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Deco Retro

A combination of modern and organic motifs, Art Deco design continues to be captivating and collectable. Deco is the passion of the presenters of this programme that explores the local and global Deco scene, preservation and heritage, the buildings, jewellery and furnishings with interviews, music, notice of coming events; a sharing of the knowledge of the Art Deco Society of Auckland.


  • Producer / Presenter: Nancy Smith

    Nancy once had a shop selling antiques, including many Art Deco items of china, jewellery, lamps, even clothes. She has long worked in hospitality and currently operates a B&B. The mother of two daughters and grandmother of three, Nancy enjoys cooking and gardening and especially savours art house movies, especially when screened at the Deco-styled Civic Theatre.

  • Presenter: Philippa Wallace

    In the 60's Philippa moved to London and the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. She performed in pantomime and children’s theatre before traveling the world. On her return home Philippa rediscovered NZ through our stories on radio, film and television. Horse riding, reading, walking and environmental issues all claim her time along with her interest in the history of fashion and all things Deco and Retro.

Deco Retro

Wednesday, 12 February, 2020

Rob Elliott: Don't come back

Nancy interviews Rob Elliott who has written eight books since his retirement as CEO of Honda NZ for many years. Rob went to Japan for over 100 visits and on one of his early visits met Reiko Hayakawa a very talented artist and entertainer. Eventually the pair married and Reiko came to live in NZ, bringing her two sons with her. The book "Don't come back" tells of the couple's life back in NZ up to her death at an early age from leukaemia. It's both a love tale and a very informative story of life in Japan and NZ in the early 60 - 70s...

Previous podcasts

  • WEDNESDAY 8/01/2020

  • WEDNESDAY 11/12/2019

  • WEDNESDAY 13/11/2019

  • WEDNESDAY 9/10/2019

  • Voyage Out

    • WEDNESDAY 11/09/2019
    • Interests & Hobbies

    This episode of Deco Retro focuses on the Voyage Out: Life on the Migrant Ships 1870-1885 as told to Phillippa by David Hastings whose book “Over the Mountains of the Sea” reveals the hardships and perils migrants faced during the three month voyage to New Zealand.

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