Scoop Review Of Books: Before The Quakes

Remembering Christchurch: Voices from decades past: The Christchurch I lived in for my first 23 years was where four-year-olds walked alone to kindergarten, crossing roads empty of all but a couple of cars per hour. My primary school, Ilam, was newly built on a grassy paddock surrounded by rural land... More>>

6-11 October: New Zealand Improvisation Festival Hits Wellington

Wellingtonians will have a wide selection of improv to feast on with a jam packed programme containing 22 shows, three companies from Australia, two companies from Auckland, one from Nelson, one from Christchurch and seven from Wellington. More>>


Bird Of The Year: New Zealanders Asked To Vote For Their Favourite Native Bird

Te Radar, David Farrier, Heather du-Plessis Allan and Duncan Garner are just some of the New Zealanders championing their favourite native bird in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition, which kicks off today.. More>>


Werewolf Film: It Follows - Panic In Detroit

Philip Matthews: When you heard last month that Wes Craven had died and you wanted to pay homage, you could have sat down with any one of five of his films that helped reinvent American horror at least three times over three decades... Or you could just have watched one of the greatest recent horror films that would probably not exist without Craven. More>>


Werewolf Music: Searching For The White Wail - On Art Pepper, etc

If the word ‘hipster’ means anything – which it arguably doesn’t – it seems to be more of an impulse than a condition. One always headed for the margins, and away from the white-bred, white-bread mainstream... More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Leonardo da Vinci - The Graphic Work

The breadth of da Vinci’s work is incredible: from animals to weaponry, architecture to fabric, maps to botany. The works have been divided into themes such as Proportion Drawings, Anatomical Drawings and Drawings of Maps and Plans. Each section begins with a short essay. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: James Hector: Explorer, Scientist, Leader

Publication of this comprehensive 274-page account of the life and work of James Hector by the Geoscience Society of New Zealand marks the 150th anniversary of James Hector’s appointment as New Zealand’s first government scientist. More>>



On Shoestrings And Phones: Rossellini And Contemporary Film
Howard Davis: Roberto Rossellini's Neo-Realist Rome, Open City provides some fascinating technical parallels to Tangerine, an equally revolutionary Independent movie made exactly seventy years later. More>>

Art Review: Fiona Pardington's A Beautiful Hesitation
An aroma of death and decay perfumes this extraordinary survey of Fiona Pardington's work with faint forensic scents of camphor and formaldehyde. Eight large-format still-lifes dominate the main room, while other works reveal progressive developments in style and subject-matter. More>>

Museums: New Visitor Attraction Planned For Christchurch
Canterbury Museum and the Ravenscar Trust today unveiled plans for New Zealand’s first contemporary house museum to display the Trust’s collections of New Zealand arts, sculpture, designer furniture and classical antiquities. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Words That Travel
Atonement, By Vaughan Rapatahan: Small in size it is big and dense within – with over 50 poems that take us on some wide-ranging internal and external journeys. More>>

“McCaw”: Kiwi Season
The hatching season for the world’s rarest kiwi has started in the South Island with the arrival of the first rowi chick successfully hatched at the West Coast Wildlife Centre in Franz Josef early this morning. More>>


TV3 Video: Lydia Ko Makes Major History At Evian
Relief and emotion welled to the surface after New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko broke her duck at golf majors in the most emphatic style. Ko powered to a six-shot win at the Evian Championship in France to become the youngest winner of a women's major. More>>


Art: 24th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2015
Visesio Siasu is the winner of the 2015 Paramount Award. The prize consists of a six-month residency with the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York; plus a bronze trophy by Terry Stringer. More>>


Netball: Taumaunu Calls Time On Silver Ferns Coaching
Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu MBE confirmed today that she will finish in her role as head coach after the conclusion of the New World Netball Series for the Constellation Cup against Australia in October. More>>

Art & Spies: Te Papa To Acquire Simon Denny “Secret Power” Works
Te Papa is to purchase four art works by contemporary New Zealand artist Simon Denny, which are part of his acclaimed Secret Power exhibition at this year’s Venice Biennale. More>>

4/9: Five Years Since First Canterbury Quake
In the words of Reg Miller “people count more than buildings, bricks and mortar”; this insight is indicative of the wealth of social history captured in the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s new book Remembering Christchurch – Voices from Decades Past. More>>


Game Review: Until Dawn - Pick Your Own Horrible Adventure
Supermassive Games’ Until Dawn sees a group of dumb sexy teenagers take a trip to a spooky mansion atop a mountain. It is, obviously, a horror game. However, the game is so ridiculous it turns out to be more of a comedy. More>>

John McBeth: Our World Cup All Blacks
Forty or fifty years ago nobody really had any idea of what the selectors had in mind. There were often several trials, which sometimes featured over 150 players, possibly an inter island match or a final trial, then we listened to the announcement of the team on radio. The players weren't flown into the capital for a parliamentary function... More>>


