"Our Pride": Auckland Pride 2019 Programme Announcement

Auckland Pride Festival returns in 2019, celebrating the diversity of the rainbow experience in Tāmaki Makaurau and reconnecting with grassroots communities across the region, fromFebruary 1-17. More>>


Gnome Ghome: Stolen Statue Recovered

A statue of a gnome worth $55,000 is to be reunited with its owner, after being found dumped outside a Salvation Army store... The statue was stolen from outside Auckland's Gow Langsford Gallery on Christmas Day. More>>


Sir Stephen Robert Tindall, KNZM"Congratulations To Our Honours Recipients"

One hundred and ninety six New Zealanders were congratulated by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for their contributions to New Zealand and our communities… More>>


Howard Davis Review: Wild at Heart - The Happy Prince and At Eternity's Gate

Besides being exact contemporaries who were born and died prematurely within a year of each other, Oscar Wilde and Vincent van Gogh shared the cautionary experience of being outcast and repudiated in their brief lifetimes. More>>





Howard Davis Review: Playing Court Politics - The Favourite and Vice
Two bizarre new movies have just been released guaranteed to both shock and amuse even the most jaded and cynical Ebeneezer Scrooge - Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite and Adam McKay's Vice. More>>

A Funny Year: NZ Comedy Guild Award Winners
The big winner for 2018 was Rose Matafeo who has had incredible success on the international stage in recent years. Her achievements in prestigious international festivals were recognized as being both trial blazing and showing a path for another generation of New Zealand Comics. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Best Music Tracks Of 2018
Oliver Godji, who records as Octavian, is a French/British/Angolan rapper based in London. As someone born in Lille, France, he didn’t qualify for welfare in Britain... More>>

Programme Launch: Pussy Riot Leads The Auckland Fringe
The full programme for Auckland Fringe arts festival 2019 has landed with a giant international announcement for the blockbuster programme which features Russian protest art collective Pussy Riot. They are set to make their New Zealand debut, coming to Auckland for one night only. More>>

Howard Davis: Three Reasons for Film Fans to Get Netflix
The past two months have finally seen Netflix come into its own, providing the financing for three films that will warm the hearts of cinephiles everywhere - Orson Welles' The Other Side of The Wind, The Coen Brothers' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Alfonso Cuarón's Roma. More>>

Porn And Teens Report: 'Wake-Up Call' On Sexuality Education
Family Planning: The Office of Film and Literature Classification’s survey of more than 2000 young people about pornography highlights that sexuality education provides an opportunity for a vital counter-narrative to porn that could reach most young New Zealanders... More>>


Howard Davis Review: An Embarrassment of Riches - New Zealand Art at Te Papa
On the evidence of this selection alone, these magnificent national treasures deserve a dedicated exhibition space in which to display the entire depth and breadth of New Zealand's artistic heritage. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: War 3.0
Valerie Morse: In October, the New Zealand government called out Russia for its “malicious cyber activity." David Sanger's new book aims to provide some much-needed and highly readable background to the issues, and poses some challenging questions for an informed debate. More>>

Howard Davis: Rogues & Vagabonds - The Cinematic Universe of Nicolas Roeg
It is a sad week for cinephiles in which both Bernardo Bertolucci and Nicolas Roeg find themselves permanently double-parked in the great Drive-In Movie Theatre in the Sky within three days of each other. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books Q&A: Historian Vincent O’Malley
There is quite a lot of ignorance of the basic facts of New Zealand history because so few people learn anything about it at school and that is fully evident whenever anything on these issues is published in the media, such as Stuff’s wonderful recent series about the Treaty... More>>


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>>


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>>

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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>

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