Bright Young Things: 8 Kiwis to watch

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Publish Date
Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 11:48AM
Serendipity Ave, David Nyika, DJ BAYNK. Photos / Instagram
Serendipity Ave, David Nyika, DJ BAYNK. Photos / Instagram

Across New Zealand, there are some seriously talented people doing their thing with style – from the fields of art and music through to entertainment and boxing. Here are the bright young things who have caught Spy's eye. 

Fashion: Nami Hampe and Pascale Baker

If you want a peek into NZ’s fashion future, these two best friends from Hamilton will show you a thing or two about street style.

Kiwi fashion bloggers Nami Hampe and Pascale Baker are the creatives behind the fashion and street style blog Serendipity Ave.

In a nutshell, it's an impressive online platform that is both a blog and a retail store.

It's modeled around the girl's daily inspiration and street style musings from their Instagram account @serendipity.ave 



Talented DJ, Jock Nowell-Usticke aka BAYNK, (a name chosen as it looked good on paper), released his first house-themed single Sundae in 2015 and before he knew it, was playing for big crowds at last year’s Laneway Festival.

He's studying engineering at Canterbury University but music is opening plenty of doors for BAYNK, with record label offers and regular gigs nationwide. 

This year he performed at WOMAD and Rhythm and Vines and popped over to party in the States at Coachella.

His track Could You was introduced on Vice's music channel Noisey with the video getting credit for featuring his mother and her friend providing some interesting dance moves at a mansion in France.

Nike has also noticed the young musician and a collaboration was born earlier this year. 

Yesterday the artist acknowledged fans for their support of his track What You Need: “Thank you so so much to all of you for giving my music a chance & supporting our song. 5 million on What You Need is mind blowing” he said.

The Actor:  James Gordon

Sea yah #onthething

A post shared by James Gordon (@jimmyjamesgordon) on Dec 26, 2015 at 2:09am PST

Former Shortland Street actor James Gordon is a worldly young chap who takes the art of being a thespian seriously.

He has teamed up with former Auckward Love’s Miryam Jacobi and the pair has just finished a movie called Follow the Random.  

The film is about a web show where the creator of the show and a few of his friends physically "follow" social media stars around in the real world.

In essence, they capture the beautiful people who ask people to ‘follow them’ and catch them in the real world - out of their well-maintained social media platforms.

Follow The Random will be submitted into the Toronto, Venice and NZ International Film Festivals this year - watch this space. 

The Comedian: Angella Dravid

Next week, Dravid’s International Comedy Festival show Down the Rabbit Hole, will take the audience on a journey explaining why love makes you do crazy things.  

Dravid gained a fast fan base on our TV screens this year with regular appearances on The Jono and Ben Show, playing the straight-faced live TV door knocker, awarding people money for watching the show.

On live TV, Dravid is a tense and hilarious experience. She was also a scene stealer on Funny Girls, which may explain her working with the show’s stars Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek on their upcoming film, The Breaker Upperers

Dravid is also a well deserved nominee for the Billy T Award this year.

The Presenter: Cam Mansel

Mansel shares his social media expertise and love of music on many platforms.

On TVNZ’s Breakfast, he regularly updates viewers with the tunes that are catching the ears of young Kiwi listeners.

Cam also hosts the ZM Snapchart show from 7pm weeknights. It's the world’s first interactive music chart based entirely on listeners' Snapchats.

In the fast changing world of social media, Mansel’s own Snapchat account is a good way of keeping up to date with what's hot and what's not.

Add him @ZMChart on Snapchat… Filters welcome of course.

The Artist - Andrew J. Steel

Steel’s exterior work can be seen on the sides of buildings in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Melbourne and even Canggu, Indonesia.

His work with cats and dogs have become a signature motif in his work. Particularly his caricature cat, Kama Sutra.

Two years ago, Andrew split with Damin Radford-Scott. Together, the Taranaki pair formed the legendary street art collective BMD.

The Auckland-based artist's love of cartoons is reflected in his distinctive style - which has him in hot demand for private commissions which dominate many of Auckland's cafe and bar interiors.

The Sportsman: David Nyika

Wednesday night hit out with @joshnyika. #SKYNEXT #SPORTSFUEL #TeamNYIKA #adidasnz

A post shared by David Nyika (@davidnyika) on Dec 21, 2016 at 12:47am PST

This young boxer has worked his way up in a vast array of bouts throughout his amateur career.

He is a past competitor in both the AIBA Junior and Youth World Championships.

Nyika won the New Zealand Junior National Championships three years running from 2011 to 2013, as well as the New Zealand National Championships in 2014.

David has also had success outside of New Zealand, winning silver at the Oceania Youth Championships and bronze at the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament. He has won amateur tournaments such as the OCBC Oceania Confederation Boxing Championships, and won gold at the age of 18 at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Missing out on last year’s Rio Olympics has made him more determined to target another gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.