New Zealand: 50 the New 30?

New Zealand: Is 50 the New 30?

But, for those of you who don’t know Jayne Kiely, she is a well known face on New Zealand television. Jayne Kiely’s sporting career saw her represent New Zealand in the 1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games for the long jump. In 1991 she competed in the World Track and Field Championships in Tokyo and in the Indoor World Track and Field Championships in Seville, Spain.

Jayne, now with a successful television career, has also worked in radio and television. Her television career included a spot on Mountain Dew on the Edge, host of The Weddings Show,

She also hosted the Mitre 10 Dream Home Show, which pinned contestants against each other to renovate a house each. The format is that Mitre 10 donate the funds to renovate the home, the contestants have a New Zealand: Is 50 the New 30? budget to stick to. New Zealand viewers vote on each room and at the end of the renovation whoever has the most votes, keeps the house they renovated. The other contestant has the opportunity to bid at auction with a donated deposit. It is common for the auction to have a large attendance, but for the most part, are only on-lookers, wanting a front show view of the other contestants winning the auction bid. Very few others bid against them, which I think shows fantastic community camaraderie. It is one of the few opportunities most middle income New Zealanders will have to own their own home. Auckland house prices have soared out of control and out of reach for most. The New Zealand dream is to own your own home, and for a good part of the population, especially in main centers, that is dwindling.

But most recently, Jayne is the new presenter of the popular home show, Home Front.

She presents in a down to earth and positive manner. Jayne is a regular guest on TV1’s Game of Two Halves and previously on TV2’s Sports Café – demonstrating her ability as a host and her fun, versatile style, in addition to regularly working in commercials, promotional work and guest appearances.

Jayne Kiely hadn’t given much thought to her approaching birthday until the ¬first moments of 2013, when her pilot husband, Paul, wished her a happy New Year, adding, “Hey, you’ll be 50 next year.”

“I did think, ‘Great, thanks for reminding me’,” laughed Jayne. “It wasn’t something I wanted to think about. Fifty has always seemed so old.”

But when the athlete turned TV presenter, thought about it, she realized her 50th (in June next year) isn’t such a big deal.

“I’m not daunted, because I’m in a good space in my life, and age has never bothered me – I think it is really a matter of attitude. Fifty is the new 30 in my book. And I don’t feel old – I often forget how old I am.”

“If you put bad stuff into your body, you are going to feel bad,” says Jayne. We could all take a leaf out of her book.

The mum-of-two certainly doesn’t look like she’s nudging half a century. The former Mitre 10 Dream Home New Zealand: Is 50 the New 30? presenter is in great shape, but she has noticed age-related changes. “I do wonder where my waist has gone. I’m de¬finitely not the same shape I was at 30 – I’ve thickened around the middle. I don’t stress too much about it though, because it’s just part of getting older.”

Jayne has always stayed in shape, although she concedes that having good genes, a fast metabolism and a background as an athlete does help. But she also makes a point of eating mostly healthy food.

“If I do notice the weight creeping on and my clothes feel tight, I’ll cut out processed foods and eat more vegetables and foods with ¬fibre, like brown rice. I do like to feel in control of my body.”

Jayne plays cardio tennis twice a week, where players hit the ball to each other non-stop. And for the past couple of months she has been training for the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays run. She’s part of the Variety Red Runners team, who are raising money for Variety, the Children’s Charity.

All the money raised will go towards the organization’s Laptops for Learning Program, which will give 100 laptops to ¬five low-decile schools.

“I’ve been involved with the Variety Charity for a while now and I love it. A while ago we gave bikes to some of the children and you should have seen their faces, it’s as if we had given the children Lamborghinis.”

Jayne admits that she’s not a natural long-distance runner. “I don’t usually do a lot of pounding the pavements, and when I run around the streets I get distracted because I’m too busy stickybeaking at the houses. But I’m happy to do the training for Round the Bays because it’s such a good cause.”

Jayne also keeps ¬fit by being on the go all the time. When she’s not being a spokesperson for Postie Plus, a low price clothing chain, coaching high school triple jump athletes or doing charity work, she’s getting on with household chores.

Although she’d like to look young for as long as possible, Jayne doubts she’ll ever turn to cosmetic surgery. “I’d be too scared that I’d end up looking unnatural. If you could guarantee that I came out of it looking like I did 15 years ago, then I’d consider it, but there are too many things that can go wrong.”

Although Jayne has tried Botox around her eyes, she has her limits. “I would never have it in my forehead. I don’t like that frozen look, and I want to be able to frown. How can you tell your kids off if you can’t frown?”


• Keep moving – take the stairs or walk the dog
• Exercise in a group. It’s more fun and you’ll feel more motivated
• Try events such as Round the Bays. It’ll mean you have to train, and hopefully you’ll get into the habit of exercising
• Use your clothes as a guide to maintaining your weight. If they start to feel a bit uncomfortable, adjust what you’re eating
• Enjoy food like roast lamb, but instead of serving it with roast potatoes, try a healthier option such as ratatouille

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