Wearable Creations 2015

… and now for something completely different: for me anyway….

I’m currently the production manager for a group of 50+ kids doing the J-Rock section of Stage Challenge and we’d booked some of them into a spot as entertainers in our local Wearable Creations event. Well, if you’re going to be at something all day you gotta make the most of it right?

So, as you do, I thought… “What the hang… let’s give this arty-creating thing a go”.


The theme was “The Future and Beyond”. Over 400 mirrors, approximately 50 hours of country rock and the coolest hubby on the planet later this is what I had…. I called it ‘Connected’.

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As technology blossoms, our lives become a mirror mosaic of those around us.

Without physical limitations we are able to connect, communicate and assimilate data, knowledge, experiences and cultures.

Customising your community is as simple as reaching out to people who validate your voice and who respond to your own values, opinions, wants and needs.

The collective voice created by these connections is strong enough to initiate change at a far greater speed than revolutions of old. But each connection is as fragile as the mirror it is built on and just as sharp.

A single voice is easily swept aside.

An individual becomes invisible


We didn’t win any awards – but we weren’t aiming to. We were aiming to entertain. I reckon that between the kids, the crowd, the eyeball-blowing creations, the performers (yes, Nifty Nana’s, I’m looking at you)  and the hardworking crew of officials and supporters backstage it was Mission Accomplished.

Massive Cheers and Hugs to everyone involved.



The Guide to Protecting Children’s Privacy and Property Online

Guide Schools smallerLike it, Loathe it or Love it, the Internet is here to stay. Digital doesn’t mean different and this quick guide shows how simple it is to keep your child safe while having fun.

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Do Not Read this Unless You Want to Die – Tales From The Terrible Scary

cover-tales-scary-vol-3-do-not-read smallerTasha and Patrick are twins. Not the BFF kind, the wished-each-other-didn’t-exist kind.

Now kids around them are falling prey to a terrible sleeping sickness. Patrick and Tasha are the only ones who can help lift the curse and save their friends.

Can they put the past behind them and lift the curse? Or will they get their wish?

Also included in this volume:

Two bonus stories; Vampire Chipmunks from Outer Space and My Hamster Ate my Homework.

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Life, with Twins

Life with Twins smallerSarah Collins had everything she ever wanted. A good job, a loving family, a child and the husband from heaven. Her future felt bright and bountiful. Her hopes and dreams were just a small step away.

Then she found out she was pregnant.

With twins.

This is the diary of Sarah’s journey from reluctant mom to mom of three. It’s a familiar journey for families of multiples and it’s not a journey for the faint of heart.

It pulls back the veil of fog that envelops the first twelve months and takes you on the whirlwind ride that is life, with twins.

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What if you were sent to the Moon to protect Earth’s secrets, but instead you get to watch your home planet die, taking your future with it?

This is the reality for Elijah and his family. Earth is everything and now it’s gone. Their only hope is a myth wrapped in a legend.



See How They Run Review – July 2013

Written by Philip King,

Directed by Cefyn Gauden

(Published; CHB Mail July 23 2013)

Laugh Out Loud

What do you get when you have a drama queen, a sloshed tattletale, a vicar, a bishop, a prisoner of war, a love-struck maid and a surprise visit from the past thrown into the most conservative of English villages?

Mayhem and side splitting madness.

And that’s exactly what ensued during the Waipukurau Little Theatre’s latest offering, See How They Run.

Philip King’s classic farce puts ordinary people into an extraordinary situation, adds one part slapstick humour to two parts one liner’s which over three acts brings the audience from polite snickers to laugh out loud fun.

There have been many interpretations of King’s original but under the direction of Cefyn Gauden the story remained true to form, relying on cleverly delivered dialogue and a superbly directed cast to carry the audience on a journey that starts with a scratchy version of God Save The Queen and ends in a room full of people held to ransom at gun-point.

The story is set in an English village with the unlikely name of  Merton-cum-Middlewick and opens with the newlywed couple of Vicar Lionel Toop and his wife Penelope dealing with accusations from the local busybody Miss Skillon concerning Mrs Toop’s usurperous decoration of the pulpit and wearing of trousers in the village.

How the play progresses from this minor incident to full on farce filled with mistaken identities, de-robed clergy, drunken bodies and war casualties is a journey you have to see to believe.

The laughs came easily as this fast paced three act rollercoaster screamed into action, but the chaos was never so overwhelming that the story or punch-lines were ever lost on the audience.

The cast worked together to create a thoroughly believable dynamic. Emma Walker and Owen Potter were fantastic as Mrs and Vicar Toop, and Mike Fleming was well cast as Lance Corporal Clive Winton, the real laughs came with the supporting characters. The comedic timing and personalities of Debbie Hart as love-struck maid Ida and Edward Carleton Holmes as the Reverend Arthur Humphrey lifted the play from a good farce into a true comedy.

A well put together play and a wonderfully fun evening.


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