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Stalwart of screen


With brains, brawn and beauty by the bucketload, few would be better suited to a broadcasting career than Stacey Morrison.

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Then known by the surname Daniels after her father, prominent radio personality and now Councillor for Coastal Ward – James Daniels, Stacey was just 18 when she got her first gig – as a presenter on What Now?

“I love that people still remember me from What Now?,” she laughs when I point out I have followed her career since then.

“It blows me away really, I was still a student at Aranui High School at the time! I still work with Whitebait Productions which makes What Now?”

She is today one of Christchurch’s most beloved exports and her 25-year career has taken her around the country. She’s now settled in Auckland with husband, another veteran of the Kiwi screen, presenter of current affairs programmes Te Karere and Marae – Scotty Morrison, and their three children – Hawaiki, Kurawaka and Maiana.

And while mum to those three children is undoubtedly her most important role, she has been lucky to be able to combine whānau life and work at times. “Making Whānau Living for five years, with all of my kids and husband Scotty involved, really was a joy and a highlight,” Stacey says.

“The producer, Brad, and I came up with the idea for the show when he noticed how we live our lives and how it reflects many busy whānau, so I felt proud that it was a continuation of our lives and many of the cast and crew are still close friends of ours.”

Scotty and Stacey are teaming up again professionally, with a new show National Treasures hitting the small screen soon.

“It’s about keepsakes and personal treasures that people have at home, that unlock a story of a time in the last 100 years in New Zealand history,” Stacey explains.

“I’ve done some filming already and some of the stories from Christchurch are deeply moving and inspirational.”

Co-hosting The Hits Drive Show alongside Mike Puru and Anika Moa makes for a busy life, but Stacey ensures there is always quality whānau time.

“I loved the lockdown for that reason – everyone at home! The second lockdown in Auckland, that was a little more challenging,” she laughs.

“We have set whānau time in lots of ways, whether it’s family movie night – currently episodes of Cobra Kai, which is great for the other four who all do karate together – sit down mealtimes and board games and travelling or working together when we can, too.”

Stacey and Scotty kept busy even through lockdown, co-creating a new all-ages activity book Māori Made Fun, featuring crosswords, word-finds, colouring, riddles and a bit of maths and science.

“This is Scotty’s seventh book and the success (which even surprised us) of his Māori Made Easy series and our other co-written book, Māori At Home means we had the opportunity to look at a different approach, that we don’t have many of on the market,” she explains.

“We wanted to make something that people of all levels of understanding – from beginners to fluent speakers; something you can pick up and do for just five minutes, or an hour, but offering some fun and reo in your day.”

One of the most special roles she has had over the years has been an unofficial advocate for te reo Māori revitalisation, after learning the reo as an adult.

“I had a very stumbling, long-winded path of learning te reo, over maybe 10 years,” she laughs. “But once I really concentrated, it took a couple of years of exponential effort to be comfortable to say I’m a fluent speaker.”

It’s a subject she is passionate about. “At the time that I started learning te reo Māori, in the 1990s, it wasn’t as widely supported, yet it felt important to me,” she says.

“Te reo Māori can unlock knowledge about where we live, what the history of that place is, express our feelings such as aroha (compassion, as well as love), connect us all and express our unique identity.”

So what would she say to someone who was interested in learning but is perhaps shy, embarrassed, or self-conscious?

“That all of those feelings are valid and yet it’s still worth pushing through, attempting and enjoying your reo learning journey. No one is judging you as harshly as you imagine, so try to stay out of the over-thinking zone of your brain, it will slow down the part of your brain, ears and heart that are trying to stay wide open!

“Kia kaha rā koe, keep going hard, you’ve got this!”

Clearly, it’s a motto Stacey herself lives by.


 

The Influencers: Leeann Watson


Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive

Tēnā koutou katoa. As I write this, we are in the lead-up to Māori Language Week.

With a growing Māori population reflected in our workforce, customers and stakeholders, there has never been a better time to grow our competence and awareness of Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique and rich Māori heritage, culture and language.

While our children may be learning te reo at their schools and daycares, where does this leave those already in the workplace?

I am not fluent in te reo by any means, but I am willing to learn, which is why I joined some of my colleagues at our recent Māori Culture and Language in the Workplace workshop – a new programme of learning The Chamber launched this year.

Facilitated by Anton Matthews (Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri), also owner of Fush restaurant, the three-part course covers basic pronunication, greetings, common workplace words and phrases, as well as an outline of tikanga (customary system of values and practices), and an overview of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) and its importance today.

For many people who want to learn, but aren’t sure where to start, this is a great starting point to gain the confidence to give it a go – in fact, the course has been so popular we have another scheduled for November, as well as an advanced course.

This demonstrates an appetite among our business community to learn more about one of our official languages and share in our collective responsibility to keep this important, unique language alive. We’re all in this together — he waka eke noa.


 

Significant feat of engineering


STANDING IN REMARKABLE RECOGNITION OF THE ARCHITECTURAL AND ENGINEERING MAGNIFICENCE TAKING PLACE AT GROUND LEVEL IN CHRISTCHURCH, IS THE BRAIDED RIVER EFFECT OF TE PAE CHRISTCHURCH CONVENTION CENTRE’S FACADE.

 

 

CPB Contractors has now installed a quarter of the 43,000 herringbone tiles that will make up the design and Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive John Bridgman says achieving this iconic look has been a significant feat of architecture and engineering.

“Each of the fibre cement tiles is placed individually on a panel in a layout that creates the look of a braided Canterbury river.

But colour is only one part of the equation, with a complex curved steel structure to support the 1604 panels required to deliver the full effect,” he says.

“This prime central city location was chosen for Te Pae Christchurch because it’s on the doorstep of some of the best dining, shopping and accommodation Christchurch has to offer. It also ensured we did all we could to deliver a facility befitting this prominent riverside site and the significant buildings surrounding it.”

Woods Bagot Principal and design leader Bruno Mendes says seeing Te Pae Christchurch come alive makes it worth all the effort.

“The design is for a fluid and undulating facade that responds to the cultural narrative of the local iwi and the Avon River flowing through the city.”

Advising on Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu values and narratives, the Matapopore Charitable Trust was fully embedded in the design process, which Mendes said refined and reinforced the ‘braided rivers’ concept which started as an early idea.

“Principles of the unique Canterbury landscape are captured in the materiality. There are five varied tones of grey and different surface textures in the facade composition,” Bruno said.
“The panel colours build on the interplay of shades and the characteristics of a ‘living surface’.”

Matapopore Chairperson, Aroha Reriti-Crofts, says the concept for the facade is aligned with ki uta ki tai (from the mountains to the sea).

“The term relates to the the movement of water through the landscape and the numerous interactions it may have on its journey.

Ki uta ki tai recognises the interconnected nature of people, land and water.

This concept also has a strong connection with both mahinga kai and whakapapa, which are two of the kaupapa that are being embedded into the Anchor Projects.”

The facade cladding is in fibre cement tiles, which are produced using mineral base materials.

The tiles will last for more than 50 years and are fully recyclable. Fibre cement production has 90 percent less greenhouse potential than aluminium sheeting.