Nineteen-year-old Meg Parfitt surely proved that she is New Zealand’s Best Best Mate, after she spent six nights on a barge in the middle of Auckland’s harbour, all so her friends could go to Fiji.
While she faced challenges including a cold pureed fish and chips smoothie and a night on the sea in the midst of a severe weather warning, her friends received massage packages and accommodation upgrades. Massive‘s Julia Braybrook caught up with Meg on day two of her stay.
How are you finding the whole experience so far?
Honestly, at the moment, I’m having those moments where it’s just like ‘what am I doing’, you know? So far it hasn’t been too difficult but I wouldn’t say it hasn’t been easy either. The challenges have definitely been interesting and of course this is not something I would definitely be doing in my everyday life. But the thing is I feel like I would be the best person out of all of us mates to be on the barge because I always felt like I would be the one who would be up to doing the challenges, ensuring that my mates get the best time in Fiji possible.
So yeah, I think the hardest moment so far has been the cockroach challenge. Cockroaches are like a Massive [our edit] fear of mine. I didn’t want to tell them that because I didn’t want to give away, like, what would really freak me out, but they just figured it out so quickly, but I toughed it out and I was really proud of myself after I did it. It’s never something I want to do again though.
Is there any challenges that would be a hard no?
I definitely wouldn’t shave my head or anything like that, like, I just could not. Anything that’s going to affect, like, how I look or how I am after leaving, you know? I’m happy to do whatever this week, but if I have to go home with a bald head, I will simply just refuse and I think my friends in Fiji are well aware of my limits. They totally understand if I don’t want to do something, that’s fine. So I’m just trying to do as much as I can to make sure they can get the best time possible.
Did you know you were going to be the person on the barge?
No! That’s the thing, none of us knew what was going to happen and so when we got selected as the group who were the winners, none of us were told and of course it had to be announced on air. So yesterday morning, when it all happened, we were so nervous because it could’ve been anyone of us and we were all at The Edge studios and it all happened. It got picked out of a hat, literally. So all of us were there, it was a very tense moment, we were all holding hands and everything, and when they finally said my name I was just, for me it was just one of those “of course, oh man of course it’s me, what’ve I got myself into?” kinds of thing.
But yeah, so none of us knew what was going to happen next and once I got out here, they were all on their way to Fiji already. So that’s the thing, they don’t really tell me what’s going on until it happens. I don’t know what any of the challenges will be until they happen. It’s very much one of those kind of games.
Is there anything you’re worried about during the rest of the week or anything you’re looking forward to?
Something that I’m worried about that I know is definitely going to affect my stay on the barge is the weather. I know it’s supposed to turn to crap later on in the week, it’s supposed to be really stormy and really rough. So I’m hoping that I won’t get too seasick or anything. Of course, I’ve got some tablets and stuff, but that’s one thing that a lot of people on social media have been saying. I have been following all of the posts and stuff about myself, and a lot of people are saying ‘you poor thing, the weather is going to get so much worse’, so I’m just hoping I can tough it out during those difficult couple of days.
Other than that, I’m just going to go with the flow and see what happens and see what comes to me. I mean I’m stuck out here, there’s not a lot I can do, except be my own company, I guess. So I’ve got a lot of time to think about stuff when I’m alone and then when they all arrive at once to do a challenge, it’s all quite overwhelming. So it’s a very big contrast between this hour and this hour, no two days are going to be the same.
What’s the first thing that you’re really looking forward to when you get off the barge?
Oh, I’m really looking forward to some, like, I’ve only been out here one night, but some decent food. Because at the moment, I’m eating like dehydrated meals that I have to put water in and make myself and heat them up, so I’m looking forward to just, like, some pizza or some like actual home-cooked food would be so good right now. I’ve only been here a day and I already miss it, because my dinner last night was not pleasant at all. I ended up just having muesli. So yeah, decent food is definitely a big thing.
How would you like your friends to pay you back after this?
There’s nothing really that I’ve thought of. That’s one of the things I’ve been thinking of during this week is how much they’re going to owe me when they get back from Fiji. Of course they all deserve this trip to Fiji so I don’t really expect anything in return. We all kind of knew what we were getting ourselves into, we knew that the person on the barge would have to make sacrifices and not exactly expect anything in return. I’m hoping that the group chat does settle down with the roasting of me though, considering, like, I’m always the one getting roasted, and seeing how much I’m doing for these guys, I’m hoping it settles down.