Arts

Song of celebration sets the stage for Te Matatini 2019

Artists and performers have come together to create a song to promote Māori performing arts in preparation for the world’s largest kapa haka festival. RNZ story by Te Manu Korihi reporter Eden More Photo: RNZ/ Eden More Ten people from performers, tutors or composers of kapa haka, or with a background in the Māori performing …

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Playground feedback needed by Friday

The Wellington City Council is reminding residents to provide feedback on some draft plans for playground upgrades in Wellington. The playgrounds are Glamorgan Park Playground in Northland, Larsen Park and Taylor Park playgrounds in Tawa, Jeypore Playground in Berhampore, and Seatoun Park Playground. The deadline for feedback is 5.00pm, Friday 7 December 2018. More information, …

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Orchestra Wellington release epic 2019 programme and live double vinyl LP

Orchestra Wellington have released what music director Marc Taddei is calling an “epic” programme of monumental classical works for 2019, alongside the first New Zealand independently produced classical vinyl release in 30 years. Marc Taddei describes each of the works in the programme as a “monument” of classical music, “introducing developments so important that the …

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Wellington Advent Calendar returns – with Mittens

The fame of Wellington’s favourite feline is about to grow with the fearless cat featuring in the 2018 edition of the popular online Wellington Advent Calendar, which launches tomorrow. Mittens; photo by Sam Thacker Mittens, the eight-year-old Turkish angora that has captured locals’ hearts with his tendency to roam the city visiting restaurants, shops and …

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Your high five events for Friday 30 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Poet, novelist and screen play editor Anne …

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Your high five events for Thursday 29 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. As part of the Science for Lunch series …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 27 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. As part of Experience Week, you can …

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Your high five events for Monday 26 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Joy is… Christmas at Capital E (4 …

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Your top ten events for the weekend of 24 and 25 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Lambton Quay is closed to …

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Your high five events for Friday 23 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. In October, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern asked …

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NZSO partners with City Mission for Christmas

As part of a new partnership with The Wellington City Mission, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is supporting the charity’s annual Christmas Star Appeal. At the NZSO’s two concerts in December –  Christmas Brass and Messiah – audience members can donate food or funds at the concerts to City Mission volunteers. “We’re delighted that our …

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Listen to Bronwyn Turei on the Sweetman Podcast

Bronwyn Turei is one of the new mainstays at Circa Theatre, performing in comedy, drama, musicals, pantomimes and playing different genders, species, ethnicities – all part of the job of making it as an actor. She’s also been on screen, as the character Cody on the Go Girls television series, and has been in bands …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 21 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. The 13th annual Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry …

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Scholarships for acting, costume, set and props awarded at Toi Whakaari

Toi Whakaari has announced the winners of this year’s Bill Guest and Ruku Ao award scholarships, with many generous donations allowing four awards to be made – the most ever – at last week’s graduation ceremony. Toi Whakaari First‐year Costume student and 2018 Bill Guest Award‐winner, Briony Finnigan, with the man who the award is …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 20 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Cook’s Voyages – The True Cost opened …

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Your high five events for Monday 19 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Want to know the legend behind the …

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Your top ten events for the weekend of 17 and 18 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. In response to World Day …

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Wordsmiths take the pith(y) at Plain English awards

Eliminate adjectives. Shorten sentences. Spellcheck. Proofread. Winners kept it short and tight last night as the thirteenth annual Plain English Awards went going, going, gong at City Gallery Wellington. By Mark Cubey “All hail Justin.” The Mayor showed up, as he always does (election 2019 started a few months back). He was introduced by largely …

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Nothing Else On for 22 years: the Atomic Party People story in Audioculture

There are club nights – and there are epochal Wellington club nights. It’s 1996. Jim Bolger was in his third term as Prime Minister of New Zealand, with soon-to-be deputy PM Winston Peters about to become a thorn in his side. Ella Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, is born in Takapuna. Station manager Mark Cubey is moving Radio …

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RNZ Review: David Byrne at Wellington’s TSB Arena

RNZ Music’s KIRSTEN JOHNSTONE is overwhelmed by the incredible display of musicianship, movement, and joy on stage at David Byrne’s TSB Arena show in Wellington last night. David Byrne and band Photo: Bruce Mackay / Darker Arts Live See the full gallery at Undertheradar.co.nz I already know it’s going to be good. Variety called it “the most exhilarating touring …

