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
"I am me and I’m really happy with me. And I’m comfortable with growing and sharpening and improving at my own rate. If it all ends today, i'm happy with...who I am, warts and all... That’s been a massive learning curve. Sitting in that. Resting in that. Making myself vulnerable. To step out and not worry about getting approval."
- Ido Drent
Welcome to episode 23 of DOUGIT the Podcast with Ido Drent and yours happily!
Queen D, aka Miss Personality (she actually won that award), aka Damaris is one half of the super sister Duo behind the dopest Italian restaurant in town - Coco's Cantina. Damaris and her Sister Renee grew up in Kaitaki and have a lifetime worth of lessons, travel, creativity and hilarity they have managed to fuse together, without killing each on the way, into the delicious melting pot, their home, Coco's Cantina...
Welcome to Episode 21 of DOUGIT - the podcast - with the myth, the man, the legend - Andrew J Steel!
Since leaving his mums womb and his former creative brand - BMD - Andrew has become his own man, forging a career as a full time creative painting some of NZ's most iconic murals amongst many other things.
I love Andrews work and the way he works. From his loose hands-drawn styles, to his messaging and symbolism, to the way he innovates and carries himself. The guy has a spark in his eye, a pen in his hand and a bigger purpose, to make people and the world better through art, and have fun and sex on the way...
Welcome to episode #18 of DOUGIT the podcast with hand-balancing maestro Miguel Santana!
From Brazil to New Zealand to the World to this podcast, Miguel has been turning world's upside around the world for over 2 years now as one of the world's very best teachers in the art of hand-balancing. I have loved being one of his students and I love his story as it's so utterly unconventional!
It's so wonderful how he went from a gardner to a one of the world's best hand-balancers self taught from watching videos on YouTube and practicing in his room late at night while his friends were out drinking...
BULA! Welcome to a special sing along Kiritan and Kava drinking DOUGIT podcast with Franko Heke!
In this episode #16 of DOUGIT the podcast I am joined by Franko Heke, our brother from another mother and also an amazing singer, musician, and Wallah (leader of Kiritan). As well as Nick "Mr Avocados" Corliss and Raj "Bunjee Lemons" Joshi from the Organic Mechanic, Toshido "Tomatoes" our part Japanese part Chillian part enlightened shaman temporary flatmate and our neighbour Sylvia – silverbeet.
At our Organic Mechanic flat HQ we often sit down in the evenings for a Kava session led by Nicky Avocados. Kava is a special Fijian drink and ceremony where tribes gather to drink Kava, a sedative crop that tastes like dirt, together with an intention, clapping, much chanting of BULA, hilarious conversation and in this particular episode a dash of kiritan/singing!...
Hello friends and friends I haven't met yet. Welcome to an awesome episode #16 of Dougit the podcast with the man behind the flowers, beard, the charity Live More Awesome and a new book titled - A Guide to Live More Awesome Volume 1 - Mr Jimi Hunt!!!
Mental health is something we all have like constant cravings for chocolate and guacamole (and by all I mean me) physical health but somehow we don't treat it with the same enthusiasm, flash lycra and gym selfies, until now....
W-a-nderful welcome to episode #15 of DOUGIT the podcast with Jonnie Halstead! Jonnie and his wife Jacque are the Australasian business partners of Wanderlust worldwide. A formidable duo who combine their big smiles, passion for food, yoga, music and community to bring one of the most fabulous festivals down under to New Zealand and Australia.
To Wanderlust is to have a strong desire to travel. To go to a Wanderlust Festival is to experience an all-out celebrations of mindful living with a diverse range of world class yoga and meditation teachers to musicians, speakers chefs and everything in between, including three of my favourite activities, slack lining, massage circles and meeting beautiful people...
Hola amigos, welcome to episode #14 of DOUGIT the podcast with NZ's fittest athlete, Kevin Manuel.... show notes to come... :)
Welcome to Dougit episode #13 with Ben Warren - founder of BePure, one of NZ's leading nutrition and holistic health experts, former golf pro, permaculturist, and all round nice guy - see for yourself here.
This chat is my favourite yet! Lucky number 13 maybe? Or maybe just that Ben's such a kindred sole, his path so closely mapping my own that it felt like just catching up with a long lost very intelligent considered friend...
"Careers are over now. I don't want to have a career. I want to have some kind of life. I want to be alive while working."
- Darren Smith
La bienvenida a gente guapa! Welcome beautiful people to episode #11 of #DOUGIT with Darren Smith. Truth be told, this is actually the first episode of the podcast. Darren was kind enough to sit down for a chat with me over a cup of tea and toast at the start of the year as a trial run/chat. Recorded this bad/interesting boy on the iphone off the cuff after a yoga sesh with the man himself.
