Queer Kiwis Surviving Self-Isolation: Martin King

Martin King (right) with partner Mike.

Muscle daddy (literally) Martin King is the Director of Winter Pride and Pride Pledge. He is spending Lockdown baking for his family, missing the gym and has a clear Level 4 survival message: “exercise is key.”

Tell us about your Level 4 Lockdown – where are you? Who’s in your bubble? And what are you doing to keep your mental health in check?

I am at home in Grey Lynn with my husband and 13-year-old son, plus We have a family friend who lives in the studio who is a nurse (but not on the front line as she works in mental health).


What are your top tips for express readers who are struggling with self-isolation? Keep a routine and structure to your day. Ours starts with our family bubble walk every morning – it’s a lifesaver. Exercise is key. Keep moving at home and close to home.

What is the most positive aspect of self-isolation you’ve experienced so far? Getting time to read books! That’s been well overdue. Baking. I haven’t baked in years. Just loving it! We did luckily have flour at home before the lockdown!

What plans do you have between now and day 28 of lockdown? Lots of cooking, reading, a few sleep-ins, daily walks, workouts in my driveway, and of course 5pm wine o’clock.

What are you missing most about ‘normal life’? The gym. I’m a gym junkie and love my classes. It’s also the social aspect of this and COFFEE! I live my daily coffee. And of course, being able to socialise – but I am a bit of a home bunny, so I can cope with a month so long as I stay connected on social.

What will be the first thing that you can’t wait to do when regular life resumes? Coffee and Gym and drinks with friends.

Moving forward is there anything you think you will change about your life following self-isolation? Do more baking, read more, have more dinner parties, talk to my mum more!

Is there a closing message you would like to share with our gorgeous LGBTI+ community? Stay home, save lives. This is only a small period of time in our lives. We can do this, but must do this together and whilst life will be different- think about the positives that can come from this.