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Starry-eyed over babY My, doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun – and I have had lots of fun this past month. In fact it’s been one long birthday celebration; first son, then a few days later my man and our grandson on the same day, followed by nephew and several friends too. And of course, now the new Royal, Will and Kate’s baby son, George, is a Cancerian too, born on my nephew’s birthday!
Beautiful Paihia Beach Resort and Spa couldn’t be closer to the water – it enjoys an idyllic beachfront location which drinks in stunning views of the bay. Sun-drenched patio, pool and heated jacuzzis mean an escape here, anytime of the year, is a relaxing experience made all the more enjoyable by enticing spa treatments, poolside restaurant and spacious apartment/style rooms with many luxuries. See story page 21. Cover photo supplied
I’m not an ardent royalist but I was moved on seeing that new bundle of joy and the pleasure on his parents’ faces. And despite all the kerfuffle about lighting up our national monuments, I just loved the sight of the Sky Tower, The Cloud and the Auckland War Memorial Museum lit up in bright blue lights against a black sky. Being surrounded by Cancerians (my late Dad also fell under the same star sign) it’s all a bit of fun for me although it is said that love matches between Cancerians and
Virgos (that’s me) are supposed to have staying power – ours certainly has. So many years that the young one’s in the office just laugh – most weren’t born when we married! But now that this momentous month is over for another year, it’s time to look ahead to the rest of 2013. Traditionally August can be a bit grim weather-wise so I hope some readers are off to holiday in the sun. I have to wait until September before escaping to Fiji but recently I was up at Paihia Beach Resort for a couple of nights and, honestly, it was so hot sitting outside on the deck chairs I had to go in… and have a cocktail to cool off!
This month’s EastLife is once again packed with reading with a good bit aimed at our male readers as we head towards Father’s Day. On the competitions page smooth operators will appreciate the fantastic Philips shave pack we have up for grabs and do read Jon Rawlinson’s take on ‘manscaping’ page 31. We’ve also found our local lads are men of many means and talents – circus performer, rugby player, artist, actor/director, landscape designer and more. So, don’t just chill, brew a cuppa and take time out to enjoy EastLife; catch you next month.
I struck perfect weather and the resort was ideal for a short break – stunning views, hot Jacuzzis, luxurious spa and, of course, great food – if overseas travel is out, I can’t think of a better place than the Bay of Islands for an escape. You can read about my trip on page 21.
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10 questions in 10 minutes with former All Black, New Zealand Maori selector and coach, Waka Nathan
10-11 what’s where Local happenings around and about
12-13 interview ‘Prison stint’ all part of marine artist’s intriguing career
15 profile Nick Steward – career acrobats lands tumbler on his feet
16-17 feature Syndication – the modern way forward in harness racing
Accolades for local girl’s urban design
20 win! Loads of prizes up for grabs for the men in our lives
maserati music 21-27 Lifestyle • Escape to Paihia Beach Resort and Spa • Exploring beyond Adelaide
28-37 health, beauty and fashion
• Dig these coats for stylish men • Manscaping
38-41 food • Chef targets top venison award
• Food writer, Tamara Rubanowski, reveals health benefits of superfood, pomegranates
• Local lad helps create London Cityscape • Putting mother-in-law in her place • Keeping a check on property market
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Backing ‘Black’ is almost a religion to sports fans in our stadium of four million, and if that’s the case, former All Black, NZ Maori selector and coach, and all-round gent, Waka Nathan, certainly deserves his place in the Parthenon. However, many locals may be unaware that this giant of the oval ball code is also a longtime Howick resident and keen fan of Pakuranga rugby. Which rugby player most influenced you and how? Colin Meads for his ability to read the game and tight or loose forward play if need be. Which current All Black most closely mirrors you in terms of style of play? Hard question to answer in terms of