Aug 13, 2022 – Libby Robertson, 32, and her husband Dane Robertson, 35 (Tainui, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Korokī Kahukura) co-founded two personal development companies focusing on business and wellness coaching, which came out of their decision to get sober six years ago. They live in Papamoa Beach.

Libby:  I wasn’t long out of my previous relationship when I matched with Dane on Tinder. I’d moved to Canberra to be with someone but he broke up with me because of my drinking. I started drinking when I was 13 and partied any chance I could. I knew I had an issue but couldn’t stop. 

I was back in Wellington for Christmas 2014 when Dane and I started messaging each other but didn’t meet as I was only here for five days. I moved back to New Zealand a couple of weeks later and Dane was my first and only Tinder date.

Dane:  I’ve spent most of my life in Wellington, apart from stints playing rugby in Spain and the US. I did a marketing degree at Victoria University and worked in banking/sales. 

I’d been in a relationship for 18 months, which ended when I got back from the US. A month later I got on Tinder, which was a love/hate thing – I’d delete it, then download it again. I realised I wanted a deeper connection than just hook-ups.  I was attracted to Libby’s gorgeous figure but also the fact that we were on similar paths and had similar ideals, perspectives and goals. I knew Libby was someone special within the first month and that she was the one a few months later.


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