WHEN IT COMES TO SEWAGE TREATMENT SYSTEMS DAVE MILLER'S ADVICE IS TO DO IT ONCE, DO IT RIGHT.
The first thing Dave Miller thinks about when looking at the plans for a rural new home is not what sort of carpets or curtains will be needed.
In fact, it’s the type of septic tank or sewage system required, a plan for where the effluent will go and how much land area is needed to manage it. It’s not just because of his profession as an environmental engineer, but because he knows that, if the system is not designed correctly, people may end up having a barbeque at their brand new, million-dollar home with the thick smell of sewage hanging in the air.
Dave Miller saves people from flushing thousands of dollars down the drain. A lifetime of specialist expertise in the area of wastewater and sewage management systems means Dave Miller brings practical, cost effective and innovative solutions to challenging projects and finds remedies to problems in existing systems. His designs have saved his customers thousands of dollars, and possibly, years of sewage problems.
When Dave produces reports for his clients it helps to support good decision-making—they know all their options. Advising and designing the most suitable sewage treatment systems for clients is the focus of Dave Miller’s work. ‘Most suitable’ means most effective, efficient and getting the best value over the lifetime of the system. His in-depth knowledge of council compliance and regulations enables hassle-free, speedy council consent for clients.
Plumbers and Drain layers who install septic tanks and sewage treatment systems tend to do a better job of installing than they do of making a full assessment of a property’s needs. They may only be familiar with a limited product range and have a relationship with a supplier which can cause a bias towards using their products—even when they might not be suitable for the job. This can lead to poor outcomes for the client and ongoing costly and unpleasant wastewater problems.
As an independent adviser, Dave Miller has no connections to product sales or installation jobs, he simply suggests the best system for the job he is assessing.
Many aspects are considered when Dave assesses a project’s requirements. He considers the number of people living at the property, the space available, and how his clients want to use the property both now and in the future. Placing sewage systems near high-use or desirable areas such as the barbeque area or under the lawn where children my play should be avoided where possible.
The soil type is also a crucial component in making the best choice of wastewater system to use as this affects how treated effluent is dispersed and can be highly problematic if the wrong system is selected.
Based in Palmerston North Dave Miller travels to the many rural areas that surround him, travelling as far as Taranaki, Hawkes Bay and Wellington and everywhere in between. His project list is extensive having advised on treatment systems for Marae, Schools, Cafés, rural factories, and tourist facilities as well as new and existing homes.
Dave Miller’s expertise in environmental engineering, soil mechanics, septic tanks and wastewater treatment is vast. He has worked in all aspects of the sector including civil engineering works, drain-laying, design, and project management.
Now, he is a national authority on wastewater treatment systems and is regularly invited to contribute papers and presentations for government, scientific and engineering conventions.
Word of mouth is that Dave Miller really knows his stuff. His website testimonial page is flush with satisfied customer feedback. A call about his services will cost you nothing but might save you money and heartache.
Review - Me and My Girl
Director: Chris Burton
Co Director: Kirsten Clark
Review Date: 12/03/20
At the end of a busy Thursday, do you really want to go to see a theatre production? I didn’t. I hoped it would finish early so that I could eat snifter lumps and fall asleep in front of the TV. I was feeling like a misery guts.
What is Me and My Girl even about? I’d never heard of it before, but Google said that Stephen Fry had been involved in its creation, so I felt it had to be some fun. Some fun indeed!
Me and My Girl is a play set in England during the 1930’s that sets the similarities and differences between classes at centre-stage and makes a comedy-drama out of the ensuing madness. It’s a dancing, singing, laughing extravaganza that will entertain the socks off you.
The band lead by Danielle Joe started the show off well. Before the curtains had opened I found myself affected by some addictive and joyful toe-tapping music. The combination of a lively band and some fun dance acts made it hard not to get swept away with it all. There was a simply smashing scene that involved the playing of spoons which had the audience bouncing in their seats and whooping for joy. I say!
It wasn’t just the enjoyable story-line and quality laughs that made Me and My Girl such a riveting piece of theatre, a huge part of the fun came in the form of Zac Maskill playing a lovable character from the wrong side of town—Bill Snibson. Zac seemed the perfect choice to play the main character with his excellent vocals, authentic sounding accent, and impeccable acting. His performance came across as genuine, he had amazing stage presence and delivered a good measure of laughs (or should I say larfs).
Similarly, co-star Leonora Potten as Sally Smith showed off a strong, sassy, act with a lovely vocal performance. Sally was a delightful presence who stole the hearts of those on and off-stage. Together, Bill and Sally (Leonora and Zac) had a beautiful onstage chemistry, a true romance.
Gabby Clark as Maria, The Duchess of Dene, delivered a strong performance and a very impressive solo piece in ‘Song of Hareford’. Ayesha Satya as Lady Jacqueline Carstone also showcased some strong vocal performances. Karmeehan Senthill-Nathan as Herbert Parchester played a darling role as the family solicitor and Blake Storrier delivered a very enjoyable comedy act as stuffy, snivelling, snob Gerald Bolingbroke.
The production team had prepared the cast well, they all delivered strong, polished performances. Transitions between scenes were managed smoothly, and the show moved along like a well-oiled machine. Costuming and make-up had the cast looking absolutely dapper.
Me and My Girl is an excellent comedy that is very giving to the audience. It’s a laugh a minute, and for those of you who feel tested by overly long, drawn-out musical numbers, let me reassure you that you will not be rolling your eyes here. Instead you will lose track of time as you lean into the liveliness of it all. It’s an excellent antidote for misery, I smiled a lot and I wasn’t the only one. I suspect the whole audience were beaming smiles back at the stage for the duration of the show. We certainly made a lot of appreciative noises too. In fact, the audience gave a stellar performance too, we rocked!
