More FM and Celebrity Treasure Island sojourn reveals details of its next big day
08 Oct 2021 1:00 p.m.
When radio presenter Lana Searle was cast off on Celebrity Treasure Island in February, it was the perfect time for the bride-to-be.
“We were in the depths of wedding planning so it was a good time for me to step off the grid,” the More FM Breakfast Club host said with a laugh at Woman’s Day. “There was a long list of things to do and I’m not a planner so it all depended on my fiancée, who luckily is good at organizing things.
“It’s going to be perfect because she will have done everything. I just need to be given time to come the same day!”
Lana, 34, will marry her four-year partner, beauty salon worker Katie Cochrane, 39, in Tutukaka, Northland, on November 19 and the broadcaster says it’s important they have “a ceremony that reflects us as a couple “.
So what do they look like as a pair? “We’re just extremely grateful that we found each other. It’s a little later in life than some people, so we’re still this sick couple who are madly in love, who go out on dates and go on weekends. in ourselves. “
Spoiler alert: when it comes to their big day, “there will be a quiz midway through the ceremony” to reflect the brides love for trivia “and there is a game of hide and seek for the rings, “Lana smiles.
“We took away the traditional wedding because we are not traditional people. There are all kinds of original things to make it more fun.”
As for what she will wear, Lana admits that she is “halfway” shopping for a dress in Christchurch, where the couple live. “If it’s ready six weeks before the big day, I’m the one to organize myself,” she says, admitting her 9kg weight loss on Treasure Island has widened her options.
The fact that Lana is from Northland, where the TVNZ 2 show was filmed, was a huge advantage for Lana, who grew up in Te Ko¯puru, near Dargaville, and is of Nga¯ti Kuri- descent. and Croatian – “a Northland Mix,” she jokes.
“I knew where to find certain seafood and shellfish, and what materials you can use for different things. I used flax to catch fish when I was a kid and my dad was an eel farmer. Helping her was a job I hated – I never thought it would help! I’m just a tough kid from a small town who ended up living in Christchurch. “
Lana moved to the South Island to work in radio and was 23 when the Christchurch earthquake struck. She remembers: “I was in the middle of town and had to keep working. Seeing first responders pulling bodies from the rubble was like living in a horror movie. It took me a long time to realize that it had ruined me. My world fell apart and I had to rebuild it again. “
After lots of advice and a brief move to Hamilton, Lana says she “finally found out who I was” and realized she was gay.
She explains, “Growing up in a small town, I wasn’t really exposed to gay people. I knew they existed, but I thought it was a city thing. I just thought I was a tomboy. . I wasted 10 good years of my life! “
It was back in Christchurch that Lana met Katie and started her concert on More FM alongside co-host Gary McCormick and former colleague Simon Barnett. She shares: “It was a pretty well established show when I walked in and we had a lot of trolls going, ‘Who is this scruffy, stupid woman who doesn’t know what she’s talking about?’
I had spent 10 years on the radio, but it was a real disappointment. “
These days, however, Lana claims she has “thick skin” and that she and Gary, 69, have a “bizarre friendship.”
She laughed, “Sometimes I love him and sometimes I hate him. We’re like an old married couple. Don’t worry – Katie is fine with that!”
Despite that thick skin, Lana felt “a little dirty and disgusting” forming an all-female secret alliance on Treasure Island, but she insists, “If you didn’t plot you were going to be left behind. It was a disgusting feeling. , but after watching what happened behind my back on TV, I’m glad we made a plan. There were a lot of sneaky interactions from my team members that I didn’t have. not realized it was happening! “