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Song bird's back to doing what she loves
Soul star: Singer Aaradhna, who lives
in Albany, will be part of this year's
More FM Summer Vineyard Tour.
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Aaradhna's latest music video.
Music is all I
know and I took
it for granted
By KATASHA McCULLOUGH
After years out of the limelight,
singer Aaradhna is back with a
new album and summer tour
Aaradhna and her partner Leon
Henry, who plays for the Breakers,
live in Albany.
The 29-year-old released a new
album Treble & Reverb in Novem-
ber last year after a taking a break
from the industry in 2010.
She describes the album as
honest and having a doo-wop,
soul, hip-hop style twist .
She says she is really grateful to
be back in the game.
I did a whole lot of soul-
searching and I didn t know if I
wanted to do music again. I was
quite depressed and just doing
Her passion was reignited when
Mr Henry s basketball career took
the couple to live in Romania.
Her inspiration came from
listening to soul greats such as
Amy Winehouse, whose Back to
Black album she had on repeat for
days. The first single Wake Up
from Treble & Reverb was written
by Aaradhna as a plea to herself
when she realised she wanted to
get back into music.
Music is all I know and I took it
for granted, she says.
Aaradhna is in the More FM
Summer Vineyard Tour with Op
Shop, Che Fu and Missy Higgins,
which includes Turanga Creek
Winery and Vineyard in Whitford.
She says she is excited and had
heard about the tour in the past.
It sounded pretty awesome, so
to be a part of it this year is pretty
She says she still gets nervous
every time she performs.
A larger crowd is a lot more
scary for me, I like small, inti-
mate crowds. But outdoor events
are fun, she says.
She is also part of a Waitangi
Day concert in Flat Bush, South
Chen team scaled back
By MARYKE PENMAN
THERE are still no clues as to the
whereabouts of Torbay woman
Cissy Chen almost three months
after she went missing.
Police say they have exhausted
all search areas but have uncovered
nothing to shed light on her disap-
Waitemata police Detective
Inspector Bruce Scott says the
homicide investigation has been
scaled back to involve just three
staff as opposed to the original
Ms Chen s partner has been
assisting with the investigation, Mr
But Mr Scott is not willing to
clarify how he is assisting for fear
of jeopardising the process.
A forensic examination of Ms
Chen s Waiau St home she shared
with her partner in Torbay turned
up nothing suspicious, Mr Scott
Ms Chen was reported missing on
November 5 when her partner told
police she did not return after an
evening walk along Long Bay
Mr Scott says he does not believe
Ms Chen ever went for a walk.
Immediate search efforts involved
the Eagle helicopter, the
police launch Deodar and officers on
Two weeks later the case was
elevated to a homicide investigation
and the search switched to focus on
rural and green belt areas in Long
Bay and the wider North Shore
area. The police dive team was cal-
led in shortly after to search water-
ways in the vicinity of her home.
We have now reached all areas
that would be obvious or where you
could possibly hide a body and we
have come up with nothing. We
have since put searches on the back-
burner until new information comes
to light, Mr Scott says.
Ms Chen s two brothers Philip
and Peter spent a month in New
Zealand assisting with the investi-
gation but have since returned to
Ms Chen arrived in New Zealand
as an international student 22 years
ago and has lived here ever since,
working as an accountant at a
North Shore firm.
She has no other family here but
did have a tight group of female
friends who have all been in touch
with police, Mr Scott says.
If you can help call North Shore
police on 477 5000 or Crimestoppers
0800 111 555.
to raft race
A challenge has been issued to
likely paddlers to take on Paremo-
remo residents in an upper harbour
intercommunity raft race on March
16 at 10am.
Proceeds will go to Paremoremo s
Ridgeview Primary School, one of
the smallest in Auckland.
Residents from Albany, Coates-
ville, Dairy Flat, Greenhithe, Her-
ald Island, Hobsonville, Kumeu,
Riverhead, Schnapper Rock,
Whenuapai or wherever are wel-
come to join in the raft race.
We re pretty good paddlers up
here on our stretch of the Waite-
mata so we re throwing down the
gauntlet to you to come and com-
pete with us and play in the inaug-
ural Paremoremo Raft Race ,
A $500 first prize is offered, plus
other prizes. Entrants are urged to
start designing their eco-friendly
raft now because registrations close
on February 8.
Teams of three to six people aged
16 and over will tackle an 800
metre course at 11am. Awards are
offered for most eco-friendly raft,
best dressed crew and more.
Food stalls, drinks, a bouncy cas-
tle and other entertainment is
planned at Sanders Reserve.
Visitors can also try out Paremo-
remo s tracks, cycleways, bridle
paths and its beach at Library Pt.
Get a group together, chip in
with materials or a few dollars, or
get your raft sponsored, organisers
Visit Facebook.com and search
for Paremoremo Raft Race, email
phone 0272 909 252.
set to perform
Bill Morrison is the
guest performer at the
East Coast Folk Club
tonight at 8pm.
A club stalwart, Bill is
often first up on the
evening s list of floor-
singers. Bill started folk
club singing late in life
after attending Rothley
Folk Club in Leicester-
shire, England, to hear
Two members of the
band were Al Stacey
and Connor McSwinney.
Al ran sing-arounds in a
pub and Bill went along
to a few and then tried
doing floor spots.
Al and Connor came
to New Zealand and for-
med the Dogs Bollix
Band. Back in England,
Bill started folk club
He came back to New
Zealand in 1995.
The East Coast Folk
Club invited him to do
his first guest spot in
1997 and he has been a
The club meets at the
Torbay Senior Citizens
Social Centre, behind
the main Torbay shops
at 37 Watea Rd, on the
first Friday of each
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