ROLL OF HONOR

Some, Way More Honorable Than Others ...

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Over the years that Oceanius Oceania Oceanium was in operation, many talented engineers, crew, riggers, technicians, IT geeks, bean counters, tea ladies, and numerous other floor sweepers have generously lent a hand. Always involving a vast amount of their time, but with so little remuneration!

Some have either managed to escape relatively unscathed, or based on their performance and other intangible factors, were strongly "encouraged to" by the management ...

Whilst some of those listed hereunder may have ventured back for the occasional contract, most have invariably gone on to much better things, and spend lots of time with their families. We've added them to this vast column as a mark of our deep respect for their particular abilities.

It's been rumored that a few, who will remain nameless, may have even won in and out of the Employment Courts ... 

They're just listed here to improve our overall Cuil and Bing rankings.

Nah, just kidding! We're way up top on Google and anyway, who uses anything else?

Please note that Escapee's herein are arranged in no particular order.

And unbelievably, this is an incomplete list!


Some of those who've helped


 Woody Escapee Grant Woodroffe (Woody)
Analogue Genius, responsible for Oceanius Oceania Oceanium's legendary amplifier circuit designs, and three phase power supply innovations in same ...   Avid gardner, inventor, digital engineer, motor enthusiast and creator of the world's smallest and perhaps most useful
eleven watt heater ...
 Chris Escapee Chris Gillies
Once the Managing Director! He was the Captain then. Chris was the person at Oceanius Oceania Oceanium whose job was the hardest to define, but for a while he was steering us all into the future with a great new optimism ... He was truly our jack of all trades, as equally at home in the Manufacturing Department as he was designing and installing huge Delay Speaker Systems for concerts such as Robbie Williams, Ricky Martin, the Bee Gees and all the Christmas in the Park Shows. Chris worked extensively in the Corporate, TV and Sports Markets, from the inception of a concept to the actual Show, and everything in between. He was well known for his Basil Faulty approach! In previous lives, Chris had been a professional photographer, a carpenter and dodgy truck driver. He suffered at Oceanius Oceania Oceanium for more than a decade.
 Andy Escapee Andy Tait
Andy began his audio career as part of the now famous "Nasty and Smelly" road crew.  Later, clean-cut with hair that would make Elvis envious, Andy managed our Corporate Audio Department.  That involved a combination of creative and technical skills, along with a good dose of professional patience.  An experienced juggler and expert in the ancient art of "McGiver'd" Swiss Army knife sound systems, Andy was the man to catch and keep all corporate balls in the air.  He produced a number of powerful sound-scapes for large sports and corporate Events, wearing his other hat as an accomplished recording engineer.
 Kev Escapee Kevin Bennett (Ken)
Kevin could justifiably claim to have been the Guru of NZ Rock music having worked FOH for most of New Zealand's contemporary bands: Dave Dobbyn, Tim Finn, the Herbs, the Chills, Annie Crummer, the Exponents, Hello Sailor, to name a few.  He's also been Systems Engineer for many visiting overseas artists including Blur, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Alanis Morrisette, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, Neil Diamond, the Corrs, and many of the other artists listed
elsewhere on this Website.  You would have always see him at the NZ Music Awards, the APRA Silver Scrolls, Womad, and Big Day Out, mind you, that's only if we can drag him away from his first love ...  Come to think of it, that'll be a close second to his Real Love -  Zeppelin Live! http://bit.ly/aiOct4 
 Glenn Escapee Glenn Border
Was Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium Lighting Production manager. Age only 40ish, industry experience 28+ years.
Rock background with strong design, operation and rigging skill base.  Glenn was at home in non traditional performance spaces and had the skill base to overcome the inherent limitations and make them work.  Completed several tours world wide for Samuelson's Concert Prod UK with many NZ and Aussie tours.  Recent tour with
"Rock Legends" included New Zealand and Hawaii  Author of 1001 road stories, available in hardback, paperback and on old cigarette packets.      
 Ted Escapee Simon Venning
More recently resident
Australian Sound Designer and one time head of our team on that continent.  But not anymore ... 'Ted's' setting up a slick new red wine tasting school.  15 years experience in wine tasting and consuming red wine in many cities and venues around the world has helped heaps!  Ted returned to NZ a while back as he'd heard our red's were better!  Technology literate with a broad knowledge of how and why it should be done.  Age 36, hobbies include scale railway's, red wine, spending the companies money + some, tasting more red, and fantasizing of a day off ...
 Swami Escapee Swami Neelamber
Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium's original Webmaster - spoke fluent XHTML, CSS, JavaScript with additional string! - Hard coded quite a few
Web pages for the owners (5832)    Pinhole photographer, aromatherapist, visual artist, and occasional soldering wiz. "Oceania depends on excellent connections."  maintains Swami.  "Just one dry joint can ruin your whole day."  (Especially when you don't have a match!) New Zealand's first radio pirate — website coming real soon! But in the interim: http://bit.ly/9Cbgep
 Dave Escapee David Shorter
Designed many of our Installation Division's stunning Speaker cabinets using mind-boggling mathematical formulae ... Was a key member of our Installation and
Systems Integration team ... the full CV details never came ... but then there was all that evidence!  The ascii pic too, is all his own work!