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Listen to Gerry Paul on the Sweetman Podcast

Gerry Paul is a musician, children’s entertainer, tour promoter, event organiser, session player and creative live wire. He co-created the music festival Coastella, is one of the event organisers of CubaDupa, and has been instrumental in forging connections between New Zealand and Ireland, most recently with a  big Irish Festival across three cities in New Zealand that kicks …

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Your high five events for Monday 12 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. The New Zealand Psychological Society is holding …

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Witchdoctor lays new cables and connections for a Supra audio experience

RICHARD VAREY discovers a Supra feast of fidelity while auditioning audio offerings. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read this story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ This is just what my audio system has been waiting for. It started a few …

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Armistice Centenary commemorated this weekend

At 11am on 11 November, Aotearoa New Zealand will mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. A range of commemorative events are taking place across Wellington. The Government will acknowledge the centenary with a number of events at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington, with the National …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 10 and 11 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. As well as Armistice Day …

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St James fix-up tops $30m; delayed reopening affects NZ Festival

The cost to fix one of Wellington’s most important theatres is likely to be $16 million more than first thought, with required strengthening work keeping it closed until at least September 2020. RNZ story by reporter Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] The extended closure of the Courtenay Place theatre – it was expected to reopen late next year –  …

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Your high five events for Friday 9 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. In the Dr Michael Volkerling Memorial Lecture …

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Your high five events for Thursday 8 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events.  And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. To celebrate the stories, potential, and hope …

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Eleven bells for Armistice centenary, then cacophonous chorus

The Rangimarie peace bell of the National War Memorial Carillon will toll eleven times to mark the start of the two-minute silence of remembrance at 11.00am on Sunday at the official Armistice Centenary National Ceremony in Wellington. Then, at 11.02am, a celebratory fanfare will be played by the full bells of the carillon, the third largest in …

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Remember Kristallnacht, fight fascism, embrace hope and violins

On the anniversary of Kristallnacht, it’s time to look back 80 years and ask: who makes the Nazis? Then look forward with hope and music. By Mark Cubey Smashed windows of a Jewish business in Germany after Kristallnacht, 1938 In case you were wondering, it’s fine after the events of the last 12 months to call …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 7 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events.  And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Watch a free performance of Kapa Haka …

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PM presents Porirua teacher with inaugural music award

The inaugural Tui award for Music Teacher of the Year was presented last night to Porirua teacher Elizabeth Sneyd at the third annual Artisan Awards, alongside awards for producer, engineer, music video and album cover. The awards for behind-the-scenes achievers are part of the annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, and were held at Massey …

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Your top ten events for the weekend of 3 and 4 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. The Clyde Quay School Spring …

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Your high five events for Friday 2 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Come and hear two inspiring speakers – Chlöe Swarbrick MP and …

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Rongotai subway and murals celebrated

The new sea-themed murals on the entrances to the subway below the airport runway were blessed and celebrated at a ceremony yesterday morning.   Rongotai College students with Weta Workshop Art Director Paul Tobin and artist Sheyne Tuffery in front of the subway murals The murals – which feature real and imagined sea creatures and …

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Home team sees off Northland trio in Epro8 Challenge heat

SWIS Vegans, one of two home teams at the latest Year 7-8 Wellington heat of the Epro8 Challenge, were the clear winner at South Wellington Intermediate School yesterday evening. Story and photos by Mark Cubey The SWIS Vegans – Perry, Frances, Tulip and Jed – took first place in the Epro8 Challenge heat at their …

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NZ screen sector needs special employment carve-outs to stay competitive

New Zealand’s screen sector needs its own employment framework to remain globally competitive, a working group says. By Paul McBeth Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ The Film Working Group was set up by the government in January to deal with concerns of a …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 17 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Two free NZ Symphony Orchestra Concerts for Kids are on today …

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Premiere scares as Terror-Fi festival returns for Halloween

The Terror-Fi Film Festival returns to The Roxy this Halloween with a second celebration of horror, thriller and sci-fi films from around the world. This year’s schedule from 31 October to 4 November includes eight New Zealand premieres and two Wellington premieres, with many films screening shortly after world premieres at the Toronto Film Festival and …

