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Braden Currie and Hannah Wells triumph at Challenge Wanaka

Saturday, 16 February 2019, 4:53 pm | Challenge Wanaka

Press Release - 16 Feb 2019 – New Zealand’s top triathlete Braden Currie crushed his international competition in the run today to win the Challenge Wanaka centrepiece event the Half distance race in four hours flat. The Wanaka local came out of the ... More >>

What's On at City Gallery Wellington This Week (18-24 Feb)

Saturday, 16 February 2019, 4:40 pm | City Gallery Wellington

This week we host British artist Tania Kovats for a talk about her sculpture, drawing, writing, and large-scale public work. We also look forward to a screening of Sonics from Scratch —a documentary portrait of Phil Dadson. Events – Free Entry ... More >>

New WRT Season Includes 'Royal Hunt of The Sun'

Saturday, 16 February 2019, 3:19 pm | Wellington Repertory Theatre

Wellington Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce an exciting line-up of four plays covering a wide range of genres - including comedy, drama, and musicals - that promise to entertain, enlighten, and amuse. Our 2019 season will feature Service Please! ... More >>

Elton John Adds New Auckland Date

Friday, 15 February 2019, 7:06 pm | Chugg Entertainment

Due to Unprecedented Demand! Elton John Adds New Auckland Date to Farewell Yellow Brick Road New Zealand Tour - MUSIC ICON TO PLAY 5 NEW ZEALAND DATES IN 2020 - More >>

NZSO Plays Bach and Ellington

Friday, 15 February 2019, 5:32 pm | Joseph Cederwall

The NZSO’s Shed Series returned for 2019 with the aptly titled REBIRTH at Shed 6 on Friday 8th. This theme dealt with the way in which music constantly evolves and changes, with styles and musical periods reborn in completely new and different ... More >>

Hey māmā, come play with me Turumeke Harrington

Friday, 15 February 2019, 3:47 pm | The Physics Room

In Hey māmā, come play with me Turumeke Harrington has made an installation-come-playground in order to engage audiences in small moments of respite from daily life. In creating the exhibition, Harrington is also working towards understanding and validating her ... More >>


Friday, 15 February 2019, 3:26 pm | A Mulled Whine

collection of Aotearoa’s most breathtaking theatremakers have created an opulent portrayal of the brutal and benign. More >>

We’re Not Too Big to Care!

Friday, 15 February 2019, 2:21 pm | Gus Fisher Gallery

From Radio 1YA to the home of the Goodnight Kiwi, the Gus Fisher Gallery is a Grade I listed building in the heart of Auckland Central. Never been there? Well, it looks a bit like a castle and it is up a steep hill on Shortland Street. You may have seen ... More >>

Friendship Fund boosts Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship

Friday, 15 February 2019, 12:44 pm | Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship

As the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship looks to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020, the Arts Foundation is delighted to acknowledge the generous “legacy” investment of $300,000 in the Fellowship by the New Zealand France Friendship Fund. ... More >>

Presenting the Quantum Shorts film festival finalists

Friday, 15 February 2019, 12:30 pm | Otago Museum

“Weirdly compelling,” was one judge’s comment. “A very adventurous concept,” said another. “Creative and funny,” came a third verdict. More >>

NZ Belly Dancers win international casting contest

Friday, 15 February 2019, 12:10 pm | Phoenix Belly Dance

3 NZ Belly Dancers win international casting contest for American theatre show Kiwi dancers, Candice Frankland, Vanessa Castro, and Eloise Le Bout of Phoenix Belly Dance, Auckland have been chosen to perform in a world-class theatrical show coming to Sydney ... More >>

Mary and John – the most popular names of all time

Friday, 15 February 2019, 11:06 am | Department Of Internal Affairs

The top baby names of 2018 have been published on SmartStart, but where do Charlotte and Oliver rank on the list of most popular names “of all time”? More >>

Coastella Community Schools Music Initiative 2019

Friday, 15 February 2019, 10:44 am | Coastella

Giving back to the Kapiti Coast and having strong community engagement has always been a huge focus of The Coastella Music Festival, and things are no different in 2019 More >>

Stapleton appointed to NZRL Board

Friday, 15 February 2019, 10:38 am | New Zealand Rugby League

New Zealand Rugby League is pleased to announce the appointment of new Board Member, Grant Stapleton. He fills the Independent Board Director position left vacant by Motu Tony, who joined the NZRL senior leadership team as General Manager of High ... More >>

Voulez-Vous Couchez Avec Moi? - C'est Chic, Ça 'Colette'!