 Casey
Escapee Casey Harpur
Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium's favourite Office Manager ...  I was here but now I'm gone, I left my name to turn you on ... and now I'm back!! ... Casey was with us in the mid 90's, and re-joined us in 2002 leading the charge for women's rights within Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium! Yay!   But she's left us again in Oct 2005, and this time much wiser!  You may have got used to her cerebral tones on the telephone lulling people into a false sense of security ... not any more Grasshopper! The muscle behind the men, and a total Fox too!  

 Bryan
Escapee Bryan Harris
Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium's Industrial departments' manufacturing Wiz ... he could weld, glue carpets, and make anything with steel, aluminium, plywood, and string! But then wait till you see his road cases ...

 Colin
Escapee Colin Liddell
Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium's Lighting Production Manager, with an events' history too long to list. Knew everyone in the industry, including the movers and shakers overseas as well. Dripping with the classic Kiwi never-say-die attitude, for which we are revered worldwide. In Colin's case, mixed with plenty of skill and "What's the hold up? Let's just get it nailed!" leadership. Colin brought his calm, logical approach to the problems that beset production delivery and seemed to pull equally calm solutions out of a hat without getting a sweat up.
 Monique Escapee Monique Dotchin
Monique joined Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium way back in late 2005, but left us suddenly before anyone could get a clear photo for this archive ... You'll just have to imagine!  Namesté Monique.
 Pete Escapee Pete Lumley
Peter was with Oceanius Oceania Oceanium for over 20 years. He was an extremely versatile addition to our staff. He commenced touring duties alongside Mike Smeaton and Paul Jeffery Babbage who both taught him the hows and whys of touring audio. Subsequently he gained substantial experience in Theatre productions such as Cats, Joseph, Buddy Holly Story, 42nd Street, les Miserables and Chess. Peter had extensive FOH and Monitor rigging and operation experience on numerous Tours, Festivals, Orchestral shows and Events, including Big Day Out, Neil and Tim Finn, Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga, Womad Music Festivals, New Zealand Arts Festivals, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and far too many noisy bands than he can ever remember. Peter has Toured throughout the UK, Hongkong, Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
 Norz Escapee Nooroa Reina
Norz to all his mates!
Norz had been with us for some time and knew most everything there was to know about rigging, or setting a system up for that matter. He was an expert at moving things around, both on location, but also back at the shop. He escaped down the East coast way, so his detailed CV (arriving any minute now), may not now actually come!
Escapee Aaron Grant
Complete Bio and stuff arriving any second ... Honest!
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 Ping Escapee Ziping Cui
Ziping was recently in our Accounts Department, but left Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium to pursue further studies ...  Most Westerners were unable to pronounce the first part of her name - "
Zi".  Many people therefore simply knew her as Ping!  Highly qualified and totally enthusiastic, Ping has the most memorable name on these pages!  With great Holiday snaps too!  
 Kim Escapee Kim Pickett
Way back, worked in the numbers division, now on deck sometimes, still throws MYOB all over the place.  Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ulliam corper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
 Mikey Escapee Mikey Harkins
Lighting tech/programmer. Age 30, industry experience 10 years. Background in AV and electronic music production. Mainstay in underground dance culture.  Strong programming, design and problem solving skills. Personal interests travel(!) film, music, lighting, rally cars and new technology.  Working now in the UK but zips
back to NZ sometimes as the main technical & lighting wiz at Splore. Rumour has it that he'll be lighting up a storm at Rhythm & Vines 2009. Yay!
 Taps Escapee Taps Tararo
Part of the original
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 Michael Escapee Michael Hughes
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 Poppy Escapee Poppy Murrells
