Scoop Review Of Books: Rushing For Gold

The first section focuses particularly on the Victorian connections – commercial, legal, mining and personal, including migration statistics. But for me the most interesting chapters were in the middle sections about the people of the goldfields. More>>

Comedy Festival Review: VOTE BATT

The political campaigning in the US over the last eight months or so has provided a stark insight into how far political candidates are willing to go. This background came into focus as “former comedian” – now politician – Tim Batt ushered people up into the front seats, passing out badges and taking photographs with his not entirely adoring public... More>>

HRH QEII's 90th: New Zealand Post Birthday Stamps Fit For A Queen

New Zealand Post is celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday with a special series of stamps and a limited edition silver coin. The Queen was born on 21 April 1926. To mark her birthday, New Zealand Post has produced ‘lenticular’ or moving stamps that feature nine different images of the Queen on just three stamps. More>>


Anzac Day: A Time To Stand Against Hatred

The Human Rights Commission says ANZAC Day is a time for New Zealanders to remember those things our grandparents stood for and stand up against intolerance and prejudice. More>>




Review: The Moral Ambiguity Of 'Eye In The Sky'
The use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) has prompted both protests and legal action, but few films have engaged in the debate, forgetting there’s someone at the controls and instead emphasizing the alien nature of a remote, robotic death. Colin Firth and Ged Doherty’s Raindog Productions' initial offering, 'Eye in the Sky,' is among the first to explore this morally grey area. More>>

Abscondopus: Inky The Global Superstar
After making a bold escape from Napier’s National Aquarium of New Zealand, Inky the octopus has become a global superstar. Inky, a common New Zealand octopus, has become one of the world’s most famous animals since news broke on Tuesday of his successful escape. More>>


Love Duets: Classical Couple Join NZSO
Max Rashbrooke interviews Nicola Benedetti and Leonard Elschenbroich: One of the super-couples of the classical world are in New Zealand for a series of concerts with the NZSO – and performing the first piece they ever played together. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Shaking More Than The Earth
Christchurch Ruptures by Katie Pickles Professor Pickles, head of history at Canterbury University, has written about the earthquakes from a new angle, arguing they have “fractured pathways to remembering the past”. More>>

Root-Tracing: Howard Davis On Mick Fleetwood
Peter Green began the second great epoch of British blues when he replaced Clapton in the Bluesbreakers, but after cutting just one record with Mayall, Green and the Bluesbreakers' rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie formed Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. More>>

'Lanky': New Zealand’s Only Pelican Passes Away
The only Pelican in New Zealand has passed away. Lanky, the Pelican has been the longest living resident at Wellington Zoo, after arriving in 1978. However, he was euthanised after his health recently deteriorated. More>>


Best NZ Opening For NZ Film: Hunt For The Wilderpeople A Box Office Smash!
“We’ve bet BOY’s opening weekend box office which made me kind of sad. But then I got over it really quick and now I’m stoked!” says director Taika Waititi. More>>

Pokie Money: Decline In Lotto Revenue To Affect The Arts
Creative New Zealand is reviewing its budgets for the 2016/17 financial year and beyond, following a further forecast decline in revenue from New Zealand Lottery Grants Board (NZLGB) for the 2015/16 financial year. More>>


Collection Of April Fools Joke (As Far As We Can Tell): Green Party To Launch “Cow Nappies” To Combat Pollution
The Green Party is introducing a members’ bill today that will reduce environmental degradation as a result of dairy intensification by requiring all cows to wear nappies. More>>


Review: The Light-Hearted Hermeneutics Of 'Hail, Caesar!'
Despite rave reviews in both 'Variety' and 'The New Yorker,' 'Hail, Caesar!' is a box-office dud, costing an estimated $22 million, but only grossing $29 million in the US since its 2015 release. Like many Coen brothers films, however, beneath its frantic and farcical surface is a serious underlying level ... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Before The ‘Thrones’
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a spinoff of George R.R. Martin’s 'A Song of Ice and Fire', the fantasy books whose first volume was A Game of Thrones... More>>

Very Acting: The Seven Sons Of Supparath: The Winch Of Fate - Part One
Paul Waggott, local actor and international fantasy nerd, will be playing all the roles in this production in what will no doubt be a virtuoso display of both physical endurance and actorly skill. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Adventures In Persia
This is a true story of a French couple’s amazing archaeological expeditions in the late nineteenth century in what is now Iran and Iraq. More>>

