The Apprentice Aotearoa star and former Auckland Pride Chair, Cassie Roma, made an emotional departure from the show to spend more time with her daughter.

“For the last year all I’ve been doing is packing my bags and leaving my kid,” Cassie Roma told teammates Courtney Louise and Jesse Tuke.

Roma described watching Mike King leave Celebrity Treasure Island the previous, week, leaving daughter Alex, as a life-changing moment. 


“That moment was when Mike King left, and Alex said, ‘Dad don’t go,’ and he went and she spent 30 seconds telling us that all she wanted from her dad was time and I look at her at 24 years old and I see my 16-year-old.

Cassie Roma (right) with wife Carly and daughter Chelsea.

“I’ve spent 13 days with her in the last five months and I think I need to pack my bags here so I can unpack at home and be with my girl because I don’t want her to ever say those things to me,” Roma said before crediting Alex King for making her a better parent.

“I hope when Alex watches this back, I hope she knows that she’s made me a better mum for her vulnerability.”