The re­al­ity stars rep­ping Whanganui

Whanganui Chronicle - - Front Page - Liz Wylie

They may have jos­tled each other to reach the swings at Kowhai Park once upon a time although they have no rec­ol­lec­tion of it now.

Great Kiwi Bake Off con­tes­tant Clay­ton Bar­nett and Project Run­way NZ con­tender Kerry Rang­inui were both grow­ing up in 1980s Whanganui but they met for the first time in Auck­land last week.

“It was great fun meet­ing up with Kerry — we’re sim­i­lar ages and found we have a lot in com­mon,” said Bar­nett.

“He’s ob­vi­ously a very tal­ented and su­per nice guy.”

While Rang­inui stands to win a Holden As­tra and a cash prize of $50,000 on his show, Bar­nett is com­pet­ing just for the ku­dos.

“I’m re­ally im­pressed that Kerry is on a re­al­ity show where there is a ‘chunk of change’ at stake yet he’s still pass­ing on his in­dus­try knowl­edge and help­ing oth­ers.”

Rang­inui was equally im­pressed with Bar­nett, de­scrib­ing him as a very “gen­uine bloke”.

“He is a very pas­sion­ate baker and we had heaps to talk about be­cause I qual­i­fied as a pas­try chef and spent years work­ing in hos­pi­tal­ity while study­ing fash­ion. I think we each ad­mire the other’s drive to suc­ceed in our cho­sen fields.”

There was also the shared mem­o­ries of Whanganui child­hoods and the chance to share “a few war sto­ries” about their re­al­ity TV ex­pe­ri­ences.

In episode six of Project Run­way NZ, Rang­inui once again made it safely through to the next round af­ter cre­at­ing a high-end fash­ion look in­flu­enced by wall­pa­per de­signs. “It was su­per stress­ful — we only had a bud­get of $150 and there was a lot of paint­ing in­volved to cre­ate a high fash­ion look.”

And Bar­nett passed muster in episode four of The Great Kiwi Bake Off although he strug­gled with the bread-themed chal­lenges and for­got to salt his hand­made but­ter. “I was al­most ‘sconeski’ with my sig­na­ture bake but live to fight an­other day.”

In their day jobs, Rang­inui is a pat­tern maker for world-renowned de­signer Karen Walker and Bar­nett is a TV pro­ducer for Sky Sport as well as be­ing a dad to 2-year-old daugh­ter Is­abelle.

■ Project Run­way: Mon­days 7.30pm, TVNZ 2; The Great Kiwi Bake Off: Tues­days 7.30pm, TVNZ 2.

De­signer Kerry Rang­inui and baker Clay­ton Bar­nett shared tales of their Whanganui child­hoods last week.

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