players today as the game has changed dramatically. But, in general, I would say Michael Jones most closely reflected my style of play. What do you think of Pakuranga’s own All Black, Charles Piutau and do you think he could be an All Black great? He’s had great achievement for Pakuranga. There’s every possibility he will become a great All Black, with the right direction. Do you support Pakuranga? If not, who do you support and why? Yes, I do support Pakuranga, because I coached there and its commitment to Auckland rugby and junior rugby is outstanding. Which Super Rugby team do you support and why? The Blues because I have played, coached and been a part of the Auckland Rugby Union throughout my life. What would you do to improve the development of the game at grassroots level? I would make sure the kids took ownership of playing for the club they choose, and that they understood the
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importance of loyalty and playing as a team, rather than as individuals. Speaking as a former flanker yourself, who should succeed Ritchie McCaw? Does Sam Cane have what it takes, or is another player more worthy of the job? Ritchie’s are very big shoes to fill. I’m sure whoever is chosen will bring their own personality and qualities of play to the game. Do you think today’s players are playing too many games? And if
so, could such overworked players lead to a poorer quality game for the fans? In my time we weren’t professional rugby players, whereas today’s players are. With only rugby to focus on, I believe they can handle the amount of games as long as they enjoy it and know when to retire on top. What is the first thing you would do if you became All Black coach? Make sure my players were bonding as a team and that the right
leadership strategies were in place. If you could invite three rugby players to dinner – dead or alive – who would you ask? Sir Colin Meads [All Blacks 1957-71], the late Sir Wilson Whineray [All Blacks 1957-65, 30 tests as captain] and the late Patrick Walsh [All Blacks 1955-64, New Zealand Maori,1955-61, All Black selector 1969-71], because these three men weren’t just team players of my generation but also they were some of my very best mates on and off the field. www.eastlife.co.nz
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Celebrating La Fete Nationale The sun shone on last monthâ€™s La Fete Nationale , known to most people as Bastille Day which was held at the Pine Harbour Fresh Market focusing on all things French and fresh. Celebrating with food and friends, the event included face painting for children, pastries, pies, wood-fired pizzas and more. Photographer JANET KEELING went along to capture the atmosphere. 1. Lola and Georgie Hamilton with Vincent Hughes 2. Alexis Wreen 3. Julie Gordon 4. Michael Bond
5. Toni Church and Bella Worthington 6. Matthew Freeman with daughter Francesca 7. Dean, Jack and Vonja Wilson
8. Mackenzie Keeling 9. Sophia Milantoni, Hanna Burt and Isabella Milantoni 10. Angenieta Leeman Rose
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ladies lunchalot It was hard to discern the real winner at the Lady Lunchalot July event – Hearty Towers Transplant Rehabilitation House, which received a donation of $350 from the gathering, or the guests who embraced the cause, the opportunity to mix with other women and the chance to relax and dine when they might otherwise have been working. Held at The Lounge, in Wellington Street, and hosted by owner Chris Bull, the function was a resounding success – Howick photographer, CARMEN BIRD was there too.
Putting on the ritz – Look who EastLife spotted celebrating the birth of the new royal in London – our very own queen (of beauty pageants that is) Val Lott with husband Allan Parker. They joined other well-wishers in toasting the health of Prince George Alexander Louis at The Ritz in Westminster.
1. Maria Stephens, Tracey Fishwick 2. Kamilla Anderson, Jenny Harper, Nysa Leon, Katrina Cole 3. Jo Kapa, Santa Wiki 4. Gill Bellamy, Justine Evangeldakis,
Cathy Gowans 5. Chris Bull, Liz Watson, Jill Thorrat 6. Rosie Raines, Marie Whincop, Maree Pauling
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spied – new president There was a great turnout for the James Bond-themed gala evening at Waipuna International Hotel for the inauguration of the Rotary Club of Pakuranga’s new president David Wardell. Mr Wardell succeeds outgoing president Clive MacDonald.