I’ve reviewed a few PNGHS/PNBHS shows and this one is my favourite. It is lively, has an enjoyable story, and is a laugh a minute.
Just in case you’re interested, I did go home and nail a packet of snifter lumps, what a night!
Review: The Unfolding of Benjamin's Misery
Written and Performed by Hideto Ambiguous
Square Edge Community Arts Centre
Review Date: 7/02/2020
On Friday night at Square Edge Community Arts Centre in Palmerston North, Hideto Ambiguous bared his body and soul to present The Unfolding of Benjamin’s Misery.
It was a small room, which accommodated an intimate audience, with a basic stage which was only slightly elevated above the audience. There was no backstage area to slip behind the curtains and peer out at the audience, there were no shadows to lurk in, there wasn’t even mood lighting. Hideto Ambiguous had to master the space, and he did.
The Unfolding of Benjamin’s Misery is an award-winning one-person show (having won the 'Best Words and Ideas' award at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019) in which Hideto showcases a range of talents including spoken-word poetry, story-telling, singing, ukulele playing and his uniquely entertaining ‘Asian’ dancing.
The show started about fifteen minutes late, but as it turns out that was when we as the audience were playing our role—a clever device which subtly reinforced the themes of us and them. We were watching a show as an audience but were also the audience in the show. There was also an unexpected guest cameo—a blowfly which became expertly woven into the tapestry of the show and showed how supremely Hideto governed the stage.
Benjamin’s misery really did unfold in front of us, like an intricately folded artwork with new things to discover under each new layer. Hideto performed multiple characters, with unique accents and postures who came to life with such natural ability that for a moment I started imagining there was a backstage where all the characters resided.
It was perhaps fitting, given the subject material, that Hideto had only the clothes on his body, a ukulele and a few coins to use as props. With a small audience unable to be distracted by moving or colourful props how was it that Benjamin made us see things so clearly?
It is a true inside story, as Benjamin sheds his problems in front of us, and we observe the evolution of Benjamin. Powerful story-telling works to break down barriers between cultures and expose the beating, human heart at the centre of us all. Every step of the journey created the Benjamin we saw before us, and it was fitting that we observed that through past, present and future layers of story.
Although the subject material illuminates the shadowy world of exploited migrant workers, Benjamin is gentle and kind, offering options, possibilities and ideas for dealing with these challenges. Benjamin is nobody and everybody. He opened up a portal to his vulnerabilities, and struggles and then offered hope, and the potential for happiness. I laughed and smiled, frowned and sighed, as Benjamin unraveled his journey.
We get to see the breaking and making of Benjamin and how he chooses to take control of his life by using his gifts to improve life for himself and other Benjamins. I am grateful for the gift of Benjamin that now resides in me.
It was both a privilege and a pleasure to experience this performance by an exceptionally skilled artist whom I expect to see carrying on to do many great things.
As well as being the winner of Liverpool Poetry Slam 2018 (UK), Hideto's first poetry collection, “Foreigners in Me” will soon be published by Lastbench/Antivirus productions in Liverpool, UK. Hideto Ambiguous is someone to watch as he takes multiple talents, this show, and a new one he is currently developing, on the road internationally. You can follow his Facebook Page or his Instagram Account to keep up with upcoming projects (I will be).
Written and Directed by Gregory Cooper
Review Date: 9/11/2019
Prostates, Pelotons, and Property Management what more could you want out of your Saturday night? There’s another P word, so just use your imagination. . ..
Saturday night was opening night at Centrepoint Theatre as they wheeled out their latest showing—MAMIL aka Middle-Aged-Man-In-Lycra. I was eager to see a MAMIL up close because usually they are only seen moving in packs—cycling like they are trying to outrun the inevitability of their lives. Getting a MAMIL out on his own in front of a live studio audience was sure to be a rare treat.
This show written and directed by Gregory Cooper is the story of one shallow, privileged, white male (Bryan) who transforms his life by joining a cycling group after his world crumbles around him. He finds his soul and learns how to really love himself and his fellow man.
The set design was the barest I’ve ever seen at Centrepoint, I guess they were emulating the soul of a MAMIL. It was sparse and black, like a recently divorced middle-aged man's bedroom. The special effects amounted to a smoke machine, lights and sound effects. The attention was centred on one middle-aged man acting out multiple personalities. Of course, there was also a bike and Lycra.
New Zealand actor Mark Hadlow delivered this one-man show. He was confident, strong, and a great story-teller. It seemed like he held nothing back. It’s worth seeing this show just to see a theatre legend work a room. I’m in no way qualified to have opinions about acting techniques so I’m not even going to try. I’ll use lay persons terms. He played at least eight characters and switched between them seamlessly using different accents for many of them. My personal favourite character was the wiry old man who organised the cycling group. Also, he cycled throughout the whole show and made it look effortless. Leaping on and off the quite tall set and getting changed on stage multiple times goes a long way towards proving that he’s obviously a superhero. The audience were highly stimulated by the probing nature of the show—literally. Mark Hadlow certainly has his fingers in a lot of places. There was more than just a bike seat around his rear end.
This is a man friendly show. If you want to drag your man out for a date at the theatre, then this show has the black décor and right amount of testosterone to make even the most theatre-hating man happy. If you’ve raised your eyebrows about this heavily stereotyped statement then rest assured, the whole show is like that. . ..
I’d like to see Centrepoint Theatre open-up a night for palmy MAMILs with a group discount for arriving in their Lycra and click-clacking into the theatre with their cycling shoes on. Maybe a latte special that day would be useful too.
This show is well explained. You won’t have to turn your brain inside out to figure out what is going on. It’s an easily accessible laugh if you can overlook the quite un-PC content.
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