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Bay Bathroom Design and Build was established right here in the Bay in 2001 and has renovated more than 400 bathrooms to date. “We pride ourselves on bringing a unique service by offering a complete package from design, to the finished project with everything in between,” says Bay Bathroom Design and Build owner Darryl Roach. “We are also lucky enough to be living and working in one of the most sought-after areas in New Zealand. “Tauranga’s growing population and booming house market has seen an increase in home renovations, with bathroom updates taking top priority,” says Darryl. “We have dealt with many houses in wellestablished areas such as Matua, Bethlehem and Mount Maunganui; helping turn olderstyle houses with interesting colour and décor combinations, leaks, or just needing some attention in general, into modern, practical and stylish spaces.” The Bay Bathroom Design and Build team
is made up of skilled designers, licensed builders and competent tradesmen that have been taught the skills of putting together arguably one of the most complex and important rooms of the house. Along with full bathroom renovations, Bay Bathroom Design and Build also caters for the partial bathroom renovations – including shower upgrades, shower glass installations, waterproofing – right down to just upgrading a single fixture. “We also work closely with a cabinetry firm with an 18-year relationship and can build that special cabinet. From custom bathroom furniture to laundrys – and even that special piece of furniture you have always wanted inside the house – we can make it happen,” says Darryl. And if you’re interested in anything from an entire bathroom up-haul to a new faucet, Bay Bathroom Design and Build makes it easy and stress-free. “We are happy to talk to you about your requirements. We will arrange for someone from our team to meet you at your place to take photos and measurements to produce a fixed priced quote for the renovations required,” says Darryl. “From there, you consult with our designer and project manager Vicky Gillespie, who will listen to your ideas, offer some of her own based on her vast experience, and showcase the large range of fittings, furniture, shower, bath and vanity options we have available to us.” The opportunities really are endless and the team love hearing everyone’s different ideas and helping turn them into a reality. Bay Bathroom Design and Build’s Judea showroom displays just a small handful of
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It’s time to sort out your tired bathroom! Whether you are updating to suit the needs of a growing family, wanting something more accessible or are picturing the latest trends sitting in the most important room in your house, the team at Bay Bathroom Design and Build can help by providing a quality built bathroom without the hassle – as they will manage the project from beginning to end.
Vicky Gillespie and Darryl Roach
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the many different options available with tiled spaces, acrylic showers, accessible/wet room bathrooms, curved showers, compact vanities, larger vanities for big spaces and the latest in soft close toilet suites and fittings in different finishes including the classic chrome and on trend black. “Bathroom trends are continually changing,” says Darryl. “And we can help work towards your wants, needs and budget while combining style and functionality for the perfect finished room.” So call now or come and talk to the team at Bay Bathroom Design and Build and make that dream bathroom a reality.
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Gaven’s wee pride and joy Underpowered, noisy – but unbelievable fun! It’s egg shape and bubblelike windows stop and shock many. “You often see people and their mouths drop open – especially when I open the front door and get out the front,” says Tauranga’s Gaven Armit, who is talking about his 1958 BMW Isetta that is so compact he can park it sideways in a carpark. “People find it quite fascinating – but mostly because it’s so weird,” says Gaven. He hadn’t owned or driven one before – but that didn’t stop him falling head over heels for the Italian-designed microcar and buying one two years ago. But it wasn’t in the head-turning splendour it is today. “It had been pulled apart by a gentleman in Auckland about 30 years ago – with the intention of restoring it. “He got as far as a few repairs on the body and chassis. Then he decided, after 30 years, he’s probably not going to restore it.” The Isetta was relocated to Gaven’s place “completely disassembled – there was not two bits bolted together and there was just undercoat on the shell itself ”.