1. Sylvie Wilkinson receiving the President’s Cup for outstanding service from Clive MacDonald 2. Incoming president David Wardell and wife Judy 3. Jenny Foster who received an award for Community Service with Dawn Johnston 4. Andrew and Jenna Wardell with Kim and Stuart Foster
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AUGUST 2013 ➤ ENTERTAINMENT Xtreme Talent Quest 2013 Registrations by August 10 Uxbridge Creative Centre in Howick is hosting a community-based Talent Quest which provides an opportunity for young people to gain vital stage skills and performance experience while competing for great prizes. This locally supported project runs during August and September leading up to a live grand final at which the winning act will be chosen. Register online at www.uxbridge.org.nz Stomp August 6-11 Broadway, West End and international dance troupe Stomp is all set to take Auckland by storm. The entourage, most well known for its performance at last year’s Olympics, will be stomping its rhythm at the Aotea Centre in town in the shape of brand new routines, choreography and music. Tickets, $59 per person from www.the-edge.co.nz Copacabana August 7-11 Her name was Lola – the unforgettable opening lyric of Barry Manilow’s Grammy award-winning, hit musical, featuring the well-known story of Lola and Tony will be heard
when Copacabana is in town. This tale of love and romance is set in the heart of the 1940s swinging nightclub scene. Now a full-scale, Broadwaystyle musical fantasy, this singing and dancing spectacular is not to be missed! See it at the Harlequin Musical Theatre. Tickets available from www.iticket.co.nz. The Great Crooners August 20, 11am-1pm Sit back and relax with music’s greats – Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney who rose up with the advent of radio broadcasting. Let the lunchtime opera experts from Operatunity recreate the silky tones and fabulous laid-back lounge music with dimmed lights and a drink in hand. With special stage dressing to recreate this era of music, this event even includes lunch with the artists. Tickets, $30 per person; group discounts. Ph 0508 266 237 for bookings or email email@example.com
family ➤ fAMIly Festival – Auckland Storylines festival Family Day family August 18, 10am-3pm, FREE Hey kids, it’s Storylines Festival’s 20th anniversary this year and the event is celebrating with a full day of activities at Aotea Centre. Meet literary heroes and be entertained by the likes of Joy Cowley, Dame Lynley Dodd, Gavin Bishop and more. Dress up as a favourite book character and win a spot prize! Also, enter three other competitions in writing (describe a birthday), illustration (design a book cover) and book spine poetry (write a poem using book spines!) and win fabulous prizes! See www.storylines.org.nz for more info.
The Baby Show 2013 August 23-25, 10am-5pm Held at the ASB Showgrounds, the Baby Show is a one-stop-shop for pregnant couples, caregivers and parents of babies and pre-school children to browse, try out and purchase hundreds of essential Red Panda Weekend August 24 & 25, 10am-3pm Join the Nepalese red panda celebrations at Auckland Zoo with red panda encounters, face painting and the chance to break into pandamonium with friendly red panda mascot, Rufus. Tickets; $10 children; FREE for under 4s; $25 adults and $20 students. For more details see www.aucklandzoo.co.nz.
Latta An Evening with Nigel latta August 15, 8pm Learn some parenting tips for a child’s first decade at the Pakuranga United Rugby Club from clinical psychologist and bestselling author, Nigel Latta. With a unique blend of off-the-wall humour and battlefield wisdom, Nigel shares insights gained from working with some of New Zealand’s most gifted and troubled children. Learn the 10 principles for raising good children and find out about the innovative behaviour management tool called
products and and services. services. The The show show products provides invaluable invaluable free free advice advice in in provides form of of seminars seminars from from leading leading the form parenting and and early early childhood childhood parenting experts in in aa low-pressure, low-pressure, familyfamilyexperts friendly environment. environment. Entry Entry is is FREE FREE friendly children under under 12, 12, $15 $15 for for adults adults for children online, and and $17 $17 at at the the door. door. online, Ladder of of Certain Certain Doom’. Doom’. Cash Cash ‘The Ladder and gold gold coin coin donation donation supper supper bar and available; tickets, tickets, $30 $30 per per person; person; available; email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com email purchase. to purchase. & Mix Mix Pick & Every Saturday Saturday in in August, August, 10.30am10.30amEvery 12.30pm, FREE FREE 12.30pm, Immerse the the whole whole family family in in Immerse world of of performing performing arts arts at at the world Auckland Town Town Hall. Hall. Watch Watch the Auckland performances at at 10.30am 10.30am and and join join performances hands-on workshops workshops at at 11.30am. 11.30am. in hands-on From story-telling story-telling to to hip hip hop, hop, circus circus From skills and and theatre theatre techniques, techniques, there’s there’s skills something for for everyone everyone this this winter. winter. something Bring out out the the inner inner clown, clown, challenge challenge Bring self with with aerial aerial circus, circus, acrobatics, acrobatics, the self juggling, and and just just have have fun! fun! No No or juggling, bookings required, required, just just turn turn up up and and bookings come and and go go as as you you please. please. Some Some come workshops will will even even have have arts arts and and workshops crafts crafts sessions sessions with with goodies goodies for for the the children children to to take take home. home. Visit Visit www. www. the-edge.co.nz the-edge.co.nz for for more more info. info.
