10 Tuesday July 5 2016 Our People SELWYN TIMES David Parlane Entertaining Selwyn residents Lincoln resident David Parlane is one half of the team behind a company promising to bring more events to Selwyn – the first a show featuring some of New Zealand’s leading comedians in October. He spoke to reporter Tom Doudney about helping bring the Penrith Panthers NRL team to Christchurch earlier this year, how his company got the name ‘3 Coins Gentlemen’ and his time as a DJ in Palmerston North. How long have you lived in Lincoln? I’ve been in the Selwyn district for close to 18 years and we moved from Prebbleton to Lincoln about 10 or 11 years ago. But I’m still not a local – I’ve been told I’ve got another 20 years before you can actually call yourself a real Lincolnite. Maybe your grandkids will be able to call themselves Lincolnites. Yeah, maybe. It’s a bit of a joke around here to say ‘you haven’t been here for 30 years yet, so how can you call yourself a local?’ So you dipped your toes in with Prebbleton obviously before diving right in to Lincoln. My family is from Prebbleton so when we first moved back down from the North Island we came to Prebbleton. Then we went for a Saturday afternoon drive and fell in love with a house and decided to move out here [to Lincoln]. I keep telling my wife it was the most expensive bloody Saturday afternoon drive I’ve ever had! When you were general manager with Douglas Projects International you were involved with bringing the Penrith Panthers NRL team to Christchurch in May. Did you face many challenges in making that happen or did it all go pretty smoothly? It all went very smoothly actually. It was a fantastic event – I mean, it was a sell-out crowd and the Panthers organisation was fantastic to work with. You’ve been involved in organising events for a while now – what’s it like when it doesn’t PROMOTER: David Parlane’s company is bringing several of the country’s leading comedians to Lincoln on October 8. Live in Lincoln will feature Jeremy Corbett who hosts TV3’s Seven Days, along with Ben Hurley, Justine Smith and Tom Furniss. The show will be held at The Lincoln Event Centre. Tickets can be bought from The Famous Grouse Hotel or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN go so well? Have you ever been involved with bringing an event to an area and it didn’t pull much of a crowd? I haven’t ever had that to be quite honest. My career spans back to the early 1980s when I started as a young guy who wanted to be a broadcaster and wanted to get into radio, it was sort of my lifetime dream, so I have been around promotions and events since way back then. It’s only been in the last seven or eight years that I have got into large international events such as the international ice hockey which we ran in Australia and New Zealand and being part of the team which brought professional bull riding to Christchurch a couple of years ago as well. It has just been a fun ride. Trial the world’s first tiny hearing aid that outperforms normal hearing* A new almost invisible German engineered hearing aid enables wearers to understand speech in difficult listening situations even better than those with normal hearing.* This world first advancement is a complete revolution in audiological engineering and delivers a perfect balance of rich, natural sound quality and audibility. Completely disappears WANTED: 15 people to trial new hearing aid technology. Call 356 2324 to book now. Please hurry – appointments are filling up fast. *Clinically proven - for full details visit www.siemens.com.au/hearing *Special conditions apply Ashburton, Rangiora & Merivale Hearing Clinics FREEPHONE 0800 727 366 Greg Foote, MNZAS Audiologist Unique & Handcrafted FURNITURE HOME DÉCOR • GIFTS www.ynots.co.nz email@example.com 2239 Main South Road - 5 minutes south of Rolleston 03 3476190 Classic Curtains & Interiors Crafters, steNCillers, sCrapbookers New craft supplies in store now! Come in and see us today 817 Jones Road, Rolleston. Ph 03 347 4295
SELWYN TIMES Tuesday July 5 2016 11 focus of event organiser What was your favourite event you were involved with over your time with Douglas Projects International? When we did international ice hockey in Australia – five cities over four weeks – we had to build ice rinks, bring teams in, accommodation, flights, sell tickets, market it. All those things were done with a small team and at each stadium they were all sellouts. I was lucky to be involved with it and it was one of the most special times of my life to be quite honest. It’s really hard to describe, unless you have been behind the scenes, what it’s like when you walk into a stadium that’s empty and all it has got is seats and you have got to build everything from the ground up, there is going to be 20,000 people come Saturday night and you’ve got to get it ready – there is no better buzz. You’re starting your own company now. That’s always a bit of a risk, so what made you want to do it? I just think everybody has got a time and place when you have got to actually back yourself. Myself and a business colleague had been discussing the fact that the Selwyn district is lacking events and really thinking ‘what LIVE COMEDY: Comedians Jeremy Corbett (left), Ben Hurley (top right), Tom Furniss (bottom right) and Justine Smith (not pictured) will be coming to Lincoln. opportunities are there?’ and we thought ‘let’s give it a go’. So we are doing the comedy night in Lincoln on October 8 which has only been on sale for two days and I am more than pleased with how the tickets are trucking out and we have hardly even started out advertising and promotion for it. It just goes to show that if you have got a good idea and you can put some sound thought into your business you can come out with a solid event. So your business is just going to focus on the Selwyn district? Yes, at the moment. We are looking very promising to be able to announce something, hopefully in the next couple of weeks, about another event next year that we are working on behind the scenes. So we are well into that and we are just waiting for a few dots and crosses to be done and hopefully we will be able to announce that in the not to distant future – that will be very exciting for Lincoln and Selwyn. Do you think you might hold any events in other parts of Selwyn other than Lincoln? There are other things we have been talking about that, yes, could go into Rolleston or even Leeston, who knows. We just don’t know how lucky we are to have the types of facilities we have in Selwyn, we have just got to utilise them more. You mentioned being in radio in the 1980s. You were a DJ I take it. What station were you with? I started my career in Palmerston North at a radio station which was called 2XS AM – which then turned to one of the first FM stations in New Zealand and my radio career probably spanned about 15 or 16 years. Announcing wasn’t the only thing I did, I have been heavily involved in promotions, sales, writing, producing – I think the only thing I haven’t done in radio is read the news. How old were you when you started in radio and what got you interested in being on air? I was 18. From a very young age I used to listen to a guy by the name of Lindsay Yeo in Wellington on breakfast and then there was another guy Dick Weir on at night and it just sounded like an exciting job. When you are passionate about something you go after it so I went after it and I was one of the fortunate ones that got a tap on the shoulder and they said: ‘Hey, here you go, you start at midnight on Friday night’ and boom, there it was. What’s the name of your business? It’s called 3 Coins Gentlemen Events. How did that name come about? Three coins are needed for a game that we play at the pub which is an international game that is played around the world and it’s called spoofing – Google it. It’s played around New Zealand, there is a national champs for it and international champs. You need three coins and to start playing the game someone will say ‘three coins, gentleman’. Both my business partner and I like a game of spoof now and again so we thought it’s quite a nice little story to tell about how the name of the company started up so why not? What do you like to do in your spare time? I love trout fishing, absolutely love fishing – lakes, rivers, fly fishing, behind a boat fishing. I also enjoy watching Lincoln rugby.