Kris is the lady behind the chirpy voice at Countdown telling shoppers about the best bananas to buy, but there are many more tales behind the voice.
She started out in Radio at the New Zealand Broadcasting School and went on to work in the industry.
In her 30’s after the earthquakes, Kris went back to university and delved into music.
“I didn’t expect a natural disaster to provide me with a research topic.”
She felt music was the only constant after the earthquakes, bringing people together and raising their spirits. Kris went to many gigs under the guise of ‘study,’ and felt music helped those affected.
“Grassroots and formal events had a really big impact in terms of averting a city-wide crisis in terms of the mental health world.”
She believes Gap Filler also played a key role in creating community and camaraderie.
Some distinct memories for Kris were the sound garden which used road cones and other construction equipment to make music, the dance-o-mat and the pallet pavilion.
She worked as a night security guard for the flammable pallet pavilion and has had a boogie on the dance mat despite some people’s initial thoughts.
“People always said nobody will dance in public, but that dance mat has seen hundreds of thousands of hours dancing.”