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Bloody funny - 220 | Regional News

Bloody funny

Get ready to cackle. Femme Natale: The Queen Years, an adults-only sketch-comedy play on parenthood, is coming to BATS Theatre from the 28th of May to the 1st of June.

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Get roasted - 220 | Regional News

Get roasted

Raw Meat Monday cooks up some perfectly roasted jokes and the occasional charred pun at each weekly comedy session. Come chew on a few at The Fringe Bar on the 27th of May and the 1st of June.

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Welly weirdos - 219 | Regional News

Welly weirdos

Make to BATS (Theatre) like a vampire to a blood drive for Jemaine Clement and Jonny Brugh’s NZ International Comedy Festival show Goth 2 A Flame from the 21st to the 25th of May.

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A horse the source of divorce - 219 | Regional News

A horse the source of divorce

Those who love improv and need a regular fix should jump on Best On Tap’s Happy Hour, a monthly “truth-based” improvised theatrical experience taking place in Newtown on the fourth Thursday of each month.

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Dickie in the city - 218 | Regional News

Dickie in the city

It’s a new chapter for loveable ol’ grump Dickie Hart. Directed by Ross Jolly and starring Gavin Rutherford, Sir Roger Hall’s End of Summer Time will bring the rugby madcap with a heart of gold to the Circa Theatre stage.

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Levitating - 218 | Regional News

Levitating

Celebrate the release of Dua Lipa’s new album Radical Optimism with a drag show that will leave you Levitating on Saturday the 3rd of May at Ivy Bar and Cabaret.

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True love and connection - 217 | Regional News

True love and connection

WITCH Music Theatre is bringing Dave Malloy’s whirlwind Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 to Hannah Playhouse this autumn.

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Careful what you wish for - 217 | Regional News

Careful what you wish for

Arts Laureate Michael Hurst’s free-wheeling adaptation of The Golden Ass is a wild ride through a timeless world of bandits and goddesses, witches and circuses, and scandals and sandals.

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Degenerative Fill  - 216 | Regional News

Degenerative Fill

After a five-year absence from his beloved Wellington, comedian Steve Wrigley lands on Te Auaha’s stage from the 4th to the 6th of April with an arsenal of brand-new jokes and jibes.

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Wild things - 216 | Regional News

Wild things

If I could walk with the animals, talk with the animals, grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals… Make like Bobby Darrin and canter to The Fringe Bar for Caburlesque: Zoolesque 2 – Petting Zoo this April.

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What’s not to love?  - 215 | Regional News

What’s not to love?

Hands up if you love horror! Hands up if you love comedy! Now wave those arms in the air and run like a monster’s chasing you to BATS for It Came From Beyond The Script.

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Slay the World - 215 | Regional News

Slay the World

Before she sashays away to London, drag star Kelly Fornia gives us one last serve at her epic drag concert Slay the World at Te Auaha on the 22nd and 23rd of March.

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Modern-day Macbeth - 214 | Regional News

Modern-day Macbeth

Butterfly Creek Theatre Troupe’s 2024 Bard in the Yard production is a contemporary rendition of Shakespeare’s popular, pacey, and powerful tragedy of unchecked ambition, Macbeth.

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Laugh-a-minute - 214 | Regional News

Laugh-a-minute

Emerging from the depths of the Hutt Valley, comedians Jerome Chandrahasen and Patch Lambert are coming together on the 2nd of March at The Fringe Bar for a one-night-only, laugh-a-minute hour of comedy.

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Improv on the rocks - 213 | Regional News

Improv on the rocks

Come to the cabaret, where you’ll find glitz, glamour, and Britney Spears dancing like a small dog. This is a PopRox Improv Comedy Night, where anything can happen.

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Poetic vindication - 213 | Regional News

Poetic vindication

This New Zealand Fringe Festival, comedian Nick Robertson will cross a border to do a show about unsuccessfully crossing a border.

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Don’t You (Forget About Me) - 213 | Regional News

Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Cha cha slide back a few decades at DIRTY GIRLS – An 80s Inspired Drag Show. It’s the Matron of Monsters Amy Thurst and Yonic K’s final show before they set off across the channel to Melbourne.

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Wet hot Kiwi summer - 212 | Regional News

Wet hot Kiwi summer

Slip into your swimmies and slap on your sunnies because Beach Boys! A Camp Summer Time Cabaret is about to make a splash at The Fringe Bar on the 2nd of February.

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Crazy crime capers - 212 | Regional News

Crazy crime capers

Have you ever seen a famous private eye solve eight crimes in eight hours through interrogations
wrought with jazz and beat poetry? No? Best head to Circus Bar on the 4 th of February then.

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Say yes to heaven - 211 | Regional News

Say yes to heaven

Indulge in some Summertime Sadness at Olivia Dreams’ Lana Del Rey: The Drag Show, featuring a line-up with a Lust for Life performing sad girl bops, cinematic sonatas, melancholic melodies, and tragic romance rhythms.

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The waiting is over  - 209 | Regional News

The waiting is over

The waiting is over for Waiting For Waiting For Godot, a critically acclaimed production that takes the original to new meta heights. Don’t wait to catch it at Hannah Playhouse!  

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Big, bold, and bonkers - 209 | Regional News

Big, bold, and bonkers

After a massive year, Laser Kiwi, New Zealand’s best and only olive-fuelled sketch-comedy circus trio, is back with their beloved and bonkers variety show IDIOM.  

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Christmas mischief - 209 | Regional News

Christmas mischief

Jingle all the way to The Fringe Bar for their Christmas variety show featuring some of Pōneke’s brightest and merriest – you’re guaranteed to Have A Very Merry Caburlesque.

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Welcome to The Drag Parade - 208 | Regional News

Welcome to The Drag Parade

Calling all emos! The Drag Parade – A My Chemical Romance Drag Show is coming to Pōneke’s Ivy Bar and Cabaret on the 18th of November for a night of sweet nostalgia.