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Your high five events for Monday 15 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events.  And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Today marks the start of Te Wiki Kaumātua Seniors’ Week, held …

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Listen to Mary McCallum on the Sweetman Podcast

Novelist, children’s author, journalist, broadcaster, songwriter, musician and publisher Mary McCallum recently published her first book of poems, XYZ of Happiness. She heads Makaro Press and new venture, The Cuba Press, and is dedicated to publishing poetry through he HOOPLA Series. As a poet, she studied under Bill Manhire at his original poetry class, and went on to …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 13 and 14 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. The fifth annual Siapo Cinema: Oceania Film Festival has returned to Ngā …

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A dozen music events for Friday 12 October (special high-five edition)

There is so much good musical entertainment on tonight, that we’re running an extended “high five” to cover it all… The big gig tonight is Rhian Sheehan at the Michael Fowler Centre. To showcase A Quiet Divide, his first new album in over five years, Sheehan is performing a special series of shows across New …

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Your high five events for Friday 12 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App.  Get amongst. Dr Mike Joy specialises in freshwater ecology, ecological modelling …

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Your high five events for Thursday 11 October

A reminder: This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous high-five entries for recurring events.  And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App.  Don’t be like bearded bell-end Hamish Macdonald and …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 10 October

Cloud accounting, mental wellbeing, social marketing, flu pandemics, and healthy places. Xero, one of the most intriguing companies in NZ (see Duncan Greive’s excellent piece at The Spinoff) opens its offices every Wednesday morning, for a coffee and a chance to have your questions answered, one-on-one, for free. Learn tips and tricks to get the …

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Video poem wins trip to Guangzhou for young Wellingtonian

Catharina Lee wrote her first poem, made her first video and became one of five winners of an all-expenses-paid trip to Southern China’s gateway city of Guangzhou. Entries in the competition for New Zealand Chinese Language Week, sponsored by China Southern Airlines and the Guangzhou Tourism Bureau, were required to be submitted via video on …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 9 October

Dental checks, sound/art installations, editing Wikipedia for equity, ectopia cordis, and cyber threats. That’s your Ava Lovelace Day. Drop in to the Bee Healthy Regional Dental Service at Frank Kitts Park, Jervois Quay (weather permitting) from 10.00am and 2:15pm for free dental checks for preschoolers to Year 8 children that have not had a dental …

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Listen to Rhian Sheehan on the Sweetman Podcast

Rhian Sheehan is a musician whose work includes a series of studio albums, soundtracks to soundtracks to TV, short film, documentary and feature-length movies, video games and even a theme-park ride. He has just released his new album, A Quiet Divide, and opens a special series of shows across New Zealand, transforming venues into spectacles …

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Documents reveal conflict over pay for Sir Peter’s museum plan

Documents released by the Wellington City Council show the lengths the council went to get a movie museum built in its planned convention centre. Story from RNZ by Reporter Laura Dooney  @ljdooney [email protected] In August it was announced Sir Peter Jackson and the team behind the museum were walking away from the project. It was first announced in 2015 …

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Music artisan awards to be hosted at Massey

The Artisan Awards at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, recognising the best technical and production values in the music industry, will be hosted in Wellington for the first time this year. The event will be livestreamed from the new music and production facilities at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts on Monday 5 November. …

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Witchdoctor gets down and dirty with a spring clean for records

Have you tried a Spin Clean with The Groovinator? Or L’Art du Son? RICHARD VAREY has used them on his records, and he’s here to tell us all about it. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and …

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Your (double) high five events for the weekend of 6 and 7 October

It’s always a squeeze trying to get the weekend down to five high-five events, so in a trial exercise we’re running ten tips for what you might do over a spring weekend in Wellington (and extending a bit beyond our usual $20-or-under benchmark). Events exclude the WOW activities we wrote about today – check those …

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Your high five events for Friday 5 October

Oddness, compassion, classic retro clothing, ceramics, McLeavey’s photos, and all-out DJ/VJ action. TGIF! Capital E present Odd One Out at Waikanae’s Southward Theatre today and tomorrow from 10.00am. The 45-minute show by Jo Randerson and Thomas LaHood for 2 to 8 year olds features three curious characters living a busy life in a world where …

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Record year for New Zealand International Film Festival

