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Encore Messiah

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 9:10 pm | Christchurch City Choir

The Christchurch City Choir is preparing once again to perform perennial Christmas favourite, Handel’s Messiah, continuing a 23 year old tradition of presenting this joyful and uplifting musical masterpiece for the city. More >>

Watch Black Sticks’ Wellington tests in style!

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 8:54 pm | NZ Hockey

The Black Sticks Men and Women are bringing top international hockey action to the Capital City and the Kapiti Coast from 15-22 November – and the organisers are turning on the good things in life for the fans. More >>

The Block Nz Homes to Go under the Hammer

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 8:51 pm | Mediaworks NZ Ltd

The Block Nz Homes to Go under the Hammer Kiwi audiences have been watching closely over the past twelve weeks and now The Block NZ houses are on the market and ready to go under the auctioneer’s hammer, deciding who will win the top-rating series. ... More >>

Whanganui UCOL creatives on show

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 8:36 pm | UCOL

Whanganui UCOL’s Creative Programmes which include Fashion, Fine Arts, Glass and Graphic Design will come out to play during their end of year shows early next month. More >>

A Winning Start for SMEG Racing on the Track

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 4:23 pm | Paul Blomfield

It’s been a winning start to the season for SMEG Racing V8 SuperTourer stars Simon Evans and Shane van Gisbergen, dominating the first round of the BNT NZ SuperTourers Championship at Taupo. More >>

Unitec Continues Its Strategy with Shanghai Theatre Academy

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 3:54 pm | UNITEC

Unitec Continues Its China Strategy with Shanghai Theatre Academy 29 Oct 2014, AUCKLAND: Unitec has signed an agreement with Shanghai Theatre Academy to commence a one-year foundation course for selected Chinese students from 2015. The course will prepare ... More >>

The BMW Polo Open Steps It up a Notch in Clevedon

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 3:31 pm | Auckland Polo

The BMW Polo Open Steps It up a Notch in Clevedon on Sunday Febuary 22, 2015 More >>

Lightbox unveils first drop of local content

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 3:08 pm | Pead PR

Just in time for the weekend, new online TV service Lightbox has added a raft of New Zealand-made TV shows to its line-up. Shows from local producers arriving this weekend include bro’Town, Nothing Trivial and The Jaquie Brown Diaries. In addition, ... More >>

Native forest transforms with rare bird presence

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 3:02 pm | Rotorua Canopy Tours

A North Island Robin feeds out of a customers hand at Rotorua Canopy Tours - a recent development due to the increase of birdlife in the area More >>

Government House Ballot Closes on Friday

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 2:52 pm | Government House

Government House Ballot Closes on Friday The ballot to attend the Bledisloe Garden Reception at Government House is due to close this Friday (31 October, 2014) at midday. It is the first time a ballot has been held for invitations to the Garden Reception, ... More >>

New Work Combines Comedy and Music to Explore Identity

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 2:31 pm | Taki Rua Productions

“What right do I have to call myself Māori? I don’t look Māori, I wasn’t raised Māori. To the outside eye, I’m your regular, pale skinned Kiwi” More >>

Current shows at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 2:26 pm | NZ Academy Of Fine Arts

Current shows at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Jambalaya - a diverse “soup” of senior artists from the Academy including current president Greg Chaston, past president Ian Hamlin, elected artist member Suzanne Herschell and freelance artist ... More >>

Award spotlight shines on dance company director

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 1:58 pm | Attitude Trust

Lyn Cotton, director of integrated dance company Jolt, is being recognised for giving people with disabilities a voice through performance. The Christchurch woman is a finalist in the Making a Difference category in the 2014 Attitude Awards. The national ... More >>

Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic Season 2015

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 1:50 pm | Joint Press Release

Magic Membership Packages are on sale now for the 2015 season which will see the Kia Magic play six home round robin games for the ANZ Championship in Tauranga, Rotorua and Hamilton - starting in Tauranga on the 9th March and ending in Hamilton on the ... More >>

Oily rag Q & A

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 1:06 pm | Oily Rag

The mail bags are bursting with ideas and questions so its time to dig in and see what tips and titbits lie in wait. More >>

