In­spi­ra­tions: New­shub’s Melissa Davies

Melissa Davies is a TV re­porter and pre­sen­ter for New­shub. She is based in Auck­land.

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My ul­ti­mate in­dul­gence is… Travel. I’m al­ways plan­ning my next ad­ven­ture!

I’ve had so many won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ences – it’s hard to pick favourites but Croa­tia and Por­tu­gal would be right up there.

A book I’m read­ing this sum­mer is…The

Morn­ing They Came for Us by Ja­nine di Gio­vanni. Gio­vanni is a war cor­re­spon­dent who has been re­port­ing from Syria for the past four years. In this book she in­ter­views peo­ple from both sides of the con­flict – from those who’ve lost their homes and fam­ily mem­bers to the elite who con­tinue to live as though the shelling go­ing on around them isn’t hap­pen­ing.

My most mem­o­rable start to the year

was spent… In New Zealand this year af­ter hav­ing the pre­vi­ous five New Year’s Eves over­seas. One time I had a Cham­pagne pic­nic un­der the Eif­fel Tower, but there’s noth­ing like be­ing with loved ones in Coro­man­del. There’s no place like home.

The qual­ity I most ap­pre­ci­ate in other

peo­ple? Open-mind­ed­ness. I’m lucky in my job that I get to meet so many peo­ple from such dif­fer­ent walks of life. I ad­mire peo­ple who are tol­er­ant of dif­fer­ence and open to lis­ten­ing to opin­ions other than their own.

A per­fect sum­mer night with my friends

is spent… In the back­yard shar­ing a typ­i­cal Kiwi bring-a-plate meal, lis­ten­ing to some chilled-out tunes like DJ Bonobo, and then it would prob­a­bly de­scend into search­ing YouTube for our favourite 80s and 90s tracks – with lots of laugh­ing and sin­ga­longs.

The item in my house that never fails to

make me smile is... My box of Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions! I’m the big­gest kid when it comes to Christ­mas and I’ve picked up tree dec­o­ra­tions from all over the world. I get so ex­cited about un­wrap­ping them again every De­cem­ber. I think my mum is re­spon­si­ble for this – she has a col­lec­tion of hun­dreds of San­tas, which my sis­ters and I tease her about, but now I re­alise I’m just as bad!

The ad­vice I’ve never for­got­ten is…

Al­ways go with your first an­swer. This is es­pe­cially use­ful when it comes to pub quizzes! But I think it’s also good ad­vice for more se­ri­ous mat­ters – trust your in­stinct, it’s al­most al­ways right (un­like my pub quiz an­swers).

If I could in­vent one thing it would be…

The abil­ity to phys­i­cally trans­port my­self through my phone while video call­ing fam­ily and friends over­seas.

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