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A milk-curdling scream - 207 | Regional News

A milk-curdling scream

Are you ready to face your milkiest fears this Halloween? Ruff as Gutz is about to present the latest instalment of the MILK theatrical universe, and this one will be the spookiest, soggiest yet.

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A vampire’s nightmare come true - 206 | Regional News

A vampire’s nightmare come true

Here’s something to sink your teeth into: Australia’s iconic vaudevillian variety show Dracula’s is coming to New Zealand for the first time ever, swooping into Wellington’s St James Theatre this November.

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The warmth of laughter - 206 | Regional News

The warmth of laughter

Born performer Jak Darling is debuting… again! A Darling Debut will feature musical comedy, theatre, performance poetry, stand-up, classical musicians, brass banders, gorgeous gowns, a clown, and a giant spoon.

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Wicked talent - 206 | Regional News

Wicked talent

Calling all ghouls, ghosts, and gremlins to a spooky soirée of circus, burlesque, aerial arts, and magic at Circus of the Night’s Friday the 13th spectacular.  

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The sweetest treat - 204 | Regional News

The sweetest treat

In its 70th anniversary year, the RNZB will raise the curtain on its acclaimed production of Hansel & Gretel at St James Theatre this October.

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A ship full of fairy dust - 204 | Regional News

A ship full of fairy dust

The Pantoloons will bring a ship full of evil pirates, tantrummy fairies, lost kids, and one very hungry crocodile to kids across Greater Wellington these school holidays. Eyes up for our high-flying hero, Peter Pan!

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Golden threads of friendship - 204 | Regional News

Golden threads of friendship

Load up on the perfect porridge – not too hot, not too cold, just right – and head to KidzStuff Theatre for Children’s production of Goldilocks these school holidays!

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Watch your neck - 202 | Regional News

Watch your neck

The most murderous barber of Fleet Street is setting up shop in Ōtaki this August and September.

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This night is sparkling - 202 | Regional News

This night is sparkling

Swifties, are you …Ready For It? The upcoming Taylor Swift Book Club: A Queer Comedy Cabaret will leave you wonderstruck, blushing all the way home.

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So fetch - 202 | Regional News

So fetch

Throw it back to the beginning of the millennium and get crunk to all of the hot hits of the eras with a Y2K drag show that’s, like, so totally awesome sauce.

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Raucous caucus  - 201 | Regional News

Raucous caucus

At Circa Theatre right now, actors are bringing over 20 New Zealand politicians to party on a stage resembling a grownup playground. That’s right: Public Service Announcements is back, baby.

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Bonkers, right? - 200 | Regional News

Bonkers, right?

Indian Ink Theatre Company brings their biggest, most ambitious, bonkeriest idea for a play to Wellington.

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Fang-tastic - 200 | Regional News

Fang-tastic

Night has settled and the moon is high, the vampire drag stars are out and ready to bleed you dry… with their tantalising, scrumptious, absolutely batty performances!

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Retro renegades and maniacal maidens  - 199 | Regional News

Retro renegades and maniacal maidens

Gentleman, mobsters, creeps, and crooks – you are hereby summoned to The Fringe Bar on the 8th of July for a femme fatale tribute to a plethora of powerhouse villains and vigilantes in Birds of Prey.

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Laughs on tap - 199 | Regional News

Laughs on tap

The two-hour comedy staple Saturday Laughs is landing in the heart of Porirua at the Abandoned Brewery Taproom for the first time ever, with MC Nick Rado and headliner Lesa MacLeod-Whiting.

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A whole lotta sole - 198 | Regional News

A whole lotta sole

One of the world’s favourite and most-acclaimed musicals is stomping into Wellington this June and July. Don’t let Kinky Boots walk by unnoticed.

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Naked and afraid - 198 | Regional News

Naked and afraid

Sacha Copland makes a complete analysis of her body and the human condition as she takes into account her assets and liabilities, laying everything bare in The Emperor’s New Clothes.

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Celebrate good times - 197 | Regional News

Celebrate good times

Iconic Kiwi trio the BeatGirls are throwing a big 25th birthday bash this month – and you’re invited!

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Hip-hop whakapapa - 197 | Regional News

Hip-hop whakapapa

A detective story set in Aotearoa’s capital that follows the mystery of a series of arsons also celebrates New Zealand’s hip-hop culture this Kia Mau Festival.

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Sequins on a shoestring - 196 | Regional News

Sequins on a shoestring

Can you do fabulous on a budget? Sequins on a shoestring? Diamonds at a discount? On the 3rd of June, the Great DIY BurlesKiwi will prove that yes, you can.

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Down and birdy - 195 | Regional News

Down and birdy

Pōneke’s drag kings are looking to spread their wings and ruffle some tailfeathers in Peacocking – Thee Opulent Drag King Show at Ivy Bar and Cabaret.

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What dreams may come - 194 | Regional News

What dreams may come

What does La Soupco mean? We don’t know, and neither does playwright and performer Abby Howells. What we do know is that you mustn’t miss this epic WWII romance written by an 11-year-old Abby.

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A pirate’s life for me - 194 | Regional News

A pirate’s life for me

Hoist the mainsail and scuttle the jib, Wellington Comic Opera is sailing through Wellington, Raumati, and Hutt Valley with their production of Pirates!

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Fiercely fruitalicious - 193 | Regional News

Fiercely fruitalicious

If you’re an ASMR-lover or just ASMR-curious, Amy Atkins is about to create it live on stage. Catch the Wellington premiere of RAW! ASMR at BATS Theatre from the 26th to the 29th of April.

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Behind the sequins - 192 | Regional News

Behind the sequins

Go behind the sequined curtain with RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under star Anita Wigl’it as she makes her Circa Theatre debut in Funny Gurl! this April.

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Hell is for the comedians - 192 | Regional News

Hell is for the comedians

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Well, hell of course! Welcome to our fiery abode, where 15 comedians are commanded to deliver three-minutes of fresh content for our entertainment. Muahahaha.

