Carey Matikainen


WIFE: Carey
AGE: 43
OCCUPATION: Runs hairdressing salon business with her daughter

ABOUT: Carey and her husband Harry are a traditional Christian family. They met at youth group when they were 14 years old and started dating a few years later, by 19 they were married. They have been married for 23 years with five children, two businesses and a big house that they built themselves, ‘we feel very blessed but it’s all down to hard work, discipline and our strong faith in God.’

Their Christianity has had a big bearing on how they live their lives and raise their children. They’ve tried to enforce strong Christian morals like honesty, compassion and respect for oneself and others. All the children have had a Christian education and the two youngest go to Sunday school.

‘I am more committed to God than church, but Harry goes to church each week. He is a ‘by the book’ Christian and not tolerant of those who live an un-Christian type life. I believe that it’s God’s role to judge!’

WIFE: Carey (43) accepts her role as the housewife and ensures their home is spotless while helping her daughter Shari (19) with her hairdressing business. Carey is a highly motivated and organised woman.

As well as Carey’s hours in the salon she brings a lot of her work home, like washing towels and paperwork. She also does the book keeping for Harry’s electrician business, plus the childcare and housework.

Apart from Thursday, dinner is Carey’s responsibility but she hates cooking so she usually orders take away or prepares simple meals like a hot BBQ chicken and a salad from the supermarket. Carey would love for Harry to help out more, ‘but after 23 years of marriage, old habits die hard.’

HUSBAND: Harry (42) is an electrician and owns his own business. He is a traditionalist who believes that women should do all the cooking, cleaning and childcare. Harry allowed Carey to go back to work once she promised that her hairdressing job would not get in the way of the housework.

A clean and tidy house is very important to them both, ‘we don’t understand how people can live in clutter and filth.’ Harry expects a clean and tidy house but refuses to lift a finger to help, while Carey tidies the house every day and does a big clean once a week.

CHILDREN: Carey is very close with her daughters Shani (19) and Kirra (17) and loves the fact they work well together in the hair salon. James (22) lives out of home and works with Harry. Josiah (9) and Alisha (6) love to have their friends visit at home.

PETS: Ollie the cat and a fish. Carey doesn’t agree with owners who allow their dogs indoors as they smell.


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