Actor, director, passionate champion of te reo Māori, New Zealander of the Year 2020, intimacy co-ordinator, tireless advocate for the performing arts… when does Jennifer Ward-lealand ever rest? The answer is when she retreats to her island bach – but even then, not entirely… Where’s your favourite summer place to escape to and why? Jennifer:
It’s always Waiheke Island, where I hunker down in our little bach and barely leave the bay.
What special memories/associations does this place have for you? Jennifer:
The reserve at the end of our road was a pine forest, and over the past 10 years it has been transformed into native bush by an extraordinary bunch of volunteers. When the boys [sons Cameron and Jack] were little, they were so upset when the pines went, but I promised there would be a full forest again in their lifetimes. The boys learning to kayak down at the bay is something I will always remember. she was a kitten. She loves a bush walk and thankfully is scared of birds.
She literally purrs from the moment we arrive to the moment we leave – at which time I’m not her favourite person.
Vincent O’malley’s The New Zealand Wars, along with Auē by Becky Manawatu. For listening it will be my staples of [news podcast] The Daily,
The New Yorker Radio Hour, Reasons to be Cheerful, and whatever new podcasts take my fancy – though usually about some unscrupulous person being justifiably taken down.