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NZ-Made Roman Sandals Stars Of Local Music Video

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NZ-Made Roman Sandals Stars Of Local Music Video

A meeting between Todd Douglas, of Douglas Sandals Ltd, manufacturer of New Zealand's original iconic roman sandals and local singer/songwriter Rob Wigley (frontman of the band Mr Roberelli) has resulted in the production of a hugely entertaining, totally original music video that's proving a massive hit with Kiwis of all ages.

Produced and directed by Shortland Street's Kiel McNaughton (who plays Scotty) and starring fellow cast member Ari Boyland (Brodie Kemp) and a supporting cast of mates and helpers, the quirky animated footage is set to 'The Romans' - the lead track from Mr Roberelli's latest CD "Does The Bus Stop Here?" A scene from The Roman Song, starring Shortland Street's Ari Boyland

Having completed recording songs for their second CD, the band, which includes husband and wife Paul and Rochelle Depledge, realised the stand out track was "The Romans", with its wonderful melody and funny, catchy lyrics telling the story of roman sandals right back to the original wearers, the Romans themselves.

Says Rob, a primary school teacher from Waitakere, "I grew up wearing roman sandals, most Kiwi kids did, and I always thought they were deserving of a song. I started humming the first line in my head and the rest just came easily."

Rob approached Todd Douglas, owner of Auckland based Douglas Sandals Ltd to see if they would be interested in helping to turn the song into a music video.

Says Todd, "We were delighted to help. Kiwis have been wearing our roman sandals for over sixty years and it's great to see them starring in such a fun production. We were also pleased to be able to support and work with such a great group of local, home grown talent."

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