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Making moves


Brodie Kane has been a fixture on New Zealand television screens and radio waves for the past 13 years, earning her success and respect for being relatable, unfiltered and unashamedly herself. Metropol catches up with the much-loved local about losing her radio job just before a global pandemic, starting her own media business in the middle of one – and everything in between.

 

 

Losing a job can be one of life’s toughest challenges – let alone doing so in the public eye. But that’s exactly the position much-loved broadcaster Brodie Kane found herself in when The Hits’ Brodie and Fitzy was cancelled in February.

“I wasn’t expecting it, but it is the nature of the beast. I made the decision to work in the public eye and this comes with the territory.”

Brodie has taken her shock redundancy, like most things, in her stride.

“There’s no shame in being made redundant, I think a lot of people think you should be embarrassed or feel like you failed, but sometimes you’re just a cog in a wheel.”

Instead of ruminating, she took the opportunity to fast track a long-held career goal.

So, using her 13 years of experience at the country’s largest media outlets including TVNZ, NZME and Mediaworks, she launched Brodie Kane Media.

“I always wanted to try and create a business which is just me and focuses my skillset in other professions, not just traditional media.”

So far, she has worked with the likes of My Food Bag, Interislander, Heritage Hotels, and Duco Events.

“I still want to broadcast, it just looks a little different now.”

As well as her Kiwi Yarns podcast, Brodie also co-hosts The Girls Uninterrupted, with Gracie Taylor and Caitlin Marett.

The show has gained a strong following for its discussions on everything from pop culture and politics, to sex, relationships, navigating single life in your 30s, and mental health.

“Women have, for a long time, felt uncomfortable or uneasy to talk about certain things,” she says. “What we have found is, the more we have talked and jumped into difficult subjects, the more support and positive feedback we have received.”

A recent sold out tour in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch highlighted the importance of creating space for such conversations.

“We had women coming up to us saying we had changed their lives, that they finally left an abusive boyfriend or quit their job and gone back to uni.”

One area Brodie – a keen runner and endurance athlete – has been particularly outspoken on is body image and self-acceptance.

“Health, fitness, and body image – it is such a tricky one, and at the moment the term is ‘self-love’.

“I find self-love interesting; I think that every one should absolutely embrace and love and celebrate themselves and all that, but it is almost just repackaging the fact that women still have to always think about their bodies.”

She says the conversation is still dictating to women how they should operate their bodies, with the potential to introduce even more pressure or feelings of failure should they not love every part of themselves.

Instead, she wants women to focus on their bodies “for themselves, not for anyone else.”

Brodie has been candid about her own use of cosmetic injectables and is one of a growing number of public figures dismantling the stigma around such procedures.

“You can want to be better, you don’t have to beat yourself up. If it’s for you – fill your boots!”


 

Sweet Louise

Bargins for a good cause: Sweet Louise

Local radio host and TV personality, Brodie Kane recently became a brand ambassador for Sweet Louise, New Zealand’s only charity solely dedicated to supporting those with incurable breast cancer. After digging into her own wardrobe to donate pre-loved clothing for a local fundraising event this month in honour of a member who passed away, she is urging other locals to support the cause.

Sweet Louise
As one of 600 Sweet Louise members nationally, Cantabrian Caroline Horton had a passion for people, organising social events and beautiful clothes. After being diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in 2016, her goal was to organise a high-quality, second-hand clothing and accessories fundraising event in Christchurch to raise Sweet Louise’s profile. She wanted Cantabrians with incurable breast cancer to know a range of support and services are available.

Sadly, Caroline passed away in January 2017 before her wish was realised. Friends and family joined forces to ensure the first event which took place last year was a great success and are once again honouring her memory with the Caroline Horton Second-hand Clothing and Accessories Sale this month.“I feel really privileged to be part of the Sweet Louise team and help get the message out to those with incurable breast cancer that there is support available locally,” Brodie says.
“Being a fellow Cantabrian, Caroline’s event really struck a chord with me. I think this is a great opportunity to get friends together and grab a bargain whilst supporting a wonderful cause.”

Saturday 11 August, 9:30am-1:30pm Eliza Manor, 82 Bealey Avenue. Tickets $20 include morning tea and can be purchased by emailing carolinehorton.fundraiser@gmail.com or by text 021 116 1376.

Brodie Kane

Brodie’s greatest ‘hits’

Brodie Kane has spent the last decade in the big smoke, but home is where the heart is for this much-loved Breakfast journalist, who headed back to Christchurch six months ago to join radio legend Dave ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald on The Hits

Brodie Kane
“The opportunity to host a breakfast radio show was to good to be true”

“Look, I won’t pretend it was easy,” she says of the decision to leave the place she had called home for almost 10 years to the day.
“I’d been up there so long; I was very settled. I really enjoyed my job working on Breakfast, but as time went by, it was the lure of a new challenge. I’ve always loved radio and one of my goals was to host a radio show.
“The opportunity to host a breakfast radio show was too good to be true, combined with being able to come home to spend more time with my family and give something else a good crack. It just made sense in the end.”
So how’s she enjoying being back? “I’m answering this on what’s probably the coldest day of the year,” she laughs.
“I’m loving it. The last time I lived in Christchurch was for 18 months back in 2014. It was a broken city. I know there is such a long way to go, but equally there are so many wonderful things happening, so many wonderful people are involved in getting the city back on its feet.
“Christchurch is a really colourful, vibrant city. It’s really grown in the last 12 months or so and it’s fun to see it happen.”
Journalism was first put on Brodie’s radar by a careers advisor in high school, before she attended Canterbury University, supporting herself with part time promotional work in radio – of all things. “I wanted to be a story teller and there’s no better place than the media to do that,” she says.
“I had so much admiration for journalists and radio hosts. I’ve loved the adventure over the past decade.”
Brodie has some pretty impressive accolades under her commercial belt, including interviewing Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac, even winning Best Broadcast Sports Story award a couple of years back. But it’s her work with Fair Go that stands out as one of the most rewarding.
“Every day I feel lucky to be in the job I’m in. I am very lucky to be in an industry I love; that’s pretty cheesy, but hey!”
So how is radio treating her? “If print, TV and radio were three siblings, radio would be the super fun party sister,” she laughs.
“It is so much fun; there are so many passionate people that work here. What I really like is you get to be yourself. What I love about The Hits is that they’re awesome about encouraging you to be a strong woman, not enforcing old school stereotypes.
“They really want their women hosts across the country to be strong and speak their mind. I’m really lucky to be able to do that; get up every morning, work with Fitzy and just have so much fun. It makes the awful time of the alarm clock going off worth it.”
What does the next 12 months have in store? “I’ve got some exciting personal projects like the Auckland Marathon later this year and other sports broadcasting related things on the cards. But workwise, we will continue to grow the show so that every single person in Christchurch sets their alarm for 6am and listens to us for the next three hours,” she laughs.
With that level of passion and dedication, you just know it’s going to happen.