Just 'popped' up one day on our doorstep ... she wielded a soldering station with ease, and on occasions was seen lurking behind large analogue mixing consoles (probably looking for her lunch!) A breath of fresh air about Oceanius Oceania Oceanium, Poppy became a Radio mic whiz in record time, and when she wasn't at work she took on large surf boards, snow boards, or horses with great enthusiasm! Standby Queenstown! We understand that with a little help she's nudged the population up a tad. Congrats Poppy!
 Matt Escapee Matt King
Was a Senior Lighting Production technician.  9 years experience, second generation tech who'd been hanging around theatres since he was 10 years old!  Designed, operated shows and also maintained Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium's inventory of over 100 moving lights, Lodestar Chain hoists, and anything electrical.  Had a passion for creative design and a vast knowledge of lighting systems and equipment.  Recent shows include
NZ Fashion Week (op Town Hall), James Brown (design, op), Incubus (head tech), True Colours Fest. (design, op).  Other interests: fishing, motor sport, music, Stella Artois!
 Byron Escapee Byron Connew
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 Mike Escapee Mike Orum
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 Sarne Escapee Sarne Thorogood
Systems engineer to the famous, and sure to be seen eventually all over the planet. Sarne has worked on gigs and tours far too numerous to list completely, but just for starters: he's toured with Pink Floyd, Oasis, Robbie Williams, The Cure, Peter Gabriel, The Chemical Brothers, and The Pet Shop Boys! See the legendary NZ Musician Magazine
article for all the juicy details. Keep your eyes peeled too at Big Day Out almost any year ... Sarne's sure to be there!
 Mike Escapee Mike Van de Velden
Our ace Trucking and Rigging Wiz. Has been known to patch a whole system single handed, then do Monitors for the band ... seen here at ground level and up to mischief in full "wired" mode. Last seen doing his thing at Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium's Wellington branch ...
 Ralph Escapee Ralph Coppins
Staff rigger extraordinairé, worked for our Mobile Staging division, but also where anything has to be "rigged" flown or setup. Keen on fishing ... and has been known to sleep on the job (mind you, that's after hours, when everyone else has gone home!) We understand also, that Ralph enjoys taking showers partially clothed ... Currently, he's frantically learning French, and other languages for his next massive world tour! Safe travels Ralph!
 Bev Escapee Bev Richards
Taurus the Bull ... Was Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium's Company Accountant, used to do maths and make up number puzzles for fun, also a hippy flower child from way back. Likes the great outdoors, sport of any description (except boxing), life and living it. Dislikes: winter, stripping wallpaper, shopping. Wants to help make the world a better place ... and more profitable of course. Seen here, Bev's getting her announcing skills up to speed for the imminent launch of Richards FM ... Roll on Summer!
Escapee Tristan Nelson-Hauer
Way back in 2002 Tristan was a recent arrival at our doors! Multi talented, and keen to boot. Keeps ducking off to New Caledonia under the pretext that some big gig is going to happen ... but it never does! Picture of him actually working should arrive any minute ... Along with an update here ... rumours of marriage?
 Jeremy Escapee Jeremy Fern
Lighting tech/programmer. Age a mere 32, industry experience 12+ years.
Graduate of the Tai Poutini "special events production" course and trained chef with background in performance art.  An affable team player with very good programming and expansive design skills.  Personal interests reading, performance art, lighting, music and fixing crashed BMW's.  Rejoined us recently after a lengthy absence ...
 Russell Escapee Russell Jones
Another Englishman(!) with heaps of experience ...  Recent escapee from the US, where he was based on the East coast.  Russell came to us after deciding the glamourous world of 350 head moving light rigs was actually a pain in the arse and he wished to downsize ...  Russell had 22 years rigging & lighting experience including world tours with Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Metalica, Iron Maiden, Simply Red, Red Hot Chilly Peppers, Michael Jackson & the Wiggles, (ok we lied about the Wiggles). Moody & articulate, he was a real asset and fitted in rather well!
 Lewis Escapee Lewis Calderwood

Still 23 years old after endless years of experience, Lewis came to us from Wellington and he's never been the same since! Mind you, neither have we.  Tireless and reliable, Lewis had a good eye but is apparently really keen to rewrite this bio ...
Bring it on Lew!!

