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Further APO Concerts Impacted Due To Auckland Covid Response

Friday, 17 September 2021, 4:39 pm | Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

As a result of Auckland’s continued COVID response, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) regrets to announce that the following concerts will not take place as per the advertised dates and times. Metlifecare Unwrap the Music: Tchaikovsky’s ... More >>

Nelson Arts Festival Scales Back 2021 Programme

Friday, 17 September 2021, 3:13 pm | Nelson Arts Festival

Nelson Arts Festival has made the difficult decision to cancel most of its 2021 programme of shows and events due to the continued impact of the Covid-19 Delta outbreak. At this stage, planning is continuing for a select number of events including Mask ... More >>

University of Otago 2022 Arts Fellows announcement

Friday, 17 September 2021, 2:47 pm | University of Otago

The University of Otago’s 2022 Arts Fellows’ projects will explore a wide range of topics with a common thread; understanding and embracing diversity. The 2022 Robert Burns Fellow is Albert Belz; Sean Donnelly is the Mozart Fellow; Michael Parmenter ... More >>

The Moon & The Sun – All Day All Weekend – On Māori Television!

Friday, 17 September 2021, 1:10 pm | Maori Television

The OMNIBUS season continues this weekend with MOON TIDE FISHING and OFF THE GRID – on MĀORI TELEVISION . Nore Martin and his friends demonstrate the ancient knowledge of the maramataka and the power of fishing by the lunar cycle in MOON TIDE FISHING ... More >>


Friday, 17 September 2021, 12:25 pm | KidzStuff Theatre for Children

Circa Two Tuesday 5 – Saturday 16 October 2021 Shows Tuesday – Saturday at 11am daily Tickets $15.00 pp or Family pass $50.00 A refreshing look at absurdity and adventure! Over the past three decades, MR FUNGUS has been one of the capital’s ... More >>

New venue for Auckland Lantern Festival 2022

Friday, 17 September 2021, 11:57 am | Auckland Unlimited

Auckland Showgrounds to host New Zealand’s largest cultural festival • Auckland Lantern Festival will take place at a new venue next year on 10-13 February. • The Auckland Showgrounds will host the four-day event, headlining Auckland’s Chinese ... More >>

Announcing the Winner of the 2021 Michael Gifkins Prize

Friday, 17 September 2021, 10:30 am | Text Publishing

Tom Baragwanath has been awarded the 2021 Michael Gifkins Prize for his crime novel Paper Cage . Baragwanath wins a publishing contract with Text and a NZ$10,000 advance against royalties. Baragwanath accepted the award during an online event hosted by ... More >>

New Zealand international race walker Alana Barber retires

Friday, 17 September 2021, 9:28 am | Athletics New Zealand

Commonwealth silver medal-winning race walker Alana Barber has formally announced her retirement from the sport. More >>

More Mountain Biking action for New Zealand

Friday, 17 September 2021, 9:20 am | Spark Sport

Spark Sport have today announced a new partnership with Red Bull Media House to bring the Crankworx Mountain Bike circuit, and the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup to its growing suite of sports content. The move comes off the back of Spark Sport being named the ... More >>

Timeline For America's Cup Decision Is Extended

Friday, 17 September 2021, 8:55 am | America's Cup Media

>Following a very close 37th America’s Cup (AC37) Host Venue selection process consisting of three compelling and professional international proposals, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) together with Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ), ... More >>

Māori Digital Show Harakore translated

Friday, 17 September 2021, 8:45 am | Hikor NZ

Hikoi productions the tv production company responsible for shows such as Kai Maori and Hunting Aotearoa has translated their 100% Maori language digital show Harakore into Arabic, Chinese and Hindi subtitles. More >>

Te Whakanui I Te Hākinakina Pūroi Kore I Te Reo Māori | Celebrating Clean Sport In Te Reo Māori

