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Sample New Zealand’s finest cheese at MiNDFOOD CheeseFest

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:40 am | NZ Specialist Cheesemakers Assn

The ultimate experience for cheeselovers is back with New Zealand’s supreme cheese event offering the chance to sample award-winning cheeses, and mingle with the experts who produce them. More >>

Getting to and from the Nines is easy with public transport

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:36 am | Auckland Transport

The Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines are back this weekend for a second sold-out year. It’s become one of the biggest events on Auckland’s sporting calendar. The Nines are at Eden Park this Saturday and Sunday, 31 January and 1 February. More >>

Shaanxi Little Plum Blossom Qinqiang Opera Arts Group

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:25 am | Asian Events Trust

Xian’s most famous Qinqiang performing artists will headline the Wellington Chinese New Year Festival to be held the weekend of 14 and 15 February. More >>

World Photography Awards - new mobile phone award for 2015

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 10:59 am | Sony World Photography Awards

27 January: The World Photography Organisation today launches a new award dedicated to mobile photography at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. More >>

Staying Alive Open Day 2015

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 10:52 am | New Zealand Fire Service

Save the date for the most action packed day of the year! Auckland’s favourite Volunteer and Emergency Services open day Staying Alive is returning for a second year at The Cloud, Queens Wharf in Auckland on Saturday 14 February, 10am-4pm. More >>

Te Papa marks 175th anniversary of signing of Treaty

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 10:43 am | Te Papa

Te Papa’s programme to mark the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi starts tomorrow evening with our annual treaty debate. More >>

Mainland Tactix Lose Talented Mid-courter To Knee Injury

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 10:04 am | Netball New Zealand

The Mainland Tactix have been dealt a blow before the 2015 season with squad member Nicola Mackle potentially ruled out for the entire ANZ Championship season with a major knee injury. Mackle, who debuted for the Tactix last year, has torn the meniscus ... More >>

Whale Years by Gregory O’Brien

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 5:29 pm | Lighthouse PR

Two poets on a headland, mid-survey might pause suddenly and say will this be your whale, or mine? More >>

‘Welly through My Eyes’ a Solo Exhibition by Maria Bozina

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 5:28 pm | Maria Bozina

Wellington artist Maria Bozina’s first solo exhibition opens in the newly refurbished Thistle Hall Gallery, corner of Arthur and Cuba Streets on Tuesday, 27th January and runs through until Sunday, 1st February. More >>

All-Star cast confirmed for Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 5:22 pm | NRL Auckland Nines

All-Star cast confirmed for the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines Jan 31 – Feb 1 – Eden Park Tickets at More >>

Site back up - enter now

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 5:05 pm | Kapiti Sportsperson of the Year

27 January 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Due to a virus and repeat attacks, the PAK’n Save Kapiti Sportsperson of the Year Awards website has only been sporadically available throughout January. The site is now back up and organisers ... More >>

Kiwis start strongly at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 4:40 pm | Yachting New Zealand

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami is underway and New Zealand holds the early lead in the Women’s 470, 49erFX and the Nacra 17, as well as 2nd place in the Laser class. More >>

Whibley Gets Straight Back to Business

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 4:39 pm | Bikesport NZ

JANUARY 27, 2015: Pahiatua's Paul Whibley officially retired from fulltime international competition at the end of last year, but that doesn't mean it's time for total rest and relaxation, not for a few more years anyway. More >>

Sharon Van Etten tour Update, Robert Scott as guest

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 4:38 pm | Solid Entertainment

With SHARON VAN ETTEN’s album Are We There and single Your Love is Killing Me featuring in many prestigious end of year lists Van Etten is one of THE artists of 2014 and one of THE artists to see live in 2015 . More >>

Auckland Stopover - One Month To Go

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 4:09 pm | Volvo Ocean Race

ONE MONTH TO GO In exactly one month from today, the Race Village for the 2015 Auckland Stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race will open to the public. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the Viaduct Harbour during the Stopover to see ... More >>

Niki Hill & Anya Whitlock

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 4:04 pm | Pierre Peeters Gallery

Pierre Peeters Gallery @ the VERO Centre is pleased to present two exhibitions of new works... More >>

Hutt City gears up for big weekend of events

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 3:54 pm | Hutt City Council

Take a break at home this weekend with Hutt City’s huge line-up of events covering culture, food, music and summer sports. More >>