“I went to Auckland and carted back two trailer-loads and a utefull of bits and pieces – then I got all carried away about restoring it.” Gaven did all of the work himself. “I did a complete rebuild of the mechanical side – the engine, gearbox, brakes. I got an upholsterer to reupholster the seat and a painter to paint it. It took a bit more than six months, on nights and weekends, to restore.” And he’s kept it original. “It’s 300cc – it’s not powerful. It gets scared when it sees a hill. “So it is good for pottering around town – it can do about 80km/hr.” In 1955 the BMW Isetta became the world’s first mass-production car to achieve a fuel consumption of three litres per 100km. Gaven says the vehicle was built as a poor man’s way of getting something better than a motorbike when he couldn’t afford car. “They were made as light, cheap and small as possible.” The result being most cars wore out or rusted out very quickly and were scrapped. Today Gaven’s Isetta enjoys Sunday outings and visiting car shows – allowing people to see the
Gaven Armit with his 1958 BMW Isetta
rare vehicle close up. “When they [BMW] first brought them into NZ there was two lots of 750 Isetta cars imported. To the best of my knowledge today there’s only about a dozen in NZ surviving on the roads and a few in garages getting restored.” But Gaven won’t sell his. “Money won’t buy it. It’s really a wee pride and joy.” When getting groceries he puts some on the parcel shelf behind the seat – there is no boot – then they have to be passed in after he’s seated. “Because I have them on the seat and floor I can’t get out past them. So I make sure someone’s
at home so I can get out.” Gaven says it also has a unique driving experience. “Because they are right-hand drive and the engine hangs over the right-hand side, and the drivers sit on this side all of your weight is on this side. “So you’ve got to be careful going round a left-hand corner. But you can go hurtling round a right-hand corner.” “It’s underpowered, it’s noisy – and it’s just so much fun it’s unbelievable.” Merle Foster
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Richard’s rocking birthday A star supporter for children’s health Richard O’Brien is glam in pale pink tights, a pretty short frock, pale pink cross-over top, pink pearls and boots. “My daughter wanted these boots but I said: ‘Sorry darling they’re mine’,” he smiles. The attire is appropriate. The interview and photographs are to promote Richard’s ‘75 Years of Frock ‘n’ Roll’ 75th birthday celebrations on March 24 at Tauranga’s Baycourt Theatre – to raise funds for the Starship Foundation. “Supporting parents as they sit by their child’s hospital bed hoping they will recover and sending a child home, well…what could be more worthy than that?,” asks Richard, author and star of ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ and since 2010 – resident of Katikati. This will be the second time he’s celebrated his birthday in such a public and philanthropic way. Richard’s 70th birthday party at Hamilton’s Founders Theatre raised $32,000 for the national Starship Children’s Hospital. “Every cent of the ticket price from next month’s ‘75 Years of Frock ‘n’ Roll’ will go to Starship,” says Richard. To add to the evening’s atmosphere – the audience is invited to dress up too and Richard has high expectation of the Tauranga’s flair for the outrageous. During the evening, Richard will be stretched out on the couch while veteran broadcaster and long-time friend Mark Sainsbury, cast in the role of a friendly shrink, will attempt to unravel his mind. Local blues band Kokomo will be playing and Grant Winterburn, one of New Zealand’s leading pianist, will also perform.
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Richard has invited Gold Logie award-winning Australian actor, musician, singer and composer Craig McLachlan to appear too. “His lovely wife Vanessa has said ‘Yes’ on his behalf and when he sees this in print – well I’ll tell him he can’t refuse,” says Richard. Among his many roles, including in ‘Neighbours’, Craig played Frank N. Furter in the Australia stage version of Richard’s ‘Rocky Horror Show’ twice, in 1993 and again in 2014. Starship Foundation chief executive Brad Clark says Richard is a wonderful supporter of Starship Foundation. “We are so honoured he has chosen to support us again by giving up his 75th birthday for Starship. “It’s a brilliant concept, and one we hope will inspire others to jump on board and give up their own birthdays to help children, young people and their families from all over New Zealand.” Deciding to support Starship, says Richard, is easy. “There’s no politics, no other agenda than helping children get well. There is a rule that no child should die before their parents as that’s unbearable. “Then there is New Zealand’s shocking levels of child abuse, which sees too many children admitted to hospital.” When he was 10, Richard his three siblings and parents emigrated to New Zealand eventually living in at Pillans Point, Tauranga. Richard attended Tauranga College, which later became Tauranga Boys’ High School. He left school at 15 to work on a training farm run by the Salvation Army in Paeroa. “It was a very large farm, something like 3000 acres with three dairy farms and a lot of sheep and cattle. I was there for about a year.” Then Richard became an apprentice hairdresser for
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“Supporting parents as they sit by their child’s hospital bed hoping they will recover and sending a child home, well…what could be more worthy than that?”
Pat Osborne in a salon in the foyer of the Embassy Theatre in Hamilton. “I used to watch the late-night double features at the theatre and saw my first transvestite show there too.” In the 1960s Richard’s brother Rob Smith owned the ‘Inferno Café’ in Elizabeth St, Tauranga, where today’s Subway is. “It stayed open late. There was so little late-night entertainment anywhere, people used to drive from Hamilton to go to the Inferno.” At times Richard played guitar and sang as part of the café’s live entertainment. Richard knew hairdressing wasn’t for him, so he returned to the United Kingdom in search of a more theatrical life. “When we arrived in Tauranga, we lived for a short time, in the Tilby homestead at Matua – where the Matua School is today, and there I learnt to ride horses, which came in handy as I got a stunt role riding horses in the movie ‘Carry on Cowboy’ in the UK.” Richard also attended drama classes at night and took any job he could in West End theatres, working back stage, changing scenery, helping with lighting and later touring with the musical ‘Robert & Elizabeth’. Richard got his chance to take to the stage in ‘Hair’ and ‘Jesus Christ Super Star’ but when a promised role didn’t eventuate “I sat down to write a musical I’d like to go to” – which became ‘The Rocky Horror Show’. “We launched it in a fringe theatre to 65 people on opening night. The word-of-mouth reaction to it was so great that we soon moved to a 300-seat theatre in the Kings Rd and added another song ‘Eddie’s Teddy’
which wasn’t in the original musical.” Forty-five years on Richard is still bemused at the popularity and endurance of the musical he penned. “I can’t understand why it is so popular and across all generations.” Richard hopes hundreds will attend ‘75 Years of Frock ‘n’ Roll’, which coincides with Starship’s own 25-year celebrations. Tickets start from $38 from Ticketek. Limited $78 VIP tickets are available, which include access to an exclusive Interval Lounge and invitation to the ‘Meet the Stars’ after-party. See inside The Weekend Sun for your chance to win VIP tickets to the show.
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