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has achieved a record year of attendance around New Zealand, breaking the national attendance record set in 2004. There were 263,017 admissions to NZIFF in 2018 superseding the previous record of 262,260 admittances. The complete programme was made up of 181 feature films and short film collections from …

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Paranormal activity to return in 2019, alongside ponies, history and colonial combat

Acclaimed comedy-horror mockumentary series Wellington Paranormal will return to screens next year alongside a new series based on Stacy Gregg’s Pony Club books, and a range of indigenous and inclusive content. Wellington Paranormal, the What We Do In The Shadows spinoff produced by Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement and featuring early childhood teacher and breakout …

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Your high five events for Thursday 4 October

Making, Beyblading, two divas, three punk rockers ,and an open late. Want to be a Maker? Join the Junk and Disorderly Team from REACT at Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf from 9:30am to 3:30pm for Maker Mayhem, collaborating on creative projects, including a large-scale, quirky, mixed-media creature from Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Using recycled, upcycled, willow, and …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 3 October

Support bus drivers, experience musical mayhem, join the next generation business community, find out more about the flu epidemic in the Pacific 100 years ago, and get positive about mental health. The Greater Wellington Regional Council are holding an extraordinary meeting from 9.30am at their offices on Level 2, 15 Walter Street, Te Aro. On …

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Pregnant songwriter wins lullaby-for-PM competition

A competition to write a lullaby to be gifted to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been won by singer-songwriter Chanelle Davis who is expecting her first child in January.   The competition, run by Victoria University of Wellington’s New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī (NZSM), was open to all New Zealanders in celebration of Suffrage …

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Your extra (library) high five events (for kids) for Tuesday 2 October (and beyond)

There’s so much good free stuff happening during the holidays for children at the city’s libraries that we’ve done a separate post for them… The pre-school te reo Māori story time session Kōhunga Kōrero happens on the first Tuesday of each month from 10.30am at Omāroro (Newtown) Library, 13 Constable Street, Newtown. It doesn’t matter …

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Wellington gets the chance to dig dug-up warriors

Eight full-sized 2300-year-old Chinese terracotta warriors will come to Wellington in a major exhibition at Te Papa this summer. Standing archer (detail), Qin dynasty (221–206 BC), Pottery, height 184cm. Excavated from Pit 2, Qin Shihuang tomb complex, 1978. Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum, 002816. Photo: © Mr. Ziyu Qiu The exhibition, Terracotta Warriors: Guardians …

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Homegrown festival announces first lineup and pre-party show

After a record sell-out festival this year, Jim Beam Homegrown will return to Wellington’s waterfront on 23 March 2019, with the first details of the 42 acts playing the five stages revealed this morning. And for the first time, Homegrown will include a pre-party to start the festival on the Friday night, before Saturday’s main …

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Your high five events for Monday 1 October

Today is International Tenants Day, World Habitat Day, and the International Day of Older Persons. And the first week of school holidays. Kids love theatre that’s interactive. And that’s what The Improvisors will be doing at Improv for Kids 2018 this week – taking kids into the magic of their own imagination, with opportunities to …

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Chch sisters first two-time winners at WOW awards

Christchurch sisters Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry won the supreme award at the 2018 World of WearableArt Awards, announced in Wellington last night. Story from RNZ Christchurch sisters Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry won the World of WearableArt Awards in Wellington last night with their piece, War Story. Photo: Supplied / World of WearableArt. The pair’s garment, …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 29 and 30 September

There’s lots of free fun for children and families this weekend, to kick off a fortnight of school holidays. If you’ve traversed Taranaki Wharf this week, you’ll have noticed the imposing masts of the Rainbow Warrior, which arrived here on Monday as part of the Making Oil History tour to celebrate New Zealand’s recent ban …

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Two Wellington landmarks win design awards

The north Kumutoto public space on the waterfront and the He Tohu Document Centre in the National Library were recognised for their design and construction at the NZ Timber Design Awards this week. The Kumutoto project also won a gold pin at the NZ Best Design Awards. The He Tohu Document Centre within the National …

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Listen to Martyn Pepperell on the Sweetman Podcast