Friday, 17 September 2021, 5:12 am | Drug Free Sport NZ

Former Silver Fern and clean sport advocate Jodi Brown last week praised the launch of Te Hākinakina Pūroi Kore 101, a new online course from Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) that teaches key clean sport concepts entirely in te reo Māori. Jodi, who ... More >>

Tom Baragwanath Has Been Awarded The 2021 Michael Gifkins Prize For His Crime Novel Paper Cage

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 7:36 pm | New Zealand Society of Authors

Tom Baragwanath has been awarded the 2021 Michael Gifkins Prize for his crime novel Paper Cage. Baragwanath wins a publishing contract with Text and a NZ$10,000 advance against royalties. Baragwanath accepted the award during an online event hosted by ... More >>

Silver Ferns Granted Dispensation To Contest International Series

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 4:56 pm | Netball NZ

The Silver Ferns have been granted an exemption from the government for four Auckland-based players to travel to Christchurch for next week’s Cadbury Netball Series against England. Newly appointed captain Gina Crampton, vice-captain Sulu Fitzpatrick, Peta ... More >>

The Remarkables set to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 2:49 pm | NZSki

The Remarkables celebrates Talk Like a Pirate Day this weekend with series of fun family events and activities. More >>

Ōtautahi Tiny Performance Festival 2021 programme

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 2:25 pm | Tiny Fest

Tiny Fest is doing WHAT?! It’s really HAPPENING? Could this be the only performance festival in Ōtautahi this year? Tiny Fest has risen to the challenge of COVID-19, part-Delta, by audaciously announcing its 2021 program of 45 artists, 21 shows, over ... More >>

Finalists announced in the 16th Plain English Awards

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 1:00 pm | Plain English Awards

The past year has been one in which many individuals and organisations have been hard at work adapting to their new normal. Many people have been busier than ever, getting used to an ever-changing work environment. That’s why organisers of the ... More >>

Beyond whodunnit: 2021 Ngaio Marsh Awards finalists

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 11:49 am | Ngaio Marsh Award

From journalists hunting justice to communities upturned by sudden violence, the authors of the 2021 Ngaio Marsh Awards finalists explore the motives and impacts of some of the starkest criminal justice issues facing Aotearoa. More >>

rugby players have a 45.7% chance of getting a serious head

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 11:19 am |

A new study by has revealed the most popular extreme sports from New Zealand and analyzed the chance of injury while partaking in each one. More >>

NZ Sail Grand Prix Christchurch Event Cancelled

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 10:57 am | Christchurch NZ

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, SailGP has confirmed the cancellation of the New Zealand Sail Grand Prix Christchurch event. More >>

Greyhounds As Pets celebrates birthday with national walk

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 9:14 am | Greyhounds as Pets

The charity that rehomes Greyhounds after racing is celebrating its milestone 15th birthday this weekend with a national walk for around 500 hounds, after it had to cancel its annual event at Cornwall Park, Auckland, due to Covid-19. More >>

Kiwi Rock Legends Join Motorbike Enthusiasts For New Zealand’s First Ever Kickdown

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 7:01 pm | Kickdown Festival

Whangamata is gearing up to host New Zealand’s first ever Kickdown Festival on 20 – 23 January 2022. Highlights of the three-day festival will include the opportunity for motorbike enthusiasts and their passengers to win $1m cash and be part of the ... More >>

Six New Films From Emerging Filmmakers - On Māori Television!