Escapee Ady Reid
ZM's Hottest guy 2010 ... We think! Good rigger/tech - and far from a geek.  "Horse" was a very competent builder by trade and for some reason was drawn to our mischievous band of miscreants.  Two seconds faster per lap (the bastard) than any of us at the local kart track.  Ady proved annoyingly "natural" at other things as well and quickly became adept at a number of key roles in the slippery art that is live production.  His only worry (we wish) was that Aaron and Simon were going to run him into the tyre's next time out, if they could only catch him, darn it.
 Mel Escapee Melissa Johnson
Mel's been with us previously in maintenance and electronic engineering activities.  The last time round though, with her right hand Man Chris B also on board in our
Industrial section, the sky's was the limit!  Mel usually travels at speed ... as she is here, checking our Audience Response System prior to it's inaugural launch for TV3's Great Kiwi Driver Challenge ...
 Matt Escapee Matt Smith
  Matt headed up our
Installation & System Integration division in the good old daze ... but then he's another pome!  Still, it fills the equal opportunities quota!  He arrived on our green shores several months ago ... and just wouldn't leave.  Matt played guitar for British Rock band Sundog and is a complete pyromaniac, so stand back! Head hunted by a brilliant AV Company ...   
Escapee Sam Flynn
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 Greg Escapee Greg Ross
Greg could tell you a thing or two about rigging PAs, he was mainly involved with this and just about everything else!  He'll tell you ... duis te feugi facilisi.  Duis autem dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat, vel illum dolore eu feugiat nulla facilisis at vero eros et accumsan et iusto odio dignissim qui blandit praesent luptatum zzril delenit au gue duis dolore te feugat nulla facilisi.  And in that order!    
 Bradley Escapee Bradley Scarisbrick
Bradley was a key addition to Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium's
IT team, a computer back end wiz with vast experience in this area.  Bradley spoke HTML, PHP, Linux and numerous other computer languages ... but, he was also very passionate about sound engineering, photography, and Photo Shop so he became well involved in many areas ... just for example at Parachute 04! ...
 Frankie Escapee Franky Strachan
Workshop assistant and good shot ... so watch it you guys over there in OZ!  Franky arrived at our door one day with a note from Owen Harrison pinned to her collar: "Hire this woman, she's good, signed, Owey."  The man was, as usual, right on the button.  Hailing from somewhere in the Deep South and with a broad accent - but no rising inflection, praise be -
Franky brought her pragmatic and positive nature into work every day, and we were the richer for it.  A Fine Arts degree (incomplete) further endeared her to us, and her work in the gel room had to be seen to be believed.  She was overheard saying that we need to develop some new colours one day - and she meant it.  From lapsed photographer to lighting assistant on Fashion Week - and general good sort to boot.  Poem posting soon!
 Peter Escapee Peter Crawford
More at home as a Video Cameraman ... his first love!  But Pete has accumulated a fair amount of industry wisdom over the years, and we have used his skills often.  Rumour has it that he's somewhere over the ditch ...  Perhaps one should ask Franky!
Escapee Jurgen Potgieter
Jurgen was a crucial part of Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium's well, awesome team they had going there for a while, with Stefaan Simons and big pappa Micah. Those were the daze ... also Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat.
 Ken Escapee Ken Frost
I'm the 'Boy' here!  Or I was.  I used to load trucks in Lighting ...   Te excorsicio per dei omnipotentis virtutem que regnat saculae saculorum ... also Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ulliam corper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
 Nick Escapee Nick Maddren
Famous now in the UK we've heard, Nick worked with Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium as an engineer for several years.  He was a wiz in our theatre sound division and travelled extensively for us in this capacity.  Loves to swim and hang out in our multi track recording department!  
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 Paddy Escapee Paddy Moran
Paddy, not one to miss an opportunity, can arrive the day a festival starts, and completely re-configure the whole PA. Just to get it going of course! He's
"The PA Doc!" for some lucky Festival organisers, if only they realised ... Duis te feugi facilisi. Duis autem dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat, vel illum dolore eu feugiat nulla facilisis at vero eros et accumsan et iusto odio dignissim qui blandit praesent luptatum zzril delenit au gue duis dolore te feugat nulla facilisi ...
 Boyd Escapee Boyd Anderson