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Heartbreak and healing - 191 | Regional News

Heartbreak and healing

World-renowned poet Rupi Kaur will take the Opera House stage on the 23rd of March for an all-new spoken word poetry experience.

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Broadway! Bellies! Bums! - 191 | Regional News

Broadway! Bellies! Bums!

Celia Macdonald is bringing A Fat Girl’s Cry, a curvaceous celebration of body positive diversity, to BATS Theatre this month.

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Cheek, charm, chaos - 190 | Regional News

Cheek, charm, chaos

Moonroe’s Happy Hour puts Kath & Kim, Country Calendar, and old-world Hollywood film stars through a blender of burlesque, circus, and cabaret this NZ Fringe Festival.

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Water world - 190 | Regional News

Water world

Footnote New Zealand Dance has partnered with Canada’s MascallDance to create a movement-based narrative exploring water’s role in our lives and in a world threatened by a climate crisis.

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Practice, polish, and package  - 190 | Regional News

Practice, polish, and package

The first annual Drag Performer of the Year competition is coming in smokin’ hot. Death drops, stilettos, hourglass silhouettes, and more – this event showcases the best of the best of Pōneke’s drag scene.

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How wonderful - 189 | Regional News

How wonderful

This New Zealand Fringe Festival, Lady Hermione and her loyal butler Roberts fall head-first into the decadence of the roaring 20s in the cracking ‘drawing room’ comedy Wonderful.

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A Schoenberg strudel - 189 | Regional News

A Schoenberg strudel

Convinced that today he will die, composer Arnold Schoenberg takes to his bed and reminisces on his life, losses, and loves in Circa Theatre’s newest production In Bed with Schoenberg.

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Making her way to pride - 189 | Regional News

Making her way to pride

In her tell-all stand-up comedy hour Lesbihonest, Canadian artist Laura Piccinin recounts a lifetime of coming out stories this New Zealand Fringe Festival.

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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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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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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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Can fun save the world? - 187 | Regional News

Can fun save the world?

Fly to the future with The Birdmann and Egg in Birdhouse at Circa Theatre this summer.

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We’re all doomed - 187 | Regional News

We’re all doomed

UK comedy juggernaut Daniel Howell is bringing his brand-new live show We’re All Doomed to the Michael Fowler Centre on the 26th of January.

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Terribly Funny  - 186 | Regional News

Terribly Funny

We talked to Jimmy Carr about his prolific career in comedy and what Wellingtonians can expect when he brings his new show Terribly Funny to our shores in January.

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Milking the joke - 186 | Regional News

Milking the joke

The latest iteration of MILK arrives with a festive twist: A Milkmas Carol. Don’t miss this bonkers improvised Christmas extravaganza.

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Edge-of-your-seat circus   - 185 | Regional News

Edge-of-your-seat circus

The bizarre, the brilliant, and the hilarious will collide on stage as New Zealand’s surreal sketch circus trio, Laser Kiwi, brings their beloved variety show IDIOM to Te Auaha.

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Guy Williams is moving his car - 185 | Regional News

Guy Williams is moving his car

Kiwi comedian Guy Williams needs to move his car from Nelson to Auckland this month. What worse reason to book a national comedy tour?

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A painting of a book unfolds - 183 | Regional News

A painting of a book unfolds

Red Leap Theatre is bringing Janet Frame’s landmark novel Owls Do Cry to the Circa Theatre stage from the 3rd to the 13th of November.

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Old friends and sticky floors  - 183 | Regional News

Old friends and sticky floors

The Wellington Comedy Club makes its return to San Fran, presenting some of New Zealand’s favourite comics including Billy T Award-winner Ben Hurley.

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The spontaneity of stand-up - 182 | Regional News

The spontaneity of stand-up

Catch award-winning comedian, actor, writer, and presenter Pax Assadi on the first nationwide tour of his new stand-up show Handsome Boy.

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A sort of soft carnage - 181 | Regional News

A sort of soft carnage

New Zealand actor and comedian Brynley Stent is bringing her sold-out, critically acclaimed solo sketch comedy show Soft Carnage to Wellington from the 11th to the 15th of October.

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A comedy charcuterie board  - 180 | Regional News

A comedy charcuterie board

Hayley Sproull describes the Best Foods Comedy Gala as a comedy charcuterie board. “If you don't like the pickles, don’t worry there’s plenty of salami. I like to think of myself as the quince paste.”

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Busy on Wednesday?  - 179 | Regional News

Busy on Wednesday?

Comedian Ryan McGhee is launching his brand-new weekly comedy show, The Comedy Attic, the first professional midweek comedy gig in the capital.

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Guess who’s back - 178 | Regional News

Guess who’s back

Award-winning Kiwi comedian Cori Gonzalez-Macuer is returning to San Fran for one night this August, the iconic venue where his celebrated 20-year career began.

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The making of one’s self - 177 | Regional News

The making of one’s self

From wild and earnest documentary to intimate live show, Man Lessons follows Adam Rohe’s life and gender transition in a multimedia experience at BATS Theatre this August.

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Forcing people to laugh since ages ago - 176 | Regional News

Forcing people to laugh since ages ago

Multi-award-winning writer, MC, and comedian Nick Rado is looking forward to drinking his co-stars’ beers backstage in the next instalment of the popular Saturday Laughs series.

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And the olive keeps rising - 174 | Regional News

And the olive keeps rising

Fresh from their turn on TVNZ’s 60 Seconds, sketch-circus trio Laser Kiwi will celebrate the humble olive at Te Auaha from the 30th of June until the 2nd of July.

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Sainsbury’s sassy satires - 172 | Regional News

Sainsbury’s sassy satires

Wellington Paranormal and Snack Masters NZ star Tom Sainsbury will deliver his hilarious Snapchat parodies of New Zilunders to The Opera House and Te Raukura ki Kāpiti this May and June.

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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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Shameless comedy  - 169 | Regional News

Shameless comedy

Comedy fans are in for a treat when Samantha Hannah and Daniel John Smith take over Fringe Bar for another Friday Laughs. The two award-winning comedians will be joined by local talent as they look to treat audiences to a Friday night they will never forget.

