Life After the Barge with Meg ‘NZ’s Best Mate’

A lot of you are wondering ‘what happened to NZ’s Best Mate Meg?’, ‘did she survive the barge life?’, ‘is she still alive?’… she is, and she’s $10,000 richer. Meg won the 7-day challenge, and her mates were able to have a fabulous holiday in Fiji. On top of that, she was surprised with a huge 10K cash prize on her last day (don’t you wish you accepted the challenge, don’t you?). So we caught up with her from our previous Q&A to see how our favourite Meg is doing.


This is unreal 😂😂 #gottalovemates #theedgenz #stillswaying

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1. Congratulations on winning the challenge! What have you been up to since you left the barge?

Its been a very strange feeling coming down off a massive week! I’ve been keeping busy with some interviews for the local paper here and there. Nelson is pretty small so even though the week is over I’m still a bit of a celebrity around these parts, which is so strange. I got recognised by the lady in the McDonalds drive-thru which was a real weird but hilarious moment. I’ve also been catching up on much needed sleep and seeing family and friends.

2. We heard you want to work in the media industry because of your barge experience, may I know what sort of venture that would be?

I’ve wanted to work in media for a long time, and this experience as a result of Vodafone putting me on a barge for a week has only solidified that decision! I’ve been interested in studying media communications but now a whole lot of new avenues have opened up and I’m exploring options such as broadcasting or radio school next year.

3. Did your mates bring you treats from Fiji?

Yes! We always joked about how they would owe me a bottle of duty free vodka for what I had gone through for them but they actually ended up getting me a Fiji t-shirt and couple of turtle ornaments. It’s the little things that mean the most!

Don’t worry guys they got me a teeshirt 🌴🐠 #bula #greatmates #bargewasworthit #gottalovemates

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4. How did the event changed your social media following? Did you get tons of Facebook requests from strangers wanting to be your mate?

My Instagram BLEW UP. It was totally surreal but I kept shamelessly self promoting myself on the live stream throughout the week and my followers almost doubled. Also at least 100 random adds on Facebook and at least 40 message requests! It was pretty overwhelming. Being set up on a Vodafone Mates plan and being able to dial up data when I needed it made it really easy to keep in touch via social media with the world outside of the barge.

$200 Bottle of Vodka at Fiji Duty free 😱 Bloody crazy #gottalovemates #lotsofvodka #drinksensibly

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5. What’s next for you?

That’s a good question! For now I’m just trying to get back into the swing of life post the bargé, and taking a good long look at my study options for next year. Until then I’ll be back down at the local Speights Ale House serving up smiles. I’m not touching the 10k prize from Vodafone Mates until I have a very clear plan about how much I want to put away for study and maybe then I’ll skim a bit off the top for a little trip away somewhere.

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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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