Agony Aunt Courtney Dawson

From Nights, 9:15 pm on 6 March 2024

Nights' resident Agony Aunt Courtney Dawson is back for her monthly visit to answer listeners' problems.

Courtney Dawson is looking up to the left, off-camera. She is wearing a white shirt and a gold chain necklace.

Courtney Dawson is a comedian based in Tāmaki Mākaurau. Photo: Supplied

Three-month love triangle: Rom-com or reality check?

"Hey Courtney! 

I'm currently experiencing one of the best moments of my life. I'm starting a new job, preparing to move to NZ, and regaining confidence.

However, my partner just confessed that during the initial months of our relationship, he was also dating another girl. They were together for 3 months, and he only revealed this to me 2 years later.

What should I do? Should I stay in the relationship, or should I start taking new selfies to update my Tinder profile?"

Vex and the city

"Kia ora Courtney!!

Something that's been playing on my mind but I'm too embarrassed to ask my friends about. I've got a lot of stress in my life at the moment and I've been noticing myself being really really rude to people for no reason and I can't make myself stop. If strangers on the street get in my way, I'll make an exasperated noise. I got given the wrong order at a café today and I was so impatient and unkind to the poor staff I almost went back and apologised (and I used to work in hospo, so I know how it feels, which makes it even worse!!). In the moment I feel so annoyed at minor inconveniences. I can't help but feel like living in a big city has done this to me, my life is so fast paced now and there's a million strangers everywhere. I feel like my patience and good manners are disappearing. Help?"