ‘why’ and making history.


Sophie Pascoe


You received an MBE when you were just 15 and continue to kick goals. How does it feel to be part of the history books as one of the country’s most successful women?

It’s humbling to be one of the country’s most successful women, by doing something I love every single day. I love what I do; I love the challenge and the thrill. To see me as one of the best in the country alongside some of the most incredible women; my disability hasn’t defined that. I’ve gone and done that myself.

When you’re young and have a goal to be the best in the world, you never really intend to create history with that. Now I want to be a successful female and leave a legacy, so others can see that if you put the hard work in, you can achieve.


You’re the proud winner of nine gold medals and six silvers across three Paralympic Games. What have been some of your most defining moments, not just as a sportswoman, but also as a person?

So many accidents happen on a daily basis that change lives forever. This definitely changed my family’s and my own. Every time I go out and achieve and have my family, in particular my dad, who was part of my accident, in the stand, seeing this typical Kiwi bloke who doesn’t share a lot of emotion, shed a tear, that’s my defining moment.

That two minutes up in the podium listening to the national anthem takes everyone back to the moment it started. I wouldn’t have had this life if it didn’t happen, but I don’t want to be defined by my disability.


Being a high achieving sportsperson not only requires the ability to push yourself physically, but also mentally. What has it taken to get where you are today?

It’s taken so much more than just myself to get there. People might see just me, but man do I have a support team around me!
There’s times I have to make – I don’t want to use the word ‘sacrifices’ – but there are decisions I have to make in order to make myself successful, even just whether to go out on a Friday or Saturday night, knowing how that’s going to impact the following day or week.

As an athlete, you have to think how you can be better than the rest of your competitors and remember what your ‘why’ is. Every day you get up and tell yourself ‘why’ you are doing this.

You have athletes that don’t make it and those who do; those who do are that special breed that questions themselves on every single move; they become perfectionists. It’s about routine but you’re still human, not a robot. There’s days you might fail, days you don’t ask why. You have to learn from that, come back the next day and do it better.


You’ve been taking a break to recover from an operation on your leg, how does it feel to be back in the pool?

A forced break is never treated as luxurious. It’s been challenging getting back in the pool. It’s been hard, it’s taxing on the body and mind trying to get your body back to a high standard. I love being back though. I know what my ‘why’ is and I’m back with my support team. It’s great, but it has been challenging. It’s always hard to come back into it after a bit of time off, but that’s a great challenge in being able to see the rewards of the hard work pay off – hat’s what makes training enjoyable.


How will the next two years look as you prepare for the world para-swimming championships in Kuching, Malaysia, next year and then Tokyo?

The World Champs in August is my pinnacle event for next year. It’s also the stepping stone leading into Tokyo in many ways, not just in qualifying, but seeing who is new coming into the sport. When you are the ‘expected’, retaining that is bloody hard. There’s always going to be those hunting the expected but it’s about being prepared for the ‘expected’. The next two years will be full on, but exciting to know time is ticking down towards Tokyo. I’m really looking forward to it.


How does a regular day in the life of Sophie Pascoe look?

I train a couple of times a day, swim sessions that are two hours in the morning, an hour and a half in the afternoon. I have a gym session x3 during the week, along with prehab (a personalised maintenance programme for athletes to prevent injury) every morning. I get the recovery in there by having a nap every day – that’s vital for an athlete, not luxurious. There’s some yoga in there and recovery physio and massage during the week as well..


Why do you think you’ve been able to be such an incredible success?

Again it comes back to the reason why. I have many whys – I love what I do, I love winning, I love making my parents proud and I love being something more than ‘the girl that’s missing a leg’. Those are pretty powerful impacts for the reason why I do this. Holding those close and making them work with my goal is what makes me successful. We learn from the times we fail and get back up. We, as a family, were struck with adversity at two and a half years of age. It’s about overcoming adversity and that’s how you find success.



June Youngman

Sartorial crème de la crème: Q&A with June Youngman

It’s one of the most eagerly awaited times of the year, when fashionistas flock to the sartorial arena at Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day and are put through their paces.


June Youngman


Addington Raceway & Events Centre plays prestigious host to ‘the’ crème de la crème of style showcases – Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes – and style mavens put their most fashionable foot forward, courting the public’s attention and vying for the judge’s recognition.
Metropol speaks to the beautiful June Youngman from North Canterbury about trading in her gumboots to step onto the Best Dressed podium for 2018.


