Christchurch: Fixing Town Hall Means Performing Arts Precinct Rethink

Christchurch City Council’s decision to spend $127.5 million fixing the Town Hall means not all the land currently designated for the city’s Performing Arts Precinct is required, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>


With Hunters & Collectors: The Rolling Stones Announce New Auckland Date

It’s the news New Zealand has been waiting for. The Rolling Stones today confirmed the rescheduled dates and venues for both the Australian and New Zealand legs of their highly anticipated ’14 On Fire’ tour. Now, Frontier Touring is also delighted ... More>>


Flying Things: Conchords, Pretties Help BATS Fly Home

The launch of BATS theatre’s fundraising campaign has taken off – with a bit of help from their friends. And with friends like theirs… An event last night hosted by Te Radar at Wellington’s latest waterfront venue, Shed 6, featured Fly My Pretties and, in a dream-come-true scenario, Flight of the Conchords. More>>


Environment: Zoo’s Own Wētā Workshop Produces Rare Giants For Release

Following unprecedented breeding and rearing success, Auckland Zoo is today releasing 150 of New Zealand’s largest giant wētā, the wētā punga, onto pest-free Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf. A further 150 will be released onto Tiritiri Matangi next month. More>>

Girls On Film: Divergent Hits The Big Screen

n January, Catching Fire (the second film in the Hunger Games series) not only became the biggest US box office success of 2013 : it also became the first film starring a female actor (ie. Jennifer Lawrence) to top the annual domestic earnings chart since The Exorcist, 40 years ago. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: No Travel Sanctions For Russian Billionaire’s Superyacht

On the same day that New Zealand announced travel sanctions against selected Russians, a Russian billionaire’s superyacht berthed in Wellington Harbour. More>>


Mental Health: UC Researchers Believe Robots Can Persuade People To Conform

A team of University of Canterbury (UC) researchers and scientists believe robots can persuade people to conform through group pressure... ``Our results showed that robots can induce conformity but to a significantly lesser degree than humans." More>>

NZ On Air: Local Content Holds Steady At 32% Of Television Schedules

Since 1989 NZ On Air has measured local free-to-air television content. The report compares the schedules of the six national free-to-air channels, to observe trends and changes in the local content landscape. More>>

Arts Fest: 2014 New Zealand Festival A Spectacular Celebration

The New Zealand Festival welcomed the world to Wellington over 24 days (21 Feb – 16 Mar) of arts events across the city. “[current figures show] slight increase on the 110,000 tickets issued in 2012. It’s a great result.” More>>




Opera: Happy 70th Birthday Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Our first lady of song who “feels more like at 15 year old” will celebrate her significant birthday on stage at Covent Garden tomorrow night (Friday morning NZT), performing in the Royal Opera House’s production of La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) as La Duchess de Crackentorp. More>>


Nitrate Vault: New Home For NZ's Oldest Films
The New Zealand Film Archive and Archives New Zealand officially opened New Zealand’s first specialised nitrate film vault on Friday, February 28th. The new 100 square metre vault will be shared by the two organisations, which will store their nitrocellulose film there under optimum preservation conditions.. More>>

Fringe Awards: Celebrating NZ Fringe Festival 2014
The 2014 NZ Fringe Festival has come to a sensational glittering end, with an award ceremony at St Peter’s Church Sunday 2nd March, honouring the hard work, creativity and innovativeness of 121 events, performing over 700 shows in 45 different Wellington venues. More>>


Art: Crab And Rabbit Visitors’ Favourite
Jamie Pickernell’s sculpture ‘Oh Crabby, I do believe we’re rather lost!’ has won the People’s Choice Award at the Auckland Botanic Gardens’ biennial sculpture exhibition. More>>


Kiwi Pride: NZ’s Lorde Wins International Female Solo Artist BRIT Award
She collected the prize ahead of Janelle Monáe, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and P!nk. It is her first ever BRIT Award after performing an awesome version of Royals with Disclosure earlier on in the night. More>>


Sport: Sochi 2014 Paralympics To Stream Live In NZ
Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss has welcomed an announcement that Attitude Pictures has been awarded the online broadcast rights for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. More>>


Theatres: Signage Going Up Marks A New Era For The Hannah Playhouse
The Wellington Museums Trust has taken over the lease of the Hannah Playhouse and will welcome in the NZ Festival from 22 February with their range of international shows, the UK featuring heavily, beginning with the Broadway and London smash hit Bullet Catch. More>>


Sevens: US Team's Super Bowl Event In Wellington
The U.S Men’s Rugby Sevens team wants to watch the Super Bowl and I’m sitting in their seats. Even when you’re invited, staring down 13 hulking men can be intimidating. Thankfully, the Eagles couldn’t have nicer ... More>>

