It's a Date

It's a Date

If you could go anywhere in the world for a first date, where would you go – and how would your date unfold? With It's a Date, NZ Herald entertainment reporter Lillie Rohan will be taking some fabulous Kiwi icons on their fantasy dates, taking them wherever they want in the world and discussing their dating and relationship highs and lows.

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May 24, 2023 38 mins

For Lillie's last date of the season, she's joined by radio host turned podcaster PJ Harding for a trip to a countryside Irish pub. They discuss PJ's fiance, dating with a baby in tow, dating while being a radio star, turning to the world of podcasting, favourite celebrity run-ins,  and her awkward engagement story. 

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For Lillie's date this week, she's joined by bestselling author of These Violent Delights, Chloe Gong, for a trip to Paris by way of a rainforest. They talk Chloe's inspiration as a writer, her life on TikTok, dating in New York versus New Zealand, the most and least romantic characters and tropes in literature - and why there's more to Shakespeare work than you may have gathered at school. 

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For Lillie's next date, she's heading to a secluded tropical island with Acushla-Tara Kupe, the star of TVNZ's hit new drama The Gone. They talk her long-term relationship and surviving long distance over Covid, her experiences filming the tense new show, and who has the sexiest accent and job. 

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For Lillie's next date, she's heading to New York to join Newshub's US correspondent Mitch McCann. They discuss the power of McDonalds in Kiwi love stories, his botched honeymoon, his psychic encounters and the secrets to his deep voice. 

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For Lillie's next date, it's a trip to Morrocco for a camel ride with sexologist and host of Sex.Life, Morgan Penn. They take a deep dive into Penn's life as a sexologist and get tips on what constitutes good sex, men and women's different misconceptions, and how to best get over heartbreak. 

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For Lillie's next date, it's a first class flight to Disneyworld and Italy with former music host and sitcom star turned Blow Up host, Jaquie Brown! They discuss star signs, dating as a married parent, how Jaquie came to embrace her white hair, tips around marriage and raising kids, and if The Jaquie Brown Diaries will ever resolve its cliffhanger! 

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For Lillie's next date, she's joined by comedian and TV star James Mustapic for a trip to Greece. They chat his latest Comedy Festival show, his pop culture crushes, dating in Dunedin, bad senses of humour - and he and Lillie make a surprising baby pact!

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For Lillie's first date of the second season, she is joined by comedian Joe Daymond for fish and chips in Taupo. They discuss his new show, Bouncers, being an over-sharer, New Zealand's weird approach to dating, and the iconic sitcom that is a big red flag. 

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For Lillie's final date of the year, she is joined by Shortland Street's Rebekkah Randell for a yachting adventure around Croatia. She talks how her happily married status compares to her on-screen persona, her epic proposal story, how getting sick helped their relationship, her red and green flags, on-screen romance - plus, all the goss you need on the Christmas cliffhanger!

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For Lillie's ninth date, she is joined by Educators star Yvette Parsons for a trip to the Palace of Versailles. They talk the attractiveness of feet, why pets can be more appealing than partners, finding love on set, improvising throughout her love, and why she is a big believer in astrology. 

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November 30, 2022 32 mins

For Lillie's eighth date, she is heading on a Christmas getaway to New York with influencer Ellie Haines. They talk the positive side of dating apps, the green flags that saw Ellie fall in love with her husband, body positivity when dating, and how social media trolls have impacted her relationship. 

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For Lillie's seventh date, she is going on a date up and over the side of the Sky Tower with the multimedia maestro, Jesse Mulligan. They talk how New Zealand's dating culture is in its infancy, his dating life in Hamilton and London, what he and his wife do romantically while juggling four kids, normalising his quirkiness, and uses his restaurant reviewing talents to recommend the best places for a first date. 

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November 16, 2022 38 mins

For Lillie's sixth date, she's joined by singer-songwriter Mitch James for some tequila-fuelled adventures in Mexico. They discuss the romance and heartbreak in his songs, some of the real relationships behind the lyrics, his costly worst date, horse girls, party times in Dunedin, and being honest about mental health. 

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For Lillie's fifth date, she is taking BBQ pitmaster and judge on TVNZ's Cooks on Fire, for a date a little closer to home in Auckland that will make any meat lover drool. They discuss how he met his wife, dating in the 90s versus now, why people should be looking for high-calibre people in their dates, and why he won't be cooking today -  but does reveal some recipes for roast potatoes and bonfire peach cobbler!

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For Lillie's fourth date, she is taking comedian, actress and reality TV puzzle queen Brynley Stent for a bit of monkey spotting in Japan. They chat how her dark comedy can seep into the bedroom, Christmas and relationships, the most romantic mall in New Zealand, and why you shouldn't propose at an improv show. 

Her shows, Soft Carnage and Sleigh, are on at The Basement in Auckland during November. 

 

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For Lillie's third date, she is taking local nightlife legend turned global reality TV star Anita Wigl'it for a boozy brunch in Mykonos. They chat the differences between gay and straight dating apps, dating as a drag queen, the benefits of owning a bar when it comes to hooking up, and why Canada is great for for finding very specific romance.

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For Lillie's second date, she is taking ZM night host and Celebrity Treasure Island star Cam Mansel to the Swiss Alps for some hot chocolate and skiing lessons.  They chat love languages, the personas we adopt for dates, if there was anything romantic about being marooned on a beach, and Cam reveals his surprising fear about dates. 

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For Lillie's first date, she is taking actress and host of FBoy Island, Shavaughn Ruakere, to Paris for a bit of romance in the City of Love. They chat online dating, the differences in dating in London and Los Angeles, plum lipstick and first kisses, and why she's happy being the host. 

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October 12, 2022 30 secs

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