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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, 9 September, 2020

Changing times

The now revised (in studio) version of the program on the Black Death and other pandemics recorded by Phillippa from home during the first coronavirus lockdown.

Previous podcasts

  • WEDNESDAY 12/08/2020

  • WEDNESDAY 8/07/2020

  • WEDNESDAY 10/06/2020

  • WEDNESDAY 13/05/2020

  • Joanna Boileau: Starch work by experts

    • WEDNESDAY 11/03/2020
    • Interests & Hobbies

    In this Deco Retro episode Phillippa interviews freelance historian Joanna Boileau about her book "Starch Work By Experts: Chinese Laundries in Aotearoa New Zealand". Joanna was commissioned to research and write the book by the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust.

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