Regional News is a fortnightly events and entertainment, lifestyle and leisure publication. It is the last remaining free arts newspaper in Greater Wellington, enjoyed by approximately 90,000 readers.
Our eyes are on Wellington events. We cover all aspects of the arts and entertainment industry, from exhibitions and festivals to concerts, theatre, live comedy, and drag shows. We write articles, reviews, and feature stories, interviewing artists from the capital and beyond. As print media increasingly moves away from the arts, we are dedicated to giving creatives a platform to discuss and promote their work.
Articles this issue:
Behind the sequins
Go behind the sequined curtain with RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under star Anita Wigl’it as she makes her Circa Theatre debut in Funny Gurl! this April.
The maker of dreams
Glitter, queerness, and whakapapa combine in a beautiful “world-bending” practice to make up renowned Kiwi artist Reuben Paterson’s largest exhibition to date.
Sam Clague takes a journey back in time in order to document, study, analyse, and draw attention to the oppressive social and economic practices of our capitalist history.
The bleak and the beautiful
Wellington songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vera Ellen will unveil her latest album Ideal Home Noise at San Fran on the 15th of April.
Mr, Mrs, or Mx Right
Looking for that special someone? A new queer speed dating and drag show combo is coming to Wellington, courtesy of local drag icons Homer Neurotic and Selina Simone.
Hell is for the comedians
Knock, knock. Who’s there? Well, hell of course! Welcome to our fiery abode, where 15 comedians are commanded to deliver three-minutes of fresh content for our entertainment. Muahahaha.
Regional News is a key part of the cultural infrastructure in the Wellington region: it is the ‘go-to’ publication for information about all upcoming arts and cultural events. Each publication highlights and showcases the rich diversity of culture on offer, from the large to the small.
– Kirsten Mason, general manager, Orchestra Wellington
Regional News plays a hugely valuable role in the Wellington and Aotearoa arts industry, as an integral media publication that gives Wellington key access to arts interviews, news, and information. There is very little media throughout the country, especially in Wellington, which covers arts news, and Regional News have always been hugely supportive of the arts community.
– Michelle Lafferty, director, Elephant Publicity
No other local publication devotes as significant amount of space to the arts as Regional News. Wellington is the cultural capital of New Zealand and this newspaper truly reflects that. It is a vital part of Wellington’s arts and journalistic ecology.
– Salesi Le’ota, publications and events coordinator, Playmarket
Thanks for all the work you're constantly doing for the arts community in Wellington – doesn't go unnoticed!
– Lydia Zanetti, Zanetti Productions
Thank you Maddi for all you, Frances, and Regional News do for me and the Wellington arts scene! Truly awesome.
– Colleen McColl, publicist
Let us congratulate you on a great publication. Nowhere else out there are the arts so widely and competently covered.
– Heather and Richard, readers from Point Howard
Regional News is a great asset for the arts in Wellington. They include an entire page of visual arts coverage in each issue (which I'm sure you'll know is rare for a newspaper).
– Simon Gennard, communications and publications manager, Enjoy Contemporary Art Space.
Congrats to Regional News for being singularly the best all round summary of what's going on in the region, by far.
– Andrew, president, Wellington Bluegrass Society
I received my first booking from this advert totalling $1400. A huge thank you!
– Robin, Red Tussock Motel
The what’s on pages are the first that I read whenever I receive your newspaper and influence my choice of entertainment each month.
– Margaret, committee member, festival singers
Regional News is becoming miles away the best organ for information about local events… You have served us – and the Hutt Valley community very well!
– Murray Presland, president, Chamber Music Hutt Valley
I’m sitting here with my coffee reading your latest terrific R News. Both my husband and I look forward to each edition. It is packed full of interesting, informative and educational articles not only local but national too.
– Anonymous resident, Karori