How long have you been interested in fashion?

I think it was 2012 when I first tagged along with one of my friends who was entering in the fashion competition. I thought I could do this too so Addington was the place that I entered my first comp. From a farm in North Canterbury I’m always in my gumboots working so I look forward to dressing up every year now.


What inspired you to enter the Best Dressed competition?

Looking at all the amazing outfits, I just wanted to be a part of this fun and glamour each year. This only happens once a year so we try to make the most of it and over the years have developed many new friendships. I love going to the races with my crazy and beautiful race buddies.


How did you come up with the concept for your award-winning combination?

After my big win in Auckland Derby Day in March, I came home and started drawing in my book as usual, making sketches just thinking what I could design that would be a little different and also day wear. One of my sketches just stood out and I went with that one. Finding the right fabric is always a hard one for me. I went through hundreds of fabrics before I came across this one and the moment I saw it, I knew it was a winner. I didn’t know where or when but I had a feeling this was going to do well.

As soon as my fabric arrived, I got my friend Jo Laurenson, who is my seamstress, to cut a pattern so I could send the left-over fabric to my milliner Irene Moore. After six or more long months I was quite pleased with the outcome. Jo did an amazing job on it, the lace was very hard to work with but she made it look amazing.


How would you define style – do you have a particular inspiration in the sartorial sphere?

Originality is style. I think that when you create something yourself with all your hard work, that is style. I love and follow what Dior brings out each year; their new colours and amazing inspirational outfits.


What do you envision for fashion in 2019?

I know I shouldn’t, but I have already started to make sketches in my book; more challenges for my seamstress. I have just signed a contract working along with another amazing designer and together hopefully we can create some cool stuff. I love colour but I think 2019 will be quite different with simple but bright colours. I’m hoping to see some dark blues.


How did you feel the moment your name was announced as the Best Dressed Lady?

Best feeling ever, funny thing is the moment they said ‘Best Dressed Lady goes to…’ in my heart I called out my name hahaha. Sounds weird I know, but my husband who was standing across from the winning post videoing us said the same thing, that he called out my name in his heart. I think that was very sweet. I’m super chuffed and very grateful to all the sponsors. I think they need to be applauded.



Manu Feildel

Recipe for success: Q&A with Manu Feildel

Manu Feildel has won hearts as the resident Frenchman on My Kitchen Rules for the past eight years. It was a recipe for success; the two beloved chefs, many years of experience under their culinary belts and the competitive streak that has given us an insatiable appetite for cooking shows. Then of course, there’s that suave French accent.


Manu Feildel


In the city as part of his involvement in creating the gourmet menu for the new Hoyts Lux, part of the EntX development, Manu sat down with our very own Nicholas Henare for an exclusive one on one meeting with the suave star himself dishing the dirt on everything from his start in France at the ripe age of 15, to dealing with celebrity-dom and his love for the woman by his side.


What motivated you to become a chef?

I was crap at school, I was the class clown. My mother said, ‘I don’t know what to do with you, your dad owns a restaurant, I think you should go and work with your dad’.
I just loved the restaurant, I could eat and cook and hang out with girls. I fell in love straight away with the restaurant.

How did you get to be where you are now?

I moved to London when I was 18 with £300 in my pocket and no English and stayed in London for eight years, hated the weather and moved to Australia when I was 26 and got recognised in the industry.

How do you deal with being a celebrity?

I said hello to about 28 people coming in here! It’s part of the job, most of the time it’s ok but sometimes you just want to be left alone, when I’m with my family.

What’s your go to food when you’re not cooking?

My wife is an amazing cook, Chinese, Malaysian, Sri Lankan. Yesterday I was in Melbourne and she called me and said, ‘please don’t eat anything on the plane, I’m cooking for you’.
I love her and love her cooking.

When you cook for your family, is there anything you cook that they they don’t like?

My young daughter is a little fussy but my older son was very picky between 10 and 12, in fact he was a little s**t and wouldn’t eat anything but now he eats EVERYTHING because he’s a rugby player.

Do you ever eat McDonalds or KFC?

