Stewart’s working career started as the ‘boy’ in a bank, which he found very boring. After some truck driving he became a trainee school teacher, during which time he was selected to be the host of the first ever pop music show on the infancy of television broadcasting in New Zealand, in a show called “In The Groove” based on the BBC show, “Juke Box Jury”. With a taste of showbiz, it wasn’t long before his career moved on into radio and television not only in New Zealand, but also Australia and the UK. There came a time when his involvement with music and broadcasting naturally evolved into concert promotion, and so the die was cast.
Tricia began her working life as an audio technician – firstly in radio in Wellington and then at DECCA Record’s recording studios, London. Tricia started working in the Stetson Production’s office in 1979. Her eye for detail, love of all things technical and interest in people meant that she found her niche in the touring side of Stetson. As a result she has been touring New Zealand (and overseas) for many years – and values the network of friends and colleagues that she has built as a result. Since Tricia started touring, she has seen many changes – the biggest she says is going from working with pencil and paper and a calculator to now being tied to her Macintosh laptop, iphone and iPad.
A now well established member of the Stetson team – Jenny makes financials fun!. An accountant (with a difference!), Jenny supports Tricia with all the financials (and many other things besides) – and is an expert when it comes to XERO web-based accounting. Jenny produces timely and accurate reports – crucial for offshore Managements.
She adds spice, laughter and sartorial splendour to the office!! Go Jenny!
Nothing happens nowadays without professional assistance and guidance – Stetson is grateful to the following for their years of professional support:-
Stetson’s reputation has traveled afar, so overseas tours are a specialty – Australia, Japan, Europe, Asia, Hawaii. Being involved with local Producers has been a source of interest and excitement as well as working in another culture. There have been many, many, happy and memorable tours.
Stewart and Tricia have different skills. They enjoy working together – and have proven they make a strong team. Overseas travel is frequent – in the main, all concerts and theatrical productions Stewart & Tricia have been to see before making any commitment to produce or present it themselves.
On a personal note Tricia and Stewart are based on farmland in Waikanae, just north of Wellington on the Kapiti Coast. Here they have raised their family of 2 sons (Ande & Scott). Both now are parents themselves and when not touring, the young grandchildren are a source of immense pleasure. Scott & Susie (with Jessica & Max) live in Edinburgh – Ande & Claire (with Archie, Toby and Darcy) – after a time in Auckland, are now back in their family home in Manchester, UK. Yearly travel to the UK is a high priority for Tricia & Stewart.
New Year’s Eve, Manchester. 2017. All 5 grand children and Ande & Claire & Scott.