Michael Jackson's Thriller is most popular Halloween song

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 12:59 pm | Spotify

Spotify reveals Thriller by Michael Jackson as the most popular scary song for Halloween Today Spotify reveals the most popular scary songs set to be streamed at parties in New Zealand this Halloween. Spotify analysed over 6 0,000 Halloween themed playlists ... More >>

Day of the Dead

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 12:51 pm | Day of the Dead

Ghouls on bikes and a church service with a twist are planned for this year’s Day of the Dead celebrations. More >>

Kiwis Want to Know Neighbours but Rarely See Them

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 12:46 pm |

Most Kiwis want to know their neighbours better but there are hurdles preventing them from doing so, according to a recent survey by neighbourhood website, . More >>

Te Papa to showcase unique story of Shrek the sheep

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 12:42 pm | Te Papa

The children of Central Otago’s Tarras School will be in Wellington tomorrow to see their favourite southern rogue, Shrek the sheep, make his debut at the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. More >>

Airport Welcome for England Team

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 12:34 pm | Dunedin City Council

Rugby league fans have plenty to shout about in the lead up to the Kiwis v England Four Nations test match on Saturday, 8 November. Their first stop should be the Dunedin International Airport, to welcome the England team when it arrives at 7.15pm on Monday, ... More >>

Stellar writers spin true stories at LitCrawl event in Wgtn

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 12:31 pm | New Zealand Book Council

Writers Nicky Hager, Mandy Hager, Phillip Mann, Lotta Dann, Danyl Mclauchlan and Paul Diamond are the stellar line-up at the New Zealand Book Council’s True Stories Told Live event on 15 November in Wellington. More >>

Ghosts and Ghouls Scary for Pets

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 12:29 pm | Inspector Spot

Ghosts and ghouls will be out in force this Halloween. While it’s a fun celebration for the humans among us, it can be a scary night for pets. More >>

Fireworks can lead to Petrified Pets and Spooked Stock

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 12:26 pm | New Zealand Veterinary Association

A plea to consider the threat to animals from loud explosions and flashes of bright light caused by fireworks has been made by Dr Cath Watson, the president of the New Zealand Veterinary Association’s (NZVA) Companion Animal Society. More >>

Kitsch plastic lives

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 12:13 pm | ElevenfiftySeven Records

Retaining its core members for over two decades, KITSCH are now ready to deliver the next phase in their evolution, an album of epic depths, prepare yourself for Plastic Lives . More >>

Can do’ attitude sees Upper Hutt woman honoured

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 12:07 pm | Attitude Trust

Can do’ attitude sees Upper Hutt woman honoured Being blind has often made it hard for Pam MacNeill (56) to get a job. But her determination to establish a career for herself, and at the same time help other disabled people find work, has paid off ... More >>

Attitude Awards finalist is making a difference

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 11:43 am | Attitude Trust

When Petronella Spicer (57) was diagnosed with an eye condition resulting in blindness, she was supported by the Blind Foundation. For more than a decade she has dedicated her time and energy into giving back to the foundation that assisted her. The Christchurch ... More >>

Major outdoor concerts deliver economic boost for Auckland

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 11:40 am | Regional Facilities Auckland

Today’s announcement that the Foo Fighters will perform at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on 21 Februarywill boost what is already a huge summer line-up of big stadium concerts and festivals that looks set to deliver big economic dividends for the city. More >>

Muka Print Exhibition

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 11:07 am | Ashburton Gallery

The old Gallery opens its doors at Baring Square East for one last time on Wednesday the 12th of November for the popular Muka Print Exhibition. The internationally recognised project provides an opportunity for young people aged 5-18 to view and purchase original ... More >>

Christchurch Prepares for World’s Largest Kapa Haka Festival

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 10:41 am | Te Matatini Festival

Preparations for the country’s pre-eminent Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 2015 are now in full swing with the organisers and hosts confirming accommodation arrangements in Christchurch. More >>

Results from Single Mums Survey: Clearing Up the Stigma

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 10:33 am | Mothers Helpers

Contrary to what can be portrayed by media of single mothers, the majority of those that responded to the survey had separated from a committed relationship where they were living together or married and there was only one father in the picture. More >>

Get that Room with a View without Opening Your Wallet

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 10:23 am | TFE Hotels

Kiwi and Australian travellers look for a free room upgrade first and foremost when booking a hotel room, according to a survey conducted by TFE Hotels of more than 17,000 travellers. More >>

Lead The Change for Franklin’s Youth

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 10:13 am | Franklin Youth Advisory Board

The Franklin Youth Advisory Board is calling for dedicated, enthusiastic applicants to join a group of like-minded leaders making their voices heard. The Board gives feedback to the Franklin Local Board on policies and plans ranging from public transport ... More >>

Foo Fighters to Rock Auckland And Christchurch in 2015!

