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2021: NZ To Host Women’s Rugby World Cup

New Zealand’s successful bid to host the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup will raise the profile of the game locally and provide a valuable economic boost for the game, Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson says. 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>>

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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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It's A Coo: Kererū Crowned Bird Of The Year For 2018
With a whoosh-whoosh, the kererū has swooped to glory for the first time, in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition. More>>

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Mustelids: Zealandia Traps Weasel Intruder
Zealandia has successfully trapped a weasel discovered within the protected wildlife sanctuary... The female weasel was found in a DOC200 trap by a Zealandia Ranger, at the southern end of the sanctuary where the animal was first detected. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Stray Echoes Leave No Trace
Writer and director Dustin Feneley's feature debut is a beautifully lyrical and cinematic tone poem that brings an unflinching eye to loneliness and isolation. More>>

Participation, Visibility, Leadership: New Strategy For Women And Girls In Sport
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson have launched a new strategy that champions equality for New Zealand women and girls in sport and active recreation. More>>

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Youth Olympics: Gold Medal For NZ Triathlete
Aucklander Dylan McCullough won New Zealand's first medal of the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires with victory in the triathlon. More>>

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Roof Cavity Nests: Kākā Intruders On The Increase
Flat hunting season in Wellington usually starts with the students in February. However, this year kākā breeding activity is bringing a wave of unwanted intruders into Wellington properties. More>>

Howard Davis: Steve Gadd & James Carter Tour
New Zealand jazz fans are in for a special treat this month, with four concerts around the country by drummer Steve Gadd and saxophonist James Carter, accompanied by the Rodger Fox Big Band. More>>

Mental Health Foundation: Record Number Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week
“Mental Health Awareness Week is a chance for all Kiwis to consider placing a greater priority on their mental health and look at the tools and opportunities available to ensure their mental wellbeing is the best it can be,” More>>

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And Much More: NZ On Air Backs Return Of Wellington Paranormal
The acclaimed mockumentary comedy horror series Wellington Paranormal will be back next year with more supernatural activity on the streets of the capital. More>>

Body Found: Rāhui On Tongariro Alpine Crossing
It is with sadness that Ngāti Hikairo ki Tongariro, Ngāti Tuwharetoa acknowledge the fatality on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing today. A rāhui has been placed on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and will be lifted at sunrise on Saturday 6th of October 2018. More>>

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Straight Outa South Auckland: NZ's JR Street Beast EBS Krump World Champion
The "Olympics" of Krump Dance known as EUROPEAN BUCK SESSION recently happened 28-30 Sep 2018 in Dusseldorf, Germany and one of our own young New Zealanders shocked the world by being named CHAMPION in his first time competing. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Six Feet Under — Maybe Less
It’s true that we don’t give much thought to death until it’s right in front of us, and also that we probably should, both points Emma Johnson raises in her introduction to this collection of essays on the topic. More>>

Howard Davis: Five Hidden Los Angeles Treasures (Part II)
Here are three more 'hidden' destinations where the discerning traveller can appreciate and enjoy this unique and constantly evolving metropolis - In-N-Out Burger, The Museum of Jurassic Technology, and the Self-Realisation Fellowship Shrine. More>>

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Flocking To Vote: Bird Of The Year Polls Open
Forest & Bird is asking New Zealanders to vote for their favourite native bird in an annual competition that aims to raise awareness of the threats facing some of New Zealand’s most iconic species. More>>

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BBC Series: The Luminaries Casting Announced
BBC Two has announced that leading actresses Eva Green and Eve Hewson will join the cast of six-part drama series, The Luminaries. Eva will play Lydia Wells together with Eve, who will play Anna Wetherell. New Zealand actor Marton Csokas also joins as Francis Carver. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Rogues At Sea
Scoundrels & Eccentrics of the Pacific is a readable book comprising a series of short chapters describing a wide variety of adventurers in the Pacific, beginning with Hsu Fu, an ancient Chinese voyager... More>>

Russia Anti-Doping: New Zealand Opposes WADA Decision
New Zealand is extremely disappointed with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) decision to reinstate RUSADA, the Russian anti-doping agency, as compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. More>>

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Scoop Review Of Books: Parenting, Warts And All
If you’re looking for a parenting book that spouts generic pearls about parenting and classifies every part of it into sections as if raising children is a clear-cut job, this is not it. More>>