Clothes Calling Card: Size Diversity Campaign Tells Stores What They’re Missing
The Clothes Calling Card is designed to let clothing stores know how much money they’re missing out on by not stocking a certain size. Would-be customers can personalise the cards and give them to a salesperson, send it to the store's social media account, or leave in the shop. More>>

Books: Attorney-General Pays Tribute To Parsons
Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson has paid tribute to Lambton Quay landmark Parsons Books and Music as it prepares to close its doors after 66 years in business. Brother and sister Julian and Beatrice Parsons are retiring from the bookshop founded by their father, as Roy Parsons Bookseller, in 1948. More>>

Sebadoh: To Play Five New Zealand Shows March 27-31
US indie kingpins Sebadoh return to New Zealand in March for the first time in 19 years to thrill lo-fi and indie fans in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
One year after an unforgettable Dinosaur Jr show at the Powerstation, Lou Barlow is back, this time with his fellow Sebadoh co-consipirators Jason Lowenstein and Bob D’Amico. More>>

Praise Jah: Thousands Expected For Raggamuffin 2014 This Weekend
Thousands of reggae fans will be heading to Rotorua this Friday for Raggamuffin 2014 to catch acts including reggae megastars Shaggy and Damian Marley.
The full two-day schedule for the festival has been released showcasing 17 artists including nine international acts and 12 top DJs performing this weekend at Rotorua International Stadium. More>>

Cabaret: Top Act 'In Flagrante' To Tour Otago
Top Cabaret Ready to Set Ablaze and Offend Sensibilities as Tastefully as Possible with an Otago and Southland Tour in March
Bridled, saddled, and ready to pounce, the women from In Flagrante quickly set the stage for an evening of skin and sass. This isn’t your grandpa’s burlesque. More>>

Celtic Connections: NZ Artists To Take Stage At Major Music Festival In Scotland
NZ takes the mantel this week to showcase our indie folk and roots music in exactly a year’s time at the world’s largest winter music festival, in Scotland. Each year Celtic Connections in Glasgow engages with one international partner, to draw together Celtic and roots music strands from around the world; 2015 will highlight NZ indigenous artists through the Showcase Scotland programme. More>>

Big Yin: Bill Connoly New Zealand Tour
BILLY CONNOLLY – or The Big Yin as he’s affectionately known in his native Scotland -- has been wowing NZ audiences with his live stand-up shows since 1978. With every visit, his fan-base has become larger and larger: from under 7000 people in 1978 to over 60,000 in 2009 - every concert sold out and surpassing all records for international comedians in NZ. More>>

Two Grammys: PM Congratulates Lorde On Grammy Success
Prime Minister John Key has congratulated Lorde and Joel Little on their success at the Grammy Awards today.
Auckland singer/songwriter Ella Yelich-O’Connor, who performs as Lorde, won the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance, and together with co-producer Joel Little won Song of the Year for Royals.
“This Grammy success underlines a fantastic year for Lorde and Joel Little. They have achieved something no other New Zealander has,’’ says Mr Key.More>>


Pike River Concert: Dave Dobbyn To Pay Tribute To Pike 29
A concert in Wellington in May this year entitled ‘Dreams Lie Deeper’ will be a tribute to mining communities worldwide and a commemoration of events that have irrevocably changed the course of their lives, with focus on the Pike River Mine disaster that threw a whole community into turmoil and brought their plight into every New Zealand household overnight.More>>

Wellywood: Big Year On Screen For Miramar’s Movie Companies
WELLINGTON, New Zealand: A big production year for the Wellington-based Miramar movie group has generated a raft of award nominations, technical awards and industry honours as the motion picture awards season ramps up.More>>

Media: Seven Sharp Returns For 2014
Seven Sharp returns to TV ONE this Monday 27 January, with new hosts Mike Hosking and Toni Street joining Jesse Mulligan to tell compelling Kiwi stories with a fresh perspective, five nights a week. More>>

Touring NZ: Queens Of The Stone Age & Nine Inch Nails Play NZ in March
The Frontier Touring Company are thrilled to announce that due to popular demand two of the world’s most influential bands of the last decade, Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age, will join forces for a massive double headline tour this March that now includes a Wellington concert on Thursday 20th March!.More>>

Showtime: World Premiere At Sundance For Taika’s Wellington Vampire Movie
Taika Waititi’s new feature film, What We Do In the Shadows, which is about vampires in Wellington, has had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. After the premiere, Taika tweeted this shot of the audience, with the comment: We ate all of them directly after the Q&A. More>>

