From stay-at-home mum to London reporter

From dancing with my kids to the Wiggles in my daggy jeans (which inevitably are generally covered in dried Weetbix or snot)… to the red carpet in London, interviewing living legend Sir David Attenborough and sitting 5 rows in front of Prince William.

To say life has changed, would be rather an understatement.

Yes, I’ve swapped the part-time Christchurch journalist/mostly stay-at-home Mum life (my kids are aged 4 and 1) for a job I have dreamed of since journalism school 15 years ago. 

Now I'm TVNZ’s new Europe Correspondent and my husband is the stay-at-home Dad. And as of 5 days ago my family and I now live in London.  I still get such a buzz from writing that.  Yes, I am the Europe Correspondent.

It’s a job which to me has always held immense prestige.  You get to witness and regularly tell people about world-changing events. 

One day I’ll relay stories to my grandchildren about what I’m about to report on – whatever that might be. 

I don’t know exactly what history will be made during my two year tenure, although I do know there will be at least one royal baby, and that I’ll be here when Britain exits the EU. 

Those two alone excite me.

Today was my first day on the job and I spent it on the side of the red carpet for the world premiere of the BBC’s Blue Planet 2 – an incredible piece of television showcasing what inhabits our oceans. 

Then I sat in the IMAX theatre just five rows in front of royalty!  I don’t know if I was more excited about Sir David, His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge, my first day in my dream job or all of the above. 

I’m told today wasn’t exactly what you’d call a "normal day" in the Europe office but it sure was a taste of how different this new Europe Correspondent life will be compared with the life I left last week in Christchurch.

Joy Reid and William Green at the launch of the BBC's Planet 2 in London. Source: 1 NEWS

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