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The Manapouri Arts Group is
excited to be hosting one of New
Zealand’s best known
and respected landscape
painters, Austen Deans, at its
annual exhibition during Labour
Deans, now 93, was recognised by
Manapouri artist Jan Powell when
he called into her studio while on
his honeymoon earlier this year.
They struck up a conversation and
she made a “cheeky” request for
him to be a guest exhibitor.
He was delighted to accept – not
only sending eight paintings for
the exhibition, but also planning to
attend it in person.
Born in Christchurch in 1915, Mr
Deans showed artistic ability from
an early age and at Canterbury
College he soon gave up his
studies for a BA in favour of Fine
Arts. He chose to major in painting
in preference to sculpture as it
allowed him to work outdoors
instead of being tied to a studio.
In 1939 he volunteered for Army
service and set off overseas
with the 20th Battalion to Egypt,
Greece and then Crete. He was
commissioned as War Artist two
days before being wounded in
the Battle of Crete and taken
prisoner by the Germans. Supplies
of painting materials through the
Red Cross allowed him to continue
painting while incarcerated in POW
camps for the rest of the war.
In January 1947 he married
Elizabeth Hutton and the following
year the couple and their first son
Alister sailed for England so Mr
Deans could take up a war bursary
and further his art studies at the
Sir John Cass Institute in London.
On their return to New Zealand
they settled on a South Canterbury
property that they named
“Chawton” after the ancestral
home of Jane Austen, Mr
Deans’ namesake. There
they settled into their routine of
painting (Austen), farming (Liz),
and raising seven sons (both).
Mr Deans went on to win
numerous art awards including
twice winning and once placing
runner-up in the prestigious
Kelleher Art Award. His
autobiography, ‘Pictures’, was
published in 1967. In 1981 he
fulfilled a lifelong ambition on
a painting trip to Antarctica. He
has also been awarded an OBE
(Order of the British Empire)
for his services to the arts and
Mrs Powell said Mr Deans was
well represented in New Zealand
galleries and private collections
around the world.
He continues to paint every day.
“He’s quite an amazing man
All of the eight pieces Mr Deans
will show in the exhibition will be
for sale. The prices are expected
to range from $750 to $6500.
The exhibition will open at Jan’s
Studio, 34 Cathedral Drive,
between 10am and 5pm Saturday
24th, Sunday 25th and Monday
27th of October.
Other guest exhibitors include
John Husband, of Riverton, Karen
Scott, of Kingston, Christeena
MacDonald-Pei, of Timaru and
Karen Wispinski, of Mosgiel,
along with work by the art group
Almost all of the pieces in the
exhibition, which includes all
manner of media from water
colour and paper tole to textile art
and photography, will be on sale.
There will also be a shop operating
with more items created by
Manapouri Arts Group members.
Raffles will be available for sale
all weekend and a Devonshire Tea
available on the Sunday from 2pm.
Mr Deans is expected to attend a
social get-together with members
between 5pm and 7pm on the
Manapouri Arts Group hosts top painter
South Canterbury artist Austen Deans
Uncertainty over the future of
landing rights at Milford Sound,
coupled with challenging
economic conditions have
prompted the formation of a joint
venture between two big players in
the Fiordland tourism market.
Real Journeys and Totally Tourism
announced last week they have
consolidated their Queenstown-
based aircraft flight operations
and engineering businesses into a
50/50 joint venture called Milford
Sound Flights Ltd. The brands
– Air Fiordland, Milford Sound
Scenic Flights, Real Journeys
Milford Sound Flightseeing
– will continue to offer their
respective products to the market,
unchanged. The engineering arm,
for maintenance of the aircraft,
is also combined, with the new
operation based at the Milford
Sound Flights Ltd premises in
Lucas Place, Queenstown Airport.
Reservation contact details for all
brands remain the same.
Totally Tourism managing director
Mark Quickfall said while it might
seem odd for two competitors to
“get into bed with each other”
in this way, it was a logical step.
Not only would it achieve the
Department of Conservation’s aim
of reducing the number of flights
into Milford, but the companies
would enjoy greater efficiencies.
As landing rights at Milford came
under pressure, it was important
that all flights in were full.
The two companies previously
operated a total of 17 planes
from Queenstown. The new joint
venture company would require
only about nine.
The concept was not dissimilar to
the “code sharing” arrangements
of large airlines that meant even if
you bought a ticket with one airline
you could be sharing a plane with
passengers from a competing
The companies would still offer
competing products, even though
their passengers travelled on
the same plane. The joint
venture only applies to the
The first week had gone
smoothly and the very
first flight replaced what
previously would have been
two landings, Mr Quickfall
said. However, October
was typically a “shoulder
season” for tourism. The
busy summer season would
put the operation to the test
– effective timetabling would
Real Journeys chief executive
Dave Hawkey said the joint
venture made good sense.
“It makes sense both from
an environmental and
economic perspective to
utilise the flightseeing assets
in this way.
“Half the time the planes
sit on the ground due to
weather conditions at Milford
Sound,” he said.
Air companies join forces
Austen Deans has enjoyed a lifelong love of landscape painting. He’s pictured
here at work at the Rangitata.
Te Anau Community Fund
Meridian recognises the special contribution local
communities make to our hydro and wind operations,
and to the country’s electricity sector.
The Community Fund gives your community a say on what local initiatives
are supported and funded by Meridian. The Fund, managed by a panel of
community members and Meridian staff, is about working together to help
bring about community outcomes of value.
The Meridian Manapouri Te Anau Community Fund covers the communities
closest to the Manapouri power station, Te Anau and Manapouri, and will
provide $500,000 to help community projects in this area over three years.
TO APPLY FOR FUNDING
The next closing date for Community Fund applications is 4 November, 2009.
For more information on the Community Fund, or for an application form, please
visit www.meridian.co.nz or email email@example.com
You can also call us on 03 357 9732.
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