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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:

The question of our time  - 188 | Regional News

The question of our time

Summer Shakespeare returns in February with an eco-ethical production of The Tempest, directed by Megan Evans.

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Recreating magic - 188 | Regional News

Recreating magic

After four long years since their last NZ tour, The Frank Burkitt Band brings their latest album Silvereye, filled with pensive folk ballads, back to where it all began: Wellington.

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Life anew - 188 | Regional News

Life anew

Job Klijn’s newest exhibition, Mother said there would be days like this, features moodscapes and brooding skies made on recycled materials at Exhibitions Gallery.

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Get your sparkle on - 188 | Regional News

Get your sparkle on

Billy Idol and SpongeBob SquarePants, bedazzled cowboys and chair-throwing antics… It’s all happening in Caburlesque: Rock & Rhinestones this February.

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Emerging theatre companies of Wellington – Heartbreakers - 188 | Regional News

Emerging theatre companies of Wellington – Heartbreakers

First up in our new emerging theatre companies of Wellington series, we meet Heartbreakers.

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Love in the time of comedy  - 188 | Regional News

Love in the time of comedy

Comedy duo Patch and Fitz present two Valentine’s Day-themed shows at Hashigo Zake in preparation for their upcoming comedy taping.

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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