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Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>


Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>

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Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

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Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>

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Scoop Review Of Books: Rocking Northern NZ
This magnificently illustrated book is a synthesis of current knowledge of the geology and landscapes of northern New Zealand. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Tom Petty - Keeping Hard Promises
As Neko Case put it: “At a Tom Petty show in Austin walking toward it, a full 3/4 of a mile to the stage every single person living was singing every word. That’s the kinda powerful love you don’t see every day, but the kind we all long for when we think about our society, and togetherness.” More>>

Rachel Pommeyrol Review: Brannavan Gnanalingam's Sodden Downstream
Less than 24 hours. This is all the time it takes for the human journey between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, between past and present, between the two different kinds of survival depicted in Brannavan Gnanalingam’s fifth novel Sodden Downstream... More>>

Chamber Music NZ Announces 2018 Season: Music Up Close
CMNZ Chief Executive Peter Walls said the season combines “breathtaking quality with extraordinary range with illustrious artists, beautiful programmes and an enticing variety of genre and style". More>>

Rachel Pommeyrol Review:The Corsini Collection - A Window On Renaissance Florence
The Auckland Art Gallery has mounted an exceptional exhibition of masterpieces, by a variety of major European artists from the 14th to the 20th century, that tells the story of one of the most important families in Italy. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Sonic Textiles – The Black Seeds' Fabric
By now a national institution, The Black Seeds have just embarked on a release tour to promote their sixth studio album, Fabric. More>>


Howard Davis Review: Mixed & Very Messy Metaphors - Darren Aronofsky's mother!

Paramount probably suspected mother! would provoke a strong response, but the studio surely never imagined this elevated psychological horror-thriller would receive an F CinemaScore from US moviegoers. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Tilting at Turbines - The Trip to Spain
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have now both broken the Big Fifty barrier, which seems to have brought a whole new level of angst to their midlife adventures ... More>>

Review: A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet
The Royal New Zealand Ballet has accepted the challenge of this heart-touching tragedy and largely succeeded. More>>

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Port Whine: Peters Wants Auckland Port In Northland
New Zealand First will insist that legislation be introduced to move all container operations from the Port of Auckland to Northport by the end of 2027. More>>

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Auckland City Mission: $18 Million Funding Towards 80 Unit Development
The Ministry of Social Development has announced it’s allocating $18 million towards the construction of supportive housing for the homeless on the Auckland City Mission’s Hobson Street site. More>>

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NZ's First Male IAAF Gold: Tom Walsh's Historic Shot Put Victory
Although feeling very sore but with a great feeling Tom Walsh took his place as number one on the victory dais to receive his much deserved gold medal. More>>

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Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Hard To Find Books
"Unfortunately we are in crisis and this friendly dinosaur faces extinction… Our only hope is to try and raise funds to buy the building and restore it to its glory, either fully funded or with a viable deposit." More>>

Kid Lit: Lost Mansfield Story Discovered At Wellington Library
Previously undiscovered letters and a story written by a young Katherine Mansfield were recently unearthed in Wellington City Library’s archives by a local author researching a book about the famous writer. More>>

Howard Davis: The Takács Quartet
With a repertoire that spans three centuries of classical masterpieces and contemporary compositions, the Takács Quartet has an international reputation for its delicate artistry and technical virtuosity. More>>

Howard Davis: A Doll's House at Circa
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) is considered to be one of the founders of theatrical Modernism and is often referred to as "the father of realism" in the European tradition. More>>

Howard Davis: Redmer Yska's A Strange Beautiful Excitement
Wallace Stevens said that "a vocation recognizes its material by foresight" ... Redmer Yska might find the comparison immodest, yet in his own way he has done something similar.
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Wellington.Scoop: Weta Digital Starts Work On Four Avatar Sequels
Weta Digital has announced it has begun work on the four Avatar sequels. The announcement is reported in Screen Daily, the British trade paper. More>>

Howard Davis: Jonathan Mane-Wheoki
Jonathan Mane-Wheoki was an eminent New Zealand art historian, academic, and curator. The scope of his work was as far-ranging as its scale, ranging from the art and architectural history of Europe and Christianity to Maori and Pacific Island culture.More>>

Remembrance: British Memorial Design Revealed
After years of work with Weta Workshop, the British High Commission has revealed the final design of the United Kingdom’s presence in Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: The Whole Intimate Mess
Alison McCulloch: Walker’s account of what she went through is harrowing and intimate, and, at risk of sounding trite, very brave. More>>