D-Money, aka Darren, is a very smart dude of a dude and his story parallels mine quite closely. We grew up together going to the same primary, intermediate, and high school and spent much time battling on the chess board and cricket field. And ended up both transitioning to teaching Yoga at the same time after much time apart and corporate careers...
"If it doesn’t touch you. Then change it."
- Vincent Bolletta -
Welcome to episode #10 of #DOUGIT with Vincent Bolletta - yoga superstar and teacher to the stars and non famous people who are also stars in this crazy galaxy we reside in that has provided plenty more questions than answers which is a great theme for this episode - accepting the unknown and riddle of life.
This episode is so much more than yoga. It's a philosophy on life, art, eating chocolate, living out of car and everything in between. Vincent is a wonderful teacher, creative, comedian and artist and his philosophies and insights transcend far beyond the mat.
One smoothie at a time, we are on a mission to inspire and empower New Zealanders to realize the age old truth – food is medicine.
- Graedon Parker/Organic Mechanic -
Welcome to episode #9 of #DOUGIT with Graedon Parker - smoothie rockstar and one of the founders of Organic Mechanic.
I feel so lucky to have met this guy and his extended Organic Mechanic family and to now have the chance to share his story the OM amazing Organic Kombucha! Using the promo code "DOUGIT" you wonderful listeners will get 20% off your first subscription of this delicious elixir of health - Order here.
“The greatest wealth is health”
Yolo! And welcome to episode #8 with Tanz! Aka Tanya Ellison from the Wellness Hub.
It's bananas how those who care the most about food often also stress the most about food. During this talk with Tanya we cover off why this is, the big food issues, the big not food issues, her story overcoming Graves disease (an autoimmune condition of the thyroid), her health recommendations, why you should be open in life and business and drum roll please.... How you can win a 6 pack of Tanya's impressive cold pressed juices from the Wellness Hub in their spritely new glass jar which are totally Instagramable!!! #delicious :P
Not only is Hannah an amazing artist, she's an amazing Yogi, loving caregiver/volunteer and beautiful friend. For me she is the definition of success - she works hard, she does what she loves with such beautiful energy, she loves the process, her smile is vibrant, her heart is kind and she knows how to have fun. Even singing Karaoke for fun, and weight loss... believe it or not, but a good excuse to sing more.
Her story is enthralling. Her art practice fascinating. Her morning routine uplifting. Her energy contagious. She is well traveled, honest, and a true world changer, adding a little bit of joy to everybody and every moment that she meets...
Apa Kabar!? (How are you in Indonesian) Welcome to episode #6 of #DOUGIT with Jay Goodey fromONCEIT.
I am very grateful to have Jay as a friend, a sounding board for ideas, and as a reliable Friday night burger and beer and now bali buddy. It was a pleasure to sit down with him for a quick chat, sacrificing some surf and Bintangs in paradise, to share some of his ideas, stories and inspiration on his fashion rags to online retain riches, how he got started with ONCEIT - which is now one NZ's fastest growing businesses, doubling year on year in size and now with over 250,000 members - why he wanted to quit everyday for the first year, to his daily rituals, company culture tips, favourite vegetable, a book about frogs (reddit ;), how to dream big by thinking small, working backwards to go forwards, and how Tony Robbins is much more than a Memphis Meltdown parody and much more...
Cam is the man, and not just because it rhymes, like "hey ho lets go", but because he is also a tip top kiwi bloke and the General Manager and Communications Director for multi-award winning New Zealand charity Sustainable Coastlines. In his (increasingly medium rare Broccoli on the BBQ) spare time he also shoots photos, writes, designs websites, crafts infographics and works on brand strategy for several organisations through his whale of good time design agency -Whale Shark
In our short but sweet, Eight Thirty caffeinated conversation at their new Auckland urban refurbished, reused #sustainable, camping headquarters we dive head first mouth open into some shitty, how was single use plastic ever a good idea, problems that can't be resolved Kardashian style with a bit of surgery - #nobigbutts ifs or maybes.
Truth is, New Zealand and the world has more than 99 problems, and single use plastic is a big one - I'd add turmeric to my smoothie and dairy and agriculture to the top of that list too. So much so we can't swim in half of our rivers a 100% of the time, and 90% of them when it rains, because when it rains it pours and pollutes with plastics and a variety of things all of which end up in our H2-0hhno, which is just bananas and as a percentage more toxic than Kardashians reality TV...