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Resene Eighth Annual Architecture & Design Film Festival

This year’s line-up will showcase the most acclaimed and current films in architecture and design, including documentaries on this century’s finest architects, super stars in the design field and movements for environmental change. More>>

Filthy Rich Scores American Remake

New Zealand drama Filthy Rich has been green-lit for a US remake by Fox network starring Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall… A pilot episode shot in New Orleans earlier this year also saw Kim Cattrall in the starring role, based on the character played by Miriama Smith in NZ. More>>

Ockhams: ‘Urgently Relevant’ Novel Wins NZ’s Richest Literary Award

Dame Fiona Kidman has won this year’s $53,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her novel, This Mortal Boy, a work described by the judges as ‘moving, memorable, authentic and urgently relevant to our times.’ More>>

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Comedy Festival: The Comedy Festival Is On

Binge on almost a full month of comedic delights, as the NZ International Comedy Festival runs from 2-26/5 in Auckland and Wellington. More>>

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Lucy Gardner Photo Essay: You Are Us - Aroha Nui Concert Christchurch

The New Zealand Music Industry presented remarkable unifying support for those affected by the terrorist attacks at two Christchurch mosques. More>>

Prof Andrew Geddis: Otago Academic Receives Critic And Conscience Award

This award was established to encourage academic staff at New Zealand universities to act as ‘critic and conscience of society’—as required under the Education Act—by providing the public with independent, expert commentary on issues affecting the New Zealand community and future generations. More>>

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Scoop Review Of Books: Shirley Smith - An Examined Life
This book is a fascinating biography, but it is also an important contribution to aspects of New Zealand’s social history in the mid-20th century... Shirley Smith pioneered the way for women to work in the legal system in New Zealand, and she fought for a variety of causes, most of which are now accepted. More>>

Tom Scott's Avantdale Bowling Club: The 10th Annual Taite Music Prize Announced
The Taite Music Prize 2019 ceremony also saw the presentation of the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut, Independent Spirit Award, and Independent Music NZ Classic Record award. More>>

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Elisabeth Calder: Gifted Editor And Publisher To Receive Honorary Doctorate
The English editor and publisher who discovered some of the greatest writers of our times, including Salman Rushdie, Julian Barnes and Anita Brookner, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) by the University of Canterbury (UC) at the University’s Arts and Science graduation ceremony on 18 April. More>>

Disaster Response: Canterbury Quakes - 'Widespread Adverse Effects' On Mental Health
The researchers noted that while support services such as free counselling exist, New Zealand's public health services are already under strain and even small increases in demand may result in a considerable extra burden for health workers. More>>

Charity Show: NBL And Harlem Globetrotters Support Christchurch Victims
Harlem Globetrotters and the NBL will donate proceeds of the Harlem Globetrotters’ Christchurch show to the Our People, Our City fund to support those affected by the tragedy. More>>

'Te Paerangi Ataata - Sky Song': National Erebus Memorial Design Selected
A design that includes a walkway projecting outward to the horizon has been selected for the new National Erebus Memorial after recommendation by a Design Selection Panel, announced Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. More>>

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Sunday 7 April: Gala Variety Show For Mosque Attack Families
Cliff Curtis, Sir Bob Parker, Jason Reeves, Sonia Gray, Suzanne Paul, Colin Mathura Jeffree, Geoff Sewell, Jay Laga’aia, Darryl Lovegrove, Lavina Williams, Deliah Hannah, James Nokise, Jarred Fell, Ali Harper, Tarun Mohanbhai, Becks Wright and Michael Murphy are just some of the stars who will be lining up on stage. More>>

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Howard Davis: Entre-Deux-Guerres - Aldous Huxley's Crome Yellow - Pt II
Published when Huxley was only 27, Crome Yellow is quite distinct from his later novels like Brave New World, albeit laced with historical allusions that seep subversively through the cracks, providing oblique glimpses of future malignancies that had yet to take root and flourish. More>>

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Entre-Deux-Guerres - Aldous Huxley's Crome Yellow - Pt I

Aldous Huxley's first novel, published in 1921, is a desiderium of a peculiarly English class of aristocrats and intellectuals who lived in an era that withered away a century ago. More>>

Joseph Cederwall: WOMAD - Love Will Lead Us Home
The events of Friday, moments before the gates opened cast an entirely different shadow over the festival and highlight the importance of such events as a way of growing closer together. More>>

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Truth And Beauty: 2019 Ockham Book Award Finalists
The Cage by Lloyd Jones, This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman, All This By Chance by Vincent O’Sullivan, and The New Ships by Kate Duignan are shortlisted for the $53,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize. More>>

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Heading To Wellington: Christchurch Farewells Quasi
Quasi, the five-metre tall sculpture of artist Ronnie van Hout’s face and hand, disappeared from the roof of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū on Tuesday. More>>

WOMAD Preview: Niko Ne Zna - NZ’s Own Balkan Brass Bandits
Joseph Cederwall: I was delighted to see that Niko Ne Zna is finally playing WOMAD after a decade of hard work and dedication to spreading their dance inducing brand of Balkan influenced brass music to New Zealand and Australian audiences. They certainly deserve it... More>>

Howard Davis: The Helicopter View From Space Yoga Studio
Written in Sanskrit at some point between the second century BCE and the fourth century CE, Patanjali's classic definition of the purpose of yoga has been translated in a number of different ways, but they all boil down to essentially the same message - the calming or quieting of “mental fluctuations.” More>>

Joseph Cederwall Review: NZSO Plays Bach And Ellington
The NZSO’s Shed Series returned for 2019 with the aptly titled REBIRTH at Shed 6. This theme dealt with the way in which music constantly evolves and changes, with styles and musical periods reborn in completely new and different ways. More>>

