Editor’s Letter; Things We Love; Megan Nicol Reed
Let us count the ways Ms Teuila Blakely could care less what anyone thinks. That sex tape she and Auckland Warriors player Konrad Hurrell made a few years ago? She’s perfectly fine with it, thank you. Becoming pregnant at 16 and being forced to move out of home? In her own words, as harrowing as it was, it “gave me the opportunity to have freedom in my life”. Her relationship with the man who broke her heart, Oscar Kightley? After realising they were going to have to work together, she called a truce and in the process discovered they could be good friends, despite others’ misgivings. It takes a particular kind of person to be able not only to survive but thrive through adversity, and Blakely gives a masterclass in it in her riveting interview with Kim Knight today. Also this week, in our new back page column, Paul Little talks to scientist Sir Peter Gluckman about a year in his life that would shape the rest to come. Each week Little talks to well-known Kiwis about a significant year — good or bad — in their life, and their answers are insightful and revealing.