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 6:15 pm | Maori Television

Six new sustainability-focused short films by emerging young New Zealand film-makers - SOMEDAY STORIES 5 - are premiering on Māori Television’s website and MĀORI+ app during the month of September. From the gas fields of Taranaki to ... More >>

Taiao: A Nonverbal Documentary Experience

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 3:26 pm | Elephant Publicity

The Outlook for Someday and Te & Kaponga Pictures present TAIAO WHAKATAUKĪ Whatungarongaro te tangata, toitu te whenua As people disappear from sight, the land remains TAIAO explores how we as a multicultural people use Aotearoa’s natural ... More >>

Highlands Sprint Series success draws praise and new sponsor

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 2:19 pm | Highlands Motorsport Park

The popular 'have a go' style sprint racing series at Highlands Motorsport Park has received acclaim from competitors and a new sponsor for the up-coming series. The unique format of the four-round series at the Cromwell race track, which attracts ... More >>

Lockdown Shopping Trends Revealed

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 11:57 am | PriceSpy

  PriceSpy data reveals how Kiwis are keeping busy to help time ‘fry’ by New data released from the fully impartial price and product comparison site, PriceSpy , reveals what Kiwis have been looking to buy across Alert Level 4 lockdown. And ... More >>

Queenstown student wins BPM Student Challenge for 2021

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 11:08 am | Better Public Media

Better Public Media Trust takes great pleasure in announcing the 2021 winners of the BPM Student Challenge. This year’s winner was an excellent video by 17 year old Queenstown student, Elke Koehn titled ‘Free Press’. Elke wins $1000 first ... More >>

The Big Ambition of Toi Whakaari’s Tanea Heke

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 11:05 am | Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School

E te Tī, e te Tā, tēnā koutou katoa Ka tika kia mihia ō tātou tino mate e ngaro atu nei ki tua-o-te-ārai, rātou kua whetūrangitia. Kei ngā mate hūhua, haere, whakangaro atu rā ki te pō, oti atu ki te pō. Tātou o te ao ora e pakanga ... More >>

Star Fetchers Kickstarter Launches

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 10:58 am | Svavelstickan

Star Fetchers is a journey about two inner city thugs trying to take down the most notorious gangster in town; DogHead. It's an adventure huffing on the fumes of 90's midnight TV, delivering a story paved with bizarre scenarios, ugly characters and ... More >>

Commemorating military operations in Malaya and Malaysia

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 9:39 am | Ministry For Culture And Heritage

New Zealanders are invited to participate in online activities to honour those who served in New Zealand’s post-Second World War military operations in Malaya and Malaysia. The usual annual ceremony at the National War Memorial is unable to proceed ... More >>

ILakolako Ni Weniqia: A Veiqia Project Exhibition

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 6:26 pm | The Physics Room

In 2018 members of The Veiqia Project travelled to Yaro Village on Kia Island in northern Fiji to spend time in talanoa with people there about the traditional Fijian female tattooing practice of veiqia. Veiqia Project member Luisa Tora has committed More >>

New Book Shows 194 Years Of Change In Te Reo Māori

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 3:09 pm | Bible Society

To coincide with this year’s Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Bible Society has re-issued one of the first books ever published in te reo Māori. The book, which featured selected passages from the Bible and some hymns translated into Māori, was published ... More >>

Dates Announced For Summer Concert Tour 2022

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 2:50 pm | Greenstone Entertainment and Taupo Summer Concert

It’s time to dust off the dancing shoes, start tuning up your best singing voice and get your plans underway for one of New Zealand’s biggest concert drawcards of the summer, with the team at Greenstone Entertainment bringing back the much sought-after ... More >>

Using Christchurch as a giant creative space

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 1:53 pm | Arts Access Aotearoa

The White Room Creative Space in Christchurch will extend its hours and wants to use the city as a “giant” creative space, thanks to funding it’s received through the Government’s three-year Creative Spaces Initiative. Delivered by Manatū Taonga ... More >>

The Kid Laroi Announces His First Ever Australia & New Zealand Headline Shows As Part Of His End Of The World Tour

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 1:00 pm | Sony Music

Handsome Tours, TEG Live and Sony Music Australia are excited to announce that The Kid LAROI will return to Australia and New Zealand in May/June 2022 for his first ever headlining tour. Fresh off the heels of his debut VMA performance and sold out ... More >>