Howard Davis: The Kuijken String Quartet
Chamber Music New Zealand has scored another coup with the Kuijken String Quartet's current tour of New Zealand. As the co-founder of both La Petite Bande in 1972 and the Kuijken String Quartet in 1986, Sigiswald Kuijken is internationally recognized ... More>>

Remembrance: Fund Opens For NZ Wars Commemorations
Applications are now being accepted to a fund set up to support commemoration events for Ngā Rā Maumahara – New Zealand Wars, says Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell. More>>

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America's Cup: Tens Of Thousands For Emirates Team NZ Homecoming Parade
Tens of thousands of people gathered in the Auckland city centre and waterfront to welcome Emirates Team New Zealand and the America’s Cup back to New Zealand. More>>

Obituary: Whānau Announce The Passing Of Bruce Stewart QSM
Matua Bruce was an award-winning builder before he embarked on a journey to build Tapu Te Ranga Marae in 1974... He built Tapu Te Ranga Marae from recycled material with just $25 and a dream. More>>

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Howard Davis: Christopher Marlowe & 'The Tragedy Of Dr. Faustus'
Previous versions of 'The Devil's Pact' can be traced back to the fourth century, Marlowe deviated significantly by depicting his protagonist as unable to burn his books or repent to a merciful God in order to have his contract annulled... More>>

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Gold For RNZ: Muslim Post-9/11 Series, Kim Hill Win In New York
The Radio New Zealand podcast series Public Enemy has won a gold award for excellence for its presenter, Mohamed Hassan, at the prestigious New York Festival Radio Awards announced in Manhattan today. RNZ National’s Saturday Morning host, Kim Hill, also received a gold award for Best Radio Personality. More>>

Human Rights Commission: Give Nothing To Racism
A campaign urging New Zealanders to give nothing to racism and refuse to spread intolerance has been launched by some of the country’s most well-known people. More>>

Louis Vuitton Series Win: Emirates Team NZ Will Challenge For The America’s Cup
By beating Artemis 5-2 they now take on Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup match starting next weekend. More>>

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Monterey: Rodger Fox Big Band Invited To Celebrated Festival
The Rodger Fox Big Band has received an invitation to perform at the 2017 Monterey 60th Anniversary Jazz Festival in the USA in September of this year. More>>

AntARTica: Scientist’s Painting Discovered In Antarctic Hut
The New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust has discovered an almost perfectly preserved 118 year old watercolour painting among penguin-excrement, dust and mould covered papers found in an historic hut at Cape Adare, Antarctica. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Set In Stone
There are over a thousand public war memorials scattered around the country, commemorating over 30,000 New Zealanders who have died in wartime, and most of whom are buried overseas. More>>>More>>

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Howard Davis Review: True Versatility - Dianne Reeves
Dianne Reeves grew up among a naturally talented musical family - her father sang, her mother played trumpet, her uncle is Charles Burrell (an accomplished jazz bassist), and her cousin is jazz fusion wizard George Duke. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Buddy Rich Redivivus - Dave Weckl & Rodger Fox
Thursday night's headliners were in effect the ubiquitous Rodger Fox Big Band, accompanying a plethora of guest stars - including jazz fusion drummer Dave Weckl, long-time Santana luminary Tony Lindsay, Down Beat rising sax star Adam Schroeder, and Mingus Big Band trumpeter Alex Sipiagin. More>>

NZDF: 100th Anniversary Of Battle Of Messines
A Royal New Zealand Navy Cadet is enjoying the highlight of his career so far, travelling to Europe with the New Zealand Defence Force to help commemorate a century-old battle fought in the First World War. More>>

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Howard Davis: Shape & Texture - Bill Frisell at the Wellington Jazz Festival
Frisell never attempts to debunk or satirize - and however concerned he is with textures, he concentrates on exact figurations of brief and complex melodic shapes, out of which whole pieces grow organically. With repeated hearings, it is these shapes which leave a lasting impression. More>>

Repatriation: Moriori And Māori Ancestors Offered Dignity And Respect
The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa will hold a pōwhiri to mark the return home of 59 Māori and Moriori ancestral remains from the United Kingdom and Europe. More>>

Wellington Rugby Zeroes: Sevens To Move To Hamilton
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester: “The Sevens has been a big part of recent Wellington history but it was time for the event to move on… Wellingtonians have been voting with their feet in the last few years and we’ve seen the result in dwindling crowd numbers and lower ticket sales.” More>>

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Matafeo & Dravid: The Billy T And Fred Award Winners For 2017
At the final show of the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. the Festival came to a close after 115 shows in Auckland and 68 shows in Wellington. More>>