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A sparkly Easter fever dream - 169 | Regional News

A sparkly Easter fever dream

How do Easter and drag go together? Bunny Holiday reckons they kind of don’t, which is kind of great. Catch a diamante-studded line-up of drag talent in the Bunny and Her Honeys Easter Show.

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A dance of wild abandonment - 168 | Regional News

A dance of wild abandonment

Award-winning contemporary performance company House of Sand brings Undoing, a visual spectacular of limbs, passion, and theatricality, to BATS Theatre this April.

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With Dan Brader, nobody is safe!  - 168 | Regional News

With Dan Brader, nobody is safe!

Seasoned comedy veteran Dan Brader is known for his morally questionable storytelling and wild and hilarious personal stories. Expect this Kiwi-born comedian to have a go at you during his upcoming show at Moon Bar.

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Secrets run in the family - 167 | Regional News

Secrets run in the family

Charlotte Brontë wrote one of the world’s greatest love stories, Jane Eyre. But how could an unmarried woman living in a secluded parsonage spin such a tale? On at BATS Theatre this month, Miss Brontë asks all this and more.

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If a fruit bowl had a Mardi Gras - 166 | Regional News

If a fruit bowl had a Mardi Gras

RAW! ASMR will see creator Amy Atkins perform comedic live ASMR with a focus on fresh food and eating this New Zealand Fringe Festival.

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Pull up a chair - 165 | Regional News

Pull up a chair

Eric is definitely not part of a pyramid scheme but he does need to sell you some chairs this New Zealand Fringe Festival.

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A golden hour of crispy comedy - 163 | Regional News

A golden hour of crispy comedy

Jack Caldwell, Thomas Chapman, and Jaye Xu (who describe themselves as a nerd, a jerk, and a genuinely nice person) will perform Shoestrings at The Cavern Club on the 4th of February.

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CHOP SHOP takes a side-step from stand-up - 162 | Regional News

CHOP SHOP takes a side-step from stand-up

Meet The Birdmann and Egg, internationally infamous comic legends whose latest offering, CHOP SHOP, opens at The Fringe Bar on the 12th of December.

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Green is the new black - 160 | Regional News

Green is the new black

In 1985, the world wakes to the discovery of the ozone hole over Antarctica… Lynda Chanwai-Earle’s eco-powered black comedy HOLE will have its world premiere at Circa Theatre this month.

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Our secret wants and desires - 159 | Regional News

Our secret wants and desires

Tessa Redman brings a redeveloped I’m Not Going to Lie to You to BATS Theatre, delving into female performativity, lust, and uncontrollable desire.

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A whole lot of amazingness - 158 | Regional News

A whole lot of amazingness

Echolalia, a TAHI: New Zealand Festival of Solo Performance clown-theatre-dance show, puts social norms under the spotlight as a young woman on the autistic spectrum prepares for a much-needed job interview.

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New troupe in town - 156 | Regional News

New troupe in town

Brand-new improv company Tiny Dog identifies with tiny dogs because they are very fashion forward and are only allowed to ride public transport if carried inside a bag, amongst other reasons.

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Comedy meets cabaret meets drag - 154 | Regional News

Comedy meets cabaret meets drag

Drag queens Miss Manage, Miss Demeanour, and Miss Givings will sashay their way through a catalogue of hits at Te Auaha this July in the comedy-cabaret concert Les Femmes.

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Chopper’s had enough - 153 | Regional News

Chopper’s had enough

After a long wait, Heath Franklin’s Chopper will finally bring The Silencer, his latest stand-up show, to Wellington on the 10th of July.

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Stripping nakedness to the bone - 153 | Regional News

Stripping nakedness to the bone

Hannah Tasker-Poland’s multidisciplinary performance work-cum-cabaret The Most Naked explores cultural mores around nudity, strip tease, and the flashing of skin.

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A legend returns - 153 | Regional News

A legend returns

Jimmy Barnes is coming back! The legendary solo artist and Cold Chisel lead vocalist comes to our shores with his new album Flesh and Blood and his eight-piece band, made up mostly of his family.

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The best pies in London?  - 152 | Regional News

The best pies in London?

WITCH Music Theatre is bringing a dark, dank, and delicious production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to Te Auaha from the 30th of June to the 4th of July.

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A new twist on an old classic - 152 | Regional News

A new twist on an old classic

For their first production of 2021, Wellington Footlights Society will explore the classic American 1950s musical Guys and Dolls from a modern perspective.

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A charming celebration of simple pleasures - 152 | Regional News

A charming celebration of simple pleasures

Elling, the quirky Scandinavian comedy by Simon Bent, based on the novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen, is coming to Circa Theatre from the 26th of June to the 24th of July.

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New Zealand Today: Live!   - 151 | Regional News

New Zealand Today: Live!

Volunteer journalist and comedian Guy Williams is touring with an infamous New Zealand icon this month. But Karen from Stokes Valley is not who she seems…

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Fabulous on a budget - 150 | Regional News

Fabulous on a budget

Now entering its seventh year, the Great DIY BurlesKiwi challenges competitors from all over the country to bring an award-winning burlesque performance to the stage for under $100.

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Keep calm and carrion - 149 | Regional News

Keep calm and carrion

Indian Ink brings the real-life mystery of India’s vanishing vultures to Te Auaha this month in Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream, a brand-new play about the impermanence of life, love… and ice cream.

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Tim Batt disarms us with laughs - 148 | Regional News

Tim Batt disarms us with laughs

The veteran stand-up and The Worst Idea of All Time co-host returns to the NZ International Comedy Festival with his latest hour, Classy Warfare.

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Don’t ask Ray O’Leary about his dogs - 148 | Regional News

Don’t ask Ray O’Leary about his dogs

We asked stand-up comedian Ray O’Leary possibly the worst question ever before his NZ International Comedy show Ray Against the Machine makes it to the stage.

