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THE WELLINGTONIAN, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
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rather a lot going for them
Alistair and Daley heat up the modelling world
By EMMA BEER
Going places: Daley Tapa, left, and Alistair Boyd are making names for themselves in the modelling industry.
Photo: EMMA BEER
Beauty, brawn and brains. Two
Wellington men seem to have the
modelling world at their finger-
tips. Oh, and they are also
Alistair Boyd, 24, and Daley
Tapa, 25, are the new it boys on
the Wellington modelling scene.
Boyd, the new face of Rodd &
Gunn, and Tapa, 2011 Bachelor of
the Year, have also just started
their own talent agency, Ataahua
Ataahua means all-encom-
passing beauty, said Boyd. We
saw there was potential in Wel-
lington for another agency.
Tapa said the idea was sparked
when they realised they seemed to
be booking jobs without the help
of their agents.
It s that we have fun at events.
We meet everyone involved, actu-
ally say thank you, go out with
them after, take note of who s
We re trying not to step on any
toes, but unfortunately it s going
to happen here and there.
He said the pair seemed to be
able to pull things together pretty
We got a few mates jobs, we
were working to get ourselves
jobs, and we felt we were being
more proactive than what was
The men got into modelling
almost by accident.
Boyd said he had been doing it
for a few years, and first went
It just sort of eventuated from
there. I thought I might as well
use it now that I know what I m
Boyd recently became the new
face of menswear brand Rodd &
Gunn after an online model
I was doing a show and one of
the other guys told everyone about
it. I was like, Yep, sweet, that was
your mistake .
The win led to him travelling to
Turkey a few months ago to shoot
the new summer catalogue.
Tapa said he had accompanied
a friend to a shoot and got pulled
in to have his photo taken.
A couple of weeks later he was
the face of a new nationwide cam-
It was the violence against
women campaign. I was the main
dude saying: It s not OK to hit
I had people come up and tell
me their stories of how their hus-
band beat them and how they
were really happy I was the face of
it. That was really intense.
From there he did a few short
films and then became the generic
male model for Weta studios.
Once I got [the Weta gig] I
liked everything that was coming
with it, trips and cool stuff, and I
was keen to follow it.
Just weighing it up with every
other style of life, it s pretty cool.
Working with Weta was an
amazing experience, Tapa said.
I did this sweet ninja thing. It
was 5am and I had full body
armour on, trying to eat cereal
through this suit. I look over and
there s a troll pulling his mouth
down trying to spoon cereal in. I
was like, You don t get this in real
life. This is real cool .
Both men competed in the New
Zealand Bachelor of the Year com-
petition last month. Tapa was
first and Boyd runner-up.
Tapa said it was a bit strange
that people knew who they were
Someone who we should be
asking for her autograph pulled
us over [at a function] and asked
for a photo with us, and she s kind
The men denied using their
titles as a pick-up line when
talking to women.
I d feel like a tool saying that,
My mates will sometimes bring
it up to try and ruin it with a girl.
The pair were involved in
Fashion Week last month and put
that down, in part, to their organ-
We got into Fashion Week just
by doing what we do. The Ali and
Daley version, said Tapa.
We weren t planning on being
completely all go [with Ataahua
Avenue] till near the end of the
year, but Fashion Week and all
that made us accelerate it all.
Tapa said the exposure they
had received at Fashion Week
inspired them to keep going.
Boyd said the types of models
they would be looking for were
those who offered something
Anyone who looks a little dif-
ferent or is going to stand out is
what we re after.
They hope to run competitions,
similar to a talent search, but
with photographers as well.
We want all avenues of the
industry to be involved, not just
models, Boyd said.
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