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Elle + Riley Father's Day || Andrew Mulligan

This Father's Day we celebrate some of our amazing Elle + Riley Cashmere family.

We sat down with some of our favourite New Zealand Dads, asking them what Fatherhood means to them.

 

Andrew Mulligan || Broadcaster and Father of 2 

Andrew has been in broadcasting here in New Zealand for over twenty years. His career started back in his University days as host of Otago University's now-infamous Cow TV and over the years worked his way through to SKY where he currently hosts a week nightly sports show 'The Crowd Goes Wild'.

His passion for broadcasting was cemented at a young age with both his Mum and Dad working in Radio for the iconic Radio New Zealand. Radio is still very much in Andrews blood as alongside TV, he presently co-hosts The Morning Rumble on The Rock.

Living in Auckland with his wife Emma and sons, Cooper (6) and Miller (1), any downtime Andrew gets is spent hanging out at home with his family.

Andrew wears the George Crew in Grey

 

Favourite things to do with your kids?

Sport.  Playing it, watching it, talking about it.  I grew up in a big sport household.  My dad had almost every All Blacks test match on VHS and we would watch them all together.  For me and my boys it’s Basketball.  From playing NBA2K on PlayStation with my eldest Cooper, to shooting hoops in the backyard, even my almost 1 year old is down for some ‘roll the bball down the corridor’ action.  Coop would curl up on the couch with me and watch the Michael Jordan documentary, although his outtake from that series was that he now loves Scottie Pippen….?!

Best piece of advice your father ever gave you?

Bring the wood inside to dry first.  He was an avid tramper.  Him and his university student mates built a hut in the Orongorongo Valley in Wellington, and it stands to this day.  Not 100% sure what he means by that advice but it’s stuck with me.

 The one thing you want your children to learn that you didn’t.

Patience is a virtue.  My wife will agree with me on that one…..

  Andrew wears the Asher Crew Neck in Khaki and baby Miller is obsessed with our Archie Baby Blanket in Grey

 

What have your children taught you?

What it is like to be a kid again – the joy in the small things.  I love the way my kids look at things and simplify them.  They keep me grounded and remind me of what really matters in life.

One piece of wisdom to pass on to your children.

Don’t put off till tomorrow, what you can do today.

 What’s better – a good ‘dad bod’ or a good ‘dad joke’?

Good Dad Bod although I think I personally excel in the dad joke arena.

What is your dream way to spend Father’s Day?

My ultimate day would be a morning up the mountain snowboarding with my family, followed by an afternoon in front of the fire playing NBA2k on the PlayStation with my eldest son Cooper.  Sleep in.  A big old sleep in.