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John Asher is a well-known figure in the world of architecture. His work explores the timeless nature of geometric forms, balance, and proportion. In order to create his colorful and harmonious designs, he draws inspiration from nature. His work has been featured by prominent architects and design groups around the world.
teara.govt.nz)This biography, written by Ringakapo Tirangaro Asher-Payne, was first published in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography in 1998. It was translated into te reo MÄori by the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography team. (Source:
In 1961 he was involved in a conference to explain the 1953 Town and Country Planning Act to MÄori, many of whom had only a vague knowledge of how local bodies prepared town planning schemes and how they affected MÄori. During 1964 he was a persistent advocate for the proposed TÅ«rangi township and played a pivotal role in negotiations with Crown officials. In 1965 he served as first chairman of the TÅ«rangi Liaison Committee. However, continued ill health caused him to stand down. One of his last tasks on the committee was, together with two other members, to name the streets in the new town of TÅ«rangi. All the names are of NgÄti TÅ«rangitukua origin, save one: Atirau. (Source: teara.govt.nz)
John Asher became a noted authority on MÄori history, particularly of NgÄti TÅ«wharetoa. He built up a valuable collection of first-edition New Zealand books, much of which is now in the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington. An important NgÄti TÅ«wharetoa leader, he played a bridging role between MÄori and PÄkehÄ worlds. He was appointed an OBE in 1965 and when the Queen Mother visited TÅ«rangi in April 1966 he welcomed her to the town. He died at KÅrohe, TÅ«rangi, on 14 December that year, survived by his wife, six daughters and four sons. Paekitawhiti died on 10 June 1974 and was buried alongside him at Tokaanu. (Source: teara.govt.nz)
He starred in Weird Science (1994) which used a clip from Bride of Frankenstein (1935) in its opening credits. His grandfather E.M. Asher was the producer of Frankenstein (1931), to which Bride of Frankenstein (1935) was a sequel. (Source: www.imdb.com)
As the son of two thespians, actor-writer-director John Asher was literally born into show business in 1971. His television debut didn't come until 1990, however, with a bit part on the prime time soap opera "Beverly Hills, 90210." Four years later, he had his first lead role when Asher played nerdy malcontent Gary Wallace on the science-fiction comedy series "Weird Science," taking up where Anthony Michael Hall left off in the 1985 film of the same name. After five years, the show went off the air. One year later, Asher married actress Jenny McCarthy, whom he directed in several films, including the poorly-received Kirk Douglas comeback dramedy "Diamonds." Unfortunately, the next project on which Asher and McCarthy worked together was an outright disaster. Written by McCarthy herself, the scatalogically-fixated comedy "Dirty Love" was universally panned, a commercial flop and--to add insult to injury--released the same month the couple filed for divorce. Along with filming music videos for artists including singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow and the pop-punk band Sum 41, Asher subsequently helmed seven episodes of the teen drama "One Tree Hill." His sporadic acting credits include a memorable guest appearance on the crime show "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" as director Zack Putrid, a jokey take on musician-filmmaker Rob Zombie. He also played a younger version of Donald Sutherland in the 2000 drama "Space Cowboys." (Source: www.rottentomatoes.com)