The Interview: Melissa Clark-Reynolds

The Interview: Melissa Clark-Reynolds

Chick­ens. It was the chick­ens that told me I’d got this one wrong. When Dan the edit­or let me know that my next assign­ment would be an inter­view with Melissa Clark-Reyn­­olds, I drew a blank. Dan, in his admir­ably con­cise way, said some­thing like “suc­cess­ful busi­ness­wo­man, really inter­est­ing, I think she’ll be great”. And then, chick­ens. There’s […]

The Interview: Russ Kalivati

The Interview: Russ Kalivati

They say you could build a battle­ship in Petone, and I reck­on that’s prob­ably right. Pho­to­graph­er Anna and I are tak­ing a drive in Seni­or Con­stable Rasau (Russ) Kalivati’s patrol car. It’s been 20 years since I was last in a police car, and this is my first time ever sit­ting up the front. Russ is […]

The Interview: Nicola Gaston

The Interview: Nicola Gaston

This art­icle star­ted with a Face­book post. A few months ago, a photo turned up on a friend’s page. It showed a group of Indi­an women in sar­is, appar­ently whoop­ing with joy and high-fiv­ing, in a con­trol room, flanked by grin­ning onlook­ers and ser­ried ranks of com­puter screens. The cap­tion read, “Hey Hol­ly­wood, this is […]

The Interview: Rodger Fox

The Interview: Rodger Fox

Pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians are made of dif­fer­ent stuff from the rest of us. Every­body knows this. A musi­cian is end­lessly youth­ful, their joy in life will remain unfaded, and they will march on — burn­ing bright to the last, spared the dim­ming of the twi­light years — until they expire with the moment and majesty of a […]

4‑wheeled aphrodisiac

4‑wheeled aphrodisiac

Accord­ing to the TV com­mer­cial, this Mer­cedes C‑Class is the car that “changes everything”, pre­sum­ably at around the same time as it’s hav­ing who­ever is sit­ting in the pas­sen­ger seat next to you stare at your chis­elled vis­age with blunt and undis­guised car­nal­ity. Sadly, on the day I took the Mer­cedes for a thrash up […]

The Interview: Annette King

The Interview: Annette King

Teeth. If you had asked me yes­ter­day, before I sat down to talk for an hour with Annette King, just what we would spend half our time dis­cuss­ing, then I doubt I would have guessed that the answer would be teeth. But con­ver­sa­tions have a funny old life of their own, and I like very much […]

The Interview: Andrew Armitage

The Interview: Andrew Armitage

The story, I think, goes some­thing like this. When we talk about ‘the coolest little cap­it­al’, or all that ‘Cuba Quarter’ blath­er, what we are acknow­ledging is the work of a hand­ful of busi­ness people and a his­tor­ic­al fluke that saw the land prices around Te Aro held arti­fi­cially low for a couple of dec­ades. If […]

The Interview: Joy Cowley

The Interview: Joy Cowley

If you have grown up, or just got older, in New Zea­l­and any­time in the last four dec­ades, then you have prob­ably been influ­enced in some way by Joy Cow­ley. She has writ­ten — at last count — more than 40 pic­ture books, nine nov­els for adults and young adults, and a mem­oir. She is […]

The Interview: John Edwards

The Interview: John Edwards

Lamb­ton Quay and Feath­er­ston Street are a study in con­trasts. There’s some won­der­fully well turned out people down this end of town, quite hap­pily clad in four-fig­ure suits and the sharpest of shirts and ties. And then there’s the non-office types, who keep this quarter fed and con­nec­ted; the cour­i­er drivers, the guys put­ting down […]

The Interview: Sima Urale

The Interview: Sima Urale

Sima Urale is a film­maker, a writer and an act­or. Born in Sam­oa, and ini­tially raised in the vil­lages of Fagamalo and Matavai, she migrated with her fam­ily to New Zea­l­and in 1974 and grew up in Island Bay, where her moth­er was a teach­er at Wel­ling­ton South Primary School. She was encour­aged into acting […]