Wellington Repertory Theatre: New Season Includes Royal Hunt of The Sun
“The objective behind our ambitious 2019 season is to expand our offering to a broader range of Wellingtonians. It’s the first time in over a decade that we’ve produced four shows, and the first time we will be performing at the Hannah Payhouse,” says Oliver Mander, WRT’s President. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Revenants - They Shall Not Grow Old
Jackson has toiled laboriously in the trenches of the digital revolution for decades, with his two turgid Tolkien trilogies constantly pushing the envelope in terms of computer-generated entertainment and providing his latest project with sufficient combat experience to warrant serious Oscar consideration for its remarkable technical achievements. More>>

Unseen Let It Be Footage: Peter Jackson Making "The Ultimate Beatles Film"
Jackson's new film will be compiled from fifty-five hours of never-released studio footage of The Beatles recording their final album Let It Be in January 1969. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Pretty Maids All In A Row - Mary Queen of Scots
The disproportionate attention paid by the film industry to a figure of minor historical significance once again confirms that any story involving sex, murder, and political intrigue will always trump historical accuracy at the box office. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Wild at Heart - The Happy Prince and At Eternity's Gate
Besides being exact contemporaries who were born and died prematurely within a year of each other, Oscar Wilde and Vincent van Gogh shared the cautionary experience of being outcast and repudiated in their brief lifetimes. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Playing Court Politics - The Favourite and Vice
Two bizarre new movies have just been released guaranteed to both shock and amuse even the most jaded and cynical Ebeneezer Scrooge - Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite and Adam McKay's Vice. More>>

A Funny Year: NZ Comedy Guild Award Winners
The big winner for 2018 was Rose Matafeo who has had incredible success on the international stage in recent years. Her achievements in prestigious international festivals were recognized as being both trial blazing and showing a path for another generation of New Zealand Comics. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Best Music Tracks Of 2018
Oliver Godji, who records as Octavian, is a French/British/Angolan rapper based in London. As someone born in Lille, France, he didn’t qualify for welfare in Britain... More>>

Programme Launch: Pussy Riot Leads The Auckland Fringe
The full programme for Auckland Fringe arts festival 2019 has landed with a giant international announcement for the blockbuster programme which features Russian protest art collective Pussy Riot. They are set to make their New Zealand debut, coming to Auckland for one night only. More>>

Howard Davis: Three Reasons for Film Fans to Get Netflix
The past two months have finally seen Netflix come into its own, providing the financing for three films that will warm the hearts of cinephiles everywhere - Orson Welles' The Other Side of The Wind, The Coen Brothers' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Alfonso Cuarón's Roma. More>>

Porn And Teens Report: 'Wake-Up Call' On Sexuality Education
Family Planning: The Office of Film and Literature Classification’s survey of more than 2000 young people about pornography highlights that sexuality education provides an opportunity for a vital counter-narrative to porn that could reach most young New Zealanders... More>>

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Howard Davis Review: An Embarrassment of Riches - New Zealand Art at Te Papa
On the evidence of this selection alone, these magnificent national treasures deserve a dedicated exhibition space in which to display the entire depth and breadth of New Zealand's artistic heritage. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: War 3.0
Valerie Morse: In October, the New Zealand government called out Russia for its “malicious cyber activity." David Sanger's new book aims to provide some much-needed and highly readable background to the issues, and poses some challenging questions for an informed debate. More>>

Howard Davis: Rogues & Vagabonds - The Cinematic Universe of Nicolas Roeg
It is a sad week for cinephiles in which both Bernardo Bertolucci and Nicolas Roeg find themselves permanently double-parked in the great Drive-In Movie Theatre in the Sky within three days of each other. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books Q&A: Historian Vincent O’Malley
There is quite a lot of ignorance of the basic facts of New Zealand history because so few people learn anything about it at school and that is fully evident whenever anything on these issues is published in the media, such as Stuff’s wonderful recent series about the Treaty... More>>

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Max Rashbrooke Review: Mahler 7 - NZSO
Gustav Mahler’s Seventh Symphony may be one of the least well-known of its ilk, but Edo de Waart and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra made a compelling case for a reassessment. They showed us a work of immense variety, surprising contrast and delicate shades of light and dark. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Strange Overtones - David Byrne's American Utopia Tour
Scotch-born singer-songwriter David Byrne starts each show on his latest world tour stroking a pink brain as he sits alone at a table in a gray three-button Kenzo suit singing a song called Here from his latest album American Utopia. More>>

Governor-General's Speech: Armistice Day 100 Years On
The response was more muted amongst our soldiers at the Front. Many received the news quietly... There was no cheering. The chaps didn’t get excited. It was just a matter of relief. We didn’t celebrate at all. More>>

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Auckland Fringe Programme: A Celebration Of The Bizarre And Beautiful
Building on a huge 2018 programme that saw 492 creatives take 81 events for ventures around the city for a total of 347 performances, Auckland Fringe returns this summer, running February 19 – March 3, 2019. More>>

Erebus Crash: Call For National Memorial Designs
Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage welcomes expressions of interest from architects, artists, landscape architects and designers, for the National Erebus Memorial planned to mark the 40th anniversary since the accident. More>>

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Scoop Review Of Books: Lives In Fugue
A Change of Key which tells its story against a background of the difficulties that migrants, divorced from their inherited culture can encounter in adjusting to our country, from housing to employment to understanding idiomatic English. More>>

Renée, Wystan Curnow, Michael Harlow: PM's Awards For Literary Achievement
Feminist and working-class stories, poetry as song, and a deeper understanding of New Zealand art – these are just some of the frontiers explored by this year’s winners of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement. More>>

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