Te Awanui Reeder - Nesian Mystik
Smoking status: Non-smoker
NGAI TE RANGI / TE ARAWA
Te Awanui 'Awa' Reeder is best known for his soulful singing in Nesian Mystik but he's got a lot more skills in his performer's toolbox, including a Bachelor of Business majoring in Management and Marketing. Reeder grew up around smoking and saw the effect it had on his family and friends. He doesn't preach about it, saying that kids are bound to experiment, but he warns them to do it smartly and never lose sight of their dreams.
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What would you say to young kids who are experimenting with smoking?
I think it's inevitable that our kids are going to try stuff, I mean we have to be honest and open about that because it's better to just get it out of your system than to pretend that you're a Minister or something. I think if you are going to have a go then know the full picture as opposed to just being načve and ignorant. Read up on the facts, know that it is harming you, whether you like it or not and especially for our women. I think on 'Whale Rider' they say it the best; that it effects your child bearing properties, so good on you Keisha, too much. Do some research, don't be lazy with it, you know, and don't smoke if you can't afford it cos you end up looking like a scab.
Do you think it's okay these days to be smokefree?
All the top sports people are non-smokers. All the top celebs that I know don't smoke. I think you can see it in people. Typically their skin's a lot nicer and they don't wear makeup, they're always in the crowd because they're not having to go out and have a smoke, they're always in the scene. At the end of the day who really cares what they think, you know what I mean? I think the thing with being in the music industry, is if you worry about what people think you wouldn't last long. So you just have to not give a shit basically and just be you and if you feel good then sweet. For me that's not smoking.