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Interviews with our leaders onstage at BATS - 147 | Regional News

Interviews with our leaders onstage at BATS

Transmission is drawn from verbatim interviews Stuart McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt conducted with epidemiologist Michael Baker, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in the thick of COVID-19.

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Chris Parker talks about himself - 146 | Regional News

Chris Parker talks about himself

Comedian Chris Parker will host the next Wellington Comedy Club show. “It’s all going to be centred around me”, he says of his set. “I’m such a narcissist. So expect it to be loud, gay, and camp!”

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Wellington Opera debuts  - 146 | Regional News

Wellington Opera debuts

The new Wellington-based opera company looks to make its mark with Don Giovanni, playing at The Opera House from the 17th to the 24th of April.

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Non-binary is the new black - 145 | Regional News

Non-binary is the new black

James Hilary Penwarden is back in Wellington with a hot new identity and a brand-new solo Fringe show, Them Fatale.

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All-woman collective of 11 artists create Wisdom of Waters - 144 | Regional News

All-woman collective of 11 artists create Wisdom of Waters

Dance between worlds with Wisdom of Waters this New Zealand Fringe Festival, a movement meditation on what weaves women together.

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The Menagerie goes out with a bang - 142 | Regional News

The Menagerie goes out with a bang

After seven years and 54 shows, Wellington’s beloved variety show will have its final hoorah at the Opera House.

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The ultimate noughties party - 141 | Regional News

The ultimate noughties party

Hey now! This 2020s-themed drag show is what dreams are made of.

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Urzila Carlson tours brand-new show All the Rage  - 140 | Regional News

Urzila Carlson tours brand-new show All the Rage

Comedian Urzila Carlson can’t remember a time when we as a people were ever this angry. Never mind the meditation and yoga… we’re mindful and mad, fit and furious!

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Magic aplenty in Cinderella – The Pantomime - 139 | Regional News

Magic aplenty in Cinderella – The Pantomime

Playing Dame Fairy Godmother Rosie Bubble, Gavin Rutherford chats about this year’s joyful panto.

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PlayShop brings Christmas cheek and charm to BATS - 139 | Regional News

PlayShop brings Christmas cheek and charm to BATS

Meet the Turducken fa-la-la-la family with improv troupe PlayShop this silly season.

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Melanie Bracewell hosts a rowdy night of comedy - 139 | Regional News

Melanie Bracewell hosts a rowdy night of comedy

Comedian Melanie Bracewell is pumped to be taking the stage for Saturday Laughs at the Garrison, “the hottest ticket in Featherston”.

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Raybon Kan and Raybon will touch this in latest show - 138 | Regional News

Raybon Kan and Raybon will touch this in latest show

Raybon Kan first dipped his toes into stand-up in the 90s and has remained at the forefront of the New Zealand comedy scene ever since. 

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Full steam ahead for railway show - 137 | Regional News

Full steam ahead for railway show

Kiwi musician Anthonie Tonnon will take audiences on a journey through New Zealand’s on-again off-again love affair with its passenger railway system in Rail Land.

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Tim Burton films go from screen to stage in Halloween drag show - 136 | Regional News

Tim Burton films go from screen to stage in Halloween drag show

From Sweeney Todd to A Corpse Bride, this show will deliver all the iconic moments from Tim Burton’s celebrated canon this Halloween season.

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Sisters share six decades of stories  - 135 | Regional News

Sisters share six decades of stories

Sarah and Catherine Delahunty will bring six decades of sisterhood to the BATS Theatre stage this October.

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Music

A bellyful of grooves - 220 | Regional News

A bellyful of grooves

Four of New Zealand’s busiest songwriters under one roof? Yes please! Catch Too Many Chiefs at Vogelmorn Upstairs on the 7th of June.

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The need to create - 218 | Regional News

The need to create

Valley Kids have just released their brand-new single Which Side Are You On? and are about to leave it all out on the stage at San Fran.

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Celestial, twinkling - 216 | Regional News

Celestial, twinkling

Luke Buda – founding member of The Phoenix Foundation – is meeting up with celestial band Pheobe Rings for a twinkly, pretty gig at Meow on the 19th of April.

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A bold step forward - 215 | Regional News

A bold step forward

UK folk-fusion duo Good Habits return to their Antipodean second home for a mega tour of their new album Quarter-Life.

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Rock, funk, and family - 215 | Regional News

Rock, funk, and family

We chat with Kora ahead of their headline set at Jim Beam Homegrown – Kiwi music’s biggest party – on Saturday the 16th of March.

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Through the stargate  - 214 | Regional News

Through the stargate

Award-winning composer and musician Dave Flynn will bring his Celtic Guitar Journey to Stonehenge Aotearoa on the 14th of March. 

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Get set to get sweaty - 212 | Regional News

Get set to get sweaty

New Zealand singer-songwriter Wallace is about to throw one heck of party at The Rogue and Vagabond, playing classic Wally bops, fresh tracks, and 90s house favs with her monster band.

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Hip-hop stardust - 211 | Regional News

Hip-hop stardust

Big Sima and Boomtown will leave a trail of funk-driven, hip-hop stardust in their wake as they unveil their new single Pluto in six cities across Aotearoa this summer.

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Tuscon, Arizona’s favourite sons  - 211 | Regional News

Tuscon, Arizona’s favourite sons

We caught up with Joey Burns of Calexico ahead of their Wellington concert this February, where they’ll celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal record Feast of Wire.

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Hold onto your hair - 210 | Regional News

Hold onto your hair

25 years after their seminal debut Supersystem and in celebration of their latest release Reimagined – Greatest Hits, The Feelers will join Hello Sailor and Dragon for one killer concert at Brewtown’s Brew Year’s Eve.

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Light After The Dark  - 209 | Regional News

Light After The Dark

Albi & The Wolves are on tour with a brand-new album! Come fill your boots with soul and wear out the soles toe-tapping along at Old St Paul’s this November.

