The Northland Age - - Local News -

love writ­ing songs and play­ing mu­sic. At col­lege, I won a $5000 schol­ar­ship for a song I’d writ­ten in the New Zealand Young Per­form­ers com­pe­ti­tion.

I left school soon af­ter­wards to pur­sue a mu­sic ca­reer. Those funds went on my gui­tar and some­one I recorded with. It didn’t quite work out, but it was a good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Mu­sic is still a pas­sion for me.

Six years ago I started a busi­ness, and that was thanks hugely to the com­mu­nity sup­port in both Kaitaia and Far North. The name Nudi Point is from our land in Takahue. My par­ents found this beau­ti­ful, se­cluded swimming hole, and went for a swim in the nude be­cause they didn’t have any togs. Its beau­ti­ful en­ergy is my place of peace, so­lace and work­ing things out. I be­lieve there is a cure and a so­lu­tion for ev­ery­thing in a nat­u­ral way, the yin and yang of the uni­verse. Where there’s bad, there’s good, and there is a so­lu­tion nat­u­rally.

What mat­ters to me most are my fam­ily and friends. Also, my in­tegrity as an in­di­vid­ual, and as a hu­man is mas­sive to me. It’s more than hap­pi­ness or joy or money. It’s peace and in­ner peace with your­self. Your in­ner peace tends to bring all that other stuff that makes ev­ery­thing okay. I want to suc­ceed, and I want to leave a legacy be­hind . . . and as cheesy as it is, I want to make a dif­fer­ence in our com­mu­nity and in the world. I want my life to be an in­spi­ra­tion to oth­ers; with ev­ery­thing I do I want to em­power and in­spire and help other peo­ple.

Blair Coates

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