Little warrior aims for big exposure

By Abigail Hartevelt

Rotorua's Tracey Flay is like most mums - she is very proud of her firstborn - and that's the reason she has entered her son in the 2012 Baby Book being produced by The Daily Post.

Ms Flay's son Stellen was born on April 11 last year. Stellen Jack Flay-Martin was born two weeks early after Ms Flay had to be induced as she was suffering from pre-eclampsia.

Stellen weighed 2.5kg (5.6lb) and was named by his father Craig Martin.

Ms Flay could not decide on a name and so left it to Mr Martin, who came up with Stellen.

"Stellen means peaceful warrior and I quite liked it. It's a Scandinavian name. He has lived up to his name, he is a very cruisey, laid-back boy."

Ms Flay has entered Stellen in a few competitions. She dressed him in a tuxedo and entered him in the best dressed man competition for a Melbourne Cup event at the Rotorua CT Club, which he won.

"He won a bottle of whiskey so I'm keeping that for his 21st."

She also sent in his name to a magazine which was asking for unusual names.

"I do like entering him in a lot of things. Being a first baby I want to show him off."

Stellen will feature in The Daily Post 2012 Baby Book and his photograph has been entered in the Baby of the Year competition, and the winner will make the front cover of the book.

For a $25 fee any parent who had a child last year and wants them to feature in the book can bring their child in to The Daily Post office next week.

From Tuesday to Friday between 9am and 2pm, and on Saturday from 10am to 2pm, a photographer from Candy Apple Eye Photography will take a picture of the baby which will be on display in the front window of The Daily Post. People will then be able to vote for their favourite for the cover by filling out an entry form at The Daily Post.

Entry forms to have your baby included in this year's Baby Book are also available in The Daily Post newspaper.


- Rotorua Daily Post

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