13: The Soap - Thirteen hours of theatre

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 3:02 pm | Kickin Rad Productions

1995. A world before texting with no less subtext; with no Facebook but no less unfriending. Back when grunge was cool, pop was bubblegum, and Toy Story 1 was released). Where fashion was tartan, and midriff’d, and fluro. And sometimes double denim. Back ... More >>

Givealittle reaches $20 million milestone

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 2:46 pm | Spark Foundation

Users of have pushed the crowdfunding platform past another growth milestone, with the all-time total now surpassing $20 million. More >>

Passenger brings his Whispers tour to New Zealand this week!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 2:43 pm | Mystery Girl Publicity

NEW ZEALAND - it feels like a really long time since i've been here and I can't tell you how lovely it is to be back !!! I honestly can't wait to see you all again… tickets from the usual place if you fancy getting down to show More >>

Definitely Not Witches Definitely Aren’t

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 2:35 pm | Definitely Not Witches

Following a wave of bizarre weather events, mysterious happenings and spontaneous frog transformations of local politicians, the women who claim to be Definitely Not Witches held a press conference to address accusations of harnessing the powers of ... More >>

Pride Goes Live!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 2:30 pm | Auckland Pride Festival

With programmes on the street and the website now live Auckland Pride Festival is delighted to announce its full 2015 programme offering up an exceptional and diverse programme of dance, theatre, visual arts, music, community events and the most fabulous ... More >>

Under the Same Moon

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 2:27 pm | Renee Liang

Under The Same Moon is a heartfelt comedy about daughters and their wayward mothers, premiering at NZ Fringe 2015 and also as part of Chinese New Year Festival celebrations . Penned by award-winning writer Renee Liang ( Lantern, The First Asian AB, The Bone ... More >>

Chinese Fable Thrown Bottom First into the Present

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 2:26 pm | Petit Theatre

A unique theatre show aimed at audiences ages seven and up, Chinese fable The Two Farting Sisters premieres at the Wellington Fringe this February 17 - 21 before heading to Auckland’s Lantern Festival and the Auckland Fringe February 24 to March 7. More >>

Special Olympics NZ athletes gear up for sports camps

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 1:24 pm | Special Olympics NZ

The Special Olympics New Zealand athletes competing at the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015 in Los Angeles are benefitting from specialised sports camps across the country. More >>

A stellar summer for pohutukawa

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 1:18 pm | Project Crimson

This year has been heralded as one of the best summers for pohutukawa we have seen for some time. Project Crimson's Forest Health Consultant, Gordon Hosking explains why. More >>

Beethoven extravaganza opens NZSO Season

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 1:11 pm | NZ Symphony Orchestra

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra opens its 2015 Season with more great music from master composer Beethoven. Following last year’s popular NZSO concert series, Beethoven: The Symphonies, the first national tour for 2015 features the famous composer’s ... More >>

1931 Earthquake Survivors event this weekend

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 12:21 pm | Joint Press Release

This Sunday, 1 February, survivors of the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake will meet again over afternoon tea. This event is an established part of the 1931 Earthquake commemoration calendar after being generously initiated by volunteers about 15 years ... More >>

Akaroa Hosts Seaweek Events 28th February to 8th March 2015

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 12:04 pm | Seaweek

The coast has been a great determiner of Akaroa’s economy, heritage and culture and in June the Akaroa marine reserve was opened. In celebration of all things coastal, Akaroa will host renowned marine expert, Professor Chris Battershill, as part of ... More >>

Circus show: Taking their dirty laundry for another spin

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 11:42 am | Between The Lines

A group of local performers are once again putting themselves on the line at BATS this February, in a show blending circus, dance and poetry. Between the Lines features a giant Hill’s Hoist, the iconic washing line found in the backyard of many NZ ... More >>

The Unusualist - Changes in venues

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 11:41 am | Eccles Entertainment

Raymond Crowe The Unusualist performances in Auckland, Whangerai, Hamilton and New Plymouth have been moved to different venues. The change of venues has been decided in order for patrons to enjoy a greater intimate experience of Raymond’s unique ... More >>

2015 SCIRT World Buskers Festival a success

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 11:34 am | World Buskers Festival

Warm weather, a return to the city’s Arts Centre and a host of terrific acts have combined to make the 22nd annual SCIRT World Buskers Festival a resounding success. More >>

