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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:

A blessing in the skies - 171 | Regional News

A blessing in the skies

Everyone’s favourite aunty from Bulls, one Ms Pamela Hancock, will start spreadin’ the news about the city that never sleeps in Pam’s Big Apple this Eat Drink Play festival.

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Winter starts now! - 171 | Regional News

Winter starts now!

Warren Miller’s 72nd feature film makes its way to Wellington during its snow film tour. Packed with winter adventures in some amazing places, this exciting documentary is a must see for any winter or film fan.

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The world behind the work - 171 | Regional News

The world behind the work

Alt-indie musician Anthonie Tonnon is finally heading out on the Leave Love Out of this Tour with his latest album and full band in tow.

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The arts are what bind us - 171 | Regional News

The arts are what bind us

Regional News caught up with former Governor-General of New Zealand Dame Patsy Reddy, who has been appointed a trustee of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) Foundation.

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A defiant roar against despair - 171 | Regional News

A defiant roar against despair

A celebration of nature and magic, with swirls of fine line inkwork and washes of shimmering gold, Pepper Raccoon’s first solo exhibition explores what happens when the natural world evolves beyond what we imagine.

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The ancient artform of tapestry  - 171 | Regional News

The ancient artform of tapestry

New Zealand artist Patricia Armour explores her interpretations of Greek mythology through the ancient artform of tapestry. This series of work is based loosely on the origin story of the Pleiades constellation.

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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