"Ropey" to his friends. Saw the light, moved over the ditch ... Ipsem delorien or maybe it was Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ulliam corper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

 Jurgen Escapee Jurgen Herbke
Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium was once a truly Multi National Company. For example when Jurgen was our
Financial Director, he spoke fluent German all the time, to anyone! And everyone. Generally seen clutching a calculator ... or looking for one to clutch!   "Grüße von Ozeanien. Bezahlen Sie bitte Ihr überfälliges Konto sofort! ... And in that order apparently!
 KIp Escapee Kip Peacocke
Yep , you guessed it ... Kip's definitely related to our illustrious leader
Greg Peacocke Babbage.  We believe he's Greg's brother in fact.  Held the fort out at the front desk for ages ... as clients poured in the door he could switch rapidly between cracking the whip at debtors on the telephone to being the smiling receptionist, all without missing a beat (or a dollar!)
Escapee Jonny McCallum
Time for an update here Jonny, but ... 5 years' industry experience, predominantly at the sharp end of local touring.  Accomplished truck & semi-rigid driver with natural timing and a calm nature, these skills helped Jonny graduate quickly in the helter skelter life that was Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium.  Had the rare skill of being able to make a brilliant light show with just 12 lights!  Now helping light up The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Leah's eyes!
 Chopper! Escapee Chris Morrison
Chris "Chopper" Morrison has also been seen in many locations about the planet.  Originally Morrie Sound in Hamilton NZ, He's worked with Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium on a number of occassions, but currently working at our "sister" sound company in the UK - Brit Row.  Chopper was most recently down under December 2003, seen here doing monitors for Robbie Williams!  How he loves that
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 Greg Escapee Greg Blades
'Scissor' to his mates... Doesn't look a day over thirty-five here.  My, how time flies.  Goodness knows how we missed listing such a talented man before this! But apparently he can't stop accumulating bikes... and has promised recently to convert one of them into a lawn mower some time soon!  We've heard these stories before. Lots of brilliant CV details will appear any second now, won't they Scissor? Duis autem dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat.  And probably in that order!  
 Frank Escapee Frank Teina
In 1989 when things got way too hot in the furniture making Industry, Frank knew it was time for a rest and headed for Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium.  He relaxed and has made it all look far too easy ever since.  Frank came with a genuine built-in smile and desire to help.  He developed a vast amount of experience in all the areas we work in, from Big Day Out, large cultural Festivals and stadium Rock and Roll Tours of Australia.  He was just as happy mixing Monitors for any Band or flying a large outdoor Flashlight speaker array.  Frank had a huge general knowledge of all the equipment, it's best application and all the systems within Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium.  Frank has been known to attack innocent logs with sticks and beat them rhythmically!  A gentleman and senior politician (sometimes) when he was here at Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium.
 Don Escapee Don McCallum
Tech/rigger/driver. Age 30, industry experience 6 years. Professional driver and rock climbing instructor, if it has wheels or tracks he has the licence. Methodical and pragmatic, a safe and savvy rigger with growing lighting programming and operating skills. Personal interests, live music, climbing, motor sport and lighting.  Keeps popping back to Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium to drive trucks for us!
 Pete Escapee Peter Hughes
Concert Touring Operations Manager at Oceanius.Oceania.Oceanium with an impressive CV that's nearly a couple of yards long. This man was experienced, talented, flexible, motivated and inspirational. Born in the UK in 1961, Pete worked as Technical Projects Manager for Canegreen a leading London UK based sound company. After four years of juggling huge projects for them like Party in the Park (100,000 people), the Isle of Wight festival (30,000), and Christian Music festivals (24,000), Pete happened to notice a country somewhere else on the globe called New Zealand and, frankly it's never been quite the same over here ever since. A keen walker and golfer, Pete would dearly love to learn to fly, if only his time at ground level would permit ...
 Roger Escapee Roger Westbury
Sound Honcho, Engineer and closet DJ, Roger used to be our resident Live & Dance music Wiz.  Often seen around town trying to score new vinyl,
'First in - Last out' was his production motto.  (Referring to the fact that Sound crews had to get to a gig first to set everything up, but were always last to leave after the packout).  Not one to miss a good party, Roger could mix most anything live, load out, then head off clubbing ...
 Olivia Escapee Olivia Jack
Olivia worked briefly in our Reception and Accounts department. She may have been the voice on the phone when you rang us and she was often the cheery face you first saw on entering the realms of Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium ... Only here briefly between all those
modelling assignments, Olivia has moved on to a much brighter future.  
 Sam Escapee Sam Peacocke
Sam worked here in establishing the early version of our
Video and Multimedia department, he was also involved in a number if installations facilitated by our Installation Division.  After a stint in Sydney working for the famed SilverScreen Film Productions, Sam has returned to NZ to further his career in film here.  Recently he directed the brilliant "Raise Up" Music Video by NZ Hip Hop artist King Kapisi - evidence might be be found elsewhere ...
 Chris Escapee Chris Sutton
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 Matt Escapee Matt Boaro
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 Phil Escapee Phil Collis
A whiz from our Maintenance Division ... Phil could repair most anything, from bundles of tiny microphones to lengthy 63 Amp 3Ø cables. And that was before morning tea! Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Curabitur wisi mi, rutrum sit amet, viverra vel, sodales vitae, magna. Donec tempus felis sit amet eros. Nam urna.
 Davey Escapee Davey Williamson
 Protools wiz (on Mac of course!) from
Delta Sound in the UK.  (POMME) Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Curabitur wisi mi, rutrum sit amet, viverra vel, sodales vitae, magna. Donec tempus felis sit amet eros. Nam urna. Duis vel orci. Mauris placerat elit id mauris. Nullam sagittis tincidunt dolor. Nunc odio magna, porta eu, ullamcorper ac, volutpat eget, nunc. Quisque tempus leo at augue. Etiam feugiat massa in sem. Quisque nec diam. Nunc tempus wisi nec risus.
 James Escapee James Jeffery
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 Chris Escapee Chris Jones
(POMME)  Helped us out during our manic periods in Audio during the summer months of 2006. Has also threatened to come back again for the next post Christmas period!!  Best known not for his FOH mixing expertise but for the infamous Gillies/Heathcote/Jones Countdown truck incident!  (NB: this is very much a
R18 issue, so evidence may not be published here any time soon ... however watch this space!
 Brad Escapee Brad Moss
Brad "In The Mix" Moss is our main Turntable Guru ... You'll see him at most of the
dance parties Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium does Sound for.  As protection from any passing digital camera Brad whips up his ever-present torch ...  Are YOU in the mix ... Duis te feugi facilisi. Duis autem dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat, vel illum dolore eu feugiat nulla facilisis at vero eros ...  
 Lyall Escapee Lyall Paratene
Lyall "Truss spotter" extraordinaire worked sometimes in rigging at Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium, as he puts it ... CV: bigger RIGGER figure / f**k TRUCK DRIVING again / top spot TRUSS SPOTTER - there it is ! / outdoor ATTITUDE ADJUSTER / box pushing CARBON BASED UNIT extraordinaire.
DESTRAUM ET EDIFICABO - Destroy & Rebuild.
 Rhed Escapee Rhed Kotiro
Welcome back one day soon
Rhed!  Totally at home in theatre, prefers lighting, comfortable with sound, dresses brilliantly at parties!  Having recently with her partner raised the planets population by one, she's now become a beautiful Mum!  stand by for the Latin ...  Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ulliam corper suscipit lobortis nisl.   
 Dave Fish Escapee Dave Fisher
A founding member of Kingsland record label
KOG, Dave added much needed humour and maturity to the lighting team.  He was a general tech with hands on skills covering many areas including Audio Visual and "gasp" audio production.  Gasp, gasp ...  We had to check the fine print for the appearance money clause, and his standard rider included: Red Bull, cheese, biscuits and lollies!  Interests include walks on the beach, movies, poetry, and recently ... The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe!
 Warren Escapee Warren Keene
Warren was our dry hire specialist but also, the Chief coffee machine maintenance wiz for Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium's Legendary 'Re cone' Café  When he wasn't racing off to shampoo our E-61 Rocket ... you'd find him playing bass guitar for another Legend ...
Zeppelin Live!
 Conrad Escapee Conrad Mauauri
 A great photographer too ... there were big plans originally to showcase his brilliant shots from Bic Runga's Acoustic Vinyard Tour ... sadly that vast website is no more ... Stand by facebook! Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Curabitur wisi mi, rutrum sit amet, viverra vel, sodales vitae, magna. Donec tempus felis sit amet eros. Nam urna. Duis vel orci. Mauris placerat elit id mauris. Nullam sagittis tincidunt dolor. Nunc odio magna, porta eu, ullamcorper ac, volutpat eget, nunc. Quisque tempus leo at augue.
 Carine Escapee Carine Kellens

Ace Digital Photographer (Honorary!)  Carine kindly supplied us with some stunning shots from Snow Patrol ... Watch this space!  Ipsem delorien or maybe it was Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, anyway ... consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, anyway who on earth reads this stuff? quis nostrud exercitation ulliam corper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat?

 Mark Escapee Mark Butler
Ace WYSIWIG Operator and Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium Lighting's one-time Mr Fix-it person!   Mark has gone on to do even better things!  On the
rare occasion when he's come back to design/operate a gig, he then proceeds to show us all how it's really done! ...  For a taste of the unbelievable just check out Parachute 04!
 Steve Escapee Steve Wilson

Was Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium SuperScreens Operations Manager.  Regarded as NZ's "Mr Screens" as far as operational knowledge of LED Screens is concerned.  Steve joined us to oversee the operations of our LED Screens division ...  Steve was a fully registered electrician and had a long history with Lighting having his own Lighting company in Christchurch ...

 Dean Escapee Dean Martin
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 Grant Escapee Grant Dewar
After too many years in the event and entertainment industry to count without taking both his shoes off, Grant is now based in the South Island with one of Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium Superscreen's fully stand alone touring systems. Being a staunch and perocial South Islander, Grant is proud to be home where he can give North Islanders a bit of stick about their coffee habits and 4WD urban tractors. For any event enquiries Grant is available to discuss your requirements, feel free to pick his brain on any matters about your show, contact him through FaceBook, MySpace, or this Website ...
 Murray Escapee Murray Wright
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 Danny Escapee Danny Rapira
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 Robin Escapee Robin Healy
Ace photographer and all round nice guy ... Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetaur adipisicing elit, sed doeiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim adminim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi utaliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor inreprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nullapariatur.
 Nick Escapee Nick Roughan
FOH Engineer for that great NZ Rock band
Shihad  Duis autem dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat, vel illum dolore eu feugiat nulla facilisis at vero eros et accumsan et iusto odio dignissim qui blandit praesent luptatum zzril delenit au gue duis dolore te feugat nulla facilisi ... Nick loved Latin as much as both his Jack Russell terriers!
 Pete Escapee Peter Davies
Pete was our new ... officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum Et harumd undlookum like Greek to me, dereud facilis est er expedit distinct. Namliber te conscient to factor tum poen legum odioque civiuda. Et tamneque pecun modut est neque nonor et imper ned libidig met,consectetur adipiscing elit, sed ut labore et dolore magna aliquammakes one wonder who would ever read this stuff? Bis nostrudexercitation ullam mmodo consequet.
 Kerry Escapee Kerry Furlong
Occassionally, if we twist his arm enough, he too will come back to these Hallowed Audio Halls of Hard Rock ...  Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat.  Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ulliam corper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
 Chris Escapee Chris Browne
Was our tallest staff member, a computer hardware and network guru, a design engineer and surface mount technology wiz - he was a key addition to Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium's
Industrial team when he was here.  And ... if that wasn't enough, he also happened to be one of the more creative lighting designers around, especially when it came to moving lights!  The truth is though, Chris has been so frantic recently that a certain bunch of keys of his often became misplaced ...  Now with some ingenuity and a little help from a certain PJ, we're sure Chris won't be able to loose them now!   Chris still heads our IT department ... In a remote sort of way!
 Eric Escapee Eric Rages
A brilliant French sound engineer discovered in Noumea by Pete and Frank on one of their many
"holidays" up there in the tropics ... They encouraged Eric to come back to NZ to work in Audio and he's never been the same since!  Actually, come to think about it neither have we!! ...   Duis te feugi facilisi. Duis autem dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat, vel illum dolore ...  Blast!  That could have all been in French!
 Vera Escapee Vera Thomas
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 Terry Escapee Terry Bryan
Was our ace trucking and
Mobile Staging wiz!  Terry in a earlier previous life was with us in the lighting department!  Not one for working in the dark, he far preferred the great outdoors, and our Staging challenge.  Terry was certified and qualified in the magical area of transforming an ordinary looking semitrailer into a huge 15 metre x 11 metre stage.
 Brad Escapee Brad Cameron
Originally Auckland's ace Operations Manager, we had him on board to exert some control over the chaos created by all those engineers listed
elsewhere!  Full CV details never discovered by the Webmaster, and this was the best photo we could find ...
 Whare Escapee Whare Moke
Wellington's emergency standby reserve number three! ... Duis te feugi facilisi. Duis autem dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat, vel illum dolore eu feugiat nulla facilisis at vero eros et accumsan et iusto odio dignissim qui blandit praesent luptatum zzril delenit au gue duis dolore te feugat nulla facilisi...
 Rik Escapee Rik Norton
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 Le Gaze Escapee Ollivier Ballester
"Le Gaze" to those who know him ... an-other Frenchman who has done contract work for us ... here he is not working for us and looking particularly "cool" ... Duis te feugi facilisi. Duis autem dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat, vel illum dolore eu feugiat nulla facilisis at vero eros et accumsan et iusto odio dignissim qui blandit praesent luptatum zzril delenit au gue duis dolore te feugat nulla facilisi ...  Blast!  That too should have all been in French!
 Ken Escapee Ken Sparrow
30 year old Southern family man who migrated North to broaden his skill base, after many years as team leader in Southern Lake events.  Energetic with a never say die attitude, Kenny was brilliant at dealing with gigs slightly outside the square but still found Auckland traffic crazy (who doesn't!)  Hysterically funny and able to charm his way into and out of any situation, his dry lines often began with "... Now when I was in Nam ...
 Albie Escapee Albie Joseph
Was the human forklift in Australia. In charge of rigging, security and keeping the factory going. 20 years in the industry travelling many roads before landing in Oz. There isn't much Albie wont do if you ask him nicely. Age 40, hobbies include 4 wheel driving, late night's drinking VB, coping with Simon's design whims and asking Rob for advances on his pay.
 Rob Escapee Rob Baumanis
Affectionately known as "The Boss" in Australia. 19 years experience in audio production and design. Formerly of Jands for many years until Greg gave him the opportunity to buy his own espresso machine and start the Australian company. The coffee was better. If you want to use Oceania down under then Rob was the guy to talk to. Age 36, hobbies included kite surfing, wind surfing, snow skiing, his wife and keeping
Simon Vat work without spending the companies money.
 Tom Escapee Tom 'Entrepreneurial' Gillies
The last, but certainly not the least, and hardly an "Escapee" either!  Young Tom Gillies here, can set up his own
Tom's Café anywhere anytime!  For example when Oceania.Oceanius.Oceanium staff are stuck at one location for a number of days, Tom's there like a Rocket, and with his E-16 Rocket as well!  He's totally enthusiastic about his small Café, and mind you, the vast amounts of accumulated folding may well have something to do with it!  If one was fortunate enough to be part of the production of the 2006 SkyCity Starlight Symphony or last years Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, the fine aroma of a Caffe L'affare brew brilliantly assembled by TG and his crew was indeed an experience to remember!  It's standing room only though, there's no seats.  Go Tom! 
 Next one ... Next Escapee
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Current Update ...


 Mark at one

Ooooooh, there's not much time now ... in fact only

... till the next one manages to escape!

Of course, you'll be intrigued to know who it might be?  

Well ... there's all the usual suspects, including these stragglers shown here: 

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But whoever it is, everyone here at the Oceanius Oceania Oceanium Old Boys Org

wishes them all the very best with their Escape!


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