3am in the morning and I’ve been out for a big night, I put a hat on and use a German accent… no, no, no, very rarely do I eat that type of food.
Hoyts Lux is amazing, how did that come about?Hoyts wanted to ring something different on the food aspect. The original menu was the same as everywhere else, so I thought I’d just jazz it up a bit. It’s been great to work with the team at Hoyts.

What’s your pick on the Hoyts Lux menu?

Try the duck bao, pulled pork pizza, the chicken burger is also very good. Duck is a luxury product, something very special and that’s what Hoyts Lux is, something special.

What’s your advice to someone who wants to start in the restaurant business?

Don’t do it! (insert loud French laugh here). No, but really, it’s a small percentage of people who are successful and it’s very, very hard work. Long hours and commitment is what’s needed to make it.

How much control did you have over the Lux menu?

About 70 percent – they pretty much gave me free reign to do what I wanted so you really do get what my ideas are when eating at Lux.

MKR? What’s happening?

Season 10 is being filmed at the moment. It’s going to be a cracking season with some great guests. There’s a bit of bitchiness, but here in New Zealand we’re a bit more tame. I play the good cop and don’t try to offend anyone’s cooking too much and try to explain how they can improve and what they could do to make it better, so they don’t cook any… ‘merde’.

How do you keep motivated?

I’ve got a great job that’s different every day. I never get bored. I got to jump on a plane and come and meet you and all the people in New Zealand.

Do you still cook in restaurants anymore?

No, I miss that immensely, but my life has changed.

Do you have favourite restaurant in New Zealand?

You would love it Nick, a modern Indian restaurant in Auckland called Cassia, I love it!

Manu is everything you see on television; suave, sophisticated and a bloody great conversationalist. Now I could do the hard sell on the food at Hoyts Lux but I don’t need to, Manu created it and seriously, it’s fantastic. Would you expect anything else?



Topp Twins

Topp of their Game: Q&A with Jools Topp

Dames Jools and Lynda are at the Topp of their game. We caught up with Jools about the pair’s impressive career and what’s next on the cards.


Topp Twins


Your awards list is growing. Did you ever think you would be appointed Dames?

Never in a million years. One of our pet lines at the moment is ‘the rebels got their medals’. Although we started out as really radical, the world has caught up with us. We thought about not accepting it but thought it would be more political to accept to recognise all the support we have had.


How has your music evolved since you first began playing together

I think the music is more personal. We were writing about lots of issues, writing songs about being nuclear free, the Springbok tour. It was all the stuff that was happening in the 80s and 90s; that was history making-times in New Zealand then. But now it’s more personal; our latest song Tom Boy was about us growing up as kids. That’s what they called us.


Who are you inspired by?

Growing up in the middle of nowhere, we were inspired by each other. We were really positive little kids on the farm. Dad inspired us to be good farm workers, ride a horse or two. You don’t have to look out to the world to be inspired; you can look in the home. The interesting thing about New Zealanders is that we’re always looking outside of ourselves. We feel like we are outsiders. A lot of the time we’re world leaders. We’re away from everybody, so we don’t feel like we have to wait for permission, or wait for the world to catch up. We were first in the world to give women the vote and now here we are again with a woman Prime Minister. We’re not afraid of change.


What’s an average day like for you?

I’m very lucky because I don’t have to go to a job. Some people enjoy that but it’s not for me. I put my gummies on, check the cows are shifted. I live in the outblocks of the Kaipara Harbour. You can’t see the city. I consider myself lucky; it’s a real privilege to have that, we’ve worked long and hard. I wake up every day and say man I’m lucky. We’re living in paradise. Meghan and Harry’s parting words were ‘you live in heaven’. They’re right, we live in an amazing place.

Today I was writing some of the film we’re working on with all our characters. Thought we better do that before we part these shores. The day is whatever I want to do sometimes. When the gigs roll in we’re really structured. We might do 4-5 gigs a month that can vary from a big corporate do, to an appearance at a Breast Cancer breakfast or the Gay and Lesbian Awards. Our job description is extremely varied.


How did the idea for your A Culinary Journey Through New Zealand with The Topp Twins cookbook come about?

The book came about mainly because it was such an inspiring show (Topp Country). We didn’t want to lose those recipes. Mum said to us when we did the programme, ‘it should be fun, I should know how to cook the meal at the end of the programme and nobody should be able to be voted off!’ That’s the wisest advice for anybody.

