Aziz Al-Sa’afin from The AM Show weekdays on Magic answers 4 questions in 4 minutes for Grandparents NZ.
What is something you are passionate about that isn’t family or work?
One thing that I am passionate about that isn’t family or work, is dance. I used to be a break/hip hop dancer and competed professionally in national and international competitions. Dancing gives me a sense of freedom to move, learn and be creative. It’s a type of expression that makes me eternally happy. There’s nothing I love more than having a boogie, add that to my love of performing on stage, and you create a love and passion to compete. I could spend hours coming up with choreography.
What is something that makes you proud about New Zealand?
Knowing that we are such a small country with a population of just under 5 million and seeing Kiwis achieve greatness on a global scale makes me extremely proud of being a New Zealander. Knowing that this little country can actually make a difference in the big wide world is inspiring, motivating and incredible to experience. From sporting achievements from the likes of Tom Walsh, Dame Valarie Adams and Lisa Carrington, to our leaders like Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Whether we are talking about our stance on climate change, gun control or even the responsibility of social media networks, New Zealand is paving the way globally while staying true to everything we believe in. That makes me incredibly proud. We are the little country that could.
Meeting all of our wonderful audience in different parts of the country is something I will never forget.
You have had various assignments at The AM Show – what is your most memorable so far?
Whether it’s been getting made from the top down to look like the Grinch and an Avatar, to swimming with a three-metre shark and being flung in a high-speed slingshot, my time in the mornings has been made up of experiences I will remember for the rest of my life. However, my most memorable would have to be our AM Show road trip, where I was able to really explore and get to know the country I love and now call home. Meeting all of our wonderful audience in different parts of the country is something I will never forget. It was like we were all embraced in one giant hug wherever we went. I have always said that doing this job is a privilege but it wasn’t until I went on the road trip that I truly understood what that meant. I felt so incredibly loved and all I wanted to do was get to know everyone who came out to see us. I wanted to hear their stories and find out what made their stars sparkle. It was a special experience and something I will never forget.
Every time I find myself in a position where I just want to give up, where it’s easier to say no, I think of what my mum would do.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is my mother. She is, and always will be, the most incredibly hardworking person I have met. She is the definition of never giving up, and that is something I hold very dear in my heart and mind. Being dealt an extremely rare and less than favourable set of life cards, she not only made it work, but she did it in the name of her family. She was truly selfless, all the while still achieving greatness in her life. Every time I find myself in a position where I just want to give up, where it’s easier to say no, I think of what my mum would do, how she would act and what she would say. She is an inspiration and is my biggest motivation in life.
Listen to The AM Show with Aziz Al-Sa’afin (Duncan Garner, Mark Richardson and Amanda Gillies) from 6am – 9am weekdays on MAGIC