Depression a real Whirlwind

Last updated 16:42 10/05/2012
Kapiti dancer Tamihana Paurini is performing a dance he composed at Ryan Edwards' Whirlwind show at Southwards Theatre on May 19.

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Kapiti dancer Tamihana Paurini will perform a special dance at Ryan Edwards' Whirlwind show at Southwards Theatre next week.

The 37-year-old former Black Grace dancer was struggling with depression a year ago when he heard the song Mother's Arms on Ryan Edwards' Whirlwind album.

Edwards is a Kapiti musician whose album combines original music with the experiences of men dealing with depression.

Paurini said the song inspired him to get his "creative dance groove" on again.

"I had just recently moved to Paraparaumu to be closer with family and had reached the end of the relationship with my wife as well, so it was quite a difficult time," he said.

"That [song] made me reconnect with my creativity and . . . made me think about if I get out [of this state] I can do what I'm passionate about."

Paurini has created a dance to the song for Edwards' Whirlwind show on May 19.

The show will feature guest speaker Mike Chunn, formerly from the Kiwi band Split Enz.

Chunn and Edwards will talk about their experiences with depression and why men should not hide the problem.

Paurini said he was able to control his feelings and appearance during his depression, but could have sought help earlier if he had told someone.

"It's a coping mechanism for a lot of people," he said.

"We all do it in some parts of our life, but when you have depression . . . it becomes a habit and an unhealthy one because you're not letting people know [what's going on]."

Paurini received counselling from Martin Sloman, who co-founded Whirlwind with Edwards.

He said the pair "hit it off straight away", which is important - to "find someone you can open up to and be yourself".

Paurini is a part-time gym instructor at Cityfitness Kapiti, while also finding dance work.

He is happy with his life but takes things day by day.

"Some days are good, some days are a bit tough but I've got tools that I use to help with that."

He is looking forward to Saturday's performance in Paraparaumu.

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- Kapiti Observer

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