Steph CaseySteph Casey is a singer-songwriter from Wellington who picked up a guitar at age eleven and started writing songs as a teenager. She plays her original songs in Wellington cafés, bars and music venues, has just released her first full-length studio album 'Whisper & Holler'.
Debut Album 'Whisper & Holler'
Steph spent many childhood summers at Waikanae Beach and it left a lasting impression upon her, so much so that one of the songs on the album is entitled 'Kapiti' which is an upbeat, summery, South Pacific flavoured number.
Two local musicians also feature on selected tracks - Janet Holborow on Cello, and Ryan Edwards contributes backing vocals on an album awash with sumptuous harmonies.
'Whisper & Holler' is available at good music stores nationwide and also available on iTunes. You can read more about Steph and enjoy her locally inspired song here
The Holtom BuildingWhen you cross the railway tracks into Paekakariki you will see a big, two story building on the left, with lettering on the top “Holtom’s Building 1920”
This place has history and is worth a look around.
You enter through the downstairs doorways next to The Perching Parrot or The Beach Deli.
This was originally a purpose built garage with additional commercial rooms to supply quarters for the stage coach.
Over time the large rooms have been used as Billiard Rooms, Accommodation and a Sewing factory.
There is still the large open fireplace, the old coal range and original Meter Board.
Today the spaces have been transformed into Artist Studios and Galleries. A huge variety of work is created here. Wood carvings, paintings, transformed furniture and exquisitely made jewelery are just some of the artworks that can be found here.
During opening hours the public are free to wonder through the labyrinth of rooms and large creative spaces.
Open Thurs – Sun.
10 .am – 4.pm .
A book of children’s stories set in Kapiti has almost sold out, a week after it was launched.
Children’s Story Book
In Hot Demand
Shortz , a collection of children’s stories, produced by Kapiti writers has proved so popular, the publishers are considering another print run.
The book was self-published by the Kapiti Children’s Writers Group, a collective of six local writers. Group spokesman, Anne Ingram says they’re “absolutely stunned” at the demand.
“We had 500 copies printed, which we thought was quite ambitious, but almost our entire stock has sold. The popularity of the book has far exceeded our expectations".
Shortz is a collection of 21 stories by local authors, selected from 50 submissions received. The book was published with the help of a Creative Communities grant and was the group’s first project.
Mrs Ingram says Shortz is aimed at 8 to 12 year olds and features stories that will appeal to both boys and girls.
“Children love reading stories set in places they know and our beaches, as well as iconic Kapiti locations feature widely. There are stories about a mermaid, a taniwha, a sea rescue, bikes and helicopters and a prank that goes badly wrong.”
Shortz showcases the work of talented illustrator, 15-year-old, Celeste Fontein. Celeste was approached to illustrate the book and design the cover after the group viewed her work.
The book is being sold through Paper Plus, Access Radio and Take Note in Waikanae. Mrs Ingram says copies are still available but orders will be taken if stocks run out as the group considers whether to do another print run.
Gaby Lingke of Livlin Productions has recently completed a short documentary on Tim Hunt, a reknowned tattooist based in the Paekakariki village.
Tim Hunt Tattoist
It features commentary from Tim about his creative style, and footage of some 'work in progress' at his studio.
The video can be viewed online at Tim's website, which also features a photographic gallery of his craft, here.
Gaby has also created other local documentaries, including one featuring Fritz Eisenhofer's dome house in Peka Peka.
You can visit her website for more content here.
Image courtesy of Paddy Riley Photography www.paddyriley.com
Lindsay Rabbitt - Poet, Writer, Filmmaker
Lindsay Rabbitt is an essayist, experimental filmmaker, poet and a member of the song/spoken word troupe Waiata and the Word.
His most recent book, THESE LIVES I HAVE BURIED, was one of the books published in the Montana Estates essay series.
He is also the author of four books of poetry, UPAGAINSTIT, ON THE LINE, THEWAYOFIT and A WAKE.
Lindsay trained as a hand and machine typographer in the sixties; moved into writing poetry and publishing in the seventies and eighties; travelled into journalism in the nineties; explored filmmaking, and spiked book/art/radio reviews and essays in the two thousands.
Read more about Lindsay here
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