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Kava Corner with Campbell

Kiwi broadcasting legend John Campbell has hooked up with Auckland rapper Melodownz to down kava in the first episode of a new web series.

Campbell revealed he was going into the session after getting up for the day at 3.30am, as he usually does, to host TVNZ’s Breakfast programme.

“That’s what time I go to sleep.” replied a stunned Melodownz.

Schooling Campbell on kava tradition, the rapper tells him to down his first shell in one go.

The broadcaster gamely steps up to the plate, though admits he was “quite whacked” by just one draught of the popular Pacific beverage.

Campbell admitted that he had been forced to make changes to his drinking since he took up his early-morning role, revealing he no longer drinks alcohol five nights a week and saying that it has “made a difference”.

As more shells are consumed, the conversation flows and Campbell reveals what drives him as a journalist, keeping the conversation on a stable track.

The chat turns to hip-hop, with Campbell sharing his old-school favourites and how music had played a massive part of opening him up to the world.

The episode is the first in a new series from Melodownz, which will see other special guests drop in to drink a few shells and share their thoughts.

KAVA THOUGHTS: John Campbell and Melodownz let the kava and conversation flow. Picture supplied