Western Leader : January 21st 2011
6 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 21, 2011 NEWS Great reading this weekend. Don't miss this Sunday's Has our travel tradition turned traumatic? Mane event Slip, slop, slurp Where have all the good horse movies gone? Ray does summer soups BURDEN OF THE BIG OE Blue-r ibbon beauty Katie Newton's 10 favourite products SUNDAY MAGAZINE Your glossy Sunday treat. ESCAPE The best of travel, food, wellbeing and entertainment. ■ Annabelle White's guide to how to love leftovers. ■ Culture club -- the art of festival-going in Sydney. ■ Robyn Malcolm's new family dramas. ■ Burden of the OE -- has our travel tradition turned traumatic? ■ Mens Fashion -- Get better work shirts for 2011. ■ Mane Event -- Sunday looks to the great horse movies of old. SUBSCRIBE TO THE SUNDAY STAR-TIMES, Ph: 0800 SUNDAY (0800 786 329) WIN be in to win a $20,000 trip to the UK with The Kings Speech. IN CINEMAS 20 JANUARY 2011 WWW.THEKINGSSPEECH.CO.NZ Stunt pair thrive on adrenaline Power doubles: Patrick Morrison and Aya Sugiyama both throw themselves off buildings for a living. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY By NICOLA MURPHY Throwing yourself off a build- ing is not the easiest way to earn a living. But at least Patrick Morri- son and Aya Sugiyama can t complain about their jobs being boring. The Oratia couple met at a training camp last year in preparation for filming the TV series Power Rangers. They are both stunt per- formers on the show. Ms Sugiyama is the stunt double for the yellow Power Ranger while Mr Morrison plays a mooger , one of the main villain s minions who is sent in to fight the Rangers. Basically this means get- ting beaten up by the Power Rangers, Mr Morrison says. The television series is now being filmed at locations around Auckland, including at Studio West in Glen Eden and Bethells Beach. It will be screened in the United States. The pair are on a short break between filming blocks and say it s good being in a relationship with someone who knows the risks and dif- ficulties of their work. Despite the danger, both Mr Morrison and Ms Su- giyama love their jobs. Mr Morrison has worked as an actor since he was a tod- dler and has done stunts for Outrageous Fortune, Xena Warrior Princess and Her- cules: The Legendary Jour- neys. He has also appeared in advertisements scaling build- ings and doing back-flips. The 24-year-old says viewers often think stunt performers have to be very strong or have martial arts training, but he says the work is much simpler than that. The best thing is to be able to take instructions from the director. You have to be able to act and it helps to know how a film set works. You walk on set and see the director and crew, the lights and cameras around and it all starts to seem normal, he says. Ms Sugiyama is from Japan and has performed in live stunt shows there. The couple say any injuries are usually minor -- although 27-year-old Aya once split her knee open when she had to fall down some stairs. Adrenaline becomes really important, you couldn t do the job without it, Mr Morri- son says. Pool fees under the spotlight Entry to council-owned swim- ming pools could be free in the future. Mayor Len Brown has launched a feasibility study looking into the idea. It is expected to be com- pleted by the end of March. Mr Brown introduced free admission to Manukau s pools while he was the mayor there. Free access to swimming pools is a great gift to our young people, somewhere local to go and have fun, to be active and to get off the streets. Auckland is sur- rounded by water, and it is critical our kids learn to be safe and confident around it, Mr Brown says. The Waitakere City Coun- cil looked at a similar pro- posal last year after former Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey called for free use of the West Wave Aquatic and Fitness Centre for the city s pen- sioners. The local authority s finance and operational per- formance committee dis- cussed the proposal in August, but chairman Ross Clow said it would be better to forward it to the Auckland Council for approval. West Wave in Henderson, which is owned by the coun- cil, charges adults $6.50 for a swim. Children over five and senior citizens pay $4.40. Under-fives accompanied by an adult get in free. Go to www.western leader.co.nz to see Patrick Morrison and Aya Sugiyama practice a stunt.
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