Martyn Pepperell is a Wellington-based DJ, broadcaster, publicist, promoter and writer. Most recently he’s been directly involved with the reissue of Our Garden Needs Its Flowers by Jess Sah Bi and Peter One on the Awesome Tapes From Africa label. Martyn Pepperell talked to Simon Sweetman, who has known him for over ten years, for …

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Former Kiwi/French couple to star in TV adaptation of Wgtn-published Booker blockbuster

New Zealand actor Marton Csokas will star alongside French star Eva Green in a six-part series based on Eleanor Catton’s Booker-prize winning VUP novel The Luminaries, as part of a comprehensive rebrand of BBC Two. Marton Csokas, one of only two people on the International Movie Data Base with that first name, and the only …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 26 September

The annual Spring Festival continues with the Graves of Note free guided walk at Karori Cemetery (meet at the Main Chapel on Rosehaugh Ave from 10:30am), then there are five great free events this evening – all, sadly, on at around the same time. How to choose? Mahuki, Te Papa’s innovation hub empowering communities to …

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Your high five events for Monday 24 September

A spring walk, spring book sales, sharp spring script readings, well-sprung design and architecture, and the problems of organ donation are on the events agenda today. You can bag beautiful bargains at SALE at Mine today at The Dowse Shop, Dowse Art Museum from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Their spring clean sale sees 25% off the …

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Hop into the history of The Wide Mouth Frogs

The latest addition to Audioculture, the “noisy library of New Zealand music” tells the story of the short but glorious career of Wellington’s all-female rock/pop band The Wide Mouth Frogs. This tour poster for the Wide Mouthed Frogs, designed by Peter Chester, was banned from appearing in the Hawkes Bay Herald-Tribune. By Mark Cubey It’s …

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New heritage plaques honour great local women

An iconic and much-loved Wellington broadcaster was remembered this week with the unveiling of a plaque in her honour. The plaque on the Dixon Street footpath outside the Hope Gibbons building remembers Maud Basham, affectionately known as Aunt Daisy, who broadcast from the building on the corner of Taranaki and Dixon streets for 2ZB for …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 22 and 23 September

It’s the start of Wellington’s Spring Festival (22 to 30 September), the end of Conservation Week, and Home & Garden weekend. Get out and about! On Saturday, the annual Otari-Wilton’s Bush Open Day and Plant Sale takes place at Otari-Wilton’s Bush, 160 Wilton Road, from 10:00 to 2:00pm. This is a great day for first-timers …

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Creative wealth on display at Visual Art Splash Gallery

Art work from school students throughout the Wellington region is on display for the last day today at the Renouf Foyer upstairs in the Michael Fowler Centre. Photos by Mark Cubey The free-entry Visual Art Splash Gallery is part of the young people’s arts festival Artsplash, which brings together primary and intermediate schools throughout Wellington …

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Witchdoctor explains the Victory of the Musical Magpie

Don’t worry, it’s the 21st Century, it’s okay to like pop music and weird shit too, writes GARY STEEL. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ I well remember the litmus test of rock credibility …

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Your high five events for Thursday 20 September

Walking, tai chi, ace ladies, French shorts and synaesthesia. It must be spring. Today’s Tinytown Buggy Walk (every third Thursday of the month), explores Oriental Bay Parade. Park your car or catch the bus to where Evans Bay Parade Road meets Oriental Parade at 9:45am, then stroll along the Parade, a flat and buggy friendly …

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Your high five (mainly Suffrage) events for Wednesday 19 September

On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, which means today marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Suffrage 125 events have been happening all this month and continue to the weekend. There are myriad gallery exhibitions, film screenings at Ngā Taonga, tours and exhibitions at Parliament, many of which …

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Art auction raises $40k in support of national music centre

Nearly $40,000 was raised at the art auction last Thursday night, hosted by Victoria University of Wellington last Thursday night, in partnership with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Wellington City Council. The auction at the Wellesley Boutique Hotel and supported by Dunbar Sloane Ltd, was held to raise funds for the National Music Centre …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 18 September

Try on costumes, zines, scrabble, whales, and the Pyrénées for size… After 25 years in business, The Costume Company at 214 Willis Street is having a closing down sale and everything must go. They are opening up their vault and welcoming everyone to rummage the racks and hopefully find some treasures. The sale started yesterday and …

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Your high five events for Monday 17 September