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A giant singalong party - 208 | Regional News

A giant singalong party

23 years after rocketing up the NZ charts with their debut album Silencer, Zed will drop a new single on the 10th of November with a national tour to boot. We chat with Nathan King and Andy Lynch about Future You.

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The great rock ‘n’ roll synthesiser - 208 | Regional News

The great rock ‘n’ roll synthesiser

GRAMMY® Award-winning American rock band The War On Drugs will play Wellington as part of Live Nation’s new On A Good Day outdoor music series. We caught up with lead singer Adam Granduciel ahead of the concert.

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A deep nostalgic trip  - 207 | Regional News

A deep nostalgic trip

20 years ago, The Phoenix Foundation released their debut album Horse Power. The inimitable indie rock band will celebrate with an anniversary tour and vinyl release this November.

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The torso and the heart - 206 | Regional News

The torso and the heart

Ōtepoti alt-rockers Julian Temple Band have just dropped their seventh studio album Tunnels, which encapsulates the sonic evolution of a band with nearly two decades of writing, recording, and touring to their name.

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Rad festivities - 205 | Regional News

Rad festivities

Creeps Record Parlour is turning four! Or five! Who knows! The Newtown institution will celebrate whichever birthday it is with Rad Fest, featuring 13 “sick bands playing killer sets” across the suburb.

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The songs you know in your bones - 203 | Regional News

The songs you know in your bones

We interviewed legendary Kiwi musician Tim Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House fame about his tour The Lives and Times of Tim Finn, coming to the Michael Fowler Centre this September.

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Sorry, I’m a Libra - 203 | Regional News

Sorry, I’m a Libra

Pōneke-based artist Danica Bryant and her out-of-this-world band will celebrate her new single Libra with The Astrology Tour, landing at Wellington’s very own space-themed bar, Moon, this September.

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Today’s hits yesterday - 202 | Regional News

Today’s hits yesterday

Sensational pop-jazz collective Postmodern Jukebox brings their Life In The Past Lane Tour to Wellington.

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Floral fixation - 201 | Regional News

Floral fixation

Independent Arrowtown singer-songwriter Sofia Machray has just released Language of Flowers, an EP as unpredictable, delicate, and bold as a rose that grew from a crack in the concrete.

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A decade of embracism  - 200 | Regional News

A decade of embracism

Wild, wondrous Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist Kirin J Callinan launches his new album in New Zealand on the If I Could Sing: A decade of EMBRACISM and beyond tour.

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The birds and the bush - 198 | Regional News

The birds and the bush

Alt-country folk artist Jenny Mitchell is about to tour Aotearoa in support of Forest & Bird. The Bush & The Birds Tour is an extension of a song from her latest album that pays tribute to her late grandfather.

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Americana in Aotearoa - 198 | Regional News

Americana in Aotearoa

Just featured on Netflix’s Sweet Tooth, bluegrass supergroup You, Me, Everybody will jam old faves and new material at San Fran this July.

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Hopeful angst - 198 | Regional News

Hopeful angst

Sean James Donnelly, better known to indie and electronica fans by his now-iconic initials SJD, released his ninth album Sweetheart in 2022 and is set to take it on its “first proper little tour”.

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Riding on Park Rd - 197 | Regional News

Riding on Park Rd

Tāmaki Makaurau indie-rockers Park Rd will play their first Wellington headline gig for 2023 to celebrate their new single Ride.

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The fruits of a purple patch - 196 | Regional News

The fruits of a purple patch

Songwriter and raconteur Andrew London will debut his new show Songs I Wrote When I Was Cross at Kapiti Playhouse in Paraparaumu on the 27th of May.

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A new beat for Boy & Bear - 195 | Regional News

A new beat for Boy & Bear

Award-winning, genre-tripping Australian band Boy & Bear are on their way to New Zealand with their fifth studio album. We caught up with David Hosking and David Symes ahead of the Wellington gigs at San Fran.

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Starfish, meet rock - 194 | Regional News

Starfish, meet rock

Rockers Velvet Star, named after the starfish Petricia vernicina, will perform alongside Mokomoko and the Shwayliens and Search for Yeti at Moon on Sunday the 30th of April.

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Bangers and mosh - 193 | Regional News

Bangers and mosh

Kiwi rock band Dead Favours just released the long-awaited Riffing & Yelling Part 2. Celebrate with a custom beer in time for their Meow gig at the end of April.

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The bleak and the beautiful  - 192 | Regional News

The bleak and the beautiful

Wellington songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vera Ellen will unveil her latest album Ideal Home Noise at San Fran on the 15th of April.

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And Out of the Void Came Love - 191 | Regional News

And Out of the Void Came Love

A broken wrist, a pandemic, a baby… It’s been a strange seven years for pianist and singer-songwriter Finn Andrews, and he’s got a new double LP to show for it. The Veils have just released and will soon tour …And Out of the Void Came Love.

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Love, light, vibes - 190 | Regional News

Love, light, vibes

London-based soul collective 10:32 will bring their new single Coffee Shop Girl to Wellington in the shape of a big groove party filled with big love, big light, and big vibes.

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Vibe out with BEACHWARE - 189 | Regional News

Vibe out with BEACHWARE

Auckland indie-rock band BEACHWARE tours the motu with their debut album It’s Only Time.

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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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Catch Camp Cope - 187 | Regional News

Catch Camp Cope

Australian alt-rock trio Camp Cope are coming to Wellington with their latest album Running with the Hurricane, an empowering embrace of new sonic and lyrical ground.

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Recollect with Cowboy Junkies - 187 | Regional News

Recollect with Cowboy Junkies

For the first time in 20 years, and after COVID derailed their last scheduled tour, Canadian alt-country pioneers Cowboy Junkies will return to New Zealand this summer.

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Lawrence Arabia on dancing to dissonance - 186 | Regional News

Lawrence Arabia on dancing to dissonance

Christchurch singer-songwriter and composer Lawrence Arabia brings a new track and old favourites to San Fran this summer.

