Basketball Why More FM radio host Lana Searle would be rubbish on The Block NZ

Basketball Why More FM radio host Lana Searle would be rubbish on The Block NZ

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CHRIS SKELTON

Radio host Lana Searle takes us on a tour of her Christchurch home.

More FM radio host Lana Searle and her fiancée Katie Cochrane broke ground on their Marshlands new build right as New Zealand went into its first lockdown. Their light, airy home has heaps of hidden storage, a basketball half-court in the yard, and baby plants that replaced the set Cochrane killed while Searle was on Celebrity Treasure Island. As told to Mikaela Wilkes.

The way Katie operates is to not put stuff right away. So I was like, OK cool, let’s incorporate a lot of storage around this area – to make things look tidy even when they’re not.

She wanted a really big pantry. And I was like, great, let’s put a door on it.

If anything, we were too respectful of each other in the design process. We’d both say: I don’t know, what do you think? Someone needed to grab the project by the neck. Eventually, someone’s gotta pick a tile. We would absolutely not go well on The Block.

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I’m very bad at admin. Katie organised all the appointments to pick everything out.

We saw these big, deep drawers in a show home and stole the idea. We wanted storage for all my 5-year-old stepson Jay’s toys. But we wanted it to not seem like seven big cupboards down the hallway.

If you came around at 6 o’clock at night, the house wouldn’t look like this. I’ve never owned something so nice, so now I’m adamant to keep it that way.

At 9 o’clock you’d think ‘oh yeah, you guys are keeping this clean.’ But not in the hour of power.

We originally thought we’d go industrial: polished concrete floors, exposed brick, and a dark palette. I’m so glad we didn’t.

basketball Lana Searle is grateful she and fiancée Katie Cochrane went for a light, airy theme over an industrial look in their Christchurch new build.

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Lana Searle is grateful she and fiancée Katie Cochrane went for a light, airy theme over an industrial look in their Christchurch new build.

We saw a dark show home, and it didn’t feel as good. This is way more us and represents where we’re at – our new start.

I grew up not having a lot. I used to watch things like Richie Rich, and he was the boy who had a roller-coaster and his own McDonald’s in his house. There’s some stuff that you never quite get rid of as a dream.

A dream for me was having a basketball half-court out the back.

basketball A record player bought on MightyApe and a Teeks record. Searle’s colleague Gary McCormick had to teach her how to use it.

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A record player bought on MightyApe and a Teeks record. Searle’s colleague Gary McCormick had to teach her how to use it.

Katie has relations that are in the right industries and said you’re like a big kid, so why don’t we just put one in?

I had to ask myself if I was being ridiculous, or if it was the best idea ever. We use it every day. Jay acts like he’s Michael Jordan. Mind you he changes his mind every five minutes, as kids do.

We get quite a few friends coming round to play. There’s a lot of competition. Bonus points if you don’t get a ball to the fence. There’s a few mates I don’t invite because I know they’re better than me.

basketball An LGBTQ+ pride artwork that Searle and Cochrane have given pride of place in their dining area.

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An LGBTQ+ pride artwork that Searle and Cochrane have given pride of place in their dining area.

I bought the pride artwork from a store in Queenstown about five years ago. It was wrapped up like a poster, at the bottom of a big pile.

We’re at the stage where we’re old enough to be really proud, having gone through identity struggles when we were younger. And to want to have a pride artwork up in our lounge when people come in.

When I first met Katie, I had a vital question. I said are you fan of Tupac, or are you a fan of Biggie Smalls?

She said Biggie Smalls, and that was fantastic. We could be together.

basketball One of the first questions Searle asked Cochrane was whether she preferred Tupac or Biggie Smalls. She found this image and had the art made by a local canvas company.

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One of the first questions Searle asked Cochrane was whether she preferred Tupac or Biggie Smalls. She found this image and had the art made by a local canvas company.

The ukulele is a punishment for all my friends. I can play seven or eight chords, and once you know that many, you’re pretty set. I play Top 40 hits, and tried to teach Jay a few notes (which didn’t last long).

I’m obsessed with Kiwi artists like Teeks. I have his whole catalogue on vinyl. It’s a nice escape from the songs we play all the time on radio.

We get home, open all the doors up, have a nice fresh breeze coming through, and I put on Hollie Smith or 1814 – that real Kiwi stuff. It’s the kind of music that can play and you don’t have to really listen to it, it’s just on. It’s a vibe.

basketball Searle’s ukulele.

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Searle’s ukulele.

I went garage sale-ing and bought a massive box full of The Carpenters, Dr. Hook, and real cool 70s type stuff. I want to clean them all. I think they’ve seen some things.

One of the two framed photos is of us at Lake Brunner. Katie’s family is from the West Coast. Her dad got a family home, and they go once a year. We had our first annual trip there very early on in our relationship. Now we look at it and remember how nervous we were.

Katie worked for Virgin Australia for 14 years. When we first got together, I would often go with her on staff travel. Sydney was our first international trip, and first Christmas together. We took a selfie in front of a massive Christmas tree.

basketball These framed selfies were photos taken during special moments in Searle and Cochrane’s relationship.

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These framed selfies were photos taken during special moments in Searle and Cochrane’s relationship.

Down one side of the house is a bomb site. It’s where the builder leaves all the stuff.

I’m quite embarrassed of it because Katie went to see a psychic, who said her late grandfather came through to tell her to clean up ‘the side of the house’. That’s a job for summer.

When I was away on [Celebrity] Treasure Island, Katie killed every plant. One came back to life. The rest died a very long three-week death.

On that show, I learned that I’m way more stable than what I come across as. I never considered myself a leader. I’ve always been the erratic girl that no one can really control. I learned that can be a good thing.

Lana Searle is the co-host of the More FM Breakfast Club weekdays from 5.30am.

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