Feud ending with joy
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.
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.