Junior by Conor Maxwell

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 12:57 pm | Meteor Theatre

Graduate of UK’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) takes the Hamilton stage in locally created black comedy, as part of The Meteor’s creative development programme ‘Boil Up’. Cambridge-based actor Julia Watkins is no stranger to the Waikato ... More >>

Summer Student Opportunities At Auckland Museum

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 12:36 pm | Auckland War Memorial Museum

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum has launched the second year of the Auckland Museum Sheldon Werner Summer Studentship programme. A range of research projects has been developed to support the Museum’s work, spanning the humanities, ... More >>

Green Pod to foster connection and kōrero for Wellbeing

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 12:20 pm | The Green Lab

The Green Lab will foster kōrero for wellbeing this month, with a Pod-Cast of Cantabrians who will host conversations in the Green Connection Pod. In 2021, Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) will run 27 September - 3 October. This year’s kaupapa is Mā te kōrero, ... More >>

Farewell to Lou Sanson - A friend to anglers and hunters

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 12:09 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Fish & Game New Zealand wishes departing Department of Conservation Director-General Lou Sanson all the best for the future More >>

Campaign to create series of animated waiata

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 10:41 am | Maoriland

19-year-old animator Turanga Mahutonga is creating Waiata Bro’s: A series of fun animated music videos that teach words and phrases in te reo Māori for everyone to sing along to. Turanga Mahutonga grew up in a Māori speaking whānau in Rotorua. ... More >>

Dan Carter: 1598

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 10:13 am | Upstart Press

Upstart Press is thrilled to announce the upcoming publication of an exciting collaboration with All Blacks legend Dan Carter. More >>

Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition attracts record art sales

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 10:03 am | Parkin Drawing Prize

Art sales in the 2021 Parkin Drawing Prize have hit a record high for the first time since the prestigious national award was launched nine years ago. More >>

Eight’s Feature Length Film About Dame Valerie Adams Is In Production

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 6:15 am | Trigger Marketing

Hot off the heels of her fifth Olympic games and bronze medal win, Dame Valerie Adams is to feature in an honest and revealing film. Eight has announced the movie is in production via their long-form platform, The Story Department and is due for ... More >>

Drag Shows ‘Boost Happiness And Mental Wellbeing’

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 5:42 am | Glasgow Caledonian University

Live drag shows increase the happiness and wellbeing of audiences and can help ease anxiety and depression, according to a new academic study The worldwide success of RuPaul’s Drag Race credited with making club nights more diverse, welcoming and ... More >>

Māori Language Moment Dedicated To The People Of Auckland: 1.07 Million+ Signed Up

Monday, 13 September 2021, 8:11 pm | Maori Language Commission

With hours to go until the Māori Language Moment 2021, more than 1 million New Zealanders have already joined the commission’s online Māori language movement. Organisers have dedicated this year’s Māori Language Moment to the people of Auckland ... More >>

The Road To The 67th New Zealand Grand Prix Starts Here

Monday, 13 September 2021, 6:14 pm | Toyota GAZOO Racing New Zealand

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing New Zealand has released details of its Road to NZGP programme and it should help young Kiwi racers into the fast lane for the biggest single seater race weekend of the year. Kaleb Ngatoa dices it out with Shane van Gisbergen in the ... More >>

Māori Television Launches ‘Waiata Anthems: Reo Journey’ Online

Monday, 13 September 2021, 5:17 pm | Maori Television

New Māori language music from some of the most celebrated musicians in Aotearoa – both emerging and established – will be released on Māori Television’s Facebook page @ at 8.00 PM every day from tonight (Monday 13 September 2021). WAIATA ... More >>

Winners Announced In National Fashion Style Search

Monday, 13 September 2021, 4:59 pm | Lily magazine

From left, Lily editor Margo Nugent, winner Ivy Karue, runner-up Cecilia Pirah, guest judge Natasha Tamanabae, and Cherish Boutique owner Cherry Lin. Runner-up Inali Kurumbi was unable to attend. Joint media release from Cherish Boutique and Lily ... More >>

