Take 10: Kevin Milne

Take 10: Kevin Milne

What’s the No.1 key to a great marriage?
KEVIN: Don’t just love your partner – admire her! After lots of years together you still want to be able to look at your wife and go, “Wow!” Not just physically, but with genuine admiration. I can still say that about Linda after 33 years.

Kevin Milne

Personal chit-chat with this long-time-favourite TV & radio bloke …

1. A great night out for you would go like …?
KEVIN: It would involve family and food and wine. We’d all go out to celebrate some achievement someone in the family had got. Maybe to an ethnic restaurant – a trendy little place like the Hanoi in Auckland – with the sort of food you can eat all night and not feel bloated. If it was winter there’d be a fire going, and we’d have a great jolly night together.

2. Who do you most admire, and why?
KEVIN: Paul McCartney – for his brilliance as a musician. I’d like to sit down and yarn with him for a couple of hours. Imagine him telling you what it was like to be in the Beatles, with their extraordinary success. To have gone through such an incredibly creative time in your life where you write songs that people are still singing 50 years later. Not just one or two, but dozens of them …

3. If you could do anything in the world right now and not fail, what would it be?
KEVIN: I’d love to be on stage in one of the world’s great theatres, and carry off a stand-up comedy act. I’d love to be a great comedian. To have that sense of timing, and stand up there and make people laugh for a couple of hours. I’d rather do that than be a great sportsman or a great writer. Somewhere in me is a need to make people laugh.

4. What’s the No.1 key to a great marriage?
KEVIN: Don’t just love your partner – admire her! After lots of years together you still want to be able to look at your wife and go, “Wow!” Not just physically, but with genuine admiration. I can still say that about Linda after 33 years.

5. If you could be stuck on a desert island with just one person, who would that be?
KEVIN: The boring answer would be my wife. But if my wife wasn’t available, let’s say the world’s finest female boat builder …

6. What’s the best thing – and the hardest thing – about being a dad?
KEVIN: The best thing is that you create a whole bunch of best friends. I have three boys and a girl, and they’re all magnificent and all so different. The hardest thing is that they leave you, and go and live overseas. I find it frustrating, even though I know it’s good for them. Two of mine have left already. I don’t want them to be so far away. I don’t want grandchildren that I visit – I want grandchildren that I’m with! We should start a campaign to stop our children leaving New Zealand. We should take active steps to keep them here. Bribery of a financial type could be used. They shouldn’t be able to inherit money if they’ve spent more than six months overseas!

7. What’s your fondest growing-up memory?
KEVIN: Family holidays. We used to stay at Akaroa and go to beaches. Sometimes we’d take the car on the overnight ferry from Christchurch to Wellington. We’d then go around the North Island, visiting family. The cars in those days were slower and broke down often, but I loved those huge trips.

8. What’s been your all-time greatest embarrassment?
KEVIN: It took me until I was about 27 years old before I realised that the word ‘gaol’ was not pronounced ‘goal’. I was reading the news one day and announced that someone had been sent to ‘goal’ for several years – which sounded like a sports story! When I went back to the newsroom, everybody was laughing …

9. What’s one thing about New Zealand that you would change if you could?
KEVIN: The climate. I’d like it to be a bit warmer. And it concerns me that the rich and the poor are getting further apart. I think we should start with wage-cuts for CEOs.

10. The book on your bedside cabinet at the moment is …?
KEVIN: The biography of Keith Richards. What’s interesting is that for a guy who you imagine has got up to a lot of bad stuff, he’s amazingly straightforward. He just loves his music. He just wants to play his guitar with other great guitarists.

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