This week’s interview comes from Raewyn. She has 4 wonderful daughters. She keeps busy with their homestay and her photography business. Make sure to check it out!

Thanks so much to Raewyn for taking time to answer these questions!


What is your favourite thing about living in Christchurch?

  • My favourite thing would be the beach. I live in South Brighton and am right on it. I’ve just started a photography business this year so this is definitely one of the best places for photography with groups or children or anything. Children love it here and can run free and the photography from that is amazing. I had one little boy who had never been to the beach – it was so much fun watching him that I almost forgot to photograph him.

What activity or place would you recommend to other mums who live here in Christchurch?

  • Well we have just recently had a Pop Up Cinema / Dance Floor made in New Brighton. You can bring your music along to dance. All you have to do is plug in your MP3 or Ipod or whatever and away you go. The pop up cinema is lovely – FREE movie nights down there where you bring a rug, jacket, beanie (if it’s cold) and watch whatever movie is chosen for the weekend. Don’t forget the popcorn. You could suggest to them what movie and the one with the most votes wins.

What has been your biggest challenge living in Christchurch post quakes?

  • Getting out of the house. I have become a bit of a recluse and don’t like going out but my photography makes me get out there so the more I do the more I go out. Everything in general really though – housework is a challenge, motivation, everything really. All I want to do is sit around and it’s hard to get motivated. I am now taking Anti-Depression tablets and they help and my arm got hurt in the earthquake and it’s hard to do things sometimes but I know it will all get better as time goes on and with my great family behind me I know I will get there.

Where do you see beauty in your life right now – as a mum, in your career, in relationships, in your home, in our city – that you would like to share?

  • Beauty – definitely in my gorgeous girls. I have four beautiful daughters Rachel is 16, April is 14, Hayley is 12 and Stacey is 10 who are lovely (at times!!!). They do fight a lot but really deep down I think they love each other. Everyone tells me that they will be best friends later on in life and I definitely hope so. They are very talented and belong to a fantastic dance school here in Christchurch – Impact Dance & Stage School and are all into music. My eldest is very talented in that she plays many instruments and some are self taught. You wouldn’t think to if you saw her play – you would have sworn she had lessons. I’m so proud of them all and of all their achievements. Rachel also had the lead role in a play they did at school – Lady McBeth – and she played Lilly. I was so very proud of her.