Take 10: Pippa Wetzell

Take 10: Pippa Wetzell

Who do you most admire, and why?
PIPPA: My heroes aren’t famous people like mountaineers, but the women I meet along the way who are coping with difficult challenges. They’re keeping their families together and making everything work against the odds. I really admire people who struggle … the less-famous people who survive.

Pippa Wetzell

Personal chit-chat with this gorgeous TV personality …

1. A great night out for you would go like …?
PIPPA: Dinner with close friends and family. I like ethnic food – especially Japanese, Thai and Mexican. But, most likely, it would be a great night IN, because I’m a bit of a homebody. (Those ‘evenings out’ are not very late these days, as a morning lie-in is a thing of the past!)

2. Who do you most admire, and why?
PIPPA: My heroes aren’t famous people like mountaineers, but the women I meet along the way who are coping with difficult challenges. They’re keeping their families together and making everything work against the odds. I really admire people who struggle … the less-famous people who survive.

3. What’s the No.1 key to a great marriage?
PIPPA: Spending time together. If you’re not careful, you can each lead such busy lives that you don’t pause and consider what your spouse is going through. It’s during those times when you just hang out together that the best connection happens. My husband and I have quite separate hobbies. He likes surfing and fishing – but I’m more than happy to go with him and sit on the beach.

4. What’s your best-ever movie?
PIPPA: I’d have to say The Sound of Music. I was quite young when Dad insisted we get it out and watch it – it’s the first movie that really impacted me. I managed to get to Salzburg a few years ago and dragged Torrin along on The Sound of Music bicycle tour. I sang along at all the appropriate places, and he was so embarrassed.

5. If you could be stuck on a desert island with just one person, who would that be?
PIPPA: I’d have to take my husband – but not for the reasons you may think! He’s great at diving, so I know we’d have enough to eat. And it would be good to spend uninterrupted time with him.

6. What’s the best thing – and the hardest thing – about being a mum?
PIPPA: The best thing is the overwhelming love that kids give you every now and then. Sometimes they’ll wrap themselves around you and tell you they love you – and compared to that, nothing else matters. This morning the older girls were making funny noises, and one-year-old Taj was copying them, then laughing and laughing. That little laugh is the best sound in the world. I felt so warm and lovely.

The hardest thing is that old ‘mother-guilt’. I suspect this changes as your children get older, but at this age there are so many demands. I tell my children I’m not an octopus!

7. If you could do anything in the world right now and not fail, what would it be?
PIPPA: At the risk of sounding like a beauty queen, I’d end global poverty and hunger. If I can’t fail I may as well aim high!

8. What’s been your all-time greatest embarrassment?
PIPPA: It was during the America’s Cup. I was covering the races, and it was quite rough. I was starting to feel sick and finally threw up on the media boat. Who knows where that piece of film ended up? Certainly not a good look, a young reporter hung over the side of the boat!

9. What’s one thing about New Zealand that you would change if you could?
PIPPA: What most disturbs me most is the child abuse. It breaks my heart. I think we should provide more support for vulnerable families – and part of that is spending more time looking out for our neighbours. But I know it’s not that simple; it will involve a whole raft of initiatives and may take generations.

10. What’s the first thing that comes into your mind when I say …?
Politics … PIPPA: John Key. Voted sexiest politician!
Religion … I have huge admiration for people with faith. I interviewed the headmaster of the school where the students and teacher died in the canyoning disaster. I was so impressed with how personal faith can get you through so much tragedy.
Sex … Back to John Key on that one!
Global Warming … I hate to be a fence-sitter, but I don’t feel entirely comfortable with all the claims. However, we do tend to be lazy and selfish about how we treat our planet, and we need to take far greater responsibility for what we put into the environment.

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