Arty im­port loves it

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Nick Teare has made fur­ni­ture auc­tioned at Christie’s, acted in UK tele­vi­sion shows and in the­atre with Michael Craw­ford – but was happy to walk away and ‘‘start again’’ in Can­nons Creek.

He has been liv­ing in Porirua for six years, mar­ried with a fam­ily. Al­though be­ing a builder ‘‘ pays the bills’’, he writes and makes fur­ni­ture when he can.

Mr Teare’s im­pres­sive ‘‘ sto­ry­telling chair’’ can be found in the chil­dren’s sec­tion at Porirua Li­brary, some­thing he crafted with the city’s land­scape at the fore­front of his mind.

A keen walker, he has come to know Porirua’s walk­ways and hills well.

‘‘It’s fan­tas­tic, I ab­so­lutely love liv­ing here,’’ the for­mer War­ring­ton and Lon­don na­tive says.

‘‘Welling­ton’s nice but I breathe a sigh of re­lief when I come back out, the hills and trees and other parts of this area give it a real fairy­tale qual­ity. It’s so var­ied, you’re close to the coast or Bat­tle Hill or Bel­mont Re­gional Park. We’re re­ally blessed and the ex­er­cise I’m do­ing is amaz­ing when it comes to stim­u­lat­ing cre­ativ­ity.’’

Af­ter drama school in Lon­don, it was the­atre work, com­mer­cials and TV that kept Teare busy. There was a few lines in The Bill and an ap­pear­ance in an adaptation of Sher­lock Holmes, but be­ing on stage gave him the hap­pi­est mem­o­ries.

‘‘ I was a suc­cess­ful clown in Bar­num, with Michael Craw­ford. Amaz­ing bloke, real per­fec­tion­ist. A group of us also had a the­atre group, where we made all the props, wrote our own plays, all non-profit.’’

Lon­don is ‘‘an ex­tra­or­di­nary place’’ and where he met his wife, but ‘‘you can get lost there’’, Teare says.

Though mak­ing fur­ni­ture is just a side busi­ness, a Gothic-style chair he made sold at Christie’s in 1989.

With his short sto­ries re­ceiv­ing few bites from pub­lish­ers, Mr Terse would like to do more in his community.

‘‘I’d love to open an art cen­tre in Can­nons Creek, there’s so much tal­ent around here,’’ he says.

Cre­ative li­cence: There’s a room in Nick Teare’s house where cre­ativ­ity abounds – pieces of wood, paint, var­nish, even an up­turned set of buck­ets for a learner drum­mer.

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