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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:

Steadfast storytelling - 223 | Regional News

Steadfast storytelling

A celebration of documentary storytelling, Doc Edge Film Festival takes audiences to the far reaches of the globe and into the heart of humanity. Explore every facet of life from Te Auaha and The Roxy Cinema from the 3rd to the 14th of July.

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Buzzy - 223 | Regional News

Buzzy

Ponder life’s great questions and venture into the depths of your soul with Pure Grime, a show that celebrates the grotesque and explores what it means to be human from the perspective of a fly. Catch it at Vogelmorn Bowling Club on the 5th of July.

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Menzies! - 223 | Regional News

Menzies!

“In previous shows we’ve seen the whole crowd shooting at a basketball hoop, dancing, surprise whole-crowd singing, a lot of smiles… who knows what you’re gonna get.” Find out when new Pōneke band Menzies plays Vogelmorn Upstairs on the 20th of July.

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Scrumptious, rambunctious - 223 | Regional News

Scrumptious, rambunctious

Sense and Sensibility is a story full of surprises – especially when the staged retelling comes from the brilliant mind of Penny Ashton. Catch this rambunctious ride until the 3rd of August at Circa Theatre.

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Crushed garlic and scrambled eggs - 223 | Regional News

Crushed garlic and scrambled eggs

With song and dance, zany costumes, topical humour for the grownups, and side-splitting silliness for the littlies, The Pantoloons’ Puss in Boots is the purrfect school holiday treat.

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Smooth velvet and comfort food - 223 | Regional News

Smooth velvet and comfort food

We caught up with Psycho Gab, a five-piece neo-soul band based in Tāmaki Makaurau, about their new EP Crazy Talk and upcoming Welly gigs.

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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