Kim Parkinson is the former editor of Massive, holding the role throughout 2015. This year, Ms Parkinson has returned to full-time study, all while holding down the role of Wellington campus reporter (a position she somehow made for herself before leaving as editor, cronyism much?). Ms Parkinson is departing New Zealand at the end of the semester to work in a fork factory in Guinea-Bissau, Africa. Ms Parkinson was going to get a glowing send off from the interviewer, but after he read her responses to his civilised and intelligent questions, he – along with the Diversity Panel – decided against this. Ms Parkinson goes without the best wishes of everyone at Massive. She will not be missed.
- What was your proudest moment as Massive editor?
I think my proudest moment was when the first magazine came back from the printers. I had stayed up all night on deadline day trying to finish it on time. I remember holding it in my hands like it was a small child. I remember sniffing the pages. I jogged around campus filling up the racks. I sent signed copies of the magazine to my friends and family out of town.
Looking back at these actions, I cringe as I realised my first magazine was not all that crash hot. Now, I would say it wasn’t until issue seven where I was honestly proud of the magazine I had produced. I had reached the point where I had a good level of control, so the content was interesting and relevant, and the magazine had a quality mix of informative and entertaining content.
- What was the most difficult situation you were placed in?
Nah, in all seriousness, I’d say having to work on Issue 7 with Tom Pringle. My designer was the most difficult situation. Sitting just across the desk from me, his dashing good looks and charm was such a distraction.
- I understand you once chipped your tooth on a kumara. How did this occur?
I experienced low-key workplace bullying last year. My colleagues ridiculed me for cooking my kumara wrapped in tinfoil in the microwave. One day, I cracked under pressure and cooked the kumara naked with no tinfoil. I went to bite into it, and it seemed a little tough, but I persevered. Soon enough, I realised that the tough kumara had gripped my previously chipped front tooth and ripped half of it out. Although this chewy kumara was expensive in the long run, I did learn a few lessons: don’t listen to the haters, and always use tin foil (for more advice, check out my microwave cookbook, released early 2017).
- What will you miss most about Wellington?
I will not miss the wind ruining every outfit or hairstyle I try to hold down. I will miss the people I’ve met here that have made this city feel like home for me.
- Any parting words for Massive readers?
I just want to say a MASSIVE thanks for the support over the past year and a half. Thank you for contributing, reading, and engaging with the magazine. A special shout out to James Collings for being a real-life Superman, and to Jack Mayo for being an all-round GC. Lastly, long live the Guru!