‘This photo is of me when I was 14, making coffees.
‘At high school I had heaps of weekend jobs.
'I’d work at Civic Video on Friday night. Then on Saturday morning, I’d ride my bike to the local fish and chip shop, work all day, then ride my bike back to Civic Video, change my uniform in the utility closet and work Saturday night.
‘My Dad would pick me up from work and I’d put my bike in the back of the station wagon.
‘I got so annoyed by the kids at school who didn’t have to work and whose parents bought them the latest shoes or wetsuit,’ Turia admitted.
‘But working taught me to be self-sufficient, and taught me that if I wanted something, all I needed to do was put in the work and effort, and I’d see results.
‘It’s a lesson I want to pass on to my son too,’ she concluded – referring to her little boy, Hakavai who she and fiancé Michael Hoskin welcomed late last year.