Friday, 15 February 2019, 9:34 am | Howard Davis

Starring the ravishingly vibrant Keira Knightley in the title role, Colette is a fairly pedestrian paint-by numbers biopic - which is a little disappointing, given that its cross-dressing and pansexual protagonist lead anything but a dull life. ... More >>

Te Matatini Championships to showcase NZ to the world

Friday, 15 February 2019, 9:25 am | Maori Television

Māori Television is set to exclusively provide all the action, live from the national kapa haka championships, Te Matatini Ki Te Ao 2019. More >>

Get Outdoors Week is opportunity to fund local tracks

Friday, 15 February 2019, 9:23 am | Walking Access Commission

Get Outdoors Week (15-22 February 2019) is a fantastic opportunity for local communities to improve tracks trails and public access in their area. Walking Access Commission Chief Executive Ric Cullinane says the Commission wants to support these community ... More >>

Phoenix Win Will Deliver Record Giveaway

Friday, 15 February 2019, 9:17 am | Hell Pizza

Wellington, Friday 15 February 2019 - The crowd at the Phoenix game in Auckland tonight is predicted to surpass records set in 2011 - and if the team keeps up its winning streak at Eden Park, more than 20,000 people expected at the game will be celebrating ... More >>

Six designs submitted for National Erebus Memorial

Friday, 15 February 2019, 9:07 am | Ministry For Culture And Heritage

Concept designs for a new National Erebus Memorial have now been submitted to Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, says Ministry for Culture and Heritage chief executive Bernadette Cavanagh. More >>

Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 8:52 pm | Auckland Art Gallery

Major new exhibition and publication celebrate the life and work of 20th-century trailblazer Frances Hodgkins Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys opens at Auckland Art Gallery, marking the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth. More >>

Farewell Yellow Brick Road 2nd Concert - Elton John joins

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 5:14 pm | Mission Estate Winery

Due to the phenomenal demand from our Mission Concert Club members, and the thousands of people on the "Mission Concert Wait List", Sir Elton John has agreed to perform a 2nd Mission Concert on Waitangi Day - Thursday 6th Feb 2020. This is ... More >>

NZ Theatre Month: September 2019

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 4:52 pm | Elephant Publicity

Playmarket and the NZ Theatre Month Trust is delighted to announce the return of NZ Theatre Month this September and is calling on all theatres nationwide to get involved with this, the second annual programme. In 2018 the inaugural NZ Theatre ... More >>

Listen to Flight of the Conchords “Carol Brown" from London

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 4:44 pm | The Label


A rifle with history

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 4:07 pm | Otago Museum

Otago Museum Conservation staff are today dismantling the only Collier 2nd model flintlock revolving rifle held in public collections around the world. More >>

Aussie Kart Champs again draws Kiwis across the Tasman

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 3:07 pm | KartSport

This year’s SP Tools Australian Kart Championship presented by Castrol Edge (AKC) has again attracted a number of top Kiwi karters, with four set to contest the opening round at Ipswich in Queensland this weekend. Of the four, two – Rianna O’Meara-Hunt ... More >>

Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival - 14 - 16 February 2019

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 2:36 pm | Challenge Wanaka

Top International Professionals enter Challenge Wanaka Challenge Wanaka continues to attract triathlon’s big names to the shores of Lake Wanaka in 2019, with some of the world’s best confirming their participation. American triathlon powerhouse, ... More >>

Airport welcome for international cricket teams

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 2:35 pm | Dunedin City Council

The Bangladesh team arrives at 12.40pm on Sunday and the New Zealand team at 12.40pm on Monday at the Dunedin International Airport. More >>

Ultra Running Legend Aims for 10,000 Feet of Climbing

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 2:31 pm | Macpac Motatapu

• Free to use editorial images attached, showing Mal Law in his happy place. One image shows Mal alongside wife Sally, with the view down into Fern Burn on the Motatapu Track • Mal Law is available for further interviews, contact Mal on 027 271 5733 More >>

Pop-Up Globe Celebrates 1000th Performance

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 2:18 pm | Pop-Up Globe

The homegrown international smash-hit theatre Pop-up Globe celebrates its 1000th performance this weekend with world premieres of Hamlet and Measure for Measure . More >>

