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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:

Furious filmmaking - 222 | Regional News

Furious filmmaking

Can you make a film in just two days? Come watch Wellington’s finalists of the Vista Foundation 48Hours film competition at the Embassy Theatre on the 5th of July.

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Singing songs of the sea - 222 | Regional News

Singing songs of the sea

“We are the Wellington Sea Shanty Society. We stomp our feet and bang our instruments and sing songs of the sea... sometimes even in key!” Catch WSSS for their Pre-Perth Pirate Party at The Petone Depot on the 27th of June.

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Rituals in realtime - 222 | Regional News

Rituals in realtime

We caught up with Paora ‘PDigsss’ Apera and Nick Robinson ahead of Shapeshifter’s 25th anniversary gig at TSB Arena on the 27th of June.

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A common humanity - 222 | Regional News

A common humanity

Depicting his travels to distant shores, printmaking artist Damon Kowarsky hopes his exhibition Art + Travel at Solander Gallery until the 27th of July underscores our common humanity.

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Murderous mayhem  - 222 | Regional News

Murderous mayhem

On a dark and stormy night, something is afoot in the town of Ravenswood Bluff. Solve the mystery before the town devolves into madness with a round of the bluffing game Blood on the Clocktower on the 29th of June at Thistle Hall.

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Can you keep the secret?  - 222 | Regional News

Can you keep the secret?

With no rehearsals and no director, six actors of a refugee background will arrive at Te Auaha in turn to perform a script they’ve never read before. Welcome to White Rabbit Red Rabbit, the worldwide phenomenon that no one’s allowed to talk about.

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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