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events | eastlife ➤ art Auckland Art Fair August 7-11 The Cloud on Queen’s Wharf will be hosting Auckland’s premier art fair for art collectors and those who simply love art. The signature launch party, Vernissage, is on August 7, and will include fine food and wine, as well as first viewings of the collection. Tickets to this event are $125. Following opening night, admission to the fair is $25 per person and FREE for children. See www.artfair.co.nz On Deck – Uxbridge School Show Now- August 15, 9am-5pm (M-F) and Saturday, 9.30am-2pm Who’d have thought skateboards could be a blank canvas? See the fresh palettes of young minds splashed out on the wooden boards with wheels at Uxbridge. Featuring 70 student artists from Pakuranga, Macleans, Edgewater, Botany Downs, Howick and St Kentigern’s Colleges.
➤ charity M Factor Fashion Show for Ronald McDonald House August 10, 6pm-8pm Have a swing at fashion in the swanky Next Generation Health and Racquet Club in Parnell for a good cause. The M Factor Fashion Show will raise funds for Ronald McDonald House which offers support to families with sick children. It’s entertainment galore with dancing and singing as well as celebrity models strutting their stuff in designer clothing. Tickets, $75 adults, $30 children; available at www.ticketmaster.co.nz.
and more than a hint of razzle dazzle! Proceeds from the night go to Look Good Feel Better, a charity helping women with cancer. Tickets available from $260 per person; call 308 0245 or visit www.lgfb.co.nz for more info.
➤ food and wine Vertical Tastings Evening August 10, 5.30pm-7.30pm Come along to Turanga Creek vineyard’s ‘Down to Earth Wine Bar’ in Whitford to celebrate 5 years of wine making! Sample 5 vintages of pinot gris and bordeaux blends alongside some delicious canapes. Hear the Turanga Creek story and re-live its history with every glass of naturally organic wine. Tickets, $49 per person; phone 530 8936 to book.
favourite chefs leave their kitchens and set up stalls at Wynyard Quarter’s Shed 10 to serve mouthwatering street food to the public. Savour the taste of Latin America with Besos Latinos, the Carribean with Atico Cocina, Mediterranean with Ima, Italian with Toto’s, Southeast Asian with Monsoon Poon, the ocean with Soul Bar and Bistro and many more. Made to Match August 17, 2.30pm Made to Match is a project at Victoria Park’s La Zeppa designed for beer lovers. Learn what to serve with a pilsner and what to order with a wheat beer. The talented chefs at La Zeppa will be preparing the food matches. Tickets are available from www.iticket.co.nz for $47.50+booking fee and include tastings of 5 different beers and matching foods.
Bar and Bistro in the Viaduct. Tickets, $75 include three courses and a glass of bubbly. To book, phone 356 7249. Bollywood Evening August 31, 6.30pm Party in true Bollywood style and enjoy traditional Indian cuisine at Victoria Park’s new restaurant iVillage at Victoria. Tickets are $85 per person and include a welcome drink, food and entertainment; phone 309 4009 for more info.