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Continually choosing hope - 186 | Regional News

Continually choosing hope

The Weather Machine will perform Applecore, an album about choosing hope in the face of grief, for their Welly fans off the back of a US tour.

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Loud chaos meets subtle storytelling - 185 | Regional News

Loud chaos meets subtle storytelling

Two wāhine-led bands, Ingrid and the Ministers and Goodnight My Darling, will hit the road this spring for a double headliner with a twist.

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Sounds great! - 185 | Regional News

Sounds great!

Pōneke’s Cuba Street Precinct will host the first edition of Great Sounds Great, a one-day multi-venue music festival by the local Eyegum Music Collective.

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Rockstars rock out - 185 | Regional News

Rockstars rock out

StarJam will celebrate 20 years – and a year’s worth of hard work and fun – in their End of Year Wellington Concert this December.

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Put your game face on - 184 | Regional News

Put your game face on

Kiwi alt-rock band Villainy will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the album that launched their career, Mode. Set. Clear., with their Wellington fans at San Fran this November.

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Rum and skulduggery - 183 | Regional News

Rum and skulduggery

The Wellington Sea Shanty Society (WSSS) is back from exile with a new swag bag of secrets from the sea in the shape of their new EP Sea Shanties of the 70’s, 80’s & Today.

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Bright mornings for Don McGlashan  - 182 | Regional News

Bright mornings for Don McGlashan

Don McGlashan, one of New Zealand’s best-known and highly regarded songwriters, is on tour with his new number one album Bright November Morning.

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A vehicle for connection - 181 | Regional News

A vehicle for connection

After five long years, Canadian soul-Americana artist Frazey Ford is heading to New Zealand to celebrate the release of her third solo album, the critically acclaimed U kin B the Sun.

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Step back, see it all with The Beths - 180 | Regional News

Step back, see it all with The Beths

The Beths release their third album Expert In A Dying Field, a collision of power-pop and skuzz housing 12 guitar-laden jewels.

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Jenny Mitchell on the ups and downs of life - 179 | Regional News

Jenny Mitchell on the ups and downs of life

Jenny Mitchell’s new album Tug of War documents the award-winning singer-songwriter’s mission to be more grateful for all the ups and downs of life.

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Escape into another world - 179 | Regional News

Escape into another world

United by a deep passion for chamber music and musical connection, Ghost Trio are excited to play St Andrew’s on The Terrace during the venue’s popular Lunchtime Concert Series.

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Wallace on breaking down walls - 178 | Regional News

Wallace on breaking down walls

Future soul artist Wallace has just released her debut album And Other Colours, which she says has been there for some of the biggest moments of her life.

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The return of Ziggy Stardust - 177 | Regional News

The return of Ziggy Stardust

Some of New Zealand’s greatest rock musicians are coming together to perform David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in the album’s 50th year.  

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Dark pop for the midnight soul - 177 | Regional News

Dark pop for the midnight soul

Rising star Harper Finn will play a special show at Meow on the 11th of August to celebrate the release of his debut EP Newcomer.

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Cuba gets classical - 176 | Regional News

Cuba gets classical

It’s time to experience classical music with a twist thanks to Classical on Cuba, a vibrant weekend festival that includes 100 shows, over 40 music groups, and 19 Cuba Street venues.

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Deluxe done DIY - 176 | Regional News

Deluxe done DIY

High-energy pop band Hans Pucket heads to San Fran to gear up for their new record, which has more technicolour production involved – a deluxe high-budget sound done DIY.

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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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Bistecca alla Fiorentina – T-Bone y’all - 174 | Regional News

Bistecca alla Fiorentina – T-Bone y’all

T-Bone is “excited, elated, and extremely happy” for the upcoming release of their debut album Good ‘N Greasy, which they’ll serve rare and juicy to San Fran audiences on the 30th of June.

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Is it your birthday?  - 174 | Regional News

Is it your birthday?

Vera Ellen made her Flying Nun debut with It’s Your Birthday in October last year. Now, the Wellington and Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter is finally touring it.

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Deceptive simplicity  - 173 | Regional News

Deceptive simplicity

Described as “a saxophonist and composer of rare excellence and mettle”, Lucien Johnson is currently touring the country with his talented jazz quartet. Audiences can expect to hear and see music that’s both terrific and out of the ordinary.

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The stars have aligned - 173 | Regional News

The stars have aligned

Kiwi music legends The Black Seeds are about to embark on their first national tour in five years in support of their first album since 2017, Love & Fire.

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Five people having a jam - 173 | Regional News

Five people having a jam

Fresh from a huge Aussie tour postponed not once, not twice, but five times, L.A.B is back in New Zealand to play TSB Arena on the first national Matariki public holiday.

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Another layer of growth for Wiri Donna - 172 | Regional News

Another layer of growth for Wiri Donna

Wellington-based Indie riff rock artist Wiri Donna is feeling a lot of excitement and a little bit of relief about the release of her debut EP Being Alone.

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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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An intimate evening of stories and laughter - 170 | Regional News

An intimate evening of stories and laughter

Ōtautahi-based singer-songwriter Lee Martin has just unveiled her new album Gypsy Soul, which she’ll perform at Meow on the 1st of May.

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Peaceful and wild all at once - 169 | Regional News

Peaceful and wild all at once

Country music star Jackie Bristow brings her fifth album Outsider to Petone this April.

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The art and the people who make it  - 168 | Regional News

The art and the people who make it

Local music series Pōneke Classical Sessions is back! Designed to make classical music accessible for wider audiences, the diverse programme will take place at Bedlam & Squalor on Cuba Street. 

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Jaz Paterson tours debut EP - 167 | Regional News

Jaz Paterson tours debut EP

Rising alt-indie-pop artist Jaz Paterson is set to perform Ache, which tracks the highs and lows of her early twenties, at Valhalla on the 31st of March.

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Mentor and student become peers - 166 | Regional News

Mentor and student become peers

Pianist Ingrid Schoenfeld and accordionist Jonathan Berkahn, a musical duo that began as mentor and student, will perform together at St Andrews on the Terrace.

