“He has the voice you bang over tables to get to and plays with the ease and skill with which I devour an entire pavlova.”— Roy Colbert, Otago Daily Times
Ciaran McMeeken is a NZ singer songwriter with a voice and heart of gold. He likes golden turmeric lattes, comparisons to John Mayer and singing about what makes him feel excited and alive. He also has a goal to win a grammy and has just released the catchiest of songs to edit an instagram video of you cliff jumping, fire walking, holding hands with your lover, running on the beach with a labradoodle, eating something on fire and living the most extraordinary life - That Feeling. (Warning: song will be stuck in your head for days!)
Tom Hishon is the founder of my favourite restaurant in town/Auckland - Orphans Kitchen with his buddy Josh Helm. Recently they won the inaugural Metro Magazine 'Food for Good' award for their work in the community and food philosophy among many things. He's also a top bloke, about to open a new bakery - Daily Bread - and devote yogi.
Nicky Sinden is Addicted to Fishing! Quite literally. It's the name of her TV show and what she dreams about day and night. Check her fabulous fishing show out here.
As well as her own TV Show she has a new Woman's world record for the largest Swordfish caught on reel and an amazing story about how she got to where she is today. Even if fishing is not your thing there's so many great insights into life and creating your own reality, her story really is a fairytale.
Ryan Fox is currently ranked New Zealand's second best golfer with a world ranking of 168. He represented New Zealand at the Rio Olympics, qualified for the British Open Championship and is a member of the European tour. He's also one of the longest hitters or a golf ball in the world, the son of Grant Fox (All Black) and enjoys a good pie and going fishing.
This is a life chancing conversation. I feel so fortunate to have spent time with Wu De, a Zen monk, teacher and student of tea. Wu De is also the founder of https://www.globalteahut.org/ - a tea centre in Taiwan and online resources that supplies tea and teachings all around the world.
"Synchronicity is my drug!" - Michael Mayell
Synchronicity is also the theme of this conversation and what led to me to meet Michael Mayell, founder of Nutrient Rescue, Cookie Time and a passion for a plant powered life for all.
"You don't go to the gym once and expect to be fit."
Emily is the founder of Conscious Boss, her life and business coach for woman in wellness. As well as coaching she also organises wonderful cliques/events, most recently with Preston Smiles and Alexi Panos.
Ben is back! This is my second episode with this legend and if you haven't listened to the first it's a real doozy on how to die with fantastic health and you can check it out here. For those who don't know Ben he's the boss of personalised health, happiness and BePure. And he really walks, eats, drinks and exercises the talk with such amazing infectious energy, health and purpose.
Ben is the founder of New Age Primal with Dr Greg Emerson. They're both by chance former elite and professional athletes and passionate preventative care preachers. Their facilitate performance and survival courses for corporates, teams, individuals and even professional athletes, helping them thrive and rather than just survive.
Peter struck me, not physically, but rather charismatically as such a generous, happy, passionate and aspiring guy. After one of our advanced yoga workshops at Studio Red he wrote a wonderful email the next day full of praise. And every time i've met him or seen him he's been a real joy to be around and full of fishing stories, his favourite past time. The fact he also happens to be a highly successful advertising and business man intrigued me. I wanted to know his secrets to business and living a happy fulfilled life and I was not disappointed.
"Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods".
I was excited to meet Jake and even more so after this interview. The guy dressed sharp as Ricky Martin and was hungry as a starving labrador looking at sausages to achieve his goals. The day we met he had just interviewed Geoff Ross and was about to sky dive out of plane in between meetings. I loved his energy and excitement for life and his own story and also his passion that I share for questioning the norms and education system, as he said, "it's fucked".
It was a real treat to be back behind the podcast mics and a cup of tea with Sam Gibbs from Global Tea Hut after a few months off on my own global travels. I recently biked from Vancouver BC to Los Angeles before flying to Mexico and Sam had recently returned from his work at Global Tea Hut in Taiwan and by fortuitous timing we were both in Mangawhai, NZ before Sam flew back and able to share a cuppa, or 10...
I was really captivated by the art of Tea after listening to Sam's teacher, Tea master and Zen monk Wu De, on the Rich Roll podcast...
A few years ago my Dad was WOF-ing (working on organic farms) up on Quadra Island, Canada. On a local bike ride he ran/biked into Sam and his wife Andrew. Dad discovered Sam was a custom bike builder and that he and Andrea were the fastest in the world (now former) man and woman on a bike! Dad loved Sam's work and was equally as fast to order a custom bike off Sam. However Sam thought dad was most likely low budget traveler and so he was trying to tell him to buy something second hands that he could afford. Dad said money wasn't an issue and ordered the bike to Sam's surprise/humour.
Shaka bra, hah, from laguna beach with Tim Senasi and yours happily. Tim is a local yoga teacher, surfer, standup guy and potential standup comedian with his own yoga youtube channel who I met on my travels and yoga mat in Laguna. He was nice enough to take me surfing, give me some yoga assists, buy me a burrito, introduce me to his family and give me some fejoas which i'll forever been in fruity dept for.
I was lucky enough to have Blair in one of my Yoga classes at Studio Red. He was a friend of a friend, looked like a bit of an athlete and top bloke #bromance. When I asked what he was up to he modestly said he was off to Rio. I didn't realise it was to compete in the Olympics!
l was happy as Larry/Doug to pry Bryce away from his Living Big in a Tiny House life to sit down in his wonderful tiny house on wheels to chat about all things big and small.
Bryce Langston is a minimalist, permaculturalist, documentary maker, actor and musician who is a big voice in the tiny house movement as founder of Living Big in a Tiny House. His youtube channel has millions of views and is as slick as banana peels coated in coconut oil on a hot pan. It's also quite reminiscent of Grand Designs which I thoroughly enjoy. I Justin Bieber belive you will love this episode as we go into the art of building small, the changing housing landscape, all the tips tricks and pitfalls on building your own tiny house, as well as Bryce's philosophies, passions and work outside of his tiny house blog.
Namaste! And welcome to episode 26 of DOUGIT the podcast with Franko Heke.
Tune into some whispers and wisdom from Franko as well as a sample of his new mantra album "ENCHANT" from his band The Gaya Tree. It's a beautiful album of Ancient & New Mantra using Maori, Hindi, Sanskrit and English done with a futuristic twist. Let music be thy medicine and gather yourself a copy on iTunes or listen on Spotify.
Franko's had a fascinating life from the drug, sex, rock n' roll and depression days to playing mantra music, having a child, training to teach yoga and playing at festivals around the world, on stage with the likes of Xzavier Rudd and playing to 3+ million people at the World Culture Festival in India...
Welcome to episode #25 of DOUGIT - the podcast - with NZ first master of wines Michael Brakovich & his brother Paul who help run the family owned Kumeu River Wines - one of the world's finest Chardonnay producers.
“It would be hard to exaggerate the importance of this famous wine. Kumeu River Chardonnay played a vital role in the renaissance of winemaking in the Auckland region. Kumeu River is one of New Zealand’s great Chardonnays, with a rock solid, prestigious reputation. A distinctive wine with notable power and concentration, it is typically lush, harmonious, and creamy smooth – a sheer delight to drink.”
- Michael Coopers Classic Wines of New Zealand