Entertainment

The Ōtaki Kite Festival 2019, 16 – 17 February at Ōtaki Beach

Festival organisers are counting down the last few weeks to the seventh international Ōtaki Kite Festival at Ōtaki Beach. Begun in 2013 the festival was the inspiration of Yvonne de Mille, an Ōtaki artist and kite expert. With financial support from the Kapiti Coast District Council’s Major Event fund it has grown into a popular …

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First Responders Festival this weekend

The First Responders Festival with live music, outdoor cinema, BBQ and family fun day has been created to celebrate and support our city’s amazing free ambulance service. And what better way to celebrate than with a landmark collab beer!  Two of Wellington’s favourite breweries, Tuatara and Black Dog have created a brew together – The …

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Wellington showcasing Pacific arts this weekend

New Zealand’s capital will host its 15th Pacific arts festival this weekend. Photo: Wellington City Council The Wellington Pasifika Festival coincides with the city’s anniversary weekend and showcases the region’s diverse Pacific communities, cultures and cuisines. Wellington City Council’s events producer Suzanne Tamaki said since its beginning in 2005, the festival has grown and morphed …

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Pride of Wellington – Djembe, Djane, and Zahra

As part of The Wellington App’s Summer Edition, we are working with Wellington Zoo to showcase some of the amazing animals you and your family can visit while the weather is good! Every Wednesday and Friday during January we will feature a new creature with some general information about the species, but also a bit …

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Wellington building shutdown: Cinemas at risk in earthquake

Engineers who have assessed the Reading Cinemas building in Wellington say it is the cinemas themselves that are a risk in the event of a major earthquake. Photo: Google Maps The cinema complex on Courtenay Place was closed on Saturday because of the earthquake risk. Reading Cinemas’ engineers met with Wellington City Council officials yesterday, and detailed what was …

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Gardens Magic begins tonight at Botanical Gardens

Wellington’s iconic concert series returns to fill your summer nights with the sounds of Aotearoa’s best and brightest! Come early to grab a good picnic spot, and as the sun goes down see the gardens transform with a magical light display by MJF Lighting. It’s a very special Gardens Magic season with Summer City turning …

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Long read: A shrinking culture capital

With the closure of Event Cinema on Courtney Place, Wellington has lost another 2000 seats for culture focused events. Lindsay Shelton of Wellington.scoop examines the contradiction between WREDA’s “culture capital” branding and the alarming loss of culture-focussed venues in the city. Wellington may claim to be the culture capital – as WREDA has branded us – but …

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Longform read – The Basin: a better venue than a new arena

In November the region’s mayors gave in-principle support for a new $200million 12,000 seat indoor arena to be built on Kings Wharf. Glen Smith argues for a better, less costly alternative. In November the region’s mayors gave in-principle support for a new $200million 12,000 seat indoor arena to be built on Kings Wharf, the justification …

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Wellington City Council’s 40th Summer City starts on Monday

The Wellington City Council’s Summer City programme kicks-off its 40th year on New Year’s Eve, with more than 90 events over the next three months – and something for everyone.   For 40 years, Summer City has been entertaining locals and visitors with a huge variety of events and activities, and its history is equally …

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Bowlzilla offers international opportunities for skateboarders

New Zealand skaters will be launched on to the world stage via Bowlzilla Wellington 2019 on March 9 at Waitangi Park. Big returns are coming for the skaters of New Zealand with the maturation of their skateboarding Capital Assets.   Photo: RNZ / Nicolas Bennett The road to the Olympic Games for skateboarding begins this …

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Pouwhenua display opens tonight to highlight Te Matatini

A new generation of urban Māori are on display in the heart of Wellington as the city prepares to host the biggest kapa haka festival in the country. Photo: RNZ / Te Aniwa Hurihanganui The three metre-high pouwhenua mark the arrival of the upcoming Te Matatini competition which expects to bring more than 60,000 visitors …

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$154m convention center approved for Wellington

Wellington City Councillors have voted to proceed with a Five Greenstar Convention and Exhibition Centre (CEC) which will give a major boost to the local economy, create hundreds of jobs and provide stimulus for further regeneration in that part of the city.   Image: Wellington.scoop  The Council’s City Strategy Committee passed the recommendation unanimously yesterday. …

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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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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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New venues but no General admission for Film Festival

Four cinemas in Reading Courtenay Central will present over 250 screenings during the 46th Wellington Film Festival, alongside many more screenings at the Embassy and other established Festival venues. But the Paramount and Soundings are not included as venues for this year’s programme, and there won’t be a screening of the restoration of Buster Keaton’s …

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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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