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 9:54 am | Mushroom Group

Get ready Australia and New Zealand because the most anticipated rock tour of the summer has just been confirmed! Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce that rock superstars Foo Fighters will be returning to Australia and New Zealand in February ... More >>

Young author honoured for generous attitude

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 9:49 am | Attitude Trust

When Muskan Devta was born prematurely, in her home country of India, doctors said she would not survive. But Muskan, which means ‘smile’, proved the doctors wrong and is now a happy 15-year-old with a passion for writing and fundraising for worthy ... More >>

Award spotlight shines on junior star

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 9:44 am | Attitude Trust

Oceana Olsen may not be as tall as the average 11-year-old, but what she lacks in height she makes up for with her huge singing voice and stage presence. The talented Christchurch youngster is a finalist in the Junior Award category in the 2014 Attitude ... More >>

Foo Fighters to put Christchurch on the world map

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 9:38 am | Vbase

Christchurch’s AMI Stadium will be transformed from a sporting turf into a giant stage venue for the Foo Fighters’ first Australasian concert on their 20 th anniversary Sonic Highways World Tour next year. More >>

New Zealand Exports Parenting To China

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 4:24 pm | The Parenting Place

Thousands of Chinese parents are completing New Zealand parenting courses. Entertainer Pio Terei and John Cowan from The Parenting Place have just returned from a speaking tour in Chengdu. “It was the most bizarre experience: walking into a room in the ... More >>

Iconic Auckland Ferry Dons a Mo

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:40 pm | Haystac

Richie McCaw, Jay Reeve, and Lorenzo Bresolin are all taking up the challenge and now Auckland’s iconic Devonport ferry - The Kea – got a whole lot hairier and is donning an oversized Mo for the month of Movember. More >>

Please give generously this Blind Week

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:22 pm | Blind Foundation

Streets up and down the country will be turning orange for the Blind Foundation’s annual Blind Week appeal this week. More >>

"Susan Boyle - Hope" Music Delivery

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:09 pm | Sony Music

Singing sensation Susan Boyle catapulted to international stardom in 2009, smashed music records around the world, sold over 22 million albums and now she returns with an incredible album of songs themed on Inspiration, her sixth studio album in five ... More >>

Dunedin woman honoured for heroic attitude

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:53 pm | Attitude Trust

Dunedin woman honoured for heroic attitude Julie Woods (48) gives the term ‘superwoman’ new meaning. She’s a mother, a disability advocate, a cook extraordinaire, a keen traveller – and she’s blind. The Dunedin woman is a finalist in the ‘Spirit ... More >>

New Zealand Red Cross Refugee of the Year Awards

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:44 pm | NZ Red Cross

Adam Awad arrived in New Zealand in 2001 after spending three years in a refugee camp in Ethiopia and more than a decade in Sudanworking with young people under the auspices of the UNHigh Commissioner for Refugees. He came to Zealand on a work visa ... More >>

Aston Rd Sessions # 7 - Thomas Oliver (Live)

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:40 pm | Aston Road

The final three Aston Rd Sessions that feature Wellington based talents Thomas Oliver , Louis Baker and Estère are led out with a dynamic and captivating performance by New Zealands leading Weissenborn (lapslide guitar) player Thomas More >>

The Countdown is on - 10 Days to Go!!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:13 pm | Annie Studholme

Christchurch will play host to New Zealand’s top eventers next weekend (November 8 & 9) for the ESNZ Eventing Canterbury National One Day Event Championships at the National Equestrian Centre at McLeans Island. More >>

Red Riding Hood - The pantomime

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 1:57 pm | Circa Theatre

Hooray!! It’s the Christmas season again! And this year Roger Hall’s wonderfully high-spirited pantomime Red Riding Hood is back to delight audiences of all ages, and bring a smile to your face. More >>

70th Reunion of the arrival of Polish Children to NZ

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 1:44 pm | Joint Press Release

