Feud end­ing with joy

Eastern Courier - - FRONT PAGE - LIU CHEN

The laugh­ter is louder and faces brighter af­ter the May fam­ily of East Tamaki won yes­ter­day even­ing’s big prize on Fam­ily Feud on tele­vi­sion chan­nel Three.

They’re ex­cited to be tak­ing home a brand new Suzuki Swift car as the award for their suc­cess­ful bat­tles against five other Kiwi fam­i­lies.

‘‘It’s great, awe­some, won­der­ful,’’ the May team mem­bers cheer to the East­ern Courier.

They are cap­tain Michael May, his ‘‘an­i­mal-lov­ing’’ wife Am­ber, his ‘‘arachno­pho­bic’’ sis­ter Bron­wyn, and her hus­band ‘‘with an eye for de­tail’’ An­drew Hughes.

‘‘It’s just a nice show that you don’t have to be in­tel­li­gent,’’ says Bron­wyn, who came up with the idea of en­ter­ing.

None­the­less, be­ing able to guess the most pop­u­lar an­swers to ques­tions posed to 100 Ki­wis sur­veyed and win five nights con­sec­u­tively as the play-on cham­pi­ons is not easy.

The fam­ily still clearly re­mem­bers one of the ques­tions that baf­fled them in their very first show ap­pear­ance.

It was when host Dai Hen­wood asked the con­tes­tants to name a word or phrase that in­cluded ’’heavy’’.

‘‘That was hard,’’ Bron­wyn re­calls, as they were not able to clear the board, los­ing that round to the op­pos­ing Cornish fam­ily.

An­drew, who was ner­vous dur­ing the first show, adds: ‘‘You can come from be­hind and win eas­ily. The for­mat of the game means that you can win all of a sud­den.’’

The key to the game is to think what other New Zealan­ders would choose, rather than putting one­self in it, and say just any­thing, Am­ber sug­gests.

‘‘Gen­er­ally that worked out for some­thing. You never know.’’

Their first tele­vi­sion ex­pe­ri­ence has been very en­joy­able, be­cause they were very well looked af­ter, got train­ing to make them feel com­fort­able stand­ing in front of the cam­eras, and saw be­hind the scenes of how TV pro­duc­tion works.

Michael says: ‘‘Who we al­ways see is Dai, but ac­tu­ally there are so many tal­ented peo­ple in­volved in the show.’’

Be­ing on TV is not as scary as peo­ple might have imag­ined, Bron­wyn says.

‘‘There is lots of fun, and it also builds the re­la­tion­ships with other peo­ple in the fam­ily.

‘‘If you have been think­ing about do­ing it, go for it.

‘‘You might be as lucky as us,’’ Bron­wyn adds. in an at­tempt to get more peo­ple to vote af­ter only a 35.5 per cent turnout in 2013, down from 51 per cent in 2010.

Coun­cil­lor Mike Lee is crit­i­cal of the coun­cil-funded cam­paign.

‘‘The theme of love didn’t res­onate with lo­cal gov­ern­ment,’’ he says.

In par­tic­u­lar, Lee says an ed­u­cat­ing Kombi van called the Love Bus wasn’t ef­fec­tive.

Goff says it didn’t do any­thing for him ei­ther.

‘‘I saw the bus at Sylvia Park on the open­ing of a big depart­ment store and there were thou­sands of peo­ple there, but the bus was 300 me­tres away from the crowds and I was the only per­son talk­ing to [its] staff.’’

The pre­sen­ta­tion was ‘‘a lit­tle op­ti­mistic’’ about voter turnout, but he says the blame doesn’t lie with coun­cil of­fices.

He says the next elec­tion would re­quire think­ing lat­er­ally and ad­vo­cates tak­ing polls to schools and churches.

LIU CHEN

The elated May fam­ily of East Tamaki, Am­ber and Michael May, Bron­wyn and An­drew Hughes, won a new Suzuki Swift on Fam­ily Feud on Thurs­day.

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