➤ Markets Howick Village Market Every Saturday, 8.30am-12.30pm, Picton St, Howick Classy Crafts Every Saturday, 9am-1pm, All Saints Community Centre, Cook St, Howick
auckland restaurant month August 1-31 Opera Night at Toto’s Every Saturday in August, 8.45pm Listen to the wonderful sounds of opera by New Zealand’s leading artists and visiting performers and hear the taste buds sing from savouring fine Italian cuisine at Toto’s in the city. Mention Restaurant Month when booking and receive FREE entry; phone 302 2665. Street Eats at Shed 10 August 10, 11am-6pm, FREE This one-off event will see Auckland’s
High Tea in High Places August 24, 3pm Sip on tea and some Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV and nibble on delectable bites at Hotel DeBrett. Featuring a special guest appearance by The Caker, Jordan Rondel. Tickets, $45 per person; phone 925 9000 to book. Delicious Excuse for a Fashion Show August 28, 12pm Let the taste buds run rampant and be transported to gastronomical heights of pleasure while the fashion radar goes wild with gorgeous designs from Yvonne Bennetti at Soul
Aotearoa Carfts Every Saturday, 9am-4pm, Sunset Terrace (above food court), Botany Town Centre, Cnr Ti Rakau and Te Irirangi Dr, Botany Pine Harbour Fresh Market Every Saturday, 8am-12pm, Pine Harbour Marina, Jack Lachlan Dr, Beachlands Clevedon Village Farmers’ Market Every Sunday, 8.30am-12pm, Clevedon Showgrounds, Monument Rd, Clevedon Clevedon Village Market Every Sunday, 9am-2pm, Clevedon Community Centre, 1 PapakuraClevedon Rd, Clevedon Pakuranga Night Market Every Saturday night, 6pm12midnight, under The Warehouse, Pakuranga Plaza
Look Good Feel Better Rio Carnival Charity Ball August 10, 6.30pm-late Feel the rhythm of Rio with the vibrant spirit of Carnival taking stage at The Langham. Dance the night away to vigorous beats in the company of performers, delicious food and wine,
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Sea changes –art, ahoy! Much of his life has been spent at sea, by the sea, or near the sea but there’s no rough seaman’s swagger about Paul Deacon. NATALIE BRITTAN speaks to the leading marine artist in his Cockle Bay home about his unusual life and works. Rare is the person who fits no stereotype. And although artists often bear the brunt of stereotypes, Paul is neither tortured nor eccentric. One of nine children born in Dartmouth, a fishing town in Devon, England, Paul caught the art bug from a young age. His fisherman father, who passed away when Paul was three years old, was a competent artist. His mother, on the other hand, was a trained artist and it was from her that Paul learnt all the “tricks of the trade”. Surrounded by water, it was only natural that his works reflected his environment. Later, leaving Devon for Irish fortune, the Deacons again chose life by the coast and young Paul’s artistic flair gained momentum. But Ireland was not home for long. Amid growing unrest near the Irish borders in the ‘70s, the family returned to Devon whereby Paul soon set sail around the world with the merchant navy. Travelling to places such as northern Europe, west coast Africa and the Mediterranean, the young sailor built a knowledge of all things nautical. Starting at the bottom, he climbed up
the decks and was eventually made relief captain – not always easy, he admits. “I hated the weather, unless it was sunshine. There were few moments when I seriously thought ‘this is the end’!” Meanwhile, the artist’s brush kept going and Paul was often commissioned to paint ships leaving and entering the ports. “Beer money!” he chuckles. Surprisingly, it wasn’t seafarers who were his biggest customers, but the average tourist strolling on the quay. “Boat people don’t spend a lot of money on paintings!” In the meantime, the gentle Englishman met and married his wife, Jill, and together they had a son and daughter, which soon brought his 10-year seafaring chapter to a close. Returning to land, a job as a prison officer at the infamous Dartmoor Prison opened his eyes to another world. “I needed a shore-side job and the service happened to be recruiting.” Historically home to Britain’s most notorious prisoners, the prison had its challenges. “It was known as Britain’s worst prison; the dustbin!”
