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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:

Where sun, sea, and sound collides - 214 | Regional News

Where sun, sea, and sound collides

Come live it up with Breaking Beats at This Is Living, a new outdoor music festival in Petone featuring more than 25 artists and headlined by the best of the best.

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Our rainbow, sparkly, sequined selves - 214 | Regional News

Our rainbow, sparkly, sequined selves

Coming to the capital for the first time during the 2024 Wellington Pride Festival, Explosive Empathy challenges LGBTQIA+ discrimination through colourful and quirky mixed-media artworks by creative Melanie Fleet.

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Through the stargate  - 214 | Regional News

Through the stargate

Award-winning composer and musician Dave Flynn will bring his Celtic Guitar Journey to Stonehenge Aotearoa on the 14th of March. 

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Modern-day Macbeth - 214 | Regional News

Modern-day Macbeth

Butterfly Creek Theatre Troupe’s 2024 Bard in the Yard production is a contemporary rendition of Shakespeare’s popular, pacey, and powerful tragedy of unchecked ambition, Macbeth.

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Laugh-a-minute - 214 | Regional News

Laugh-a-minute

Emerging from the depths of the Hutt Valley, comedians Jerome Chandrahasen and Patch Lambert are coming together on the 2nd of March at The Fringe Bar for a one-night-only, laugh-a-minute hour of comedy.

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Humanising the gaze - 214 | Regional News

Humanising the gaze

Argentinian film Labyrinth of the Moons snakes its way through themes of identity, motherhood, and trans childhood – catch a rare screening on the 6th of March during the Wellington Pride Festival.

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Testimonials

  •   Congratulations on your marvellous 200th edition with the inspired spread of 200 covers… I appreciate this newspaper very much. It seems like a miracle to have it delivered, connecting us with events and places all around us in this era of change. Obviously a labour of love.  

    – Lynsey, reader, Aro Valley

  •   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