OdESSA New Release - It’s Gonna Get Better

Monday, 13 September 2021, 4:50 pm | OdESSA

OdESSA at Gardens Magic 2021. Photo credit: Philip Banks Your favourite garage funksters are back with a new look, a refined sound and a new track - the first in over 13 years! 2021 has been electrifying for this high energy funk band after their show-stealing ... More >>

Bringing The Conversation Of Gender Diversity Onto Our Marae

Monday, 13 September 2021, 4:19 pm | Elephant Publicity

When Takatāpui character, Blayke, is called to return home to their marae, they are faced with a decision: do they return as their full authentic self, or do they hide who they truly are for the comfort of their whānau? He Takatāpui Ahau is a ... More >>

Real ‘Rangatahi Reo’ Kicks Off on George FM

Monday, 13 September 2021, 3:13 pm | George FM

Underground Slang ‘Kīwaha o te Rā launched for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori More >>

Surge of Te Reo Māori waiata in Official Chart

Monday, 13 September 2021, 2:14 pm | NZ Music Charts

As we enter Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week, Te Reo Māori waiata have surged into Recorded Music’s Official New Zealand Music Charts | Te Papa Tātai Waiata Matua O Aotearoa More >>

Last Team Standing Wins ‘Ariki’ – On Māori Television

Monday, 13 September 2021, 1:56 pm | Maori Television Service

Young Māori men and women battle it out in a revolutionary Māori martial arts competition, ARIKI , returning for a second season on Māori Television this Māori Language Day, Tuesday 14 September 2021, at 4.00 PM. 'Hopu i te Ariki' or ‘Catch ... More >>

Tonight On Te Ao With Moana – On Māori Television

Monday, 13 September 2021, 12:34 pm | Maori Television Service

Māori Television’s award-winning current affairs series, TE AO WITH MOANA , marks the beginning of Māori Language Week with a look at the international scene – tonight at 8.00 PM. Host Moana Maniapoto – herself a celebrated recording artist ... More >>

Former All Blacks Use Squash For Fitness And Competition

Monday, 13 September 2021, 12:18 pm | Squash New Zealand

Squash is proving to be an ideal opportunity for everyone to keep fit, and social as well especially those who have excelled in other sports. More >>

OOHMAA Releases Traffic Report For August/September 2021

Monday, 13 September 2021, 11:13 am | OOHMAA

The Out of Home Media Association Aotearoa (OOHMAA) has today released its latest traffic report reflecting changes in traffic during the August/September Covid-19 national alert level changes. It’s been more than three weeks since Aotearoa went ... More >>

Collapsing the Conventional: NZ Young Writers Festival 2021

Monday, 13 September 2021, 10:17 am | Young Writers Festival

Now in its seventh year, the New Zealand Young Writers is itching to get started, with a four-day packed programme delving into poetry, playwriting, performance and more. The free to attend festival opens with a bang on Thursday 28 October at our ... More >>

Sport Hawke’s Bay gains national governance mark award

Monday, 13 September 2021, 9:49 am | Sport Hawke's Bay

Sport Hawke’s Bay is the first Sport New Zealand funded regional sport organisation to gain its Governance Mark status in 2021. More >>

WARBIRDS OVER WANAKA – Jet Racing confirmed for 2022

Monday, 13 September 2021, 9:40 am | Warbirds Over Wanaka

The world’s fastest motor sport has been confirmed to take centre stage at next Easter’s Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow. Jet Racing, featured for the first time in 2014, with high-performance jet aircraft racing around a tight aerial ... More >>

Air New Zealand helps te reo Māori fly

Monday, 13 September 2021, 9:24 am | Air New Zealand

Araraurangi (Air New Zealand) is inviting Kiwis to join them in helping the Māori language fly, by sharing its Kia Rere app with the public, just in time for te Wiki o te reo Māori. The app, created by Air New Zealand in partnership with NZ Māori ... More >>



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