I arrived here at the start of June and had to isolate for a week. I had a test before starting work. It was up the nose, super uncomfortable.

We’re in an apartment but next week we move on board. The boat is 110 meters long and currently at the shipyard in a big shed. I’m a service stewardess. We have the best owners.

This week, we’ve been cleaning crew cabins and doing inventory. We’re meant to be guest ready by September. There are 45 staff on board, quite a few Kiwis. It’s beautiful, seeing how the other half live. I’ll do this until I’m 25 and then reassess,

Hamburg is stunning and I bike to work. There are heaps of people on the streets, you have to wear a mask if you’re going into a shop or a restaurant. The only thing that isn’t open is clubs. It’s possibly the new normal.

I broke my leg in March working in the Caribbean and flew back home. The day after I arrived New Zealand went into lockdown. I spent 5 hours in the hospital with Mum, then I was on the farm in Greta Valley for the next two months. Mum and Dad and my little brother are there. Another brother is a shepherd and my big brother lives in Berlin.

I went to the local primary then boarded at Rangi Ruru. I had two years at Otago Uni before getting scouted for modeling. I started in Auckland then went to Paris and Barcelona. After that I worked in Sydney, I loved Sydney, I might end up there.

Modeling is hard mentally and physically, it drains you of everything. Leaving was a bittersweet decision.  Happiness is something you need to figure out for yourself, I am happy at the moment.


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This interview and the others in the series are an extension of my new book “This Is Us” it is in all good bookshops in New Zealand now.

This Is Us – the diaspora in lockdown – these interviews are slightly different from the ones in the book as they focus on New Zealanders living abroad in this time of isolation.  Copyright Licensing have awarded me a grant to complete this project and convert these postings into a book.

If you can think of suitable interview subjects please let me know via pete@petecarter.nz – I currently need interviews in the more unusual places around the world.

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Pete Carter is the author of This is Us. Due out in June 2020 it will be published by Exisle and tells the story of more than 200 New Zealanders in words and pictures. The book is really a portrait of the nation and how it is made up. Pete wrote Our Dog Benji a children’s book illustrated by his nephew, published by EK in 2017. He is also the author of two books of poetry. He has had magazine articles published and poetry in anthologies. As a photographer he has had two solo exhibitions and work included in group exhibitions in NZ and overseas and has sold work to and been commissioned by corporate clients.

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