As advised on the App last week, the 2018 New Zealand Secondary School Swimming Championships finish today at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre and the 2018 Ford National Hockey League continues at the National Hockey Stadium, Mt Albert Road, Newtown, until Sunday. Plus it’s Conservation Week. But wait, there’s more… Wellington City Council is working …

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Au kaupapa e rima mo te Rāhoroi 15 a Rātapu 16 Mahuru

As Te Wiki o te Reo Māori comes to an end, there’s a lot going on involving nature and space and trombones. Saturday’s Young Feminist Hui at Te Papa is fully booked, though there are still a few tickets available for the All Blacks/Springbok test… Photo of Kereru by Janice McKenna Conservation Week starts on Saturday, …

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Art auction tonight to raise funds for national music centre [updated]

The NZSO and Victoria University are running an art auction tonight to raise funds for the national music centre based around Wellington Town Hall. Terry Stringer, Sea Sound, Like Violins (2018), bronze Thirty works from artists such as Dick Frizzell, Shane Cotton, Jenny Doležel, John Walsh, Gretchen Albrecht, Elizabeth Thompson and Ans Westra will be …

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Au kaupapa e rima mo te Rāapa 12 Mahuru

What’s up with Wednesday events? Type design, NZ’s first theatre, true stories told live, some extraordinary sheilas, and supervolcanoes. Join type designer Kris Sowersby and current designer-in-residence Johnson Witehira for a free lunchtime Open Studio and informal discussion at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 147 Cuba Street, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. As long-time collaborators, the pair will …

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Aladdin Sane eaten by bird-human in Ghuznee Street

A carefully crafted paper creation has been artfully pasted to the window of one of the doomed yellow-stickered Ghuznee Street buildings east of Cuba Street. As well as capturing the reflected triptych tribute to David Bowie’s classic 1973 album Aladdin Sane that celebrates the 30th anniversary of JAM hairdressing and its virtuoso owner Tony Barrett,  …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 8 and 9 September

Anyone for tennis, Te Kooti, a theatrical conversation, Black Panthers and Boomerang Bags? This weekend is Love Tennis Weekend, with 12 tennis clubs across central Wellington opening their doors on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00pm for a fun, free event for people of all ages. The event is for anyone, young or old, …

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Listen to Bill Manhire on the Sweetman Podcast

Bill Manhire is Wellington’s premier poet and founder of the International Institute of Modern Letters. On New Zealand Poetry Day, he talked to Simon Sweetman for Episode 130 of the Sweetman Podcast about teaching, growing up in the South Island, his time in England and 40 years in Wellington, his trip to Antarctica, long-running collaboration …

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Your high five events for Friday 7 September

It’s Onesie Day, with the Orange Day Parade, Suffrage in Stitches, the McQueen doco, and a whole lotta folk, metal and Ethiopiques. Today is Wellington Free Ambulance Onesie Day, the annual appeal for the only emergency ambulance service in the Greater Wellington and Wairarapa area. The appeal extends to Saturday with a long weekend featuring …

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Dragon to conduct NZSO for Harry Potter concert

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will perform music from the eight Harry Potter films in late September, under the baton of Australian conductor Christopher Dragon. Music from composers John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat will feature in the sixth NZSO concert programme this year to feature music from film, video games or …

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World class music course ready to roll at Massey

As part of Tertiary Open Day on Friday, the Commercial Music course at Massey University will showcase its brand new studio facilities packed with top-end gear in a music course that’s “shamelessly vocational”. By Mark Cubey.Photos supplied, unless noted. It’s hard to ignore the Neve. No, not the Prime Minister’s baby, though Jacinda and Clarke …

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Baritone judged “clear winner” in Wellington Aria

Will King won first prize at the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Wellington Aria on Sunday night, with a baritone performance that blew away the audience, according to adjudicator Richard Greager. Wellington Aria judge Richard Greager with Will King (left) and Sophe Sparrow King, currently in his fourth year of Classical Voice at the New Zealand School …

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Your high five events for Thursday 30 August 2018

The cool kids will be at the sold-out Courtney Barnett gig at the Opera House tonight, while western suburbs residents concerned about public transport will be at the meeting to discuss problems with the new transport system (Karori West School, from 7.30pm). There’s plenty more to do. Sustainability Trust present a green cleaning workshop Make …

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Local writers featured in latest issue of erotic journal

