Arrowtown Hair Company owner Nikki Nash prepares to give
Queenstown police Sergeant Kate Pirovano a new look on her
50th birthday last week. Photos by Tracey Roxburgh.
Queenstown police Sergeant Kate Pirovano celebrated her
50th birthday with a makeover last Thursday, in memory of her
Sgt Pirovano said her brother, Mike, also known as Spike,
died on December 31, 2006, just three weeks before his 50th
birthday, following a battle with mantle cell lymphoma with
Sgt Pirovano unveils her new look. She underwent the
transformation in honour of her brother Mike (pictured).
Having had long, brunette hair for the better part of 40
years, Sgt Pirovano said she wanted to get a "short cut for
cancer", raising the profile of the Cancer Society and some
money at the same time.
"It's just great the number of people who have given money. I
know it's hard - there are so many charities out there, [but]
the money raised here will stay here to look after people."
Before her appointment at the Arrowtown Hair Company, Sgt
Pirovano admitted to being slightly nervous about losing her
"Last time I remember having it really short was when I was
"I feel like I've been naughty and I'm in prison and they're
chopping my hair off."
However, just over two hours later, Sgt Pirovano emerged
beaming from the salon - having not been allowed to look in
the mirror during the appointment.
When she was finally allowed to see the end result she did
not recognise herself.
"It's a wonderful feeling." Donations are still being
accepted for Sgt Pirovano's "Short Cut for Cancer" for the
Cancer Society, through fundraiseonline.co.nz or internet
banking - ANZ, a/c number 01-0867-0200021-05 Kate Pirovano,
ref: Cancer Society.