Saturday, April 18, 2015


It's been a shocker recently trying to photograph on the NZ Street. It is always a combo of being too busy, inspiration, or lack of, after many years, and mundane weather. BUT..I came across this image that I never posted. FILM, I have decided IS more delicious than really really is. Tabitha, in the small city of Avignon, late afternoon. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Marion, Reunion Island

Marion is from Reunion Island – she is in New Zealand for several months to learn English. I must admit, I had never met anyone from Reunion Island. It is a French speaking country is the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, about 200 kilometre southwest of Mauritius, the nearest island.
From the 17th to the 19th centuries, French colonizers imported Africans, Chinese, and Indians as workers, and from1690, most of the non-Europeans were enslaved. From what I  see in images the island has an incredible natural environment. In fact, Reunion Island has been recongnised by UNESCO as a significant ecological island. There are many ethnicities tat make up the 850,000 odd population. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rosanna, Germany

Rosanna is travelling around NZ on her OE. It's the first time I met someone called Rosanna..quite excited, as the Toto song of the same name, is one of my favourite songs of all time. ROS...ANNNNN..AA

Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Watch...Dior & I

If you are wondering what to do this Easter, I recommend going to see Dior and I.

Dior and I goes inside the world of the Christian Dior fashion house. The documentary centres on a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of quietly spoken Belgian Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director. It is a true labour of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the pressures of the modern fashion world with echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a great homage to the seamstresses who serve Simon’s vision.

I’ve always been fascinated by Raf, and his vision on fashion. His pick for head of Dior raised eyebrows, many thinking his Belgian minimal approach wouldn’t cut it in his first role at a haute couture brand, especially Christian Dior.

The Director is Frederic Tcheng, who also did the fashion films Diana Vreeland  - The eye has to travel, and Valentino, The Last Emperor. I spoke with Tcheng on Sunday Morning Radio NZ National, last year. You can hear it here. 

image: GoRunway 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


" I've only just moved to Auckland this week," says Tarikura. She is an aspiring actor in search of her next steps. I asked her how she found Auckland? " The cities are SO different. Especially for someone coming to Auckland new. They're world's apart really." 
For someone who has spent the last 8 years travelling in between Auckland and Wellington, I totally agree. Different scenes, different's quite marked. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Singapore Girl

Olivia is a fund manager from Singapore with business interests here. " I love Auckland, more than Sydney actually, " says Olivia. " In my thinking it's a bit more...different, quite vibrant, and I really love the New Zealand fashion. " Olivia grew up mostly in London and lived in Hong Kong but Singapore is home. " Singapore in every way, is, fashion, culture, it's the best." She wears Karen Walker glasses and top. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stina, Sweden

I saw the colour from a block away...just fabulous. Stina is from Sweden, and travelling the World, including a couple of months in New Zealand. " But I have a Kiwi boyfriend now, so I think I might stay a little while longer" says Stina. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Africa Fashion festival...

This is really something to get behind, and they want your help as soon as is possible. So spread the word on this. You might be willing to come on board as a sponsor. In an era where we desperately need a little diversity in Fashion, this really will mix up the local scene, and add to it’s vibrancy. I could think of nothing better than having this Festival in Auckland and Wellington. And I want to know more about contemporary fashion from the African continent  / by people of African origin.

Pinaman Owusu-Banahene, (pictured) is the Executive Producer of Africa Fashion Festival - a festival that celebrates Africa’s vibrant and diverse culture and incredible creativity in New Zealand through fashion, dance and music.

Pinaman was born in Accra, Ghana and for the last 12 years she has called New Zealand home. Pinaman works for the Ministry of Health as a Senior Advisor.

She says: "I believe fashion, music and dance are great art forms that enrich our experiences and challenge our deep-seated assumptions. I hope Africa Fashion Festival provides an outlet for all New Zealanders to experience the cultural richness and incredible artistic talent from the diverse and vibrant continent of Africa".

The Africa fashion festival is scheduled for 7 – 10 May 2015 in Auckland, and 14 – 17 May 2015 in Wellington.

So give up some funds here! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Bag of the Year !

I just love it..How can you ever replicate a hand piece like this! Apparently Emma brought it at some Market in Browns Bay. I love her smile too.

Friday, March 20, 2015

E.E Cummings fan

Sarah...big fan of American poet, essayist, and playwright - with a large book of his poems tucked under her arm. Sarah is studying Education, with a view to primary school teaching.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Master photographer Patrick Reynolds

Hat: Hills Hats NZ, Strangely Normal, O'Connell St
Glasses: Easy Cowboy, Grace Lang, Ponsonby Rd

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Sofia, from Argentina taking time out, outside the Auckland Arts festival precinct.

Monday, March 16, 2015


From London, part Ghanaian...waiting to head to Pasifika ( I asked how she cared for her awesome hair..and Scarlett said just with Olive Oil).

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wongi 'freak' Wilson

Wongi 'Freak' Wilson is a well known full time Graffiti/street artist, who works mainly in a photo realist genre. I talked with him on RNZ at Te Matatini in Christchurch. You can see his works all over Christchurch City, and beyond. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Blues & Purples

Vincent, from Korea. With a tattoo of Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper....pretty next level.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Interiors...Matt and Vittoria

Matt Thomson has decided to embark on his dream. To make whiskey. Thomson Whisky is steadily gaining an international reputation, as is whiskey itself, which is the drink of the moment. I tried a drop on the radio. Rocket fuel...but beautiful rocket fuel.

Vittoria Barbatti is from Milan. ' I love this job - you get to meet people, look out on the streetscape, it's been a perfect job for me..I could do it forever.' Vittoria is from Milan and holds degrees in business and finance. Which at the moment isn’t a passion for him. ' Right now my passion is to surf.'