Straight Up with Niva and Beatrice

Straight Up with Niva and Beatrice

Everyone has a story to tell. In this New Zealand Herald podcast, Olympian Beatrice Faumuina and broadcaster Niva Retimanu talk to well known New Zealanders from all walks of life about the highs and lows of their journey, pivotal moments which have shaped them, and how they have overcome the challenges they have faced.

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February 11, 2022 53 min
Former Silver Fern and police officer turned TV presenter Jenny-May Clarkson joined Niva and Beatrice on this week's episode to discuss what she's learned over her varied career. Beginning from her time as the youngest of six children growing up in rural New Zealand to hosting the country's top TV breakfast show, Clarkson talks about her lifelong determination and will to succeed, and how, despite her amazing career, sh...

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Former police officer Lance Burdett joined Niva and Beatrice on this week's episode to discuss his time on the frontlines while fighting depression and mental health struggles. As the country's top suicide negotiator, best known for his role in the 2009 Napier Siege, Burdett himself was pushing back against suicidal thoughts. But now that he has left the force, he is coaching and helping people reach their true potential an...

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Sports Executive Raelene Castle joined Niva and Beatrice on this week's episode to discuss her life at the forefront of sports in New Zealand and Australia and her roles with Netball New Zealand, Rugby Australia and Sport New Zealand. Castle opened up about having sports stars as parents, her progress from the commercial world to public roles, and being a woman in a male dominated world. She also touched on her experiences with...

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Award-winning singer-songwriter Teeks - born Te Karehana Gardiner-Toi - joined Niva and Beatrice on this week's episode to discuss life behind the microphone for one of New Zealand's rising musical superstars. In his first podcast interview, Teeks discusses the reasons behind his stage name and why he feels like a different person on stage, maintaining a private life when you are in the public eye, surrounding himself with ...

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Drag queen, entertainer and community worker Edward Cowley - better known as Buckwheat - joined Beatrice and Niva on Straight Up to talk about his amazing journey from sneaking into clubs as a teenager to becoming one of the country's top performers. He discussed his journey with his sexuality alongside his family and faith, what it was like performing in the 80s and 90s, and how losing family to cancer changed his perspective ...

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Singer-songwriter, producer and musician Hollie Smith joined Niva and Beatrice for this week's episode to discuss the highs and lows of her music career. Smith opened up on the complicated relationship she has with her best-known song, Bathe in the River, the legal battle that had a major impact on her international career, and what it was like growing up in a musical family and touring the US.

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Radio host, TV personality, author and beloved broadcaster Toni Street joins Niva and Beatrice as this week's guest for Straight Up. Street talks about how the loss of three of her siblings impacted her family, the grief she's carried with her since, and what she learnt at the time and in the years since about loss, moving on and what people can do to support their loved ones. She also reflects on her successful career, her...

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Former All Black, Olympian, league star and boxing champion Sonny Bill Williams joins Niva and Beatrice for the first episode of Straight Up. Here, he reflects on his sporting career and personal life and how they have led him to where he is today - including the drive to succeed to support his family, moving overseas by himself as a teenager, the mistakes he made along the way, and how his faith and family have helped him grow.

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November 24, 2021 1 min

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