Game Review: Midsomer Murders Meets First Year Philosophy
Developed by The Chinese Room, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture sees the player exploring what appears to be a recently abandoned idyllic English village trying to figure out where everybody's gone. Spoiler: they've gone to the rapture. (On a serious note, this review contains plot spoilers.) More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Clear Science
It was really after his move to Wellington, to Victoria University, that it became apparent that Sir Paul Cllaghan was much more than an eminent physicist... More>>


Beervana: Aussie Pav Beer Declared Taste Of NZ
In a surprising upset, an Australian beer modelled on the pavlova, created by Brisbane brewery Newstead Brewing, the 250 Beers blog and Scratch Bar, has been announced the winner at the Beervana craft beer festival ‘Flag Brew’ competition, which challenged media and brewing teams to capture the distinctive taste of New Zealand. More>>


Transport: Air NZ Teams Up With All Blacks For Men In Black Video
Inspired by the Columbia Pictures global film franchise Men in Black, Air New Zealand’s latest safety instalment features All Blacks’ Captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter as Men in Black agents. More>>


World Champions: BRADAS Of Identity Company Take On The World And Win Gold
This is only the second time since NZ has qualified for the HHI world finals that NZ has taken home a GOLD medal in this division. REQUEST Dance Crew being the only other NZ crew to achieve this. New Zealands only other medal this year was Silver for the Royal Family in a very close final in the Megacrew division. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Contrary To Popular Belief - Lloyd Geering
Many older Dunediners like myself, and indeed older Presbyterians and others throughout the country, will remember the controversy aroused by the articles and speeches of Professor Geering, Principal of Knox College Theological Hall in the late 1960s... More>>

CK Stead: New Poet Laureate Announced
The National Library is delighted to announce Christian Karlson Stead of Auckland as the new Poet Laureate for 2015 - 2017. Chris Szekely, Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library attributes Mr. Stead’s international presence as a poet, teacher, editor, literary critic and novelist as central to his nomination and appointment as New Zealand’s new Poet Laureate. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Film Festival’s Sales Set Record For Wellington
Director Bill Gosden told a packed closing-night audience at the Embassy Theatre that more than 73,000 tickets had been sold during the 17-day event. This was the highest number of sales ever, and looked likely to reach 74,000 after four days of extra screenings are completed. More>>


Book Review: All The Light We Cannot See By Anthony Doerr
Werner, an orphan in Germany, is bright and passionate about radios. He gets accepted into a prestigious school, and later drafted into the army to triangulate radio transmissions from partisans. Marie-Laure, meanwhile, is a blind girl growing up in Paris and Saint-Malo whose father makes miniature models of their neighbourhood to help her navigate outside. More>>

The Last Dambuster: Death Of Les Munro
The Governor-General has noted the passing of Les Munro, the last remaining airman from the Dambuster Raid: “In this year where we are marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, it is more important than ever to honour the veterans of that conflict..." More>>


Album Review And Rap Beefs: Tame Impala, Currents.
Tame Impala’s new album Currents has one of the hallmarks of an enduring album. At first listen it seems like good, if somewhat ordinary, pop but as you go back more and more layers unravel revealing deeply rich, expertly crafted songs. More>>

Flagging Enthusiasm: Gareth Morgan Announces Winner Of $20k Flag Competition
The winner of the Morgan Foundation’s $20,000 flag competition is “Wā kāinga / Home”, designed by Auckland based Studio Alexander. Economist and philanthropist Gareth Morgan set up the competition because he had strong views on what the flag should represent but he couldn’t draw one himself. More>>


Books: The Lawson Quins Tell Their Incredible Story
They could have been any family of six children – except that five of them were born at once. It will come as a shock to many older New Zealanders to realise that Saturday July 25 is the Lawson quintuplets’ 50th birthday. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Wartime Women
Coinciding as it does with the movie Imitation Game which focusses on Alan Turing breaking the Enigma code in Hut 6 at Bletchley Park (“BP”), this book is likely to attract a wide readership. It deserves to do so, as it illustrates that BP was very much more than Turing and his colleagues. More>>

Maori Language Commission: Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori 2015
The theme for Māori Language Week 27 July – 2 August 2015 is ‘Whāngaihia te Reo ki ngā Mātua’ ‘Nurture the language in parents’. It aims to encourage and support every day Māori language use for parents and caregivers with children” says Acting Chief Executive Tuehu Harris.. More>>


Live Music: Earl Sweatshirt Plays To Sold Out Bodega
The hyped sell-out crowd had already packed themselves as close as they could get to the stage before Earl came on. The smell of weed, sweat and beer filled Bodega – more debauched sauna than bar by this point. When he arrived on stage the screaming ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news