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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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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>>

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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>>

Scoop Review Of Books: What’s Fair? Tax and Fairness
This is an excellent and timely book, since apart from general statements about increasing or mostly reducing tax, there has been very little comment or debate as to whether we should pay tax at all and how much tax should each of us pay. More>>

Ockham Awards: Globally Lauded Novelist Wins NZ’s Biggest Fiction Prize
Internationally renowned Ngāruawāhia resident Catherine Chidgey has won New Zealand’s richest writing award, the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, for her novel The Wish Child. More>>

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NIWA: Sea Favours Marine Ecologist
NIWA puts a lot of things in the ocean... this is a story about something that accidentally ended up in the sea and thanks to the wind, ocean currents, good luck and good people, came back. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Individual Happiness Now
The recent launch for the previously unpublished Individual Happiness Now by New Zealander Len Lye and UK academic and classicist Robert Graves by the Govett Brewster Gallery brings an essay first written in 1941 to a contemporary audience. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: 2 Poems From ‘Manifesto Aotearoa’
We are grateful to Otago University Press and to Maraea Rakuraku and Vaughan Rapatahana for permission to reproduce their poems below, just two of the 101 included in this collection More>>

Gordon Campbell: Raymond Scott - The Man Who Heard The Future
“This is from the fifties and sixties? Raymond Scott belongs to the phalanx of unique people like Les Paul, Oscar Sala, and Leon Theremin, to whom we owe so much in developing our own musical identity today.” More>>

Howard Davis Review: Kathryn Stott & The New Zealand String Quartet
Known mainly for her interpretations of the French piano repertoire, pianist Kathryn Stott treated her audience to a virtuoso performance tinted with evanescent colours and a shimmering, elusive luminosity at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Stealing Eyeballs

In the 2016 sci-fi movie Arrival, there’s an intriguing scene that speculates about the effects of learning a new language. A linguist, played by Amy Adams, offers a theory that the language you speak determines how you think... More>>

On The Big Screen: Over-Sized Arcade Game Tournament On ChCh Streets
Arcade game enthusiasts will be doing battle for a one-of-a-kind golden road cone trophy at Gap Filler’s Super Street Arcade this weekend on the corner of High and Tuam Streets. The ‘Attack of the Cones Team Battle’ is open to all ages and anyone can enter, even if they’ve never played before. More>>

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Review: Howard Davis On Olivier Assayas' 'Personal Shopper'
Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper is stylish, mysterious, and very strange indeed. It manages to be both ghost story and suspense thriller, yet also a portrait of numbed loneliness and ennui , held together by an peculiarly inexpressive performance from ... More>>

Max Rashbrooke: Review - The NZSO And Nature
This was a lovely, varied concert with an obvious theme based on the natural world. It kicked off with Mendelssohn's sparkling Hebrides Overture, which had a wonderfully taut spring right from the start, and great colour from the woodwinds, especially the clarinets. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Prue Hyman On ‘Hopes Dashed?’
For Scoop Review of Books, Alison McCulloch interviewed Prue Hyman about her new book, part of the BWB Texts series, Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality More>>

Howard Davis Review:
The Baroque Fusion Of L'arpeggiata

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. Director Christina Pluhar engenders this distinctive tonality associated with the ensemble she founded in 2000 by inviting musicians and vocalists from around the world to collaborate on specific projects illuminated by her musicological research. More>>

African Masks And Sculpture: Attic Discovery On Display At Expressions Whirinaki
Ranging from masks studded with nails and shards of glass to statues laden with magical metal, the works are from ethnic groups in nine countries ranging from Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 
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