Dobbyn nurtures talent
New world of music for pair in ad roles
Making music with a Kiwi legend was a Slice of Heaven for two Tokoroa supermarket employees.
Dior Double and Ngametua Lorangi recently swapped their everyday jobs for starring roles in an orchestra playing instruments made of fruit and vegetables.
The New World Tokoroa employees were chosen to appear in New World’s latest national television advertising campaign after their talent was discovered by Dave Dobbyn following a nationwide audition tour of New World supermarkets.
Owner-operator of New World Tokoroa Damon Jakeman had no idea his staff members were so talented.
‘‘It wasn’t until the announcement for New World’s Got Talent was made that I found out one of my staff had been playing the violin for 11 years and another staff member sings weekly in a group. I would never have known had they not put themselves forward.
‘‘I am really happy for them and so is our team. It shows on a national stage that we have some pretty talented people.’’
The New World advertisement sees New World team members playing Slice of Heaven on musical instruments made from everyday objects that can be bought from New World.
Ngametua Lorangi, 24, described being part of the advertisement as ‘‘like a dream come true. I really appreciated the opportunity. The whole experience blew me away. It is definitely something I am never going to forget. The instruments were amazing, I played a xylophone made out of glass bottles and it sounded so cool.’’
Dior Double swapped her classical violin for one made from a butternut pumpkin. ‘‘I never thought I would be in an orchestra playing a vegetable. It was heavy but so cool to be playing a pumpkin,’’ she said.