Paula Bennett's life journey has had plenty of ups and down - going from a teenage solo mum in Taupo all the way to deputy Prime Minister - but it's taught her a lot along the way. One thing she has learned is it’s never too late to learn something new.
In Ask Me Anything, Paula will be talking to Kiwis from all walks of life, to learn how they got to where they are, and to share stories, advice and guidance the rest of us can learn from. New episodes out every Sunday.
How to thrive as you get older with Tina Cross
39:04On this week's episode, Paula is chatting with singer, actress, Lady Killer and entertainment icon Tina Cross ahead of her new role in Wicked. They discuss her lengthy and varied career and her latest role, and share advice on how the 64-year-old star is still thriving even as she nears that pension!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How not to drink with Guyon Espiner
47:42On this week's episode, Paula is joined by RNZ reporter and author of the new book, The Drinking Game, Guyon Espiner. They discuss why he went into journalism and the different fields he has worked in, as well as learrning Te Reo for his daughter, before they dig into both of their relationships with alcohol and drinking, and what people can do to help manage their drink better. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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How to stay positive in the face of difficult times with Jacqui Maguire
38:37Have you felt you've been a bit grumpier lately? On this week's episode, Paula talks to psychologist and author Jacqui Maguire about coping with disasters on a personal level, and dealing with living in permacrisis.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How to talk to politicians with Barry Soper
36:12On this week's episode, Paula talks to Newstalk ZB’s Barry Soper who has been reporting on politics for 43 years. In that time, he has covered 11 different prime ministers, from Robert Muldoon through to Chris Hipkins, and outlasted most of them in the hustle and bustle of the Beehive.And while he has left his role as political editor and moved to Auckland, the now-senior political correspondent and new dad has a lot to say about those he has covered during his time - including the most recent person to vacate the top job.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How to be an LGBTQ+ ally with Hugo Grrrl and Miss Geena
48:48On this week's episode, Paula talks with local drag icons Hugo Grrrl (George) and Miss Geena for a Pride Month special. They discuss drag, reality TV and their transition stories, before sharing advice and tips for people looking to be better rainbow allies. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How to stand up for yourself with Matty McLean
42:47On the first episode for 2023, Paula is joined by broadcaster and Treasure Island star Matty McLean. They talk his recent wedding, growing support for LGBT+ issues, and his time on Breakfast, before getting advice for how to stand up for yourself - after Matty's last go at Celebrity Treasure Island dragged up some unresolved childhood issues!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How to talk to teens - and what they want from adults
35:36In this special summer bonus episode of Ask Me Anything, Paula is talking to Teina and Lichelle, two teens who have gone through the Graeme Dingle Foundation's Project K programme. After a year where all eyes were on problem teens and what should be done about them, Teina and Lichelle talk to Paula about the issues they've dealt with as teens, how the programme helped them, and what advice they have for parents and teachers dealing with difficult teens in the 21st century. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How to start a business with Max Key
38:56On this week's episode - the final for 2022 - Paula sits down with Max Key to talk launching a business. They discuss his time in the spotlight, his social media regrets, and dealing with anxiety, before discussing launching a business and what advice he has for those looking to get into property. New episodes will return in February!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How to advocate for change with Rachel Smalley
31:39On this week's episode, Paula is joined by broadcaster and founder of The Medicine Gap, Rachel Smalley. They discuss Smalley's time as a journalist and her year in the public service and what she learned there, before digging into her work with The Medicine Gap, highlighting the New Zealanders who are unable to access the medicines they need to treat their conditions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How to become an actor with Graham McTavish
38:12On this week's episode, Paula is joined by Outlander, House of the Dragon and The Hobbit actor Graham McTavish. They discuss his life in Scotland, his decision to move to New Zealand, the big projects he's worked on, and going to fan conventions like Armageddon. He also shares advice for surviving long days on set and other tips for aspiring actors. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.