Amanda Gillies, co-host of The AM Show answers 4 questions in 4 minutes for Grandparents NZ
What is the most memorable travel story you have?
I have been lucky enough with job to experience some amazing and memorable travel adventures, some that have been terrifying and heart-racing, and others which have been eye-opening and heart-warming. However, my most memorable trip was quite recent and personal – it was a few days on a remote tropical island. I had no cellphone coverage, no television or radio, endless sunshine, beautiful warm waters, fresh food, good books and my favourite person. It was timely, memorable and bliss.
What is your favourite easy Sunday meal to whip up?
Blueberry hotcakes, grilled banana, plenty of maple syrup and lashings of coconut yoghurt – it is so good! Oh, and a decent ‘cuppa tea’.
You have worked in NZ, Australia and the Pacific, what is your most memorable story?
The Australian Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 were devastating and claimed 173 lives. We were among the first on the ground and to get through the cordon with a Kiwi family who had lost everything. It was incredibly heart-wrenching and confronting seeing their home and entire street completely wiped out. But during the interview there was a beautiful glimmer of hope – we found the mother’s greenstone buried deep in the ashes. Then, the family cat – believed dead for several days – popped up out of nowhere and ran to the family. It was traumatised and singed but okay. It was an incredible moment and brought the first smiles in days.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My older sister. She is a divorced mother of six, including a child with special needs, and works full-time while battling Crohn’s Disease. But she’s always incredibly positive, has a permanent smile on her face, and loves to make people feel good about themselves. She has a huge heart and is always there when I need her.
Listen to The AM Show with Amanda Gillies (Mark Richardson and Duncan Garner) from 6am – 9am weekdays on MAGIC