Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


John McBeth: On Jonah Lomu

For many New Zealanders, the enormity of Jonah Lomu's reputation will have come as a surprise... His deeds were watched and enthused over by movie stars and musicians, politicians and superstars from other codes. He reached into the lives and homes of millions and mixed with famous people most New Zealanders would only have read about. More>>




Wellington.Scoop: R.I.P. Peter McLeavey
Lindsay Shelton writes: All of us who are saddened by the death of Peter McLeavey will be remembering his unique strengths and charm and persuasiveness, and the under-stated conviction with which he represented many of New Zealand’s greatest artists. More>>

Foreign Exchange: Orangutan Trio Bound For The USA
Three of Auckland Zoo’s six Bornean orangutans fly out to L.A. tonight bound for new homes at Los Angeles Zoo and Florida’s Busch Gardens to help progress the international breeding programme for this endangered great ape. More>>

11/11: Armistice Day
After four years of conflict the Armistice to end World War One was signed between the Allies and the German forces and on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month the guns fell silent. Throughout New Zealand bells were rung and parades were held to signal the end of the war to end all wars. More>>



Scoop Review Of Books: Not An Equilateral Triangle
Kūpapa: The Bitter Legacy of Māori Alliances with the Crown: A prime point Crosby makes is that not at all was black and white in terms of the so-called Māori Wars in this time frame – it was not Māori vs Pākehā, but it was a triangular scenario whereby it was very often Māori vs Māori + Pākehā – and sometimes Māori vs Māori. These were not ‘Māori Wars’ at all, rather they were varieties of civil war. More>>

'Cheers And Adoration': All Blacks In Parade Through Wellington CBD
Thousands gathered in central Wellington to cheer the All Blacks. There were children, adults, construction workers, parents and at least one fisherman. While the numbers were huge, the atmosphere was relaxed and good-natured More>>

NZ Wins 3rd Rugby World Cup: Dan Carter 19, Australia 17, Rest of All Blacks 15
No ordinary win. An epic win by a team All Blacks legends, delivered in style, over our greatest rivals on the rugby field. 1st ever Rugby team to win thrice. 1st ever defence of the cup, 2011 &,2015. And Sonny Bill Williams gives away his medal! WTF! NZ is staggered… More>>



Problems May See More Restrictions: Caution Urged This Fireworks Season
“There are a number of agencies working together to ensure the fireworks that are available for sale are safe and that the rules for selling them are followed. The greatest risk of harm is when the rules and instructions around fireworks are ignored.” More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: The Life And Art Of Len Lye
Reviewed by Max Rashbrooke: ‘Zizz’ was one of Len Lye’s favourite expressions, a word that captured his immense love of motion and energy... More>>

NZ v Aussie Final: Not Everyone Excited By Rugby World Cup
As the All Blacks gear up for the Rugby World Cup final, spare a thought for the surprisingly high number of Kiwis who are holding their breath just waiting for the whole thing to be over... “They don’t like what they see as the link to violence, the increasing commercialisation of the All Blacks, or the way that New Zealanders invest so much of their identity into sport.” More>>


Meanwhile, In Football: Capital Backs Phoenix To Remain With A-League
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says she is disappointed at the decision of Football Federation Australia to reject the Wellington Phoenix bid for a 10-year A-League licence extension. More>>


Bird Crowing: Bar-Tailed Godwit (Kuaka) Crowned Bird Of The Year
The bar-tailed godwit (kuaka) has been crowned New Zealand's Bird of the Year after three weeks of close competition, heated campaigning and scandal. These lunatic long-distance fliers have the longest migratory flight of any bird in the world, and travel over 11,000 kilometres from Alaska to reach New Zealand in less than 9 days. More>>


That Band You Like: Sleater-Kinney Announce Their First NZ Show In 13 Years
It is with a great deal of excitement we announce the return to New Zealand shores of the hugely influential SLEATER-KINNEY. They will bring their full No Cities to Love touring show to the Powerstation on Monday 29 February - the perfect setting for what The Guardian calls a "no-frills, high-kicking, hard-rocking" show. More>>

Wynton Marsalis, Pina Bausch's Company, Sufjan Stevens... New Zealand Festival Launches 2016 Programme
“For this milestone Festival we’ve pulled together the very best international artists. We’re creating experiences you wouldn’t be able to enjoy without flying across the world, and bringing them right to your doorstep…” Image: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch - The Rite Of Spring. Credit: Ulli Weiss. More>>


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New Music Review: Fat Freddy’s Drop – Bays
New Zealand’s self-styled "seven-headed soul monster," Fat Freddy’s Drop have come a long way from their humble origins in the 90s, as a group of local lads jamming together. They now regularly play sold-out shows across Europe and hold a place in the hearts of their home fan base similar to that of Los Lobos in LA... More>>

Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill: New Tree Confirmed For Summit
A tree will once again stand on the tihi (summit) of Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill following a decision by the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority at their Hui today. More>>


WWI: Ngā Tapuwae Western Front Trails Released
A new interactive guide to New Zealand’s First World War history on the Western Front is now available to download, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Augustus Koch - Mapmaker
Apart from a brief entry in Una Platts’ Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists, little has been written about Augustus Koch... More>>

Bachel Test: Aussie Bachelorette Finds Love In New Zealand
Today it was announced that New Zealand will be the destination for the season finale of the Australian reality series The Bachelorette – which will showcase New Zealand as the ultimate romantic destination throughout Australia. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: The Moviemaker
Geoff Murphy’s new memoir deserves to be as popular as his three hit movies of the 1980s. He proves himself to be a natural storyteller, and he tells his story with droll humour. More>>

No Soul: Soulfest 2015 Cancelled
It is with a heavy heart and great regret that SoulFest International Australia advises that it has become necessary to cancel SoulFest 2015 and the subsequent sideshows, due to low ticket sales in Australia and New Zealand. More>>

Time Of The Ensigns: Wellington City Council Flies The Flags
At noon on Monday the five flag options for the first referendum were hoisted over the Wellington Town Hall. The wind did not disappoint and the contenders for the new ensign contender spot flapped happily in a spring wind. More>>


13/10: 40 Years Since The Māori Land March Arrived At Parliament
Traffic into Wellington came to a standstill as thousands of Māori and Pākehā streamed along the motorway into the capital on 13 October 1975, concluding the Māori land march to parliament. More>>


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>>

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>>

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