It was also “desperately boring!” So, Paul sought refuge in art and the idea of an arts and crafts workshop for prisoners resulted. “A lot of it was abstract – wildness, misery, fighting, killing, death, violence. But there was also a lot of good stuff too – landscapes, seascapes, portraits of families, and
memories of when they were free.” These works were exhibited and sold; a small percentage of sales going back to the prisoners but most being donated to charity. “We were a bit worried when we took them out to exhibit their work; some of them were lifers. But there were never any problems.”
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Artists ARTISTS Retreat RETREAT Initially Initially conceived conceived by by well-established well-established Howick Howick artist artist and and tutor, tutor, Merv Merv Appleton, Appleton, an an upcoming upcoming Artists Artists Retreat Retreat offers offers budding budding artists artists aa chance chance to to be be taught taught by by one one of of three three tutors tutors who who specialise specialise in in three three different different mediums. mediums.
Paul Paul Deaconâ€™s Deaconâ€™s maritime maritime art art has has found found homes homes around around the the world. world. AA few few showed showed promise, promise, says says Paul. Paul. â€œOne â€œOne or or two two were were exceptionally exceptionally good. good. II believe believe they they might might have have made made quite quite good good careers careers in in the the big big cities cities ifif they they had had focused. focused. â€œThese â€œThese guys guys could could let let their their heads heads go. go. ItIt would would just just be be aa blur blur of of colour, colour, but but they they captured captured the the essence essence without without the the detail. detail. II really really got got aa buzz buzz and and inspiration inspiration from from some some of of them. them. â€œIt â€œIt all all came came down down to to time, time, energy energy and and interest interest on on my my part. part. IfIf they they knew knew you you werenâ€™t werenâ€™t genuinely genuinely interested interested theyâ€™d theyâ€™d read read through through itit quickly.â€? quickly.â€? However, However, Dartmoor Dartmoor was was aa hard hard place place to to change, change, he he admits. admits. â€œIt â€œIt was was very very backward. backward. There There were were old old established established ways ways of of thinking thinking â€“â€“ lock lock up up the the prisoners prisoners and and throw throw away away the the key.â€? key.â€?
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Paul Paul recalls recalls whenever whenever that that type type of of mentality mentality was was overcome overcome the the result result were were tremendous. tremendous. â€œSome â€œSome of of them them [the [the prisoners] prisoners] rose rose up up incredibly incredibly well well despite despite dismissal dismissal from from society. society. Some Some just just got got on on and and did did beautiful beautiful stuff.â€? stuff.â€? Eventually Eventually 11 11 years years as as aa prison prison officer officer was was enough enough for for Paul Paul and and he he decided decided itit was was time time for for aa sea sea change change â€“â€“ literally! literally! With With aa sister sister based based in in New New Zealand, Zealand, Paul Paul and and his his family family had had visited visited and and liked liked what what they they saw. saw. So, So, in in 1995, 1995, they they arrived arrived in in Howick Howick as as new new immigrants immigrants and and have have stayed. stayed. â€œI â€œI liked liked itit for for the the sea sea and and beaches, beaches, and and the the village village has has aa good good little little life life to to itit â€“â€“ weâ€™re weâ€™re anchored anchored here here now.â€? now.â€? Today, Today, Paul Paul works works full-time full-time as as aa team team leader leader for for Barnardos, Barnardos, aa 150150-
12 nights Sydney Roundtrip aboard Rhapsody of the Seas
He He manages manages staff staff and and the the operations, operations, aa role role which which he he says says can can be be challenging challenging and and complex complex â€“â€“ â€œyou â€œyou need need aa sensitive sensitive understanding understanding of of many many issues.â€? issues.â€?
Weather Weather dependent, dependent, sessions sessions will will be be held held outdoors outdoors with with participants participants indulging indulging in in plein plein air air painting, painting, sketching sketching and and photography. photography.
