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As a half-back for the War­riors, Shaun John­son is the first per­son to ad­mit that when it comes to tech­nol­ogy, he isn’t ex­actly an ex­pert. “I’m not re­ally a ‘techy’ per­son” laughs the young Rugby League player, be­fore adding that, like most Ki­wis, it doesn’t stop him from get­ting a kick out of hav­ing the lat­est dig­i­tal de­vices.

It’s been an event­ful few years for Shaun, who has gone from strength to strength since sign­ing with the War­riors in 2009, break­ing records left right and cen­tre and be­com­ing NZ Rugby League’s great­est test points scorer in 2017. Although he’s best known for his achieve­ments on the field, the half-back say­ing that his spare time has been ded­i­cated to renovations on his brand new home.

“We moved into this house about a year and a half ago,” says Shaun of the light and airy place he shares with part­ner Kayla, and English Bull­dog Ella, in Auck­land’s beachy eastern sub­urbs. Mod­ern yet re­fined, the cou­ple wanted to cre­ate a space that was “new, but not so flash you can’t re­lax and en­joy it!”

Any­one who has at­tempted renovations knows that it can be tough at the best of times, but as a Sam­sung am­bas­sador Shaun says hav­ing ac­cess to the lat­est smart ap­pli­ances and de­vices is mak­ing the process a breeze. While he may not be a tech-ex­pert, the player gave away that hav­ing top of the line de­vices and ap­pli­ances cer­tainly made him feel like one.

For Shaun, “a typ­i­cal day is a train­ing day”, which kicks off at 7am, which in­cludes field­work, physio and weights in the af­ter­noon. De­spite be­ing a star on the field, when it comes to re­lax­ing at home Shaun is like any other guy who loves noth­ing more than set­tling down in front of the Smart TV for some Net­flix.

“Once I get home at around 4pm it’s all about re­lax­ing. The QLED TV is most my used smart de­vice in the house – The 4K res­o­lu­tion when watch­ing Net­flix isn’t the worst!

Whether it’s the home of a War­riors half-back or not, chores al­ways have to be done, but with smart ap­pli­ances, Shaun says it’s al­most too easy to keep on top of things.

“The Power­bot ro­bot vac­uum is the real game changer. Ella (my dog) is al­ways shed­ding lay­ers of hair all over our wooden floors, so it’s awe­some to have a vac­uum cleaner that you can con­trol with with your phone.”

In or­der to fuel a top ath­lete, you need a lot of food, so it’s no sur­prise that one of the player’s favourite ap­pli­ances is the Fam­ily Hub fridge. “The shop­ping list fea­ture is so handy,” says Shaun, “if there are any generic gro­ceries we things we need we just tap it onto the list on the screen. That then gets sent to our phones, so we can eas­ily check what we need, even if we’re al­ready at the shops. Ideal.”

Although, when it comes to his favourite thing about the smart fit-out, the young player says that apart from get­ting a no­ti­fi­ca­tion when he leaves the fridge open, “al­ways hap­pens” he laughs, he loved how mod­ern the new de­vices make his home feel.

As for what’s next, the rugby player says his fo­cus is on staying in tip-top shape and con­stantly look­ing for ways to im­prove his game. While per­son­ally, the cou­ple are ex­cit­edly putting their time into cre­at­ing their dream home.

“We al­ready have the smart ap­pli­ances, so it shouldn’t be too hard!”

To fol­low Shaun and Kayla’s progress on their new home, check out their In­sta­gram pro­file at @the­house­bythe­bay.

Want to know more about how Sam­sung’s smart de­vices can en­hance your home?

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