Howard Davis: Off The Hidden Path - Five Los Angeles Treasures (Part I)

The immense cultural diversity of LA provides an extraordinary variety of lifestyles and arhcitecture. Here are five 'hidden' destinations where the discerning traveller can appreciate and enjoy this unique and constantly evolving metropolis. More>>

City Of 100 Lovers: Multi-Million Dollar NZ Theatre Production To Launch

Produced in New Zealand with an $8 million budget, this musical comedy has been created with both locals and tourists in mind. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Outsider Art of Tony Fomison

Among such gifted contemporaries as Bill Hammond, Tony de la Tour, and printmaker Jason Grieg, Fomison distinguished himself as highly idiosyncratic, and could have become wealthy, had not his demons prevented him from investing his income wisely. In his near monochrome oil painting on black hessian, he staked out a territory of morbid originality. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Immortal Love

The series has a wild-west tone with a steampunk vibe, so if you’re a fan of Joss Whedon’s Firefly or Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea, then chances are you’ll enjoy this book. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Trappings of Success - McQueen

This troubling documentary about the extraordinary life and untimely death of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen is a cautionary tale of an extremely gifted, but self-destructive soul caught up in a business that chews up and spits out its creative talent. More>>

Indycars: Dixon Wins Fifth US Championship

The New Zealand motor racing driver Scott Dixon has won the US Indycar championship for the fifth time, finishing second in the final race of the season in Sonoma, California. More>>






5 - 15 Sept: William Shakespeare's Othello
Newly married and promoted army general Othello finds himself the pawn in the manipulative games of his right hand man Iago in Shakespeare’s tale of love, race, jealousy and destruction. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Love In A Duffel Coat - Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach
A muted elegy of emotional frustration, amplified by ironic hints that a new era of sexual freedom was just around the corner, it is no accident the movie is set in the same year as the Profumo affair, when acid-fueled 'free love' and easy access to birth control were just a couple of condoms away. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: The Unfound
Whatever the situation, Bainbridge captures well the sheer despair of loved ones, the frustrations of the detectives searching for culptits or conclusive evidence, the fascination of the ‘general’ New Zealand public with historical enigmas... More>>

Howard Davis Review: Revolt Into Style - Three New Shows at Wellington's City Gallery -
The Iconography of Revolt ranges from newspaper and magazine illustrations to fashion design, free-standing sculptures, films, music, and movie trailers by politically engaged artists unafraid of making risky and provocative cultural statements ... More>>

Howard Davis Review: Reclaiming The N-Word - Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman
Black resistance to institutional racism in the US has a long, tangled, and traumatic intellectual history. Although we may have assumed much too easily that white supremacists like David Duke had become marginalised as a political force, in reality they never really disappeared ... More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Minstrel in The Gallery - Sam Hunt's Selected Poems
Perhaps the most striking aspect of Sam Hunt's poetry is its quality of urgent authenticity. Encountering this latest compilation, the reader is immediately struck by its easy accessibility, tonal sincerity, and lack of linguistic pretension ... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: The Road To Unfreedom
Valerie Morse: Yale professor of history Tim Snyder publishes a stunning account of the mechanisms of contemporary Russian power in US and European politics. In telling this story he presents both startling alarms for our own society and some mechanisms of resistance. More>>


Doing Our Bit: An Insider's Account Of New Zealand Political Campaigning
In 2013, Murdoch Stephens began a campaign to double New Zealand’s refugee quota. Over the next five years he built the campaign into a mainstream national movement – one that contributed to the first growth in New Zealand’s refugee quota in thirty years. More>>

Te Papa: Two Reviews Into Care For Collections
Te Papa will take additional time to consider the best way to deliver its collections care function, including undertaking an independent review into the care of its natural history collections. More>>