The first invited refugees who arrived in New Zealand on 1 November 1944, ‘The Pahiatua Polish Children’ will commemorate their arrival and life in New Zealand, together with their families at the 70th reunion events being held in Pahiatua and ... More >>

Young Gun Chang Takes Biggest Prize at Offroad Racing Final

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 1:40 pm | Off Road Association of New Zealand

Owen Chang at speed in Sunday’s 205 km endurance race and on his way to an historic championship title. The photograph is by Mark Baker/Veritas Communications. More images and information are at and on Facebook search: Offroad Racing ... More >>

Sol3 Mio - Christmas In The Vines show for Havelock North

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 1:24 pm | Noise PR

Sol3 Mio are delighted to announce that they will now play a second outdoor “Christmas in the Vines” concert. The new show will be at Black Barn Vineyards in Havelock North on Friday 19th December and it will have a seasonal theme. More >>

Santa’s Run for a Good Cause

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 1:15 pm | KidsCan

On Wednesday, 3 December 2014 thousands of people dressed in Santa suits will take to the streets in Whangarei, Auckland North (Albany), Auckland West (Waitakere), Auckland Central (Viaduct), Auckland South (Manukau), Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, ... More >>

Mark Harvey to perform Jim Allen's News

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 12:25 pm | Michael Lett

Michael Lett is pleased to present Jim Allen's News, first performed at The Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide in 1976. The work plays on the ritualistic activity of engaging with 'the news', highlighting the expendability of a newspaper and its content and ... More >>

Powertool artists play Auckland and Wellington on November 6

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 12:23 pm | Powertool Records

Powertool artists play Auckland and Wellington on November 6: Matthew Bannister, Gold Medal Famous and The Doubtful Sounds on the road More >>

Matagi to debut against Samoa

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 12:16 pm | New Zealand Rugby League

Vodafone Warriors prop Suaia Matagi is poised to play his first test for the NZ Kiwis against his old team-mates, Toa Samoa, at Whangarei's Toll Stadium on Saturday. More >>

Up for Tender - $3 Million for Māori Programmes

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 12:06 pm | Nga Aho Whakaari

"Ngā Aho Whakaari seeks a response from Te Māngai Pāho regarding proposed TVNZ plans to outsource Māori and Pacific programmes. More >>

Dance Season features World Film Premiere

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 11:50 am | Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

November is all about dance in the Capital, and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is waltzing in on the act with a world premiere and a fortnight of films to get your feet itching and your imagination firing. More >>

Celebrating innovation and diversity

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 11:40 am | Arts Pasifika Awards

From Sonny Bill’s tattoo artist, to an ‘Afakasi’ storyteller, to the first Tongan woman to graduate from the Elam School of Fine Arts, the line up for this year’s Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards celebrates excellence and innovation ... More >>

Touring Tales 2014

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 11:33 am | Touring Tales

Kiwi singer/songwriter Mel Parsons and award winning comedian James Nokise present a fantastic night of comedy and music with a one-off pop-up gig this Sunday 2nd November at the Vaudevillian Clubhouse, Left Bank off Cuba Street. More >>

Pascal Aussignac, Darren Robertson work on Taste of Auckland

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 11:29 am | Taste of Auckland

Taste of Auckland is thrilled to announce that two exceptional international chefs have been confirmed for the festival – French Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur, Pascal Aussignac, and Three Blue Ducks chef, Darren Robertson. More >>

Spark presents…The Boroughs

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 11:26 am | Spark NZ

Spark is partnering with Steven Adams to launch a pick-up basketball project in Auckland that will see Spark building five hi-tech streetball courts in collaboration with Local Boards and Auckland Council. More >>

Ocean rower to share epic tale of 60 days at sea

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 11:26 am | University of Auckland

Ocean rower Tara Remington will share pictures and videos of her record-breaking row across the Pacific Ocean in a public talk at the University of Auckland. More >>

Summer Shows in Dowse Square - Call to Be Involved

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 11:21 am | Hutt City Council

Free lunchtime shows in Dowse Square, Lower Hutt from 24 Jan - 22 March 2015. Are you part of a music, dance, performance, kapa haka, singing, drumming or cultural group? Looking for a free public place to strut your stuff over summer? Contact Hutt ... More >>


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