Six Wellington writers are featured in the latest issue of Aotearotica, the sex-positive, inclusive erotica magazine filled with modern writing, art and illustration. The fifth issue of the Dunedin-based magazine features short writing by Wellington writers George Banach-Salas, George Fowler, Zoe Higgins, Will Whiten and Essa May Ranapiri, and a longer piece by Monica Macansantos …

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Theatre poster contest dominated by Wellington productions

Half of the finalists in a poster competition being run as part of NZ Theatre Month in September are for Wellington productions. NZ Theatre Month is a national promotion encouraging the presentation of theatre nationwide, and to raise public awareness of and appreciation for local theatre production. The NZ Theatre Month Poster Competition, sponsored by …

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Your high five events for Thursday 23 August

Blackouts, living off the grid, wings and beer, feminisms, and many bands you’ve never heard of… these should all be part of “Thor’s day”. The Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association invite you to Best Black Out from 9:00am through 5:00pm today: blacking out the university to show your support for the Thursdays in Black …

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Globe-trotter to play Hamlet for Wellington Summer Shakespeare

Wellington actor Stevie Hancox-Monk will play the lead role in Wellington Summer Shakespeare’s gender-bending 2019 production of Hamlet, directed by renowned theatrical practitioner David O’Donnell, Associate Professor in Theatre at Victoria University of Wellington. The production, which will be staged from Friday 15 February to Saturday 2 March, will be the first time that Summer …

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NZIFF 2018 breaks Wellington attendance records

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has broken records with 84,218 attendances, the biggest ever total for Wellington. NZIFF has exceeded the previous record set in 2017 by more than 5,000 admissions. Embassy Theatre is the home of NZIFF in Wellington. Photo by Victoria Vincent Wellington audiences attended 605 screenings across six venues over …

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Listen to Ray Ahipene-Mercer on the Sweetman Podcast

Ray Ahipene-Mercer is a musician, luthier, conservationist and former Wellington City Councillor. He talked to Simon Sweetman about music, politics, his recent appointment as chair of Orchestra Wellington, and living in Breaker Bay, for Episode 127 of the Sweetman Podcast. As well as maintaining a long-running blog and writing the book On Song, Wellington writer …

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Joint plan for Movie Museum and Convention Centre abandoned

Plans for a proposed Movie Museum as part of a Convention Centre complex in Cable Street have been abandoned. Artist impression of the proposed Convention Centre and Movie Museum The Wellington City Council and The Movie Museum Limited announced yesterday that a joint project for a Council Convention Centre and TMML Movie Museum that had …

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Town Hall deal inked between WCC, NZSO and VUW School of Music

Wellington’s Town Hall moved closer to becoming a centre for civic and cultural events in the city after the signing of a binding Collaboration and Redevelopment Agreement between the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Victoria University’s New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkῑ, and the Wellington City Council. The organisations formally agreed yesterday to redevelop the …

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Film Festival breaks attendance record – again

Admissions to the New Zealand International Film Festival in Wellington this year are up 5000 on 2017 – and that’s before extra post-Festival screenings scheduled for this week. At last night’s Closing Night screening of Polish film Cold War (pictured above), Festival director Bill Gosden announced that admissions this year totalled over 83,000, compared to …

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Candle Wasters wax lyrical with new web series – plus comic

Four young Wellington women (and a “token dude”), who make funny, feminist web series that have so far amassed over five million views worldwide, released their new series this week. Illustration by Sally Bollinger The Candle Wasters are breaking new ground in digital media with Tragicomic, a ten-part webseries and twenty-part webcomic created to be …

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Wellington filmmakers win short film awards

A former Wellingtonian, and a local making his directing debut both won awards at the seventh annual New Zealand’s Best 2018 short film competition during the New Zealand International Film Festival. Chelsie Preston Crayford and her daughter Olive in Falling Up Director Chelsie Preston Crayford, now based in Auckland, received the Madman Entertainment Jury Prize for the …

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Extra sessions and extra days for NZIFF

The New Zealand International Film Festival has added additional screenings and additional days for its Wellington season. Tickets for all session are available online or at the NZIFF box office. The documentary  Three Identical Strangers has been very popular with Wellington audiences. Additional screenings of some popular titles in Wellington have been added as follows, all at …

