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At Barnardos KidStart we understand that your child
needs a warm, happy environment in which they can
grow their imagination and explore new ideas. Our
trained KidStart educators provide home based care and
education for children aged from birth to fve years.
We currently have places
available in Hastings and Napier.
To fnd out more, call 06 8344642
or visit www.barnardos.org.nz.
7/30 Hyderabad Road | Napier
Ph 06 834 1464 | www.proparts.co.nz
he total performance centre, Proparts Hawke's
ay (2011) in Hyderabad Road is holding a
Grand Opening on Saturday, August 27, to
elebrate a change in ownership.
The business is now in the hands of car
enthusiast Craig Phillips, who has been involved
in motorsports for most of his life.
Craig's passion for cars helped him decide to
make Proparts part of his life.
r more than 10
years and has been involved with the Hawke's
Bay Car Club, Speedway --TQs and stockcars --
and Drifting, and has helped on pit crews for a
number of these events.
Craig and Mike Wyatt, who has been
with Proparts for a number of years, are a
knowledgeable, enthusiastic, young team who
are more than ready to help and listen to their
porters of performance-car parts and restoration
arts, Proparts caters for a niche market.
igh performance and standard parts, accessories
nd safety gear, 4, 6 cylinder and V8 for road,
ace and marine -- they supply all the products for
the edge' you need.
The key to success in any car building project,
whether race car, street rod, or street machine, is
to high-quality, reasonably-priced parts that will
get the job done right, the first time.
They have made it easier than ever to find the
parts you need for your car -- just visit their
website ww w.proparts.co.nz and browse the
online catalogue either by brand or category,
or you use the site's search engine to find what
you are looking for. If you can't find the parts
you need, then contact the team by phone,
fax or email for a no-obligation quote.
It's free to register as a member and users
have the added benefits of access to regular newslet ter
members-only specials and so much more.
Pro Parts is proud to stock products from the industry leading manufacturers.
Key brands include All Star Performance, MSD, Holley, Elelbrock, Goodridge
(fittings and braided lines) Chicane (racewear), Auto Meter (gauges), Mr
Gasket, K&N and B&M.
oducts Categories include: Steering, Accessories,
oses, Air, Clutches, Clothing, Leads, Ignition,
ffs, Brakes, Electrical, Gauges Tools, Bearings,
ooling, Chemicals, Transmission, Gaskets,
ooks, Oil, Wheels, Toy and Tyres.
Come on down to the Grand Opening on
Saturday, from 8.30am to 3pm, and meet the
new team. There will be cars on display, a BBQ
and grand-opening discounts on selected items.
open day this weekend
Proparts | 7/30 Hyderabad Road
(beside the Car Wash)
Saturday, August 27
• Open Day Discount on selected items
• Cars on display • BBQ
Come and meet the team.
Craig has racedkarts fo
UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP
THEY'RE EASY TO FIND -- JUST LOOK FOR THE BRIGHT YELLOW BUILDING
ON HYDERABAD ROAD, NEXT TO THE DIY CARWASH. PHONE 834 1464.
Art out of the fire
By VIVIENNE HALDANE
Glass group: Delightful glass ware.
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Metal form: Keryn's metal sculptures will have glass added to the top of the base.
When Keryn Whitney was at
high school, art wasn t some-
thing she was particularly good
I never touched anything to
do with art or crafts. It wasn t
my thing, she admits.
When she left school, her work
as a distribution manager at
Whakatu Cool Stores and Rush
Munro s Icecream, definitely
exercised the practical, rather
than the arty side of her brain.
There must have been an
artistic muscle just itching to be
flexed, however. She travelled to
England with her partner (now
husband), Andrew, and it was
there she saw a course on glass
blowing and signed up for it.
It was as if a lightbulb went
off in my head. At school no-one
tells you you can be a glass
blower -- I simply never knew
anything like this existed, the
bubbly redhead recalls.
28 was amazing. I was 10 years
older than a lot of the other
students who were straight out
of school. They often had to be
motivated, whereas the teachers
had trouble roping us older ones
in. We wanted to take their
ideas and run with them.
When the Whitneys returned
from their travels they decided
to settle in Hawkes Bay, where
Mr Whitney was from.
Their open plan, barn-style
house sits high on a lifestyle
block at Raukawa. The views
take in a vast expanse of rolling
hills with the familiar landmark
of Te Mata Peak in the distance.
The day I visited, Mrs
Whitney was in her kitchen
bashing madly away on the bot-
tom of a cake tin. It looked as if
she d produced a rock cake, but
no, it was delicious fruit loaf and
I must get the recipe.
When her children were born,
glassblowing took a back seat as
it was too time consuming to fit
into the family routine. The
drive across country to use a fur-
nace in Whanganui -- it was a
10-hour round trip -- was
replaced with kiln work in her
Out of the blue, someone
asked her to submit work for the
NZ Sculpture On Shore exhi-
bition in Auckland. She jumped
at the chance to try out another
medium and decided to use
metal to make a sculpture,
adding glass as a component.
When I worked in industry I
used to notice how engineers did
things; I was fascinated with
processes such as metal work.
Many skills learned in indus-
try can be re-applied but often
people don t realise this.
While she is enjoying working
with metal, she says glass will
always be her first love.
It s a compulsion.
Suspense, tension, danger:
glass blowing offers all this and
more. You have to love fire.
It appeals to the inner pyro-
maniac in me, she laughs. I m
yet to meet a glass blower who
doesn t like it.
Glass reaches more than 1000
degrees Celsius in the furnace
and all that is between her and
those searing temperatures
when she s mavering (finishing
the glass) is a wad of wet paper.
It is a technique that hasn t
changed in thousands of years.
Glass work, she says, is not
for weaklings. It is hot, unpre-
dictable, heavy and costly. It is
not cheap at around $60,000 to
set up a glass-blowing work-
shop, plus tools and the ongoing
cost of firing.
Glass is an exceptionally
heavy substance to work with
and kiln work is a lengthy pro-
cess. Fortunately, mistakes can
generally be reused. You can
sandblast away and give it
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