Howard Davis Review: Tarantino's Pitch-Perfect Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Welcome back to the violent and misogynistic, yet always entertaining world of Quentin Tarantino, who this time around focuses his dyspeptic lens on Tinseltown's pimply backside. More>>

Westpac Exiting Cake Tin: Stadium Announces Naming Rights Agreement With Sky

Wellington Regional Stadium Trust (WRST) and Sky Network Television Ltd (Sky) have announced a new partnership that will see Sky secure the naming rights of the Stadium from 1 January 2020. More>>


ASB Classic: Serena Williams Confirmed For 2020

One of the biggest names in sport has confirmed she will be returning to the ASB Classic in 2020. Twenty-three time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams will return to Auckland’s ASB Tennis Arena to challenge for the ASB Classic title. More>>

Netball: Taurua To Coach Silver Ferns Through Two More Campaigns

Netball New Zealand has confirmed Taurua will guide the Silver Ferns as they take on the Australian Diamonds in October’s Cadbury Netball Series (Constellation Cup), along with the Northern Quad Series in late January. More>>






Wellington: Little Blue Penguins Near Station Again
There have been more sightings of penguins near Wellington Railway Station on Sunday night, this time waddling into a parking building above a burger restaurant. More>>


Heracles inexpectatus: Giant Ex-Parrot Discovered
“New Zealand is well known for its giant birds. Not only moa dominated avifaunas, but giant geese and adzebills shared the forest floor, while a giant eagle ruled the skies. But until now, no-one has ever found an extinct giant parrot – anywhere.” More>>


Howard Davis: Sam Brooks' Burn Her Sets Circa Theatre Ablaze
Burn Her is engaging, witty, and exceptionally sharp, with every line of dialogue inserted for a reason and perfectly delivered by the two leads, who manage to command their space without competing against each other. More>>


National Piecon: Pie King Wins Again
Patrick Lam is this year’s Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards winner. With this, his seventh win, he is our most awarded baker, clutching his crown in a one-point victory over his opponents with a stunning mince and cheese pie. More>>


Howard Davis: The Rediscovery of Theo Schoon
Split Level View Finder: Theo Schoon and New Zealand Art at Wellington's City Gallery is the first major multimedia retrospective of his work to be assembled since his Rotorua show in 1982 More>>

Car Enthusiasm: Road Roller Rams Upper Hutt Car Rally
A meeting for Wellington car enthusiasts drew a low turnout after a road roller rammed vehicles at a gathering in Upper Hutt the night before. More>>


Fest, Fringe, And Books: Largest Delegation Of Artists To Represent NZ In Edinburgh
New Zealand arts are thriving in Edinburgh, with a formidable line up of New Zealand theatre companies, artists, writers and performers set to entertain and amaze at the world’s most prestigious festival city this August. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Flying High - The Photography of Lloyd Homer
For 35 years, Lloyd Homer took over 100,000 photos for the New Zealand Geological Survey, his cameras taking him to many of the most spectacular and remote corners of New Zealand. More>>

Sport: England Wins Cricket World Cup After Super Over
New Zealand have cruelly lost the Cricket World Cup final after a Super Over - a decider more usually associated with the shorter Twenty20 format of the game. More>>


'High-Level Talks': Lord Of The Rings TV Series To Film In NZ
Amazon needed reassurance after the Christchurch terrorist attacks that New Zealand was still a safe place to film the world's most expensive television series. More>>


Accidental: Marae Fire Likely Caused By Brazier Sparks
The probable cause of the fire was hot embers from a brazier being blown by strong winds and igniting combustible material near a storeroom in the main house building. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Woman. Rocks. Science.
Elizabeth Alexander (1908-58) was a pioneering scientist who undertook research on widely different topics in England, Singapore, New Zealand and Nigeria, but sadly died before her 50th birthday... More>>

Howard Davis: A Marvelous Invention - Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities
“Of all the tasks, describing the contents of a book is the most difficult and in the case of a marvelous invention like Invisible Cities, perfectly irrelevant.” - Gore Vidal. More>>

NAISA: World's Indigenous People Gather In New Zealand
More than a thousand people from the Pacific and across the globe are in Hamilton for the Native American Indigenous Study Association conference at the University of Waikato. More>>

Stats NZ: Slight Fall In Overall Life Satisfaction
The average rating for overall life satisfaction is now 7.7, a slight fall from 7.8 in 2016 and 2014. However, the majority of Kiwis (81.1 percent) still rated their life satisfaction highly, as 7 or above on a 0 to 10 scale. More>>

Howard Davis: Ans Westra & The New Photography At Te Papa
Te Papa's latest exhibition and publication focuses its corrective lenses on eight outstanding photographic pioneers who forged a bold new style during the 1960s and 70s. More>>

New Budget Arts Funding: Fairer Wage For Grant Artists, Creatives In Schools
The vital contribution and huge value the creative sector brings to New Zealand is recognised in this year’s Budget with $11.157 million over four years for two new initiatives, the Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern said today. More>>


Auckland Region MMR Change: Children To Be Vaccinated For Measles At 12 Months
The first measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination has been brought forward to 12 months from 15 months in Auckland because of the region’s measles outbreak. More>>


Tapu Te Ranga: Fire Destroys Main Building At Island Bay Marae
There was a large fire at the Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay early Sunday morning. Firefighters saved the meeting house, but the main building collapsed in the blaze and other surrounding buildings were compromised. More>>


For Now: Rugby Team To Keep Using Name
BNZ Crusaders to retain name in 2019 and 2020; Logo will drop knight and sword image from apparel and marketing in 2020; Full Brand Review to take place this year to decide future brand for 2021 and beyond. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Best Music Of 2019… So Far
Most “best of” lists arrive in summer at the end of the calendar year, when things are winding down and the stakes don’t seem so high. But at this mid-point, as we’re heading into the cold… it seems like an ideal time to list a few albums and tracks to keep the wolves of winter at bay. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Built Environment - Frank Lloyd Wright & The Bauhaus
Two adjectives distinguished architectural debate during the last few decades of the twentieth-century - dynamic and disquieting. Documentaries on Frank Lloyd Wright and the Bauhaus in the New Zealand Art & Architecture Film Festival neatly illustrate the twin horns of this dilemma. More>>


Kura Forrester & James Nokise: Billy T And FRED Winners Announced
The NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo honoured the exceptional talent on show in the 2019 programme, rewarding excellence with the New Zealand Comedy Trust awards: The FRED, for the best New Zealand Show in the Festival, and the Electric Kiwi Billy T Award. More>>

Tuia - Encounters 250: Te Papa Acquires Rare Painting Of Cook's Voyage
Te Papa announced today it has purchased William Hodges’ Waterfall in Dusky Bay with Maori Canoe for New Zealand’s national art collection. More>>


Don't Miss The 2019 Jazz Gala Tour
Featuring renowned US rock drummer Gregg Bissonette, vocalist Glenn Walters, and UK trumpet Star Louis Dowdeswell in concert with the Rodger Fox Big Band. More>>

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>>

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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>

Howard Davis:
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>>


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>>


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>>

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