Russian adoptee’s story

Queen’s High School pupil Vika Johnson has a story to tell, sharing insight into the life of a Russian adoptee living with a disability.

The 18 year-old is hosting her own OAR FM radio programme and podcast "Spilling the RealiTEA" as part of a Gateway work placement initiative.

Gateway is designed to support school pupil’s transition into the workforce by offering them workplace learning while at secondary school.

Vika, who has cerebral palsy, was adopted from Russia as a baby. Her life in New Zealand was "pretty awesome but also crazy", she said.

"I have two families and I currently live in amazing country where I’ve been able to get the medical care I need, but also a country with friends, family and environments that I’ve been able to thrive in.

Creating a podcast as part of her placement with OAR FM was not something Vika had previously thought possible.

"It’s so cool. It has also helped me with deciding what I would like to do after I finish school."

A course in broadcasting was now in the mix, along with training as a paediatric nurse, she said.

Spilling the RealiTEA airs on 105.4FM and 1575AM every second Friday at 3.30pm.

By Jeff Harford
Community Liason, OAR FM