St Luke's: Billboard Hammers Home Easter Message To Donald Trump
Glynn Cardy, the minister of St Luke’s, says the billboard takes aim at the candidate known for calling a wide variety of people ‘losers’ because Trump’s views are in direct contradiction to the message of Jesus. More>>


Review: Prince’s Intimate New Zealand Debut
One piano. One microphone. A couple dozen candles. One Prince. This concert was Prince in a way most people will never hear. Foregoing his usual performance with the backup band, he instead went solo, creating a more intimate but no less powerful atmosphere. More>>

River of Fundament: Wellington To Host New Zealand Premiere Of Epic Film
Wellington audiences have an exclusive opportunity to attend a one-off New Zealand screening of the cinematic production River of Fundament , by superstar New York-based artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney and composer Jonathan Bepler, ... More>>

Ranginui Walker: A Revolutionary Of Our Time
Te Ururoa Flavell: E te hikuroa taniwha o te whawhai mutunga kore: takoto mai, takoto mai rā! Kei te mōteatea te ngākau, kei te heke ngā roimata me te hūpē. E te rangatira, okioki atu rā ki te ukaipō o ō tīpuna. More>>


Losing The Game: Raggamuffin Statement
We honestly believed ‘The Game’ would honour his obligations to our festival and it was only when we had our people at the airport on Saturday to pick him up to play Raggamuffin IX did we find out he did not board the plane in Dubai... More>>

Werewolf: The Cult Of Cuteness
To outsiders, the Japanese concept of “kawaii” – which roughly translates in English as “cute” – is central to a bundle of Western impressions of Japanese popular culture... More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Go East!
I love the Eastern Bay of Plenty... So I devoured Andrea Cooper and Nikki Slade Robinson’s picture-heavy “Paradise: Eastern Bay of Plenty” in one sitting. It’s a small book that the authors’ were prompted to put together after realizing there hadn’t been a book showcasing the region since the 1950s. More>>

With Conditions: Wellington Phoenix Get Ten More Years In A-League
Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Wellington Phoenix have agreed to a 10-year-deal for the extension of the Phoenix club’s Hyundai A-League licence. More>>


Gongs: All Blacks Take Supreme Honour At 53rd Halberg Awards
To win the nation’s top sporting honour the All Blacks headed off four other Halberg Award contenders. Golfer Lydia Ko who claimed the High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year, BLACKCAP Kane Williamson who was named the High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportsman of the Year and Para-Swimmer Sophie Pascoe who won the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Disabled Sportsperson of the Year were all eligible for the supreme trophy. More>>


Fringe Review: Rossum’s Universal Robots
Written in 1920 by Karel Capek in a newly independent Czechoslovakia, its prophetic tale of artificial intelligence, automata and human morality was initially a big hit, but it then vanished from view, in New Zealand at least, before being revived in Hamilton last year. More>>


Pictures Of Media: Call For Photographs For Reimagining Journalism
In August this year Freerange Press is launching its next big book. This time we are gathering the best writers and thinkers in the country to look at the changing media landscape in New Zealand. To illuminate and give voice to the writing we want to include around 25 excellent photos. We want these photos to document the different aspects of how journalism is made, how it used to be, and how it is changing. More>>

Safer Internet Day: Keeping Safe Online More Important Than Ever
Tuesday 9 February marks Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day is designed to create awareness about the importance of Internet safety and encourages positive use of technology - with a strong focus on young people. More>>


We Have The Technology: Zephyrometer Up And Moving
“The needle’s stoppers had to be repaired because of the extra impact caused by the balance not being correct. We also added an extra 300kgs counter-balance – made from zinc coated steel triangle plates. These adjustments will now stop it bending low over the road in high winds.” More>>


Waitangi Day: Treaty Of Waitangi - Found In Translation
To celebrate the Society of Translators and Interpreters's 30th anniversary, over 90 translators will work together to translate the English and Māori versions of the Treaty of Waitangi into 30 languages... More>>


Northland Development: Trust Applauds $4m Government Funding For Art Centre
Today's announcement of central government support, made by Minister of Economic Development Steven Joyce, provides a key step forward in funding for Whangarei’s Hundertwasser Art Centre & Wairau Maori Art Gallery. More>>


Memorial: 85th Anniversary Of 1931 Napier Earthquake
Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye will today attend the 85th anniversary afternoon tea for survivors of the 1931 Napier earthquake, to pay tribute to the heroism, kindness and generosity shown by many during this and more recent emergencies. More>>


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