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Please Demolish with a Kind Heart Behind the Red Zone
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Award-winning professional photographer Glen Howey grew up in Kaiapoi, a town on the northern outskirts of Christchurch, and as a boy he played rugby at Lancaster Park, the AMI stadium which was damaged by the 2011 earthquake and is now closed. A full-time professional photographer, he specialises in wedding, commercial and landscape photography and also teaches at Massey University. In his own time he's always loved photographing uninhabited buildings, finding "an eerie beauty in things that are abandoned". When he first decided to photograph Christchurch's abandoned buildings he sought official permission, but after being rebuffed he decided to do it anyway, often starting working at four in the morning so he could make the most of the light and to go undetected. However, when media broke news of his exploits in December 2014 - filming him in action and publishing his photos from inside the badly damaged and absolutely out-of-bounds ChristChurch Cathedral - Howey nervously awaited a visit by the police or CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority) officials. He didn't hear from either. While Howey is aware that his photographs and the way he took them could offend some people, he says the reaction to the media stories about his exploits has been comforting: "Someone wrote on the comments page, 'These images are important now, but think of them in 50 or 100 years and that's when it came home to me, they're important now but they'll only get more important as these places disappear and they have started to disappear." "I genuinely feel like I'm walking through an unseen history here. History that has been hidden from us, not deliberately, just for safety reasons - but it's a story that needs to be told and I keep stumbling across the importance and relevance of what it is. I feel exceptionally privileged, to be seeing the things that I see. It's sad, it's fascinating ... I'm in people's homes, you know? I'm stumping around inside their worlds and that's why I walk very delicately. I'm very gentle the way I approach things because I think it deserves that, it needs that. You are walking round in people's memories." Tony Benny has worked for Country Calendar for 22 years and now reports and directs most of the programme's stories in and around Canterbury. He has a background in newspapers and radio and has also worked for other television shows including Rural Delivery, Agritech 2000 and Air New Zealand Holiday. His documentaries include 'The Toughest Tunnel', about the Manapouri power project. Tony says working on Country Calendar is quite special. "I'm constantly meeting interesting people who've got some great ideas - about farming and about life in general." Tony knows rural life well - originally from South Canterbury, he now has his own small farm in North Canterbury.

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Fossil and genetic evidence tell us that birds and humans have not shared a common ancestor for more than 300 million years. In Birdland, Leila Jeffreys's intimate bird portraits close that gap by showing us that birds have minds not entirely unlike ours. We need artists who can remind us that nature is powerful and important and that it deserves our attention and affection. - Tim Low, author of WHERE SONG BEGAN Review TO COME - Vogue Living Review TO COME - Real Living REVIEW + EXTRACT to be included in luxury coffee table book Christmas special - Harper's Bazaar Review TO COME 'InBox' pages - Belle Magazine

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