Chiptunes: Recreating Christmas Carols From Alan Turing's Computer

New Zealand researchers have recreated what is thought to be the first computer-generated Christmas music – exactly as it would have sounded on Alan Turing’s computer. More>>


Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Ten x Ten - One Hundred of Te Papa's Best-Loved Art Works

An idiosyncratic selection by ten art curators, each of whom have chosen ten of their favourite works. Handsomely illustrated, their choices are accompanied by full-page colour prints and brief descriptions of the work, explaining in straightforward and approachable language why it is of historical, cultural, or personal significance. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Portacom City - Reporting On Canterbury Earthquakes

In Portacom City Paul Gorman describes his own deeply personal story of working as a journalist during the quakes, while also speaking more broadly about the challenges that confront reporters at times of crisis. More>>





Howard Davis Review: Album of the Year - Van Morrison's Roll with the Punches
For his thirty-seventh studio album, The Belfast Cowboy returns to his roots by celebrating his passion for the blues and the influence it has had over his fifty-year career. More>>

Handcrafted Form: Rare Treasures From Japan
This unique exhibition at Expressions Whirinaki represents 90 everyday objects made by contemporary Japanese artisans who employ various traditional craft techniques made in regional workshops. The works used in daily life are crafted from raw materials with techniques appropriate to bringing out the best of its medium, balancing ease of use with aesthetic appeal. More>>

Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius
Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>

New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Vincent O'Malley's The Great War for New Zealand - Waikato 1800-2000
This is a BIG book - in terms of size (668 pages, lavishly illustrated), content (a heroic endeavour to encompass the Waikato wars from gestation through to finale), and ambition (to redress the prevailing perception that the so-called Māori wars were merely a blip on the radar of New Zealand military history). More>>


  • Scoop Review of Books: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetu
  • Scoop Review of Books: Rā Maumahara: Q&A Tom Roa
  • Keith Newman - Remembering The Future - Finding Healing in Our History
  • RNZ Launches New Zealand Wars Project
  • Te Puni Kokiri - Te Pūtake o te Riri Successful Applications Announced
  • Te Papa - New Zealand Wars Mini Exhibition to Open at Te Papa
  • David Rankin - Calls for Immediate Halt to War Commemorations - Maori Outrage over Historian's War Claims
  • Howard Davis Review: Another Time, Another Place - David Friesen Trio Live
    "It has been said of David Friesen that he does for the art of bass playing what Pythagoras did for the triangle" - Patrick Hinley, Jazz Times. At Wellington's newest jazz venue, the cozy and intimate Pyramid Cub, the trio clicked together from the opening bars, presenting many of the tunes from their marvelous new recording. More>>

    Scoop Review Of Books:
    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>>

    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>>


    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>>


    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>>


    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>>


    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.

    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>>


    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>>


    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>>


    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>>


    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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