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humans of mac+mae: K’Lee McNabb

My mother’s beloved treasure box!

The stories it could tell of all the hidden treasures its held, including my teeth.

I vividly remember the day I realised my free money ride was over.

I thought I’d help clean the house, and surprise my hard working mother with a clean room. Dusting her vanity, I was curious as to what was inside her wakahuia? (treasure box)

Like Indiana Jones discovered the Lost ruby, my eyes lit up with excitement, I lifted the lid ever so carefully, peered inside to see ‘Teeth!’

Human, baby, white and a little stained ‘Teeth?’ What the hell was going on here?

My mother came in, startled and to my even bigger surprise she calmly – like telling me to ‘take the trash out’, told me ‘I thought you knew the tooth fairy wasn’t real? Huh well atleast I don’t have to give you money anymore’! Hahaha

I learnt a few things from that day –

Somethings are best left alone, that the tooth fairy wasn’t real & my mother was terrible at hiding stuff! Found Christmas presents in her closet. Hahahaha

Love you mum, thanks for at least trying xx

Kaleena Renae McNabb, better known by her stage name K’Lee burst onto the New Zealand Music scene 15 years ago with a cover of Mr. Mister’s Broken Wings.  As a teen sensation, she toured with the likes of Missy Elliot, Cypress Hill, Busta Rhymes, Pink, Shaggy, and Nelly Furtado.

Following her success in New Zealand, which included 4 Top Ten Singles, she moved to LA. Since returning home, she’s forayed into television and radio.  She can currently be heard on New Zealand’s #1 for Hip Hop and R&B station, Mai FM.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM

humans of mac+mae: John Elliott

These TOMS shoes were painted by Bertie Blackman at a special charity event held at a Westfield Shopping Centre in Sydney in July this year. They are called “Fallen from the Stars” and she gave them to me as a memento. These shoes are special as they remind me how talented Bertie is and how business can have great positive outcomes.

The really cool thing about this store was that Westfield’s helped TOMS by providing a store and their staff volunteered to help us raise money for a local community group, Holdsworth. Not only were we able to give 657 new shoes to children in need, restore 44 people’s sight and help 29 women with birthing kits and education to provide safer birthing conditions, but we raised $16,500 for Holdsworth. Westfield’s have been working with Holdsworth since 2008 to provide positive outcomes for the local community. It’s so inspiring to work with people that are committed to elevating purpose in business. Bertie is not only a great musician and artist but also a delightful person.

John Elliott is the Managing Director for TOMS, Australia and New Zealand.  This year on World Sight Day, TOMS encouraged their community to take a day to ‘Unite to Give Sight’.  Through the work that they do, TOMS hopes to bring attention to blindness and other visual impairment issues, educate about the aspects of life that are most greatly impacted by loss of vision and offer a way to make a difference with TOMS Eyewear.  Through proceeds of their eyewear range, TOMS has helped restore sight to 400,000 people in need with prescription glasses, medical treatment and sight-saving surgery.   Find out more.


Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM