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New Names to Remember, like Kara Bang Bang

Ric Carlyon - Saturday, April 16, 2016

“Sirocco”, “Gentleman Jack”, “King Dick”, “Robbie” and “Opai the India Rubber Man” are all New Zealand nicknames* current in their time. 

Well, be ready to get acquainted with some new aliases. Missy M, Big Deal, Kara Bang Bang, BB Rizzell, and Leila G are all rising show-biz names part of the Hip-Op-eration team from Waiheke. 

Their Crew Manager, Billie Jordan, is guest speaker at the 
Auckland Justice of the Peace Association’s 
May luncheon, May 15th at Mt Wellington’s Waipuna Lodge. 

She’s going to tell a story of aspiration -  how she led the dancers from practice in the car park outside Placemakers at Ostend to an appearance on the world stage in Las Vegas . It’s a journey not to be missed. Oh, and a reminder: the dancers are all aged between 65 and the senior, Kara Bang Bang, is aged 96. 

Working from her walking frame, Madame Bang Bang and 6 other Hip-Op crew-members took out the Masters title earlier this year at the Auckland Regional Championships. 

Association Members have been sent invitations to the luncheon by email and full details are in other news items below and on the members’ pages on this site.  

Kara Bang Bang, indeed. What an name! Eat ya heart out, Madonna! 

*”Sirocco” is the male Kakapo, championing the  recovery programme for the species, “Gentleman Jack” was former Prime Minister Sir John Marshall while “King Dick”, Richard John Seddon held the same office, “Robbie” was Sir Dove-Myer Robinson, Auckland’s long-time campaigning mayor, and “Opai the India Rubber Man” was Albert Asher, supple, flexible and bouncy, avoiding tackles in the face of opposing players on the Rugby League field
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