Express talks to notable members of our LGBTQ+ community to find out how they are doing in Level 4 Lockdown and hear their tips for maintaining mental health in self-isolation. Here we talk to Kerry Trent Ranginui a.k.a Miss Kerry Berry!

Kerry Trent Ranginui is the Head Patternmaker at Karen Walker, as well as being a designer in his own right, and by night, the divine drag queen: Miss Kerry Berry.

Tell us about your Level 4 Lockdown – where are you and who is in your bubble?


I’m hunkered down in Birkenhead, with my Partner Pedja and his 16 year old son.

What are you doing to keep your mental health in check?

I’m keeping busy with working from home. Last lockdown I felt I lost some daily structure so this time I’ve focused on keeping routine. We are also all giving each other their own space in the house to avoid getting sick of each other. And I’m also enjoying cooking and eating! 

What are your top tips for express readers who are struggling with self-isolation?

Find a rhythm, and try to find something enjoyable to pass your time. Don’t stress too much about things you can’t control and get outside a bit! Fresh air and the sun on your face is a good recharge.

What is the most positive aspect of self-isolation you’ve experienced so far?

Being able to rest a bit and not have the daily stress of commuting into the city. Also saving a lot of money by eating at home. It’s also been nice family time. 

What plans do you have between now the end of Lockdown?

I need to fix a lot of my drag costumes. There are a few rips and pulls from various shows, so drag prep time is much needed! Also, I need to restyle a few wigs, and I’m attempting to make sourdough, but I think it might be a bit of a fail!

What are you missing most about ‘normal life’?

I’m missing my interactions with friends and co-workers. We’re still in contact daily but it’s not the same as getting to chat around the water cooler. I was also really looking forward to Fashion Week as we are showing our bridal collection. Lockdown has actually given me a lot more time to finish veils for our models, so I’m very much looking forward to NZ Fashion Week when it does resume.

What will be the first thing that you can’t wait to do when regular life resumes?

I eat a lot of pizza, so I’m really looking forward to ordering some Sal’s! I also missed out on a drag performance due to Lockdown so looking forward to being back at a level where clubs and venues can reopen. Level changes really affect performers income.

Moving forward is there anything you think you will change about your life following self-isolation?

I most defiantly felt more isolated not having a car this Lockdown. Since moving to the North Shore, I’ve been using public transport to reduce commute time on Onewa Road and done away with my car. It’s been difficult doing supermarket runs and carrying everything, so will be purchasing a car as soon as I can!

Is there a closing message you would like to share with our gorgeous LGBTI+ community?

We have been here before so we know it does get better. Though it seems difficult at times, we will all be partying together again soon. Be Kind and be safe!