We were pleasantly surprised how well the programme was received. We got wonderful stills etc while we were doing that. We wanted to pay homage to all those people we had visited and they let us put all the recipes in the cookbook. New Zealanders have a great idea about recipes, that idea that it’s something you hand down.


What is the most fulfilling part of what you do?

I think it’s very social and we meet lots of amazing people. It’s the people we meet. We’re not stuck in an office; we’re out performing. I saw something on CNN the other day that said it’s good for your health to meet someone new every day. So many people are in their room on their computer. They have millions of friends on Facebook but they’re lonely. It’s a funny world; we call it social media, but it’s not social.

If mum and dad want to be social they go out for a cup of tea, they don’t join Facebook. We’re 60 years old now and still love doing what we do; still love putting Ken’s and Camp Mother’s outfits on. We’re 60 going on 20! Life’s still full of lots of adventures; we never know what road we’re going to turn down next! We’ve had an amazing career. It aint over yet.



funny man

A funny favourite: Q&A with Jeremy Corbett + Win with Metropol

New Zealand funny man Jeremy Corbett is coming to the city with his 7 Days Live show at the Horncastle Arena on December 11. We caught up with the man himself ahead of his visit.


funny man



What is your favourite part about your line of work? Your least favourite? Why?

The variety of nonsense and people and getting to talk stupidity with talented comedians and TV hosts is pretty much a dream.
I’m not a fan of writing new material. It’s the hardest part. Every idea I start on I feel has been done better or done to death. I think that’s why I like the adlib stuff… you don’t get to think about it, just say it and it’s out there.


If you had one message to give to your fans what would it be?

I appreciate you!


What is one of your more embarrassing memories from childhood?

Being in a band. We started at Boys’ High School. After we did okay at a talent quest we performed a lunch time concert for the Girls’ High School. Things went very wrong. They threw their lunch at us. Nothing scares me on stage any more.


What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?

When I proposed to my wife I bought a dozen $2 rings from the cheap shop. She accepted and took two of them. I was $4 down. Wasn’t expecting that but turned out to be a great investment.
Worst was a one year gym membership. I went twice. By my calculations each visit cost me about $500.


What fact do you wish you had never learned?

That the universe is infinite. Scared the crap out of me.

What is the weirdest thing you have seen in someone else’s home?

My folks have a double garage full of old crates, bottles, machinery, skis, fishing gear and detritus. There is a tiny square space that you can fit their car into. Only the driver can go in and even then they can only just squeeze out of the door. It’s a disturbing yet genius piece of engineering.

Who are you inspired by?

People with what seems to be unlimited energy. You know those people who have chased dreams and fulfilled their potential. I hear them talk and get inspired. I tell myself I will go home and start some sort of project, really get things done. My enthusiasm wears off on the way home. I nap instead.

What’s something your brain tries to make you do and you have to will yourself not to do it?

Any sort of manual labour. I win over my brain most of the time.

What’s the most useless talent you have?

I have a time machine. It can only go forward and only at 60 minutes per hour.

What has been your biggest challenge in life and how did you overcome that challenge?

Doing a short stand-up comedy set in Te Reo Māori on live TV. I overcame it with the patience and help of Matai Smith and the awesome crew at The Project.

What ‘old fashioned’ way of doing things is better than how they are done now?


What advice do you have for people who want to get into New Zealand’s entertainment industry?

Turn up on time, be respectful, do what you say you will do, be patient.


Win With Metropol

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Angelique Armstrong

Child’s Play: Q&A with Angelique Armstrong

When it comes to designing for the littlies in ones’ life, it’s not all child’s play. Metropol talks to award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong about creating inspiring spaces.

Angelique Armstrong



What are the most important things to consider when interior designing a child’s bedroom?

Layout, easy flow to the bed and around the room, ensuring there is enough storage for toys jewellery, sports gear, clothes etc, such as under the bed, a window seat, box shelving on the walls or an ottoman with lid. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have good storage; baskets, brightly painted shoe boxes, fabric-covered buckets with ribbons will help children clean up easily. Nooks for sleeping, playing and storing special things will also make children feel happy, safe and inspired every day no matter their ages.


