auckland's ones to watch

For those who can handle the geographical isolation, New Zealand's largest city is a certified utopia for creative kids. Complete with clean air, refreshingly progressive attitudes, a culture of inclusiveness and of quality craftsmanship, this city...

by i-D Staff
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17 August 2016, 1:50am

Name: Luciane Buchanan

Occupation: Actress and student

What are you passionate about? Storytelling, sharing knowledge and Kaitiakitanga.

Who do you look up to? My Mum, and all hard working mamas out there!

Tell us about a moment that changed everything. Probably working on the TV series Filthy Rich. It was such a journey for me and really fun to make. I had an awesome director who slapped some sense into me when I was doubting myself. He told me that it was an awesome opportunity that other actors would love to be a part of, so not to take it for granted.

What's a piece of advice you wish you got? Don't iron money, lol. I did that as a kid and tried to take it to the bank for a new $20 note.

If you could ask the world one question, what would it be? Who built the pyramids?

If you could make sure one thing stays the same forever, what would it be? The ecosystem, for real though, we are scraping our resources dry and Indigenous cultures pay the price.

What's the best thing about Auckland? It's the hood! The place I've always known. There is nothing better than returning from overseas and flying over Auckland, waiting to turn your phone on to catch up with everyone and driving through the familiar streets.

What are you proud of? My Tongan and New Zealand culture, maintaining relationships with the wonderful people in my life, and despite what people say I'm chasing my dreams.

@lucianebuchanan

Name: Lochie Stonehouse

Occupation: Make-up artist

Where is home? The South Island.

What are you passionate about? I'm really passionate about what I do. I like going to work.

Who do you look up to? I admire the recent work of Isamaya Ffrench. I can't begin to imagine how her mind works and how many hours she puts in. I have to mention my grandmother too. I hope to be as selfless as her one day and hope that I've inherited her strength.

Tell us about a moment that changed everything. Years back, I was jumped for being gay. I got to slink around in a really cool DIY eyepatch for a while though. I began to think about my position in society as a gay male. Although this was really minor compared to the abuse that others experience, I'm thankful that I'm now more awake to the predetermined discrimination that other LGBTQ people are faced with. I think it's important for the privileged (myself included) to acknowledge that it's still an ongoing thing.

What are you excited about? I was lucky to be able to work with Troye Sivan recently. I'm looking forward to seeing my work on the front cover of Coup De Main.

What's the best advice you ever got? Be honest.

If you could change one thing, what would it be? Inequality. People of every gender, race and sexual orientation are entitled to equal voices, opportunities, and basic human rights.

If you could make sure one thing stays the same forever, what would it be? Our quiet country roads.

What's something people don't know about Auckland? Auckland had two rival pigeon post companies until the mid-1990s. So cool.

What's the best thing about Auckland? The little sheltered beaches along the East Coast. The best places to swim, drink beer, and read books.

What are you proud of? I feel proud of my friends. They're on their own journeys and it's really cool to feel a part of that.

What makes you hopeful for the future? The restless people who are brave enough to work towards change.

@lochiestonehouse

Name: Danielle Clausen

Occupation: I'm the Editorial Assistant at Viva, a weekly lifestyle magazine that is part of the NZ Herald.

Where is home? Huapai in Auckland's Norwest.

What are you passionate about? Freedom, sensuality and ease.

Who do you look up to? Suzanne Koller.

What are you excited about? I'm working with my friend Wynn styling his show for NZ Fashion Week this year, I can't wait to be a part of it and see the collection come to fruition.

What's the best advice you ever got? Figure out your point of view and stick to it.

What's a piece of advice you wish you got? You don't have to please everyone.

What's the best thing about Auckland? The security. Having my loved ones and countless beaches close by.

How is Auckland and its people unique? We are pretty isolated geographically, which seems to be a blessing and a curse.

If you could have one superpower what would it be and why? The ability to stop time - blame my pre-teen addiction to The Sims.

What makes you hopeful for the future? Creating new work.

@danielleclausen

Name: Leilani Momoisea Dallas

Occupation: Reporter and social media producer at Radio New Zealand. I also blog over at lanisays.com and write a monthly column for Metro magazine.

Where is home? South Auckland.

What are you passionate about? Finding/meeting choice people who are doing cool things and asking them to allow me to document their stories.

Who do you look up to? A bunch of great friends and family.

Tell us about a moment that changed everything. I got married last year. It was cool.

What are you excited about? Figuring out which niche sport I can take up to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.

What's the best advice you ever got? Be kind.

If you could ask the world one question, what would it be? Are you alright?

If you could change one thing, what would it be? Reverse/stop the effects of climate change.

If you could make sure one thing stays the same forever, what would it be? Nothing gold can stay.

What's something people don't know about Auckland? It could be on par with other world class cities, if the right infrastructure investments were made - particularly public transport.

What's the best thing about Auckland? Most of my favourite people live here.

What are you proud of? I'm proud I've been able to be a visible Polynesian/Samoan face and voice in mainstream media, as well as creating my own niche online audience. Years ago I won a radio award for a documentary I made after the Samoan tsunami, it's one of the things I'm most proud of in my career. #stayhumble.

