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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:

Chefs of Wellington: Hasan Alwarhani and Flora Quintana  - 175 | Regional News

Chefs of Wellington: Hasan Alwarhani and Flora Quintana

Alessia Belsito-Riera chats to head chefs Hasan Alwarhani and Flora Quintana of Syrian restaurant Damascus, located in the Vogelmorn Bowling Club in Brooklyn.

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Basketball wizardry comes to Welly - 175 | Regional News

Basketball wizardry comes to Welly

The Harlem Globetrotters journey to Wellington’s TSB Bank Arena with their gravity-defying, impossible shot-making shows that leave audiences in awe.

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Bring your loud game - 175 | Regional News

Bring your loud game

Prolific Kiwi musician Greg Johnson heads back to Meow with his band to play an edgy set filled with rocky numbers, tracks from his latest album Tilt Your Interior, and staples from a career spanning more than 30 years.

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Jokes, drinks, and bites  - 175 | Regional News

Jokes, drinks, and bites

Cocktails & Comedy is your chance to see award-winning Kiwi comedians perform live by the fireplace at The White Swan during Greytown’s Festival of Christmas.

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Remembering Avenal McKinnon - 175 | Regional News

Remembering Avenal McKinnon

The New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata pays tribute to their former director, the late Avenal McKinnon, with a wonderful display from her personal portrait collection.

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A celebrated history - 175 | Regional News

A celebrated history

St James Theatre has stood proudly on Courtenay Place for 110 years. Finally set to re-open, let’s take a look back at the long and celebrated history of this iconic venue.

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  •   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