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Dai Henwood is a comedian and an expert in punning his name, creating the shows Dai-namic Scenarios, Dai another day, Adapt or Dai and Roll the Dai, and a website called DaiSpace. He’s also the captain of team two on the hit TV3 show Seven Days. Like most comedians, Dai graduated with a degree in eastern religions. He won the award for 'Best New Face' on TV2’s Pulp Comedy in 1999, the Billy T Award in 2002 and the New Zealand International Comedy Festival’s Fred Award in 2007. Then, after famously being the pissed comedian on C4 television, he began to experiment with periods of sobriety before giving up booze entirely in 2018.
Siouxsie Wiles is the pink haired science lady who’s been a regular feature of New Zealand’s journey through Covid-19. Besides being a distinctive visual feature of our news landscape over the past year, she also collaborated with the Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris to create their ‘Flatten The Curve’ animation which became one of the defining pieces of Covid science communication and took on a globally viral life of its own. She was recently named New Zealander of the Year in recognition of her leadership throughout the pandemic. Siouxie used to drink but gave up when drinking alcohol began to make her feeling nauseous, and hasn’t looked back.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Dr Michelle Dickinson is a National Treasure. She has a PhD in biomedical materials engineering, but is most famous for her alter-ego, Nanogirl - a super-hero character all about making science engaging for children – especially girls. She's written two best-selling books, is a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, kite-surfed with Richard Branson, explained COVID-19 to kids with Jacinda Arden and designed dresses for Icebreaker. One of the only things she doesn’t do is drink…
New Zealand sweetheart Claire Chitham is best known for her longstanding role as Waverley Wilson on Shortland Street. With a bunch of other acting credits under her belt, she’s also just finished a book, and is the founder of Good For You, a health-content platform and community. To get all that done, she has a mindful relationship with alcohol.
Jimmy Hunt is a mental health change maker, passionate about raising awareness. He floated on a Lilo 425 kilometres down the Waikato River and built the world's longest water slide. He is also the founder of charity Live More Awesome and has published three books. His latest is Inside Out: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Better Human. If that wasn’t enough to fit into a bio, Jimmy was also a New Zealander of the Year finalist in 2014. And that long water slide? It holds the Guinness World Record. Oh, and probably the least interesting thing about him is that he doesn’t drink – mostly because he didn’t ever need alcohol to loosen him up.
Comedian Guy Williams got his funny training in early, with a mum who kept Jerry Seinfeld cassette tapes on repeat. He began performing comedy in Wellington in 2007, then quickly rose through the comedy ranks with Jono and Ben, won the Billy T Award in 2012 and created and hosted his own TV show, New Zealand Today, in 2020. He’s never drunk alcohol, explaining that “I've got too much irrational self confidence as it is. If anything I need the opposite of a beer to rein me in.”
Lisa King is, objectively, awesome — and we’re only slightly biased because she’s also our founder. Hear us out. She was 2019’s MYOB Woman Entrepreneur of the Year and a 2019 New Zealander of the Year finalist. In 2015, she founded Eat My Lunch with her friend and chef Michael Meredith, setting out on a mission to ensure no child goes to school hungry. In 2020, she created AF Drinks, underpinned by a new social mission of its own.