I am an ambassador for two charities, Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) and Pillars. ENZ supports thousands of Kiwi girls and women who suffer from endometriosis. It's a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus [the endometrium] is found outside the uterus where it shouldn't be. It's very common – while the known incidence is one in 10 women, it often goes undiagnosed. Pillars supports the children of prison inmates. Children are the innocent victims of their parents' crimes. They weren't part of the crime, yet they serve their own sentence. They have to cope without their parent, they often endure teasing and isolation, and worst, they're seven times more likely than their peers to go to prison.
I have endometriosis, so I understand the pain of living with it. There's an issue with early diagnosis. Some women only find out when they want to have a baby – and that can be too late. I'd like earlier diagnoses so that women and their families can work out support plans in their homes. I support Pillars because my parents were prison chaplains – my mother still is. These children deserve a good and fulfilling life like any other child.
Kindness, humour and intelligence. But mostly, it's what that person feels about themselves that makes them beautiful. Optimism is an attractive trait.
When I've done a good job. Also, when my husband [Mike Dreaver] says I'm beautiful and I know he's talking about all of me, not just the outer package.
Any sort of exploitation of children that harms a child or denies them their basic human right to live well, safely and successfully.
Happiness, optimism, kindness and extraordinary intelligence. I'm pretty lucky to have found all that in my husband.
Waking up to my daughter Te Rerehua (4). Every day, I have three questions for her which she delights in answering: "What's my favourite thing to do?" (Giving kisses and cuddles), "Who do I like to give them to? (Me), and, "What's my favourite job in the whole world?" (Being my mama)!
Next to my husband, it'd be my parents. They raised five successful children who are raising their own successful children. I am proud to be part of a family who cares about each other and extends that care to the world around them.