Wellington.Scoop: Three Academy Award Nominations For Second Hobbit Movie
There will be celebrations in Miramar with the news that Peter Jackson’s newest feature The Hobbit the Desolation of Smaug has been nominated for three Academy Awards. More>>

Art: Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Artists To Show In Auckland
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is bringing the largest and most significant exhibition of contemporary Indigenous Australian art yet seen in New Zealand to Auckland with My Country: Contemporary Art from Black Australia from Friday 28 March. More>>

NZ Radio On NZ Film:
3 Mile Limit Wins Selection Into 7 International Film Fests

3 Mile Limit is an iconic New Zealand true story based on the 1960’s beginnings of Radio Hauraki on a boat called the TIRI in international waters in the Hauraki Gulf in Auckland. More>>


Jim Siers: The Death Of A Friend
A pioneering Wellington photographer and writer has died in Fiji. Jim Siers was responsible for thirty books, almost all of them published by Millwood Press which he ran with his wife Judy. As well as his books, he leaves a legacy of thousands of colour images from 30 years travel in the South Pacific. More>>

Dates: Historian Criticises NZ Discovery Claims As “Shameful"
Historian Professor Paul Moon has hit out at fresh claims of secret European efforts to colonise New Zealand prior to James Cook’s arrival in the country in 1769. More>>


Speed: NZ Road Safety Ad Strikes A Global Chord
Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse has welcomed the unprecedented response to the latest road safety advertisement from the NZTA... the clip has had more than 2 million views on Youtube since it was first launched just four days ago, and the message is resonating both in New Zealand and around the world. More>>


Images: Top-Class Action At Wanaka Rodeo
Some of New Zealand’s best cowboys and cowgirls riding in today’s Wanaka Rodeo are eager to return to the tourist hotspot for the upcoming National Finals Rodeo. More>>

HobbitWatch: New Zealand Stars In UK Christmas Day TV Special
The unique experiences and people of New Zealand will take centre stage in the UK on Christmas Day, with the television airing of Hobbit star James Nesbitt’s documentary on his experiences of the country. More>>

Most Enormous Gay Quote: ‘Gay Rainbow’ Speech Wins Quote Of The Year
For the second year in a row the Massey University Quote of the Year competition has been taken out by a Member of Parliament. Maurice Williamson’s now-famous ‘gay rainbow’ speech beat out the competition with an impressive 38 per cent of the vote. More>>


Werewolf: The Complicatist - Laneway, 2014
Once again, Laneway offers the best festival line-up over summer. On the downside, the Silo Park site can be a drawback. Music that sounds great in a club at 11.30pm isn’t made to be heard on an oversize basketball court in blazing sunshine... More>>


Tech: NZ Video Games Praised In Best Of 2013 Lists
Path of Exile by Grinding Gear Games has won GameSpot’s PC Game of the Year Award, Turbo Racing League by PikPok was the runner-up for Apple’s Best of 2013 Game of the Year, and indie developer Michael Brough was named one of the Top 10 Game Developers of 2013 by Gamasutra. The Blockheads by Majic Jungle and Bloons Tower Defence 5 by NinjaKiwi also feature in Apple’s Best of 2013. More>>


Werewolf: The Ten Best Films Of 2013
Are year-end movie lists the only thing still affected by the vagaries of old-fashioned international distribution? Elsewhere in the world, The Master and Cosmopolis appeared on 2012 lists. They ran later here. But then we seem to have got Only Lovers Left Alive earlier than everyone else. More>>


British Library: Over A Million Book Illustrations Released To The Commons
We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain. More>>


Newsmakers: Pope Francis Is Time's Person Of The Year
The Holy See: "It is a positive sign that one of the most prestigious acknowledgements in the field of the international press has been attributed to one who proclaims spiritual, religious and moral values in the world, and who speaks effectively in favour of peace and greater justice." More>>


Words: NZ Quote Of The Year Finalists Chosen
From Maurice Williamson’s colourful support for the marriage equality bill to a widely shared quip about the GCSB on social media, it has been another good year for the witty one-liner. More>>


Laneway: Lorde Grammy Nominations Leads To Extra Show
Lorde will be attending the Grammy Awards ceremony on 26th January 2014 in Los Angeles. She was scheduled to perform at the 2014 Laneway Auckland festival on Monday, 27th January 2013... In lieu of her performance at the festival, Laneway Festival promoters are thrilled to announce a very special standalone Lorde performance. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: An Interview With Samantha Shannon, Author Of “The Bone Season”
22 year old UK Author Samantha Shannon is keeping herself busy making history in publishing. Her first novel The Bone Season was released in August in 20 languages and has now been translated into eight more... More>>

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