Meet Meg ‘NZ’s Best Mate’

This is Meg, New Zealand’s Best Mate. We talked to her while she’s stuck in a barge for a week. Why a barge? She took the Vodafone Mates Challenge where she will live in the middle of Auckland Harbour so her mates can go on an all-expense paid holiday to Fiji.
I know, right. Wish you’re her mate, too.

Her lucky mates…

XYNZ: How did you hear about the competition?

Meg: I didn’t know about the competition until well after Jesse had entered! It was only once we were shortlisted he approached me and asked if I wanted to come to fiji, and I said yes (of course) and then he explained the entire risk I would have to take of being selected for the barge. It was a risk I was willing to take!

XYNZ: Tell us more about your mates, how did you meet them? How long have you known each other?

Meg: We all know each other through school, but Jesse was the one who really bought us together. I’ve known Jesse since kindergarten and we grew up going to all the same schools.


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XYNZ: What made you decide to stay in the barge?

Meg: I didn’t get a choice, it was randomly selected! But I went into this Vodafone Mates competition knowing full well there was a chance it could be me, and it it was I wanted to prove that I could go through some crazy stuff for my mates and show that I am NZ’s Best Best Mate – they have been what has kept me going for the past 5 days. Knowing they are having a great time makes it all worth it

XYNZ: What came to your mind when you first saw the barge?

Meg: It took a long time for the reality of the situation to sink in. That entire morning had been such a Rollercoaster and I had only just said bye to my mates about 10 minutes earlier. My first thoughts were something along the lines of “holy shit what have I got myself into?!” It was so much smaller than I imagined.

XYNZ: Best time at the barge, so far?

Meg: Definitely the morning sunrise of day two, the water was so calm, the sky was bright pink and I had an incredible view of the city and the bridge from my mattress! It was 6:30am and the whole situation felt surreal. Sharing that moment with Todd and Marty was a real treat. In my downtime, it’s also been pretty relaxing being able to keep in touch with friends and family, watch my favourite shows online through the Vodafone Mates plan I’ve been set up with. It’s nice not having to worry about running out of data!

XYNZ: Worst moments?

Meg: The challenges! Either the cockroach challenge (my biggest fear) or eating the hottest chilli in the world. Saying no to the hair challenge also really sucked because I want to do everything I can for my mates but shaving my head was just too far.

XYNZ: What’s the first thing you’re gonna do after the barge life?


cat shower

XYNZ Reader: Did you get sea sick?

Meg: Not yet! I’ve been eating ginger nuts and taking some tablets to help reduce how queasy I feel in the rough weather

XYNZ Reader: Will you go to Fiji after this? Will your mates pay for your next holiday?

Meg: I honestly would love to go to Fiji but I don’t expect anything in return from my mates, that was the agreement we made before all getting involved with the competition.

XYNZ Reader: What did you have for food?

Meg: Dehydrated back country meals – ones you boil in a bag. They taste OK but the texture is SO WRONG.

XYNZ Reader: Will you see your barge Tinder date?

Meg: I honestly hope so! If the feeling is mutual I’m sure we will see each other again for a second date (fingers crossed!)

XYNZ Reader: Are you mates with Stan Walker?

Meg: Stan Walker is the kinda guy who can be mates with anyone, even crazy girls who are living on barges! Vodafone arranged the visit and it was such a great experience having him visit and just hang out for a while. He’s so easy going, down to earth and lovely to talk to!

Congrats Meg!

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Written by Alliv Samson

Founder and Publisher of XYNZ Magazine. Alliv is also the co-founder and COO of Kami ( @allivsamson


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