Great North claims second folk Tui

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 11:33 am | Recorded Music NZ

Up In Smoke by Great North has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Best Folk Album at the Auckland Folk Festival in Kumeu. More >>

World Premiere of Hīkoi at Auckland Arts Festival

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 11:28 am | Auckland Arts Festival

Kali Kopae and Jamie McCaskill head an impressive cast of young New Zealand actors in the world premiere of Hīkoi at Auckland Arts Festival (4 – 22 March). Real-life couple Kopae and McCaskill play husband and wife Nellie and Charlie Miller in Nancy ... More >>

Top Gear Races to New Home on TV3

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 11:26 am | Mediaworks

Tuesday 27 January 2015: MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ today announced that they have signed a long-term commitment to broadcast Top Gear on TV3 in New Zealand. More >>

The Tudors Have Arrived

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 11:22 am | Hamilton City Council

Filled with mythical beasts and intricate knot gardens, Hamilton Gardens unveils its internationally-significant Tudor Garden on Thursday, 29 January 2015. More >>

I Am Giant announce Homegrown warm up show in Auckland

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 10:20 am | Noise PR

Hot off the back of a blistering summer tour with Shihad, The Datsuns, and Cairo Knife Fight, I Am Giant will be playing a special intimate Homegrown warm up gig at the Kings Arms in Auckland on Saturday February 28th. More >>

Gallery Proposals wanted

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 10:08 am | Thistle Hall Gallery

It's that time again to get your proposals in for exhibitions at our community gallery. Emerging, experienced, community focussed, contemporary or old school - we'd love to hear from you. More >>

Awolnation to Release New Studio Album Run March 20

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 10:05 am | Noise PR

AWOLNATION have announced the release of their new studio album titled Run (Red Bull Records) on March 20, the highly anticipated follow-up to their chart-topping debut Megalithic Symphony. More >>

Eddie Izzard sells out Auckland

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 10:01 am | Elephant Publicity

UK Comedy legend Eddie Izzard has today sold out his two Auckland shows demonstrating his huge fan base in NZ. Promoters advise fans not to be disappointed as there are still good seats left for his Hamilton show at Claudelands Arena on Wednesday the ... More >>

The Snapshot Sessions: re-framing the self

Monday, 26 January 2015, 5:12 pm | Thistle Hall Gallery

The Snapshot Sessions are a series of photography workshops devised and run by Steve McVey in which participants reflect on aspects of their concept of self. The resulting work from the most recent workshop series has been edited and put together for this ... More >>

NZ Air Line Pilots remember Jack Mehlhopt

Monday, 26 January 2015, 4:35 pm | NZ Air Line Pilots' Association

It is with great sadness that the New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association notes the death of Alfred Dennis (Jack) Mehlhopt. Jack was in his 58th year of flying having won an RNZAF flying scholarship in 1947. More >>

Museum of Wellington City & Sea teams up with Tip Top

Monday, 26 January 2015, 4:22 pm | Museum Of Wellington City and Sea

Museum of Wellington City & Sea has teamed up with Tip Top and members of the Richter City Roller Derby for the first in a series of Throwback Thursday fundraising events under the sails at Queens Wharf this Thursday lunchtime - part of its "What Year ... More >>

Historic Stained Glass Replica Installed

Monday, 26 January 2015, 3:09 pm | Dunedin City Council

Dunedin (Monday, 26 January 2014) – Toitū Otago Settlers Museum has installed a replica of the stained glass window from Kotahitanga Church in Moeraki into its permanent Kāi Tahu exhibition. More >>

WOMAD Schedule Revealed

Monday, 26 January 2015, 2:49 pm | Womad

Heavy hitters from the music world take the WOMAD stage in Taranaki from Friday 6pm March 13th to Sunday night March 15th. More >>

New Literary E-Journal Showcases Kiwi Short Stories

Monday, 26 January 2015, 1:57 pm | Headland Journal

Headland, a new literary e-journal, launched today with Issue1 now available through Amazon Kindle Store. Headland is an exciting quarterly publication, featuring short stories and creative non-fiction from New Zealand and around the world. More >>

Records fall at Burkes Cycles Speed League Summer Series

Monday, 26 January 2015, 1:05 pm | Wellington Velodrome

Three records fell in perfect conditions at the Wellington Velodrome at the first round of the Burkes Cycles Speed League Summer Series which also incorporated the regional Sprint Championships. More >>