How do you incorporate colour?

Painting neutral/white walls means there is plenty of scope to adapt with art and decor. In boys’ rooms l personally like primary colours, white, soft blues and contrast piping. For girls’ rooms, soft plush pink is very in at the moment.
Adding these colours through the duvet, throws and cushions means it can be changed as your child grows without much cost. If the child is high energy, add colours that are soft and calming, and vice versa.


What advice would you give parents looking to update a space for their child?

Remembering that this is the only space in the house your child can actually call their own, it’s about making it suit; what they like, favourite colours and their hobbies.
The challenge is to design a space that will reflect their interests and personality but can grow with them through the years. Create some fun, such as a large pinboard for photos, certificates, artworks and fairy lights.


How can Armstrong Interiors help create your child’s room?

With our knowledge of wall colours, we can get this right first time. We also have a large range of fabrics and beautiful bed linens. We can also make drapes and cushions.
We design dedicated storage areas and can measure your area, design what you need, quote and get one of our specialised joinery companies to make and install for you, removing all the stress from beginning to end.



Visit or phone 03 356 2636.


Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern’s milestone year: Q&A with Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has just celebrated one year in the country’s top role, so Metropol caught up with her about rolling with the punches, the Christchurch rebuild and the joy of motherhood.

Jacinda Ardern


What has your first year in office taught you?

Patience and gratitude. Everything takes longer than you’d like but every day I am grateful for the opportunity to be doing such important work.

If your daughter Neve went into politics, what advice would you give her?

Long pause… Well, I hope by the time she’s old enough it will be a slightly kinder place! I’d tell her to follow her heart.

How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?

I don’t stress as much as I used to. I still feel enormous pressure to not let people down, but I’ve learned to roll with the punches more than I did. There will always be tough decisions to make and I know I’ll be criticised for some of those, but I’m here to do the best I can and that’s what I’ll continue to do.

If you weren’t in politics what else would you like to do?

Telling stories, in some form. More than likely doing something on behalf of kids too.

The greatest Prime Minister (living or dead) in your opinion is/was….. and why?

Michael Joseph Savage – he left a legacy that lasts to this day in the form of housing and support.

What are your thoughts around the rebuild of Christchurch?

There seems to be a real sense of optimism and excitement in Christchurch at the moment and it’s fantastic to see. We’ve had the opening of the new central library to rave reviews, we’ve been able to confirm funding for the new stadium, the convention centre is underway and we’ve fixed a $70 million budget blowout in the Metro Sports Facility and got that project back on track.
But I know the recovery of a city is about more than just bricks and mortar. It’s about people, so we’ve also prioritised mental health support in Canterbury schools to ensure every child can have access to a mental health worker and we’re reforming EQC and providing more services to speed up getting people’s insurance claims solved.

If you had one wish what would it be?

That everyone has something to do, somewhere to live, someone to love and something to hope for.

You’ve met a lot of celebrities in your role as Prime Minister. Who was your favourite and why?

Honestly? The kids I meet at schools around the country would be my favourites, hands down.

Describe motherhood in one word.




Ben Lewis inherits a passion: Q&A with Ben Lewis

One of New Zealand’s leading interior design names, Ben Lewis plies his furniture and design trade here and around the globe. He and brother Hamish have stores in Christchurch, Queenstown and Auckland. We caught up with Ben to chat about design and inspiration.


Ben Lewis


Why do you think you pursued the field of interior and furniture design?

My grandfather’s furniture business inspired me; he had real drive and a passion for it. I designed my first sofa aged 14, the first of many. I now design all of our Trenzseater furniture.


Back then, how did you envisage your own career?

I definitely had a vision to start a high-end furniture and interior design business in NZ, which I did at age 20.


Who are your clients?

Our clients often want the interiors of their home to be personalised, different to anyone else’s and have a sense of character which they can enjoy. They all enjoy the extra attention to detail we place within our designs that make each space and product unique.


I notice you offer European brands alongside your own designs. How would you describe your style?

Sophisticated elegance. I like intriguing layers of classic textures and quality materials. We achieve grand-scale, refined opulence; a timeless layered look.


What inspires your design process?

