Friday, February 28, 2014

#2194 ... Delicate Tattoo

This delicate tattoo belongs to Katana who was trying out for a job at a bar in Nuffield Street, Newmarket. WDP on Tour

Thursday, February 27, 2014

#2193 ... Jackie Clarke

Jackie Clarke performing at the Lakeside Concert in Rotorua ... WDP on Tour again
The Jackie Clark story ... gave up house cleaning when she discovered people would pay to hear her sing. Once she realised live performance was a license to play dress up, her career path was set. Consequently she’s performed with everyone from the NZSO to Dave Dobbyn and beyond! Jackie’s instantly recognisable from judging NZ Idol.……. she was the one in the middle wearing the bling. Prior TV credits include judging the TV1 talent show Showcase, co-hosting Saturday Live (TV2), starring in TV3's hit comedy series Skitz and it’s spin off sitcom The Semisis, and crooning at Christmas in the Park for many years. Jack has also graced the tele presenting two documentaries - Wise Women and Song (TV1) Twins (TV2 ). Jackie is currently working on two documentaries –ANZAC Songs for TVNZ and fronting the Scottish episode of the Settlers series for TVNZ. Jackie is no stranger to the stage having starred in A Christmas Carol (ATC), Mum’s the Word ( NZ tour), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (NZ tour), Porgy and Bess (Mercury Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Sky City Theatre) The Underwatermelonman ( NZ International Festival of the Arts) and The World Goes ‘Round (Sky City Theatre). Jackie is also a mainstay of the annual kids theatrical blockbuster The Hairy Maclary Show. Jackie has just completed a successful season of Broadway Bigger Than Ever at Palmerston North’s Regent Theatre and will star in ATC’s 2006 Christmas production Sweet Charity. Jackie loves a good old show tune and has belted them out in several revues – Sirens (with Tina Cross) for the Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony and Taranaki Arts Festival, Broadway Songbirds (with Ellie Smith) at Downstage Theatre and the Christchurch Festival and Love Hate Relationship (with Tim Beveridge and Penny Dodd) for the Tauranga Arts Festival. Jackie’s performed for six people on a Tuesday night in a pub in Mt Maunganui and to 250,000 people at the annual Xmas in the Park concerts in Auckland’s Domain and says Mt Maunganui is much scarier. Jackie is well known as part of When The Cat’s Been Spayed, the kitsch kiwiana trio that boasted two successful albums, countless national tours, a plethora of Lotto advertisements and it’s own Country Calendar special! She’s also toured with Dave Dobbyn, Annie Crummer and the Netherworld Dancing Toys and guested on recordings by Crummer, Dobbyn, The NDTs, Wayne Mason, Greg Johnson and Jonathon Besser. She cut her teeth as a teenager in the band Marching Orders and went on to be a big part of the Wellington music scene in the 80s featuring in The Laundrettes, Putty, Big Fiddle and Strung Out. Jackie currently sings in many guises. As a soloist she has featured in many prestigious events such as Coca Cola Xmas in the Park, Schweppes Showtime, NBR Stadium Spectacular, Sky City Starlight Symphony and Lakeside as well as performing with the NZSO ( My Fair Lady, Around the World in 80 minutes) the APO ( Blockbusters 2001, Decades of Rock 2004, 2005), the CS ( The Proms, Fresh Sounds 2000) and the Dunedin Sinphonia (ENZO 2000, Carnival of the Animals 2002). Jackie sings in many groups including the alt. country combo The Darlings ( debut album The Ciccada Sessions out later this year), the fab vocal quartet The Lady Killers and the polyester sensation that is Abbalicious. She even finds time to sing in an the a cappella gospel choir Jubilation and jam on Hi 5 songs at home with sons Stan (5) and Ernie (3). Jackie moonlights as a voice actor for advertisements and cartoons, featuring as the voice of both Buzz and Poppy in the series of the same name and playing several characters in the Massey Fergusson cartoon series. Jackie is also a sought after MC at corporate events because she can speak and sing and scrubs up reasonably well in a sparkly frock! Born in Christchurch 1966. Raised in Gisborne Resident of Wellington from 1984 - 1997 Lives in Grey Lynn, Auckland. Daughter of Joy and Jim (deceased), twin sister of Robyn and sister of Tracey, partner of Grant Lahood, mother of Stan (5) and Ernie (3) Lahood New Zealander of Samoan, Scottish and English descent

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

#2192 ... Pukeko

Some native wild life at Auckland Airport ... A pukeko hen and her two chicks ... I was just returning the rental car before flying back yo Wellington. WDP on Tour

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

#2190 ... Fish Eye

At the Manukau Fish Shop in South Auckland ... yes still WDP on Tour

Sunday, February 23, 2014

#2189 ... Old School

Still more travelling around the country ... and when in Auckland again I visited my old primary school ... may classroom was at the far end and I was here from 1955-1960 ... some things don't change much. WDP on Tour

Saturday, February 22, 2014

#2188 ... Edward Harcourt

If you are on the street in Wellington ... you will likely see these hands especially around mid-day. They belong to Edward Harcourt ... street magician and illusionist. One of life's magic people. GO WELL EDWARD and keep entertaining us.

Friday, February 21, 2014

2187 ... Naturally in Hot Water

Under a thermal waterfall ... turn right somewhere along the Waikato River ... MAGIC

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

#2185 ... Sleep Moves

Moving a heap of new mattresses into the IBIS Hotel ... Featherston Street.

Monday, February 17, 2014

#2183 ... Ethnic Here

Maori hair decoration worn by a delightful Austrian lady ... Mercer Street

Saturday, February 15, 2014

#2181 ... Home Grown

The Home Grown Music Festival .. and awesome day with amazing talent .. including Wellington's own Louis Baker .. the man

Friday, February 14, 2014

#2180 ... Valentines

Delivering another gift of roses from Scent ... the florist. Johnston St.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

#2179 .... Creatively Floored

Olivia Smith (right) explaing the design and creation process for her new range of NODI (knots in Italian) rugs ... made by hand in India. Stunning designs ... beautiful to look at and walk on. May she have the success she deserves. August Cafe, Garrett Street

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

#2178 ... On the Cards

A group of university students fromthe USA heading down to Otago to start their academic year .... and of course an awesome year at one of our noted university cities ... Dunedin. Go well guys.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

#2177 ... Aotearoa

Aotearoa ... the land of the long white cloud. Flight to Wellington from Hamilton

Monday, February 10, 2014

#2176 ... Floor Cleaning again

The floor of the Lido Cafe getting its regular polish ... chairs all stacked.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

#2175 ... French Clean

Magalie who works at the Lake House in Taupo got the short straw tonight ... mopping the floor and yet really enjoying her year in New Zealand maximising a whole lot of new experiences. Taupo.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

#2171 ... Uniform Streets

YES the streets of the city are now back in uniform ... College has started again so the buses and trains are a bit more crowded ... and the city takes on its normal hue. Hunter St.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

#2170 ... Close of the Day

Evans Bay sunset ... IMAGE by NoelT ... another of the WDP roving reporters... THANKS NOEL

Monday, February 3, 2014

#2169 ... A six pack of sunshine

On the way back to Wellington after the Martinborough Fair ... stopped and bought 6 amazing sunflowers ... primo. Featherston.

Saturday, February 1, 2014