New start

Kanoa goes solo

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Woman’s Day This Week -

Just be­fore tak­ing to the stage to host the New Zealand Mu­sic Awards last month, Kanoa Lloyd had one of those un­mis­tak­able pinch-me mo­ments.

With Kiwi singing leg­end Stan Walker at her side and the venue filled with some of this coun­try’s big­gest names,

the for­mer chil­dren’s TV pre­sen­ter was hit by the enor­mity of just how far she’s come in the past few years.

“I had to stop for a sec­ond and take stock,” she con­fesses. “I re­mem­ber think­ing, ‘OMG, this is my life!’ It felt to­tally amaz­ing, hi­lar­i­ous and re­ally, re­ally cool.”

The Gis­borne-born 32-year-old, who started her broad­cast­ing ca­reer on kids’ show Stick­yTV when she was still at high school, has ce­mented her­self as one of Aotearoa’s bright­est stars since join­ing the pre­sent­ing panel on Three’s ThePro­ject, fol­low­ing a three-year stint as New­shub’s weather pre­sen­ter.

While she’d be for­given for let­ting the suc­cess go to her head, Kanoa will never stop be­ing grate­ful for where she’s at in life. She en­thuses, “Quite of­ten, I’ll just step back and think, ‘Whoa, this is so awe­some!’ I never, ever take for granted this in­cred­i­ble run of op­por­tu­ni­ties I’ve had.

“And I love my work! I like the ca­ma­raderie of the whole team and know­ing the tricks of how it’s all made. I even enjoy the bits where things go slightly wrong and we man­age to drag it back. I get a real jolt of adren­a­line.”


Kanoa is also in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for the happy home life she and hus­band Mi­kee Carpin­ter share with their rescue dog Brown and tabby cat Harry in Auckland. The pair will cel­e­brate their sec­ond wed­ding an­niver­sary this month and Kanoa blushes when she ad­mits that Mi­kee, 40, who was once known as “Props Boy” on

WhatNow, is her big­gest fan. “He’s hi­lar­i­ous. He’ll be rush­ing off to buy five copies of this magazine to send off to his nana, his mum and every­one else he knows! He is ridicu­lously proud of me. It’s pretty choice.”

The pair have re­cently un­der­taken a life­style over­haul, ditch­ing sugar and carbs, and fo­cus­ing on their fit­ness. Sev­eral times a week, they rise at 7am for a brisk walk with Brown, be­fore re­turn­ing home for a DIY cir­cuit-train­ing ses­sion.

“We do a few weights and some push-ups on the stairs,” tells Kanoa, who has been open about her strug­gle with anx­i­ety and sees a coun­sel­lor. “I’ve never been a gym per­son. For me, it’s al­ways been about yoga, which I mainly do for the mind.

“And get­ting into na­ture is pretty mag­i­cal when I’m feel­ing bad. There’s noth­ing like tak­ing your shoes off and get­ting into the fresh air. But it’s time to get a bit more se­ri­ous and I’m re­ally lucky my hus­band has got on board with the health kick too, so we can do it to­gether.”

But this isn’t about weight loss, in­sists Kanoa, who wants to get fit in time for a trip to Viet­nam in April, when she’ll lead a week-long trek to raise money for the Graeme Din­gle Foun­da­tion. The Kiwi char­ity works with young people to give them op­por­tu­ni­ties, self-es­teem and ad­ven­ture,

of­ten in na­ture. It’s a cause that’s close to Kanoa’s heart. As a child, she and her mum moved around a lot, even liv­ing in a house bus for a time, be­fore set­tling in Dunedin.

“The idea of pro­vid­ing men­tor­ing and sup­port to kids who might not have all the re­sources is amaz­ing,” she en­thuses. “I know when I was young, there were a few people along the way who helped me and be­lieved in me at just the right time. That set me on a good path.”

The Viet­nam trek isn’t the only chal­lenge on the hori­zon for 2019, with the re­cent an­nounce­ment that the star will host her own show,

Mov­ing Out with Kanoa.

The re­al­ity se­ries will fol­low Ki­wis as they em­bark on ma­jor life­style changes and Kanoa can’t wait to sink her teeth into her first solo host­ing gig.

“I’m so ex­cited and not just be­cause my name is in the ti­tle,” she laughs. “It’s a re­ally beau­ti­ful premise for a show and I’m sure there will be tears along the way!”

First, though, Kanoa is look­ing for­ward to a well-earned fes­tive break. “I can’t wait to get my fill of bare feet, fish­ing and hav­ing my phone turned off,” she says. “I never look in the mir­ror in sum­mer. I’ll be a mix of 50% sand and 50% sun­screen.”

And the healthy-eat­ing regime will cer­tainly be put on hold come De­cem­ber 25. “I bought a beau­ti­ful tri­fle bowl for $5 from an op shop, so I’ll be dig­ging into that. And I won’t say no to a glass of wine ei­ther. It’s Christ­mas!”

Yappy days! Kanoa and her four-legged friend both love a Kiwi sum­mer.

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