Together at home and at work – meet five couples who like each other and complement each other’s careers in politics, entertainment and hospitality.
New Workers List MP Camilla Belich has a great advisor to her new life in Parliament in Andrew Kirton, who is the 2017 Labor Party campaign manager and former secretary-general of the party.
He left the role in 2018 to become Air New Zealand’s head of government relations and is now head of corporate affairs for the airline.
Belich, who represented the Labor Party in the Epsom seat won by David Seymour, was a lawyer and practiced volunteer attorney in Community Law for many years.
She and Kirton live in downtown Auckland with their two children who are elementary school aged and are awaiting the birth of another child.
Health and Diplomacy
Another new Labor List MP, Dr Ayesha Verrall, also has a partner to complement her work.
Verrall rose to national prominence when infectious disease specialists audited New Zealand’s contact tracing system and recommended improvements during our first Covid-19 lockdown.
His colleague, Alice Revell, has an equally impressive biography as an international lawyer and New Zealand diplomat.
Revell is the lead negotiator for New Zealand for a UN treaty on marine biodiversity outside national jurisdiction. He is also a former legal advisor to the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.
Lovers On Screen and Off
They were once a married couple on A Place to Call Home and real-life husband and wife Sara Wiseman and Craig Hall are both vying for the award at this year’s New Zealand Television awards.
Wiseman was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in One Lane Bridge, and Hall for Best Actor for Head High.
It’s been a busy year for the talented acting duo. Wiseman also starred in the Kiwi mini series The Sounds and the Australian TV series Between Two Worlds, in which Hall also starred. He has also played in the Aussie Halifax mini-series: Retribution, and Bondi Slayer.
Behind the duo of dream cameras
Also up for the gong at the NZTV Awards are behind the scenes husband and wife Claire McCarthy and Denson Baker.
McCarthy was nominated for Best Director for the TV mini-series The Luminaries and best cinematographer Baker for Eleanor Catton Man Booker’s award-winning book adapted.
Collaboration is nothing new for couples. They worked together on the romantic film The Waiting City, which is set in India and the 2018 film Ophelia, which is based on a reimagined Hamlet. Baker also worked on The Dark Horse.
McCarthy will begin working as director for Naomi Watts in the US film The Burning Man.
Husband and Wife Hospo
2020 has been the year when celebrity chefs Josh Emett and Helen Cranage fulfill their old dream of opening a restaurant together.
While Emett has spent the last decade forming partnerships at various restaurants, he and Cranage returned from England this year and are joined at two places in Auckland, the Oyster Inn in Waiheke and the recently opened Onslow on Princes St in the city center.
Cranage, who previously worked in international finance, has been by Emett’s side at every turn and as they raised their son. But finally it was time to put both their names on an equal footing on these projects.
Onslow is a place they have wanted to create together since they first met. At last week’s opening, it was Cranage’s chance to shine as the two shared a podium to greet guests.
The UK born Cranage welcomes guests in a beautifully articulated te reo and her husband takes pride as a beating from his business partners. They will be busy this summer with their two restaurants across from Waitematā.