Paulâ€™s Paulâ€™s works works can can be be found found at at the the Remuera Remuera Gallery Gallery and and the the Art Art of of This This World World Gallery Gallery in in Devonport. Devonport. His His nautical nautical illustrations illustrations and and narratives narratives appear appear in in publications publications in in the the USA, USA, the the UK UK and and New New Zealand Zealand and and his his finely finely detailed detailed work work can can be be found found in in homes homes around around the the world. world.
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He may be one of New Zealand’s best and brightest, but circus extraordinaire Nick Steward is anything but a show pony. NATALIE BRITTAN shines the spotlight on the Howick born and raised talent who actually ran away and joined the circus.
While fellow performers have tripped and fumbled on stage, Nick Steward says he’s more likely to fall on his way to the theatre. “I tend to injure myself more when I’m making my way to the stage than actually performing,” says the 24-year-old who was one of 20 finalists at the inaugural Golden Carnie Awards, New Zealand’s first national circus championship held at the Wellington Opera House earlier this year.
And, as if to prove his point, it seems Nick kept an 800-strong crowd spellbound as he performed a routine that won him third place. His proud parents and friends watched with bated breath, as the country’s elite juggled, swooped and twisted with fearless intensity, showcasing acts they had spent days, months and years perfecting. And the competition did not get the better of the self-titled, “Nick of all Trades” as he pulled out all stops with the cyr wheel, a large metal hoop which he spun and manipulated with nimble dexterity. Producing a mesmerising and near flawless show, Nick won his third place in the competitive Ground Based Award category. The athletic acrobat says the competition, better known as the Golden Carnies, was a great experience and one that should continue. “It was a tough contest and a New Zealand first. It’s nice to have a nationwide competition to pick out the top of the top performers.” Born to parents David and Allyson Steward in Bucklands Beach, Nick always had an inexplicable interest in magic. “He would have been about three when he first showed an interest,” says Allyson. “He was always fascinated with making things disappear.”
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Naturally, his parents were intrigued. “We thought it was interesting,” says David, an electronics engineer. “Then it got to the stage where he would do things we didn’t understand.” Like a true magician, when pressed for answers, Nick glibly says “smoke and mirrors”. He continued to foster his interest, in magic and other physical routines, which sometimes worried his nursing trained mum. But the now Shelly Park couple say they never stopped their son’s exploits. “We just allowed it to happen. We’re very supportive of everything he does. We allowed him to do what other people might think of as weird.” Easily bored, the former Howick College student was not concerned with academic pursuits. “I didn’t like school. I was six weeks into Year 13 and I already had enough credits to finish the whole year.” After school, plans to study outdoor education switched to an electrical apprenticeship. Unfortunately, he hated it. “I can’t do the same thing every day. This is not for me,” he says. In spite of that, he took the bit between his teeth and finished the course – a distinctive trait of Nick’s,
says Allyson. “He doesn’t give up. He’ll finish it right through to the end.” Determination, tenacity, perfectionism and patience are his traits says dad, David – “he’ll decide to do something and he’ll just work and work at it until he gets it right.” Today, this is evident in Nick’s broad repertoire which includes juggling, comedy magic – serious magic was too “boring” – sword swallowing, flying trapeze, unicycling, fire spinning, pole, and balancing on various objects. He says the frustration of not being able to master a skill is not an obstacle. “It’s a motivation. I don’t like failing and not being able to do it properly.” At 18, Nick became New Zealand’s youngest sword swallower, and has also set a world record for sword swallowing whilst balancing on a rolla bolla (a board balanced on a ball or several). He showcased this terrifying act on New Zealand’s Got Talent in 2008. The unofficial world record for mounting a 2.5m high giraffe unicycle completely unassisted also belongs to him. But above all, his greatest
We’re proud of all that Nick’s done and are just pleased that he’s doing what he wants to do – that he’s achieving his own dreams.”
