Coast fam­ily on new show

Rodney Times - - OUT & ABOUT - RE­NEE CLAY­TON

Whanga­para¯ oa’s Hol­land fam­ily takes fam­ily build­ing to the next level.

Tara, 44, Greg, 48, Maia,12 and Louis,14, were one of 16 fam­i­lies cho­sen to take part in tele­vi­sion Three’s brand new XVen­ture Fam­ily Chal­lenge show.

The se­ries sees host Si­mon Bar­nett test­ing fam­i­lies in a range of unique, orig­i­nal and di­verse chal­lenges to test their team­work skills and re­sis­tance in the hope to win $25,000.

The Hol­land fam­ily was con­tacted by Whanga­para¯ oa Col­lege’s Deputy Prin­ci­pal last year to take part in the chal­lenge which they ac­cepted and went off to film in Rus­sell in Oc­to­ber.

‘‘It was such a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence, we are now a lot more pos­i­tive as a fam­ily and cope with stress and pres­sure a lot bet­ter,’’ Tara said.

The Hollands were in Rus­sell for around a week and had to com­plete three chal­lenges a day which were ei­ther men­tal, phys­i­cal, or both.

Greg said one of the best parts about be­ing on it was meet­ing the other fam­i­lies and mak­ing new friends.

Tara and Maia said they took a lot away from do­ing the show in­clud­ing the re­as­sur­ance that you can not change the past and that you have to keep mov­ing for­ward.

Louis said he learnt how to man­age stress and to not worry about what peo­ple may think.


The Hollands will ap­pear on XVen­ture Fam­ily Chal­lenge on Fe­bru­ary 25 at 5:30pm.

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