Te Papa: Two Reviews Into Care For Collections
Te Papa will take additional time to consider the best way to deliver its collections care function, including undertaking an independent review into the care of its natural history collections. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: More Beach Cricket Please
Harré’s central point is that we tend to frame these issues in terms of winners and losers, which structures our society around finite games... The problem however, is that most finite games are rigged, with more Kiwis losing and becoming ‘have-nots’. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Who Stole The Rainbow?
Such a clever idea, this vibrant picture book explores what makes a rainbow by disguising the answer in a thrilling investigation by Inspector Beagle, who interrogates the wind, the rain and the cloud to determine where the rainbow has disappeared to... More>>


Drug Free Sport: Three More Bans From Doping Investigation
Three more NZ rugby players, Tukiterangi Raimona, Lionel Skipworth and Brandyn Laursen, have each been given two-year bans from sport by the New Zealand Rugby Judicial Committee. More>>

B***s: Whitcoulls' Top 100 Includes More Self-Help
One of the surprise new entrants is American blogger and author Mark Manson, whose phenomenal bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*** was a hit with Kiwi readers, storming straight into the number four spot. More>>

Commonwealth Games Disappointment: Netball NZ Announces Review Findings
“We will work to ensure that there is a strong and experienced coaching team in place, who will drive a culture of performance and accountability at the highest level...” More>>


APRA Silver Scroll Awards: 2018 Top 20 Announced
Widely considered the most prestigious accolade in New Zealand music, the APRA Silver Scroll Award recognises outstanding achievement in the craft of songwriting, and the responsibility now falls to APRA’s almost 10,000 New Zealand members to choose the best song of 2018. More>>

Right Whale In The Wrong Place: Wellington Fireworks Postponed To Protect Whale
The Matariki Sky Show has been postponed till next weekend – Saturday 14 July primarily due to the presence of the southern right whale in Wellington Harbour. More>>


11/11: Armistice Day Centenary Commemorations
A series of public events will be held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington, in addition to a series of activities designed to support communities across New Zealand to engage in the commemorations. More>>

David Byrne Announces American Utopia New Zealand Tour

The NYC-based artist will perform songs from his acclaimed new album American Utopia as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads. A 12-piece band will join Byrne on stage for an Annie-B Parson choreographed concert that he has called “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.” More>>

Wellington.Scoop: After 20 Years, New And Stronger Ferns Installed Above Civic Square
At long last Ferns is being re-installed in Civic Square, almost exactly three years after the original was deemed to be unsafe and taken down, leaving a hole in the heart of Wellington. More>>

Joseph Cederwall Review: Don't Date Androids - Bladerunner Meets Tinder At BATS
It is perhaps unsurprising that we appear to have developed a collective fascination with androids and AI lifeforms in popular culture fiction, given the current rapid and unregulated trajectory of technology such as AI in the real world ... More>>

Scoop Review: L’elisir D’amore - An Intoxicating Elixir
Donizetti’s opera is a comedy classic... And it’s had a delightfully well-judged updating in this New Zealand Opera production, based on a recent Ocker remodelling. More>>


Kiingi Tuheitia: The Passing Of The Hon Koro Wetere
Hearing of Mr Wētere’s passing, King Tuheitia expressed his sorrow, sending his condolences to Mr Wētere’s whanau and to the people of Ngāti Maniapoto for their loss. More>>


Jazz Festival Review: Christian McBride’s New Jawn
As he explained, a ‘jawn’ is simply slang from his hometown of Philadelphia for ‘thing’ or ‘project’, as in “Christian McBride has got a ‘New Jawn’ going on.” He sure does, and it is hot. More>>


Matariki: Wellington Starts Celebrations With ReCut 5
ReCut 5 opens the calendar of Matariki ki Poneke events with this free event for the whole family to enjoy – and the estimated 15,000 out-of-towners expected to visit the capital for Saturday’s All Blacks versus France rugby test. More>>


Whenua: Bastion Point Celebrated And Remembered
40 years ago the eviction of protesters from Bastion Point or Takaparawhau in Auckland triggered the beginning of the new era in land rights, says the Minister of Māori Development the Hon Nanaia Mahuta. More>>


Ockhams: Pip Adam Wins Premier Book Award
A novel which judges say ‘will bring readers back from the dead’ has won the 2018 $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize in the country’s premier book awards. More>>


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