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Ange hereby declared cut above rest after 30 years By Jamie Adams

It’s been more than three decades since Ange Gaeta took up hairdressing as a teenager and even now she still loves doing it. Tomorrow Ange will celebrate 30 of those years as the owner of hair salon Hair By Ange, one of Berhampore’s longest-running businesses. A reflection of her longevity is the fact that she has cut the hair of generations of families, including five generations of an Island Bay clan. “I did the grandmother when she was alive, her son, his children, their children and now even their children,” she says. “I’ve done the hair of so many people who have stayed with me for these 30 years. “I am completely honoured by the loyalty.” Arguably the most loyal of those clients is radio presenter Phil O’Brien who works in Wellington but lives in Greytown, and who therefore potentially travels more than 150 kilometres to get his hair cut. “I used to do his mother’s hair when I was starting out in the ‘80s.” Ange has been busy in more ways than one since starting as a 15-year-old. Initially she worked at a second salon in Island Bay and continued there after purchasing the Berhampore business at just 21. She even juggled work with motherhood, raising three children while also helping at a karate studio next door. “I had fantastic support of family. I couldn’t have done it without them.” As well as working at the salon, Ange has also catered for elderly people at Te Hopai rest home. She remains friends with former employees, some of whom have gone on to start

Pictured from left: Kate Irving, Nadya Nicholson, Claudia Holmstead-Morris, Jean Goodman & Rochelle Rose Ange Gaeta is “honoured” to have served customers at her Berharmpore salon for 30 years. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

their own salons. “A lot of them have made wonderful friendships with other workers who have been here.” Ange employs three people part-time who are especially busy in the lead-up to the festive season. “We can be booking people 18 to 20 weeks before Christmas.” She is unsure about hairdressing for another 30 years but did have this to say: “I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.”  Hair by Ange will offically celebrate 30 years tomorrow with some canapes for customers as well as raffle prizes. The main giveaway is a $355 L’Oreal haircare package.

Gracing the stage While the teachers and students of the Jean Goodman Dance Studios of Kilbirnie ready themselves for their end of year performance ‘Encore’, it comes on the heels of some amazing achievements. Two of the senior students, Kate Irving and Nadya Nicholson achieved their Solo Dancers Diploma in Jazz. This is a professional level examination and is the highest achievement awarded. Following in their footsteps is Claudia Holmstead-Mor-

ris who was nominated for the NZ Scholarship Awards in Ballet, Tap and Jazz. “We are very proud of all the students,” says Principal and Founder of the studio Jean Goodman. “We have all worked very hard this year and it’s a wonderful way to lead up to the performance.” As the studio prepares to wind up for the year, things are just warming up for Senior tutor Rochelle Rose. Currently in rehearsal for the 2018 production of

‘Nunsense’, Rochelle will not only grace the stage but choreograph and co-produce the show also.  ‘Encore’ is on at the Memorial Theatre, Victoria University on Saturday 16th December 2017 at 6.30pm.  ‘Nunsense’ is on at the Gryphon Theatre, Ghuznee Street, Wellington from 30th January to 10th February 2018.

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