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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:

Light After The Dark  - 209 | Regional News

Light After The Dark

Albi & The Wolves are on tour with a brand-new album! Come fill your boots with soul and wear out the soles toe-tapping along at Old St Paul’s this November.

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The waiting is over  - 209 | Regional News

The waiting is over

The waiting is over for Waiting For Waiting For Godot, a critically acclaimed production that takes the original to new meta heights. Don’t wait to catch it at Hannah Playhouse!  

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A woman’s perspective - 209 | Regional News

A woman’s perspective

Artist Susanne Kerr examines the relationship between humans and their environments in intricate and overflowing paintings as part of her new exhibition Remnants, on display at Pātaka Art + Museum.

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Big, bold, and bonkers - 209 | Regional News

Big, bold, and bonkers

After a massive year, Laser Kiwi, New Zealand’s best and only olive-fuelled sketch-comedy circus trio, is back with their beloved and bonkers variety show IDIOM.  

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Absurd fantasy - 209 | Regional News

Absurd fantasy

A wizard harbours a deadly secret and grapples to keep his mother in the grave in Wizard Mischief, the newest absurd fantasy short from filmmaker Baxter Gray, premiering at Pyramid Club on the 24th of November.  

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Christmas mischief - 209 | Regional News

Christmas mischief

Jingle all the way to The Fringe Bar for their Christmas variety show featuring some of Pōneke’s brightest and merriest – you’re guaranteed to Have A Very Merry Caburlesque.

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    – Lydia Zanetti, Zanetti Productions

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    – Colleen McColl, publicist

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    – 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.

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    – Murray Presland, president, Chamber Music Hutt Valley

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