achievement is “reaching my 24th birthday”, he says. “In one piece!” adds mum. Outside the circus ring, Nick is also a qualified barista, bartender and croupier but his heart still belongs to carnival bright lights. Having travelled as part of Circus Aotearoa (successor of the Whirling Brothers Circus) he has set sights on the world famous Cirque du Soleil. “I’d like to keep performing for a little while, at least get to the top of this field before I change and go to Cirque du Soleil,” says Nick. In the meantime, the itinerant circus artist has just left for the Big Apple in America to teach children at French Woods, a performing arts summer camp and part of the Camp Counselors USA programme. This is his fourth time and he often stays for six to eight months at a time. His parents say it’s been a wonderful journey. “We’re proud of all that Nick’s done and are just pleased that he’s doing what he wants to do – that he’s achieving his own dreams.” www.nickofalltrades.co.nz www.eastlife.co.nz
His stories and performances on stage have entertained and captivated our east Auckland audiences for more than four decades but little is known about Laurie Mills, the creative mind behind Howick Little Theatre’s latest stage production, The Cat’s Meow. NATALIE BRITTAN takes a snapshot of the man sitting in the director’s chair.
It was purely by chance that Laurie fell into the part of Tiny Tim from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the age of eight. “It was good fortune in a way – well, my good fortune,” says the Pakuranga resident. “A very good friend of mine, Keith, was supposed to play the role but he had to go into hospital three weeks before the play. “So, his mother said to me would you like to do it, and I said ‘yes!’ I’ve been doing theatre work ever since.” Born and raised in Wellington, Laurie made the move to Auckland’s eastern suburbs more than 40 years ago after returning from his big OE in the United Kingdom. Securing a job with Air New Zealand looking after its phone reservations desk, Laurie stayed with the company trying his hand at a diverse range of jobs, finally ending up in his current position as IT manager. But more prolific than Laurie’s career has been his dedication to theatre.
To date, the Howick Little Theatre life member and former president has played a part in more than 70 stage shows, 31 of which he has been responsible for as director. Many will remember Laurie’s portrayal of the cunning Fagin in Oliver! and the eccentric Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as his direction of shows such as The Glass Menagerie and The Chalk Garden among others. “As an actor, I love comedy,” says Laurie. “I like making people laugh” – something he does exceptionally well, judging from the non-stop laughter that poured from the audience of On The Razzle and many more. Directing, on the other hand, is a more serious affair. “It’s a lot easier being an actor. You’re only responsible for what you’re doing,” says the patron of the Howick Children’s & Youth Theatre. His niche is directing plays set in the past. “I revel in the past. I love it because there’s so much inspiration from researching the period, its costume, manners and the way people relate to one another.” While he admits the demands are great, he says it’s the next act that motivates him. “There’s always new plays to make. There’ll always be authors writing plays set in the past. And as long as I have the energy, I’ll keep going.” In fact, he says it’s not surprising his theatrical pursuits have lasted all these years. “I think I have quite a gregarious nature; theatre work is very much about communication. “If you have a love of people, a love of the period and reproducing things, then theatre is a natural outcome.”
Win! art fair tickets A select group of leading New Zealand and Australian galleries will present works by some of the region’s most sought-after artists at this year’s Auckland Art Fair, August 7 to August 11 at The Cloud. The biennial fair attracts some 10,000 visitors and this year EastLife has 3 double passes to give away (see below). Highlights of this year’s event include a gala Vernissage for 900 guests and keynote lecture by one of the world’s leading art commentators. Sandra Phillips, curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, has curated and collaborated on critically acclaimed exhibitions by some of the world’s leading photographers. At the fair she will provide an insight into some of the images on display and discuss the way photography is associated with voyeurism and surveillance at her keynote lecture. Phillips will also take part in one of the art fair forums.
This year’s fair features 40 exhibitions, projects and installations in a range of media including photography, painting, sculpture and moving image. The programme will also include panel discussions, artist talks and tours. Tickets cost $25 at the door. Open Thurs 11am to 6pm; Fri 11am to 8pm; Sat & Sun, 10am to 6pm. To enter the draw for three double passes to the Auckland Art Fair visit www.eastlife.co.nz and go to the competitions site. One entry per person; entries close August 5, 2013, winners notified by phone or email.
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