Another Superb Spotlight on Seaview, 9th November 2014
The weather was perfect on 9th November and the public came out in large numbers to attend Spotlight on Seaview 2014. This year more local businesses got involved than ever before, a wide and diverse range of demonstrations, displays and entertainment activities making for a very successful day.
From a designer fashion sale to an inside look at Hutt Valley Wastewater Services, from how to train your dog to a demonstration of the art of metal spinning, Spotlight on Seaview had something for everyone. Among all the popular attractions, one to really draw attention was Tape Art, an innovative art group who set up outside Placemaker’s on Seaview Road. In producing their unique artform, Erica and Struan drew inspiration from Seaview life and times, decorating their ‘canvas’ with a mechanical fish constructed on a forklift, while to the side other sea creatures were being welded ready for completion. This example through art of how others see Seaview/Gracefield was an exciting addition to Spotlight on Seaview. Just how it came together over two days can be seen in this time lapse video.
Also popular were the tours through Macaulay Metals, where visitors got up close to the process of scrap metal recycling. This operation takes place in a surreal wonderland of giant machinery that uses sheer power to seamlessly control the scrap we produce, and prepare it for reuse. Macaulay Metals donated an iPhone 5C to the day, going to the person guessing the number of bullet cases in a jar. Two people guessed the exact number, but only one could win the prize. So a Macaulay Metal staff member did a blind draw and Jack Marsden of Point Howard was the lucky winner.
At Metal Art on Port Road, one of the company’s skilled craftsmen demonstrated metal spinning, fascinating onlookers as he turned aluminium disks into small plant containers using a simple tool. Youngsters then had some fun with the pots at Powder Coatings Services next door, spraying a base coat under supervision, then sifting a selection of powders through paper cups to produce all manner of colour creations to take home. “We have supported Spotlight on Seaview since its inception,” says Carl Longstaff of Metal Art, “and this year would have to be the best public participation and range of activities we’ve seen.”
Waste Management NZ Ltd opened for tours through their recycling plant, where staff explained just how enormous the volumes of paper, plastic and glass are that we as a community create in the Hutt Valley. They talked about how all that waste material is dealt with, and what happens to it. “I’m now informed about recycling, and all previous perceptions are gone”, one person was heard to say.
Dulux Headquarters on Hutt Park Road also opened their doors. Specialist paint staff were available to explain how they mix bulk paint and to answer the many and varied questions on what paint to use and how to apply it. The innovative Dulux colour transparencies enabled home decorators present to easily sample different colour schemes for all the different visual outcomes possible. Children and adults alike thoroughly enjoyed the gelato ice cream made in Dulux Vintage colours, as well as the BBQ and spin-the-wheel giveaways.
A new addition to Spotlight on Seaview this year was the Spotlight Recycled Art Competition, which drew a number of interesting and diverse entries. Macaulay Metals took away the prize package, kindly donated by Placemakers and Z Energy, with their Christmas Tree creation. The judges, Sam Broad and Bruce Winter, complemented the winners for their ‘joyous celebration of the Christmas tree’ and considered it a great discussion point on the consumerism of Christmas! The tree will be on display in front of Macaulay Metals yard on Seaview Road in the lead-up to Christmas.
The generosity of Seaview/Gracefield business this year was outstanding. A large number contributed to the Spotlight prize pack, which was drawn from those who visited the six information points set up on the day. Mel Buchanan from Petone won this fantastic pack of Seaview goodies, just in time for Christmas. And the Village Market donated a recycled Playhouse, their entry in the art competition, to Randwick School, who will raffle it off at their Mini Fair on Saturday 6th December. The playhouse a fantastic use of recycled materials, with the base made from wooden pellets and the walls from recycled billboard skins.
The Seaview Working Group is very pleased with the result of Spotlight on Seaview 2014. “We are proud of the local effort, says Co-ordinator Claire Allan,” and want to thank all those businesses that participated and sponsored the event.” Most businesses doing demonstrations on the day recorded at least 300 visitors, and overall attendance topped 1,000 people. “This event gives the local businesses a chance to show the community what they do, and connect with their public,” says Claire. “The Seaview Working Group enjoyed bringing this event, and looks forward to doing so again.”