ACT MP Nicole McKee. Photo / Supplied
Nicole McKee lived Kiwi’s dream.
At age 23, she noted experience working in a law firm, got engaged and was ready to give birth to a baby girl.
“I had a great family life, with a house, a fence, a man and a dog,” she laughs.
Now a member of parliament and third on the Law Party list, McKee quickly became a skill in the noisy debate in the Parliament Hall.
But in an emotional interview with Newstalk ZB her speech starts to slow down and her body is solid.
“We were waiting at the station, watching fire engines and ambulances pass by … I wonder what happened.
“Since he didn’t show up, we had a feeling it was him.
“He was driving fast. It was his fault. But we didn’t expect the mess we saw.”
This is the first time McKee has talked at length about the accident that took the life of her fiancé.
She shows that they were together for 15 years and he made an offer a few days before his death.
“His name was Kane.”
A week later, and three years after she was told it would be difficult to conceive, McKee gave birth to her first child, whom she calls an “angel.”
But it was also traumatic as she struggled with a reality that turned her life upside down.
“When people say they had a bad week, I go back to that … he died on Sunday, I buried him on Tuesday, went back to Wellington on Thursday and gave birth on Friday.
“I was supposed to give birth at home, and I not only lost my husband … [then] my child also had a pelvis, ”she says.
Mackie says she decided not to sleep and gave birth, giving up painkillers for 38 hours.
“I am most proud of the moment on January 13, 1997, when I was able to push my daughter with my left foot first and get out the other side.”
Carrying forward to the present day and supporters of gun ownership, the defender of freedom of speech is still adapting to the halls of power.
Ahead of the 2020 election, she singled out a controversial figure, speaking out against government reform in the field of firearms following the Christchurch terrorist attack.
It was then that she met with Act leader David Seymour, and, thanks to the party’s surge in the election, ran for parliament.
“I’m surprised I’m here … to be honest, I didn’t really think I could do some of the things we do.”
When she says these words, a challenge appears on McKee’s face, almost as if she is discovering in real time her new self-confidence.
“But I’m more than capable.”
She is now married and has four children – three with her current husband.
McKee says she feels “happy,” though memories of her past don’t fade easily.
“When you lose someone who is really close to you, you go through different stages, you have anger, you have pain, you have hatred, but I think by the time you reach almost 50. .. all this has been pushed aside, ”she says.
“My eyes are starting to water because I’m just thinking about all the really good moments we’ve been through. I don’t even remember arguing with him.
– I miss his laughter.
Asked what she would say to 21-year-old Nicole McKee, she misses not a minute.
“Don’t be sorry … it’s okay to be wrong,” she says.
Mackie tells me she lives by it.
“[Regrets?] I don’t have one. “