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Smile and Pod is a podcast hosted by Jess Smith. It features guests who have succeeded in their chosen fields, both well known and new names, and focuses on how they got to where they are now, challenges they overcame and any advice they can pass on to listeners. Prepare to be inspired! - Host and Producer Jess Smith. Executive Producer Tony Russell.

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On this episode we have the pleasure to talk to Senior Constable Chris Hurring of the New Zealand Police. Chris is based in North Canterbury and is the Family Protection Officer for the region.

Chris has been a positive driving force against domestic violence and has also headed an award winning programme called ReachOut, which we discuss today.

He also works closely with Women’s Refuge and Aviva, and has some eye opening insights for us around domestic violence, and the false stereotypes around it.

We thank Chris for his time and the New Zealand Police, Women's Refuge, Aviva and Shine for the wonderful work they are doing to help keep Kiwi families safe. 

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Welcome to episode 40 of Smile and Pod!

On this episode we feature broadcaster, Andrew Currie.

Andrew has a vast and valuable background in the production of News and Current affairs, including time with TVNZ and Campbell Live, and also has a passion for sports coverage, which he channels through his company ‘We Are Canterbury.’

He talks about life growing up in Temuka, how he discovered his passion for broadcasting, and the personal challenges he faced during his role covering the Canterbury quakes. It is a story of creativity, passion and perseverance. 

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Welcome to our first episode back post lockdown! 

We are so thrilled to return, and we relaunch with Greg Britt MNZM, better known as Elgregoe The Magician!

Greg kindly chats to us about his career in magic, spanning over 40 years, and the personal rewards his work in education has manifested in his life. 

With over 450 television appearances and an award winning programme in schools, Greg was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Education - ironically after he himself struggled at school. 

Greg tells us how he is keeping the show relevant, and why he finds this line of work so rewarding. 

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Here at Smile and Pod we have been recording phone interviews during the lockdown to inspire and encourage our fans, and publishing these on our Facebook page. We've been so blessed with some fantastic and generous guests over the past two weeks, so we thought we'd package them into a highlight episode for our podcast audience to enjoy.

A huge thanks these guests who feature on our Highlight Episode Two: Mike Minogue, Antonia Prebble, Rebecca Parnham, Sabrina Weber, Dave Nicholas, Anton Lienert-Brown, Hamish McKay, Zahra Hussaini, Brad Mooar, Jason Mac and Clare Williamson. 

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In episode 38 we catch up with Daisy Dagg.

Daisy is an author, well known for The Rugby Pantry Cookbook, as well as a blogger, interior designer and content creator for Instagram.

We had the pleasure of recently chatting to Daisy in her home in Canterbury and found out more about her life growing up on a farm, boarding school and working on super yachts. 

Also how she came to terms with life as the wife of an All Black and the challenges that comes with being in the public eye.

Thank you Daisy for your time on Smile and Pod! 

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In episode 37 of Smile and Pod we have the pleasure of catching up with Ana Wilkinson Gee of Holi Boli.

Ana was recently back in New Zealand, visiting from what is now her home base of rural India.

We find out what prompted her to move with her young family to a remote village and how she changed the lives of local village women by teaching them sewing and design skills. 

What would transpire would be a wonderful ethical fashion brand, and the employment of 17 local village women.

A truly inspiring story about following your passion, and helping others! 

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Here at Smile and Pod we have been recording daily phone interviews during the lockdown to inspire and encourage our fans, and publishing these on our Facebook page. We've been so blessed with some fantastic and generous guests over the past two weeks, so we thought we'd package them into a highlight episode for our podcast audience to enjoy.

A huge thanks these guests who feature on our Highlight Episode One:

Urzila Carlson, Jen Young, Richie Hardcore, Mike Thorpe, Philippa Murphy, Kieran McAnulty MP, Sophie Hambleton, Cohen Holloway, Tom Sainsbury, Jack Goodhue, Verity Johnson, Nathan Wallis, Claire Robbie and Grant Nisbett.

Check out more daily interviews on our Facebook page! 

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In this episode we have the pleasure of sitting down with Kiwi actress, Claire Chitham, in her Auckland home. 

Claire first appeared on Shortland Street as Waverley Wilson when she was 16 years old, and a five week contract soon turned into eight years on the soap.

Claire speaks with us about how she was able to rediscover herself following the end of Shortland Street, and how her health and wellness has become a key part of her daily life. 

We must point out also, we were not alone in this interview. We were joined by thousands of cicadas, so enjoy this intimate chat in nature! 

Claire is a truly talented and inspirational woman. 

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On this week's episode we chat to Andrew McKerrow of the Salvation Army.

Andrew is well known and respected in the racing industry, supporting industry members through a number of events and situations. 

He is always a smiling face and a comfort to those who are needing direction and guidance, but as we find out today he has not had the smoothest of journeys in his own life. 

Andrew kindly opened up and honestly talked about his struggle with addiction and loss, and also how his faith and perseverance has seen him reach a positive point in his life where he can be a signpost for others to get help. 

A lovely human, with an incredibly powerful story to share. 

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This week's guest is Rebecca Parnham of Krama and Co.

Rebecca is based in Canterbury and is a qualified social worker, who whilst on holiday in Cambodia with her husband was confronted with the disturbing reality of poverty and violence in the country. 

Not one to sit back and turn a blind eye, Rebecca formed Krama and Co which helps women of the remote villages in Cambodia to sell their products in New Zealand, with the profits returning back to the women in the village. 

Rebecca has also been involved with the group Uniting Canterbury Women, and Seeds of Love, which saw her utilising the cards and letters from the memorials of the Christchurch Mosque attacks to recycle them for use as paper seed planters for wildflowers - symbolising diversity in the community. 

Enjoy Rebecca's story, which is one of determination to make a difference, and a passion for compassion. 

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