5 questions with: Susie Staley

Photo: ODT files
Photo: ODT files
Dunedin lawyer Susie Staley, MNZM, is chairwoman of the national board of Save the Children. 

What was the best birthday present you ever received, and why?

For my 21st birthday, my parents gave me a return airfare to the UK. We had returned to New Zealand seven years before that, and it was the first time I was revisiting England where I had grown up. I travelled alone and it was great. It gave me a taste for ongoing travel.

What smell do you find irresistible?

Lavender. Especially on a warm night in Central Otago.

If you were going to an island and could take only three things, what would they be and why?

Sunblock; a device to enable me to read books, connect to the world and listen to music; and, my husband, because he said so!

What's something only your family knows about you?

When I was about 7, our family travelled through Europe. One afternoon, in a field above Salzburg, my dad fell asleep. While he was asleep, Mum and I plaited parts of his beard, ending each plait with a small daisy from the field. We thought it was lovely. He was not impressed and promptly cut off each plait.

You are a new addition to the crayon box. What colour are you, and why?

I would like to be bright blue, as it is the colour of the sky against the water as I drive to and from home, in St Leonards. It is uplifting and hopeful and a positive way to start the day.

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