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When Satan rocked the high school social

“Come, come, come to the Sabbat, come to the Sabbat: Satan’s there!” chanted the wildly dancing students. Psychedelic lights swirled and intoxicating rhythms poured from Marshall amps as Timberjack, dubbed “the nation’s most evil band”, brought their black magic rock to the Wellington High School social in 1971. By Mark Cubey It was my first year …

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Phoenix Foundation celebrate 20 years tonight with NZSO gig and collected works

The Phoenix Foundation and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra join forces tonight under the baton of NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich, marking 20 years since the popular band was founded in Wellington. The NZSO and The Phoenix Foundation – Celebrate! concert at the Michael Fowler Centre from 7:30pm will also take place over the following days …

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Diversity, partnership and innovation celebrated at Arts Access Awards

A prominent broadcaster, a solo theatre maker, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and a partnership that ran a creative writing workshop for writers, the public and prisoners were all winners for Wellington at the national Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards last night. The annual Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards, presented in Parliament by …

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Woman to play Hamlet as Wellington Summer Shakespeare returns to Dell

This week, the director of Auckland’s Shakespeare sensation the Pop-Up Globe faced fire for the tone-deaf decision to cast an all-male production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, and using #metoo branding. In Wellington, the 36th Summer Shakespeare will take a different stance by staging a contemporary production of Hamlet, exploring the universality and relevance of …

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Your high five for Friday 20 July

Rugby, glow worms, symphonic winds, waste dating and comedy are events on offer for your Friday night in Wellington. It’s Super Rugby play-off time as the Hurricanes host the Chiefs in the first of the weekend’s quarter finals, at Investec Westpac Stadium, 105 Waterloo Quay. Hurricanes captain Brad Shields has declared himself fit after his …

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Your high 5 for Thursday 19 July

Five music-related events happening in Wellington this evening. The exhibition celebrating the music, activism, politics, humour, and self-created careers of the Topp Twins is showing at the National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, until September. This evening from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, artist Sian Torrington who curated the exhibition will speak on the particular perspective …

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Donation of Flying Nun tapes marks centenary for Turnbull

Original recordings of iconic New Zealand rock music, some in need of urgent preservation, have found a safe home at the Turnbull Library. Flying Nun records master tapes pictured in collection storage at The Alexander Turnbull Library Hundreds of master tapes from music recordings made between 1981 to the mid-2000s for Flying Nun Records have …

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Radical propositions, Bic Runga and Parekōwhai piano go late this Thursday

Taonga puoro, the Parekōwhai piano, Bic Runga and five speakers offering radical propositions for our future combine with food, drink and art this Thursday at City Gallery. Michael Parekōwhai He Kōrero Pūrākau mō te Awanui o te Motu: Story of a New Zealand River 2011 It’s the first week of July, which means that Thursday night is …

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Museums collaborate with Camellia umbrellas for Suffrage 125

Kate Sheppard’s silhouette already appears on pedestrian “cross now” signs at eight Wellington intersections. Now the leading light of the women’s suffrage movement in the 1890s has inspired a range of bespoke products developed by Wellington and Auckland museums. Wellington Museum and Auckland Museum have collaborated with top NZ umbrella company Blunt to produce 1000 …

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13 a lucky number for Wellington communities

The community work of 13 locals has proved lucky for many Wellingtonians who’ve benefited from their labours. Contributions to the city’s ethnic, marginalised, arts, sports, conservation and education communities were recognised last night when Mayor Justin Lester presented Absolutely Positive Wellingtonian award certificates to 13 recipients at an event at City Gallery Wellington. “These awards …

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Silver fern sphere hangs again over Te Ngākau

The re-creation of the popular hanging sculpture Ferns has just been installed in Te Ngākau (Civic Square). Wellington City Council workers were on the job from 5.00am this morning preparing for the installation of the stainless steel sphere, a replacement for the original Ferns by Christchurch-based artist Neil Dawson. The original 200kg sculpture was installed …

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Lōemis solstice festival concludes with fiery climax

Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking of events company Pirate & Queen are producers of unique niche happenings that have been involved and rewarded Wellington participants and audiences for five years. Their current solstice event, Lōemis, comes midway through their busiest year ever – including a new addition to the family. MARK CUBEY Claire Mabey and Andrew …

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