Anything from architecture to the signature detailing of classic furniture, to fashion, art and antiques. The characteristics of natural materials provoke thought and creativity too.
How important is the detail of a design?
Very. It’s the detail which is the unique aspect, making a scheme transcend ‘ordinary.’


There’s a reported Northern Hemisphere resurgence in the popularity of brown furniture in raw finishes, mixed with pieces from differing historic eras. Your take?

There’s a time and place for everything, so if the time and place selected is right for it…..that’s good.


Should interiors appear effortless?

It all depends on the client. Spaces should provoke visual satisfaction and enjoyment. Plus, they should exude the owner’s personality.


What is the easiest thing to get wrong when non-designers style their own rooms?

Proportion and scale can be tricky when you’re not used to dealing with these. Also, people often try too hard to be on-trend, when trends are transitory. Putting items together with all the layers needed is also difficult for some.


What are your favourite travel destinations?

Aitutaki Rarotonga, and in NZ, Queenstown.


What are your favourite restaurants, anywhere?

Bluebird, in Chelsea, London, and Woodpecker Hill in Auckland.


Ben Lewis
Ben Lewis
Married at First Sight

Fab Five: Married at First Sight

This season’s much talked about reality show Married at First Sight had a big Canterbury flavour to it. Metropol catches up with the city’s contestants.


Married at First Sight


Don’t miss the tell-all Married at First Sight reunion episode, screening Sunday October 28 at 7pm on Three.

Questions asked:

  1. Describe your experience on Married at First Sight in three or less words.
  2. If you could wake up tomorrow and have gained one quality or ability, what would that be?
  3. If you could trade lives with someone, who would it be and why?
  4. What are three things on your bucket list?
  5. What is your favourite thing to do in Christchurch?


Yuki Sato 31

Yuki Sato 31

Hairdresser and business-owner


1) Incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

2) Ability to read people’s minds.

3) I would be happy to trade my life with myself again – I might give it a few tweaks though.

4) Get married (again) in Japan; Drive Route 66 with my husband; Visit the Taj Mahal

5) Go for walks with my dog Zara at Hagley Park.


Ottie Schwartz 32

Ottie Schwartz 32

Promotions manager


1) A great story!

2) The ability to speak to animals, so when I’m hungover on a Sunday morning I could politely ask the birds to pipe up elsewhere.

3) I hesitate answering this because you don’t know the troubles others are facing behind closed doors… at least I am the devil I know. But the short answer is Jay Kay – Jamiroquai Singer because of his car collection.

4) Swim with Great White Sharks; poke lava with a stick; see something that takes my breath away.

5) The city is getting more and more exciting so all sorts, but Botanic Gardens in the summer (outdoor cinema).


Monique Lee 25

Monique Lee 25



1) Trust, friendship, niggly.

2) The ability to time travel and pause time, so I can use it for the next question.

3) Can I trade back? Because I really like my life at the mo! If I can trade back to my own life then someone in a super powerful position who possibly isn’t using it as well as they could. But I’d need lots of help and time – hence previous answer.

4) Travel; Go to Tomorrowland (music festival in Belgium); raise children of my own.

5) Going to events in Hagley Park in the summer with friends (wine, food and music festivals).


Julia Malley 32

Julia Malley 32

Account Manager


1) Challenging, confronting and enlightening.

2) Teleporting so I could travel the world without jetlag and enduring cattle class.

3) Meghan Markle, because she’s topical, beautiful and is an amazing well rounded aspirational female; an inspiring role model in my eyes!

4) To visit the last continent in the world I haven’t been to yet – Antarctica!
To learn fluently another language; to watch an NBA game In the USA (front row next to Leonardo DiCaprio… dream big right?).

5) Start at The Tannery for brunch then op shopping followed by a visit to Willowbank – to feed my obsession with animals, then dinner down The Terrace (with some uncoordinated dancing to follow later in the night).


Tayler Morgan 29

Tayler Morgan 29

Apprentice industrial electrician


1) Stressful but fun.

2) I’d like to wake up tomorrow and be able to get my commercial pilot’s license.

3) I wouldn’t trade lives with anyone, I’m pretty happy being me.

4) Travel the world with someone amazing; do a hot lap in a Maserati and race a McLaren; meet Chris Pratt.

5) Go out to an amazing restaurant with wicked mates or barbecue on the deck. Biking and snowboarding.