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SELWYN TIMES Tuesday August 16 2016 7 News Couple’s BBC connection • By Bridget Rutherford WHEN WAYNE and Lavinia Cook started their video production company, they never expected to get a call from the BBC. Now some of their work is featuring in the BBC’s three-part series, New Zealand: Earth’s Mythical Islands, which has just aired in the United Kingdom. The couple set up their Rolleston business, COBi Digital, five years ago and were recommended to the BBC. They helped the British broadcaster film the series, which showcases New Zealand’s wildlife and natural history. They spent a month last year filming aerial shots with drones in five South Island locations. Mr Cook said they filmed at the limestone caves near Karamea, a sheep station in Gore, the winter muster at Queenstown’s Mt Nicholas Station, the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship in Milford Sound, and the Christ Church Cathedral. Originally the producers had not planned on featuring the Cathedral in the series, he said. However, after seeing the work COBi Digital had done for the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority, they decided to include it. IN ACTION: Wayne and Lavinia Cook filmed the Christ Church Cathedral as part of a BBC series. Mr Cook said it was amazing to work and learn from the BBC crew. “They’ve got nothing but ultimate passion for producing the ultimate product.” He said the fact that New Zealand actor Sam Neill narrates the series was even more exciting, and very Kiwi. Mrs Cook’s background has always been in video production, having worked at TV3 for 30 years, before moving to TVNZ. However, Mr Cook was a police officer for 10 years before becoming a senior fire fighter in Auckland. “My background is emergency work, but I look at our work now and it’s just as random, you don’t know what you’re going to be doing,” he said. He had always been interested in photography, but when he left the fire service decided to take it up full time. At that stage, Mrs Cook was made redundant from TVNZ, and the pair decided to start COBi Digital together. They do most of the work themselves, at times bringing in a contractor. Mr Cook, who has his private pilot license, is also a drone flight-testing instructor for Flight Test New Zealand. Most of COBi Digital’s work is for Selwyn District Council and Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism, but they had done a lot of work for CERA documenting the residential red zone. The three episodes are one and a half hours long each, and are expected to air in New Zealand at the end of the year. Top rockers ready for Prebbleton shows THE FRONTMEN of two of the country’s biggest rock bands will be playing solo shows at the same Prebbleton venue in the coming weeks. Shihad’s Jon Toogood (top right) will perform at the Prebbleton Tavern on August 26 and The Feelers’ James Reid (right) will be playing on September 16. Tavern owner Shannon Gilmore said he was pleased to have both Toogood and Reid playing gigs in quick succession. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for the community to see these amazing acts,” he said. “We have a great venue for these types of intimate gigs.” NEW SEASON Barely There Inspired by the belief that every women deserves the right to look and feel her best every day. Unique design minimises dig-in and maximises support. Shop 48 Barrington, Barrington Street Phone 03 337 6609 www.lingerieonbarrington.co.nz TASTY GORGEOUS FOOD Much loved gourmet food made our way NOW OPEN SATURDAY 7am - 1.30pm SPECIALIST BAKERY • Hand-made on premises daily • Wide selection of gorgeous, tasty slices • Fresh cut sandwiches, paninis, bagels & salads • Delicious pies, sausage rolls, quiches, muffins & scones • Gluten free options available 66-68 Springs Rd | www.gorgeousfood.co.nz Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph 344 6044 | Open Mon-Fri 6am-3.30pm HEAT PUMP SALE NOW ON! Amazin’ winter Specials!! • We will offer you the best quality brands and option of heat pump for your home/business • Providing Heat Pump solutions for over 14 years to Cantabrians • We personally guarantee all our products & installs for 5 years (providing annual maintenance has been completed) Phone us today for your free consultation & quote 41A SHAKESPEARE RD, WALTHAM PHONE 03 366 0525 www.enviromaster.co.nz “A local team for local people” 59 Hewitts Road Merivale Christchurch Day and Boarding Years 7 to 13 Meet our Principal Rangi. For Life. An opportunity for members of our alumnae and families considering options for their daughters to meet our Principal and learn more about Rangi Ruru. Thursday 25 August, 6.30-8.00pm, Melton Estate Winery, Weedons Ross Road, West Melton To RSVP contact the School Office on 03 983 3700 or email@example.com rangiruru.school.nz/enrol