Reality TV show contestants out of their comfort zone

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Invercargill's Hetaraka-McKay family (from left) mother Chloe Hetaraka, sons Cyrus and Phoenix McKay and niece Cherub Hetaraka compete in series two of XVenture Family Challenge which airs on Channel 3 this Sunday. Photo: Supplied

INVERCARGILL’S Hetaraka-McKay family stepped well outside their comfort zone when they participated in the XVenture Family Challenge television series recently.

Team Hetaraka consists of mother Chloe, her sons Phoenix (13) and Cyrus (12) and her niece Cherub (19).

Chloe said the teams did not know what challenges they would face until the day of filming, making it an unpredictable experience which threw them all out of their comfort zone.

“It is about learning to be comfortable about being uncomfortable…that’s when the magic really happens.”

Series two of XVenture Family Challenge is now screening in New Zealand. This year it is a Trans-Tasman clash hosted by New Zealand’s Jason Kerrison and Australia’s Ten Network Kate Freebairn, filmed at Eagles Nest, Russell in the Bay of Islands.

In each episode two Australian and two New Zealand families (with two adults and two adolescents in each team) undertake three team challenges. Two winning teams go through to the next round, with a cash prize of $25,000 up for grabs.

The challenges the teams faced and the results are being kept under wraps until the episode airs on Sunday.

However Chloe was able to say at the start of filming Cyrus did not believe he could lead the family in a challenge, but in one challenge he was required to do so.

“He did not let us down. Not one bit. He led like a boss.”

Chloe said the idea to compete in XVenture Family Challenge came about after she and her sons won a soap stacking competition at an ecostore roadshow in Invercargill last year and the staff suggested they audition for the show.

ecostore sponsors XVenture Family Challenge.

“This implanted the idea that if we summon up the courage to do the challenge, we could win.”

To apply, the family was required to put together a video audition tape introducing themselves. After being short-listed, the show’s producers flew over from Sydney and spent a day with the family, subjecting them to a series of tests and questions.

Chloe said they were “stoked” when they found out they had been successful.

“We were absolutely ecstatic. We couldn’t believe it.”

The family had watched several episodes of the show last season, so they had some idea of what would be involved, she said.

“It looked like a heap of fun.”

The experience had strengthened the family’s bonds and they had developed an increased belief in themselves, she said.

“It taught us we don’t have to be amazing at everything we do, but to capitalise on our own unique gifts and strengths.

“It was a priceless experience.”

XVenture Family Challenge episode two airs on Channel Three on Sunday (March 31) at 5pm.

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