City Of 100 Lovers: Multi-Million Dollar NZ Theatre Production To Launch
Produced in New Zealand with an $8 million budget, this musical comedy has been created with both locals and tourists in mind. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Outsider Art of Tony Fomison
Among such gifted contemporaries as Bill Hammond, Tony de la Tour, and printmaker Jason Grieg, Fomison distinguished himself as highly idiosyncratic, and could have become wealthy, had not his demons prevented him from investing his income wisely. In his near monochrome oil painting on black hessian, he staked out a territory of morbid originality. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Immortal Love
The series has a wild-west tone with a steampunk vibe, so if you’re a fan of Joss Whedon’s Firefly or Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea, then chances are you’ll enjoy this book. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Trappings of Success - McQueen
This troubling documentary about the extraordinary life and untimely death of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen is a cautionary tale of an extremely gifted, but self-destructive soul caught up in a business that chews up and spits out its creative talent. More>>

Indycars: Dixon Wins Fifth US Championship
The New Zealand motor racing driver Scott Dixon has won the US Indycar championship for the fifth time, finishing second in the final race of the season in Sonoma, California. More>>

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5 - 15 Sept: William Shakespeare's Othello
Newly married and promoted army general Othello finds himself the pawn in the manipulative games of his right hand man Iago in Shakespeare’s tale of love, race, jealousy and destruction. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Love In A Duffel Coat - Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach
A muted elegy of emotional frustration, amplified by ironic hints that a new era of sexual freedom was just around the corner, it is no accident the movie is set in the same year as the Profumo affair, when acid-fueled 'free love' and easy access to birth control were just a couple of condoms away. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: The Unfound
Whatever the situation, Bainbridge captures well the sheer despair of loved ones, the frustrations of the detectives searching for culptits or conclusive evidence, the fascination of the ‘general’ New Zealand public with historical enigmas... More>>

Howard Davis Review: Revolt Into Style - Three New Shows at Wellington's City Gallery -
The Iconography of Revolt ranges from newspaper and magazine illustrations to fashion design, free-standing sculptures, films, music, and movie trailers by politically engaged artists unafraid of making risky and provocative cultural statements ... More>>

Howard Davis Review: Reclaiming The N-Word - Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman
Black resistance to institutional racism in the US has a long, tangled, and traumatic intellectual history. Although we may have assumed much too easily that white supremacists like David Duke had become marginalised as a political force, in reality they never really disappeared ... More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Minstrel in The Gallery - Sam Hunt's Selected Poems
Perhaps the most striking aspect of Sam Hunt's poetry is its quality of urgent authenticity. Encountering this latest compilation, the reader is immediately struck by its easy accessibility, tonal sincerity, and lack of linguistic pretension ... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: The Road To Unfreedom
Valerie Morse: Yale professor of history Tim Snyder publishes a stunning account of the mechanisms of contemporary Russian power in US and European politics. In telling this story he presents both startling alarms for our own society and some mechanisms of resistance. More>>

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Doing Our Bit: An Insider's Account Of New Zealand Political Campaigning
In 2013, Murdoch Stephens began a campaign to double New Zealand’s refugee quota. Over the next five years he built the campaign into a mainstream national movement – one that contributed to the first growth in New Zealand’s refugee quota in thirty years. More>>

Te Papa: Two Reviews Into Care For Collections
Te Papa will take additional time to consider the best way to deliver its collections care function, including undertaking an independent review into the care of its natural history collections. More>>

Te Papa: Two Reviews Into Care For Collections
Te Papa will take additional time to consider the best way to deliver its collections care function, including undertaking an independent review into the care of its natural history collections. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: More Beach Cricket Please
Harré’s central point is that we tend to frame these issues in terms of winners and losers, which structures our society around finite games... The problem however, is that most finite games are rigged, with more Kiwis losing and becoming ‘have-nots’. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Who Stole The Rainbow?
Such a clever idea, this vibrant picture book explores what makes a rainbow by disguising the answer in a thrilling investigation by Inspector Beagle, who interrogates the wind, the rain and the cloud to determine where the rainbow has disappeared to... More>>

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Drug Free Sport: Three More Bans From Doping Investigation
Three more NZ rugby players, Tukiterangi Raimona, Lionel Skipworth and Brandyn Laursen, have each been given two-year bans from sport by the New Zealand Rugby Judicial Committee. More>>

B***s: Whitcoulls' Top 100 Includes More Self-Help
One of the surprise new entrants is American blogger and author Mark Manson, whose phenomenal bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*** was a hit with Kiwi readers, storming straight into the number four spot. More>>

Commonwealth Games Disappointment: Netball NZ Announces Review Findings
“We will work to ensure that there is a strong and experienced coaching team in place, who will drive a culture of performance and accountability at the highest level...” More>>

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