Health Minister to launch community exhibition, poetry book

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 1:40 pm | Artsenta

Health Minister and local MP David Clark will formally open Artsenta’s annual exhibition which runs from 16-27 February 2019. More >>

Auckland Aces won't change winning formula for Elimination

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 12:06 pm | Auckland Cricket

The Auckland Aces are looking for a repeat performance of last Saturday’s victory when they take on the Central Stags in the Burger King Super Smash Elimination Final tomorrow. More >>

BIG COUNTRY Announce 2019 Australian and NZ Tour

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 10:40 am | Metropolis Touring

Legendary Scottish indie rockers Big Country return down under to Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of their classic album Steeltown . As an added Bonus they will play an Encore of Greatest Hits ( In A Big Country, Fields of Fire, Chance, Look Away, ... More >>

LUCY DACUS announces Auckland, Tuning Fork show

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 10:29 am | The Label

A glance at her worldwide touring schedule in 2019 shows little sign that Lucy Dacus is slowing down, Make sure you see her live in her one New Zealand performance this April: More >>

Longest running adventure race to test athletes

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 10:27 am | ARC Adventure Race

Women outnumber men for the first time in the longest running adventure race in New Zealand – the ARC - being hosted on the Coromandel Peninsula this weekend (Saturday 16 February). More >>

International stars to play cricket in Queenstown

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 10:00 am | New Zealand Open

The inaugural MCG Invitational, featuring heavy hitters from the worlds of golf and cricket promises to draw crowds to a new free community event during the New Zealand Open. The match will be a ‘first’ for the prestigious New Zealand Open, pitching ... More >>

Mike King named 2019 New Zealander of the Year

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 9:35 am | New Zealander Of The Year Awards

Mental health advocate Mike King has been named Kiwibank 2019 New Zealander of the Year. More >>


Thursday, 14 February 2019, 9:17 am | Bored Sound

Following a successful co-headlining Australian Tour in 2018, both bands split paths to cover the globe individually with Holy Serpent continuing to support/tour with some of the the biggest names in the genre and continue to refine their approach ... More >>

Canadian Comic, Amy Cunningham, Offers Simple Fix

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 9:13 pm | Amy Cunningham

Canadian Comic, Amy Cunningham, Offers Simple Fix for the Discomfort of Living in a Body More >>

ASB Lantern Garden returns for Lunar New Year

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 4:15 pm | ASB Bank

Auckland Domain will be lit up with more than 800 handmade lanterns tomorrow as the 20th annual Auckland Lantern Festival kicks off to celebrate the Lunar New Year. ASB’s popular Lantern Garden is returning and will be open to the public across ... More >>

Friendship experiment with theatre company from the streets

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 2:16 pm | Hobson Street Theatre Company

The award winning Hobson St. Theatre Company in association with the Auckland City Mission is back for another Fringe season at the iconic BATS. More >>

Meander On: Local dance show to start Fringe on a high note

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 2:09 pm | Opium Entertainment

Opium Entertainment will kick off NZ Fridge 2019 with a bang when it presents an all-Wellington, all-female cast in Meander On – a modern dance theatre show that celebrates the power of being unashamedly her. More >>

NZ Archer makes history at prestigious Vegas Shoot

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 1:56 pm | Archery NZ

NZ history was made in Vegas on Sunday 10th February with New Zealand Archer Riku an Tonder being the first New Zealander to make the prestigious Vegas 900 Club and qualify for the final pro shoot offs. This was Riku’s second visit to the largest ... More >>

IRB Championships this weekend

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 11:02 am | Surf Life Saving New Zealand

Engines will roar, and inflatable rescue boat (IRB) drivers will push themselves to the limits, to find the IRB North Island Champions, at Waihi Beach this Saturday and Sunday. More >>

Expanded ProKart series to celebrate 20th in style

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 9:52 am | KartSport New Zealand

An expanded ProKart Series, with three 125cc Rotax classes joining the three existing 6-speed-gearbox/125cc KZ2-based categories, kicks off at the KartSport Manawatu club’s Manawatu Toyota Raceway at Palmerston North this weekend with a star-studded lineup ... More >>

New Zealand Drifting Championship Roars Into Wellington

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 9:26 am | Cody's D1NZ National Drifting Championship

Round two of the 2019 D1NZ Drifting Championship slides into Wellington’s Max Motors Family Speedway this Friday and Saturday, where more than sixty of New Zealand’s top teams will compete for national titles. More >>

