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One of the communities affected by the closure of the
Manawatu Gorge road is putting a positive twirl on
the tumbling hillside.
Kumeroa/Hopelands School committee is holding a
Gorge-ous Ball on February 25 at the Woodville
Racecourse. It is a fundraiser for the school and the
Woodville Volunteer Fire Brigade.
NZ Transport Agency announced last week State
Highway 3 through the Gorge will not reopen until
the middle of the year. It has been closed since
Palmerston North state highways manager David
McGonigal said the scale of the earthworks to clear
the slip and stablilise the area is just remarkable''.
Palmerston North band Flip will provide the music
for the ball and Suzie Johnson will be the mistress of
ceremonies. Mrs Johnson and husband Kiwi recently
opened three shops in Woodville.
There will be a prize for belle of the ball.
Tickets are $35 and include supper and a drink. A
bar and eft-pos will be available. Tickets from For
Frocks Sake in Woodville, Pahiatua Information Centre
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all things vice
Sweetness gone bad: Denise Candy-Mason
in Damaged Candy Boutique, which sells
alternative clothes, shoes and accessories.
She is wearing a Rock Steady dress and Iron
Photo: LEILANI HATCH
By JUDITH LACY
Denise Candy-Mason is not all sugar and
And Damaged Candy Boutique reflects
her taste for feminine with a monster
Ms Candy-Mason and her husband Noel
Mason own Ink Tattoo Studio in Palmer-
ston North's George St and Damaged
Candy is next door.
They have continued the tattoo theme
with the clothing and accessories.
Ms Candy-Mason said she did not want
to keep having to go to Wellington or using
the internet to buy the clothes she loves.
She came across the American labels
through working in the tattoo industry.
The clothes have a horror tattoo theme
with skulls, eye balls, zombies and bats on
The shop also stocks 1940s and 50s pin-
up style clothing -- think Bettie Page
dresses and high-waisted pants and skirts.
Ink staff have designed tattoo images for
a range of T-shirts.
There are also hoodies and T-shirts with
tattoo flashes on them. Flashes are pre-
designed tattoos like an anchor or heart
with an arrow through it used before tat-
too artists started designing individual
images for clients.
Most of the clothing is for women,
though there are men's Western shirts and
Ink T-shirts targeting women looking for
presents for their men.
I don't think men are going to be
attracted into a pink shop,'' she said.
The horror theme continues with the
Iron Fist shoes -- either heels or ballet
Accessories include leopard print
handbags and scarves, skull rings and felt
Ms Candy-Mason thought the T-shirts
could be her biggest seller, but is surprised
how well the pin-up up dresses have sold
in the early days of the shop.
Palmy's breaking out of their comfort
She plans to stock accessories from Lush
Cherry in Melbourne such as sweater
guards and fascinators with skulls on
The mother of three girls like classic and
vintage fashion and each morning puts her
hair in rollers, applies blusher to her
cheeks and dons stockings and high heels.
I'm not a conservative person, but I'm
not a really outrageous person either. I
like to be different.''
Her personal tattoo collection is grow-
I'm all half finished because I'm the
tattooist's wife. [He says] I'll get around to
Her wedding ring is a tattoo.
Ms Candy-Mason said she has always
hated pink but since she started getting
tattoos she wears pink accessories and
hair so she does not look too hard''.
Asked if Palmerston North was ready
for Damaged Candy, she replied: Prob-
However, she has been surprised not all
her initial customers have been tattooed
She used to be a buyer for a sportswear
store and would stop herself buying
clothes she liked that were quite far out''
as she would remember Palmerston North
is quite conservative''.
This time I thought stuff it, I will do
what I like'.''
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