Chance to Impress for Netball Central Zone’s Youngsters

Monday, 26 January 2015, 12:59 pm | Netball Central

The journey to being a New Zealand Secondary School (NZSS) player continued this weekend at a Talent Development Camp held at Te Wananga-O-Raukawa in Otaki for 29 talented young players from Netball Central Zone. More >>

Responsible dog ownership is not a matter of race says SPCA

Monday, 26 January 2015, 11:39 am | RNZSPCA

The Royal New Zealand SPCA strongly disagrees with Bob Kerridge’s recent comments in the media in which he links ethnicity with the high number of dog attacks in South Auckland. More >>

TEDxQueenstown 2015 promises to enlighten and entertain

Monday, 26 January 2015, 11:11 am | TEDxQueenstown

Organisers of TEDxQueenstown, to be held in at Queenstown’s Memorial Centre April 19 2015, have announced the theme for the third event will be Illumination to shine the spotlight on a town with entrepreneurial spirit. More >>

7th BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge

Monday, 26 January 2015, 10:43 am | BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge

The BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge is now very much established on the cycling calendar as one of the ‘must do’ cycling events for riders of all abilities, a 7-day stage tour that engages with the competitor in everyone, whether it is a ... More >>

Museum of Wellington City & Sea: 'What Year Are You?’

Monday, 26 January 2015, 9:54 am | Museum Of Wellington City and Sea

Museum of Wellington City & Sea is selling each of the 150 years that Wellington has been the capital city as it launches a major new fundraising campaign next week. More >>

Christy Prior Claims X Games Bronze Medal

Monday, 26 January 2015, 9:37 am | Snow Sports New Zealand

Cardrona NZ snowboarder Christy Prior has this morning claimed New Zealand’s second medal at X Games 2015 with bronze in the women’s slopestyle. The result comes off the back of Carl Murphy’s silver medal in adaptive snowboard cross on Saturday. More >>

Best of all worlds in Pukeiti excursion

Monday, 26 January 2015, 9:30 am | Taranaki Regional Council

Exotic plants originating from afar and a taste of New Zealand’s pre-history will both be on offer at an event at Pukeiti on Sunday (1 February). A three-hour guided walk will take particpants through the world-renowned rhododendron gardens and then ... More >>

Girls Rule in Grand Prix at Gisborne

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 6:37 pm | Equestrian Sports New Zealand

Katie Laurie and Bridget Hansen turned the Country TV Horse Grand Prix class into a four horse race at the Larsen Sawmilling Gisborne Showjumping Championships this afternoon. (Sunday) More >>

Camp Gallipoli Forms Partnership With RSA For ANZAC Day

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 6:33 pm | Camp Gallipoli Foundation

The Camp Gallipoli Foundation is delighted to have formed a partnership with the Returned and Services' Association (RSA) as part of the Anzac Day centenary commemorations. More >>

Olympic Show Jumping Magic In Matakana

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 6:31 pm | JC Equestrian

This 31st January two local riders will be bringing show jumping magic to Matakana. Olympic riders Katie Laurie (nee McVean) and Daniel Meech will be among other Grand Prix superstar riders vying for the top prize in the $3000 Annard Horse Grand Prix ... More >>

New Home & New Logo For Dunedin Fringe

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 6:27 pm | Dunedin Fringe Festival

Big changes are afoot at the Dunedin Fringe Festival. Managed by a charitable trust, the Fringe revealed today that it has relocated to 11 George Street; a stone’s throw from the Octagon and previous home to Gigatown Dunedin and the National Bank. ... More >>

Mutch bounces back from health scare to win Taihape title

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 6:25 pm | Shearing Sports New Zealand

A few days in hospital before Christmas and a few lingering questions about the health proved no bar to Taranaki farmer and 2012 World champion Gavin Mutch when he won a top-class Open final at the Taihape A and P Show today. More >>

Finalists for New Zealander of the Year 2015

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 4:13 pm | New Zealander Of The Year Awards

The New Zealander of the Year 2015 Awards Office is pleased to announce the three people being considered for 2015’s Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year. They are: • Julie Chapman: CEO and founder, KidsCan (Auckland) • Sir John Kirwan: Rugby ... More >>


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