Pikihuia Awards 2019 Search for Māori Writers

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 9:20 am | Maori Literature Trust

The search is on - the Māori Literature Trust invites Māori writers to submit their short stories for the 2019 Pikihuia Awards. There are six new categories in this year’s awards. Robyn Bargh, Chair of the Māori Literature Trust says, 'We ... More >>

Crafar to host Rider Clinic and Track Day

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 9:15 am | Bikesport NZ

If you want to be the best, it pays to be coached by the best and that's just what is being offered in the lead-up to the Mike Pero MotoFest at Hampton Downs in just two weeks' time. The Pirelli Legends Rider Clinic and track day, set for Thursday, ... More >>

Wellington Raw Comedy Quest 2019

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 9:11 am | Raw Comedy Quest

The capital's premier comedy competition. Witness the rising stars in stand-up comedy before they hit the big time. More >>

Farewell Yellow Brick Road 2020 Mission Concert Sold Out

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 5:22 pm | Mission Estate Winery

Over our 28-year history, the Mission Estate Winery has hosted some of the biggest acts in the world and this morning’s concert pre-sale to Mission Concert Club members far exceeded any demand ever seen. With a capacity of 25,000 tickets we had 55,000 ... More >>

Takapuna Beach Cup 15-02-2019

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 4:50 pm | Takapuna Beach Cup

This weekend - Takapuna Beach will come alive with Waka Ama (Outrigger Canoe) Teams from all over New Zealand and the world gathering at the beach. More >>

Alps 2 Ocean Ultra attracts competitors from 14 nations

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 4:20 pm | Alps 2 Ocean Ultra

Overseas competitors make up the majority of athletes for the second running of New Zealand's first ultra-staged race that has attracted competitors from 15 countries. More >>

Harwood is Double Trouble for Title Hopefuls

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 3:51 pm | Bikesport NZ

FEBRUARY 12, 2019: West Auckland's Hamish Harwood is fighting a war on two fronts again this season and, so far at least, he's winning them both. The former Takaka man, who now lives in Royal Heights, Auckland, dominated both the MX2 (250cc) and ... More >>

Advice and more available for ‘Get Outdoors Week’

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 2:59 pm | NZ Mountain Safety Council

‘ Get Outdoors Week ’ (GO Week) will run from Friday the 15th of February to the 22nd and is aimed at families and those new to the outdoors. The week is focused on ‘self-powered’ trips on both water and the land and has been jointly developed ... More >>

New Zealand Umpires Earn Netball World Cup Call-up

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 2:08 pm | Netball NZ

Four New Zealand umpires have been named to control games at this year’s Netball World Cup in England. More >>

Auction result thrills Mahara Gallery

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 1:43 pm | Mahara Gallery

Mahara Gallery’s collectables seeking new homes auction, held at the Gallery on Saturday 9 February, raised more than $33,000 towards the Gallery Redevelopment Project. More >>

2019 Takapuna Food, Wine & Music Festival - Saturday Feb 16

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 1:29 pm | Highlife Entertainment

The 2019 Takapuna Food, Wine & Music Festival is happening this Saturday at Smales Farm from 11.30am until 8.30pm and the weather forecast is looking amazing! More >>

LPL year-long weekly esports broadcasting with Sky Sport

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 1:28 pm |

Beginning this week LPL will be broadcasting live on SKY Sport every Thursday evening from 8pm and continuing throughout the year. More >>

Sun Kil Moon to play Auckland and Wellington this May

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 11:05 am | The Label

Sun Kil Moon announces his return to NZ as part of a special tour in May. He will visit Auckland and Wellington to deliver over two hours of unparalleled, unforgettable live music! Sun Kil Moon last played the Tuning Fork in May 2017 to a full house. ... More >>

Air Force Band presents Winds over Welington

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 11:01 am | New Zealand Defence Force

Some of the most substantial works written for symphonic bands will be presented by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Band in its latest concert, Winds Over Wellington. The concert will be in Lower Hutt Town Hall on Thursday, 14 March. RNZAF ... More >>

Athletics NZ is taking the meet to the street

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 10:45 am | Athletics New Zealand

Athletics New Zealand is flipping the script on traditional athletics meets on Wednesday 6th March, with Olympic and Commonwealth medallists Tom Walsh and Eliza McCartney, along with a host of top New Zealand and International shot put and pole vault athletes, ... More >>



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