What makes you hopeful for the future? Not to be a downer, but 2016 has been a pretty terrible year for the world so far, it's been kinda hard to be hopeful. I'm hopeful I can be more hopeful soon.

@lanisays

Name: Andrei Blidarean

Occupation: Dreamer

Where is home? Massey, Auckland.

What are you passionate about? Photography.

Who do you look up to? My friends and family.

Tell us about a moment that changed everything. I guess moving to New Zealand from Romania, that was a pretty big change haha.

What are you excited about? Today.

What are your three "desert island" objects? Video camera, cargo pants and some type of music player.

@andreiblidarean

Name: Paul Williams

What do you do? Music

Where is home? Nelson, New Zealand.

What are you passionate about? Music, movies and a basketball team called the Orlando Magic.

Who do you look up to? Walt Disney, Kanye West and Tintin.

Tell us about a moment that changed everything. One night I put some batteries in my brother's Sony discman and lay in my bed listening to the NZ series Now That's What I Call Music 13 for hours. The next morning I woke up and instantly put it on again. I remember telling my mum later that morning that I'd "recently gotten really into music".

What are you excited about? Self-driving cars and my trip to Europe.

What's the best advice you ever got? Maybe just "be yourself".

What's a piece of advice you wish you got? Last year, this tennis coach taught me this one simple trick that enabled me to land some first serves. I wish I'd known it earlier. Could've gone pro.

If you could ask the world one question, what would it be? 'What's your favorite movie?'

If you could change one thing, what would it be? I wish the Timothy Dalton James Bond era had lasted longer but I'd probably get rid of poverty or something like that.

If you could make sure one thing stays the same forever, what would it be? The recipe for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

What are your three "desert island" objects? A helicopter, helicopter fuel and a helicopter license.

What's something people don't know about Auckland? When I first moved here I thought it was messed up that the bridge doesn't have a footpath. I feel like everywhere else puts footpaths on their bridges.

What's the best thing about Auckland? The people, the food and the surrounding beaches.

How is Auckland and its unique? The bridge has no footpath. I also think Auckland has all the stuff of a big city but the population of a large town so there's heaps of cool opportunities.

What are you proud of? I guess some of my songs. Also the time I won the Nelson Inter-school Cross Country in year 6.

If you could have one superpower what would it be and why? Maybe just the ability to charm the ladies. Oh wait, already got it. Never mind.

What makes you hopeful for the future? All the smart people doing smart people stuff.

Name: Nicole Miller-Wong

Occupation: Graphic and Print Designer at Karen Walker

Where is home? Auckland.

What are you passionate about? Everything design including how things are made and how things work.

Who do you look up to? My mum.

Tell us about a moment that changed everything. The moment I opened Microsoft Paint for the first time was pretty much the moment I decided I wanted to be a designer.

What are you excited about? Change, the unknown and the future.

What's the best advice you ever got? Don't just listen, understand what is being said.

What's a piece of advice you wish you got? Not to be afraid of change and the effects of it.

If you could ask the world one question, what would it be? Why?

If you could make sure one thing stays the same forever, what would it be? I would make relationships with friends stay the same over time

What's something people don't know about Auckland? There's heaps of creativity and innovation happening here at the moment, it's exciting.

What are your three "desert island" objects? A fully charged iPod with music (an original 60GB one, battery lasts for a while), matches and a warm oversized cable knit woollen jumper.

What's the best thing about Auckland? Friends and family.

What are you proud of? Seeing friends and family be happy / seeing them do what they're passionate about.

If you could have one superpower what would it be and why? The ability to make time go slower. The older I get, the more I realise how fast time goes. It would be nice to be able to slow it down to appreciate everything that passes.

What makes you hopeful for the future? Serendipity.

@nicolemillerwong

Name: Wynn Hamlyn

Occupation: I make clothes, women's wear

Where is home? Auckland City.

What are you passionate about? Making beautiful clothes that empower people and build confidence.

Who do you look up to? Dries van noten and Alessandro Dell'Acqua.

Tell us about a moment that changed everything. Seeing the photos of my first collection and realising what I had made.

What are you excited about? Continuing to make clothes and collections.

What's the best advice you ever got? Don't rush!

What's a piece of advice you wish you got? Find the right people to help you - don't try and do everything yourself.

What are your three "desert island" objects? Phone, AS colour Hoodie, Electric Blanket.

What's something people don't know about Auckland? Alan Gibbs Sculpture Farm in Makarau is a dreamland not many people know about.

What's the best thing about Auckland? Xian food bar on Anzac Ave - the best noodles in Auckland and you order from a calculator at your table.

What are you proud of? My family.

If you could have one superpower what would it be and why? Being able to fly so I wouldn't get stuck in Auckland Traffic.

What makes you hopeful for the future? Donald Trump not being elected into office...hopefully.

@wynnhamlyn

Credits


Photography James Lowe
Studio shots taken at Kingsize Studios