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Kendall Elise finds strength in vulnerability - 166 | Regional News

Kendall Elise finds strength in vulnerability

Musician Kendall Elise is heading out on tour with her latest album Let The Night In, playing Moon in Newtown on the 11th of March.

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Ainslie Allen tours new album Betty - 165 | Regional News

Ainslie Allen tours new album Betty

“I feel it is time to share my own stories and sing my own songs”, country music singer Ainslie Allen says about her new album Betty, named after her nan. 

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Bassist pushes the boundaries  - 165 | Regional News

Bassist pushes the boundaries

Bassist and composer Umar Zakaria will draw on the “powerful and engaging” rhythms of Malay music at his upcoming Wellington gig.

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Lawrence Arabia Does Chant Darling - 164 | Regional News

Lawrence Arabia Does Chant Darling

Alt-indie artist Lawrence Arabia tours his sophomore album Chant Darling, which is having its long-awaited vinyl release after a full eighth-of-a-century on the market.

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An intimate evening with Jacquie  - 164 | Regional News

An intimate evening with Jacquie

Join vocalist Jacquie Fee and organist Christopher Yeabsley at Ivy Bar and Cabaret for a night of smooth jazz and sharp laughs.

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Join the Skramily - 163 | Regional News

Join the Skramily

Soak in the good-time vibes, catchy melodies, and hectic rhythms of Wellington pop group Skram at San Fran this January.

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Attention all bass-lovers - 162 | Regional News

Attention all bass-lovers

Presented by Church of Bass NZ, The Day Before Next Year is Wellington’s biggest multizone New Year’s Eve rave.

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Mel Parsons carries on - 161 | Regional News

Mel Parsons carries on

After COVID delays, award-winning singer-songwriter Mel Parsons is finally setting out on her Carry On Single Release Tour.

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Big feels from big feelers - 161 | Regional News

Big feels from big feelers

Songwriters Finn Johansson and Emily Fairlight will share the stage at two/fiftyseven on Willis Street on the 4th of December for an evening of white-hot emotion.

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How Jake Baxendale prepares to improvise - 160 | Regional News

How Jake Baxendale prepares to improvise

Pōneke saxophonist Jake Baxendale will champion improvisation in Striking Moments, coming to the Lovebite stage on the 11th of November.

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New EP speaks of hope  - 160 | Regional News

New EP speaks of hope

Writer, musician, and photographer MaryJane Thomson’s forthcoming EP This Is How The Deaf Speak blends piano with spoken word to explore undiscovered frontiers and hope for a brighter day.

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Expression painting the sky - 159 | Regional News

Expression painting the sky

Kiwi singer-songwriter Michael Llewellyn wrote his debut album Oh My Darling following a breakup and a neck injury. He’ll share the stories with us at Meow on the 30th of October.

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A happy-sad combo album - 158 | Regional News

A happy-sad combo album

The Phoenix Foundation’s Luke Buda has just released his first solo album in 12 years. He hopes you don’t cry too much at how awesome it is.

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Forget your problems with Tidal Rave - 157 | Regional News

Forget your problems with Tidal Rave

Tidal Rave toured their new sophomore album for just one weekend before lockdown struck. Now, they’re back in Pōneke to play Albumette and help you shake off your worries for a while.

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Moonlight Madness with Lou’ana - 156 | Regional News

Moonlight Madness with Lou’ana

Lou’ana will present a cosmic cocktail of sweet and soulful at Meow on the 21st of August when she performs her 2020 album Moonlight Madness.

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Yulia and Edith  - 156 | Regional News

Yulia and Edith

Award-winning contralto Yulia steps back into the spotlight to honour French chanteuse Edith Piaf.

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Grawlixes on their new album Love You to Death - 155 | Regional News

Grawlixes on their new album Love You to Death

Existential folk-pop band Grawlixes’ sophomore album feels like homesickness for a home that cannot be returned to and has the texture of magnolia petals after the rain.

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Psychedelic improvisation - 154 | Regional News

Psychedelic improvisation

Local jazz trio The Stinging Nettles, which features musicians from Phoenix Foundation and Orchestra of Spheres, will play Lovebite on the 22nd of July.

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Old songs, new memories - 154 | Regional News

Old songs, new memories

Mirroring the first tour she undertook solo in 2011, Hollie Fullbrook – aka Tiny Ruins – will perform her debut album Some Were Meant for Sea at San Fran in honour of its 10th anniversary.

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Kiwi music legends celebrate a classic - 153 | Regional News

Kiwi music legends celebrate a classic

Shihad’s Jon Toogood, Phoenix Foundation’s Luke Buda, Laughton Kora, and more will come together to perform Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

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Four EPs of life through the seasons - 152 | Regional News

Four EPs of life through the seasons

Multi-instrumental indie-folk artist and looping genius Graeme James is back in New Zealand with his new EP collection, which explores the emotional landscapes of autumn, winter, spring, and summer.

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Go behind closed doors with KITA - 151 | Regional News

Go behind closed doors with KITA

Wellington psychedelic trio KITA’s debut album will magnify their experience of lockdown at San Fran this June.

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Miles Calder snaps out of autopilot - 150 | Regional News

Miles Calder snaps out of autopilot

Miles Calder is in the midst of a nationwide tour of his debut solo album Autopilot Life, written in the lead-up to the end of a long-term relationship.

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The Pink Floyd Experience shine on  - 149 | Regional News

The Pink Floyd Experience shine on

The Pink Floyd Experience will celebrate two of the band’s most revered albums, Animals and The Wall, when they play TSB Arena on the 29th of May.

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Nadia Reid at a theatre near you - 149 | Regional News

Nadia Reid at a theatre near you

Off the back of her highly successful 2020 album Out of My Province, Nadia Reid and her band will play The Opera House as part of a seven-date nationwide theatre tour.

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Bassist brings New York to Wellington  - 148 | Regional News

Bassist brings New York to Wellington

The Ollie Bomann Quartet will capture the spirit and freedom of New York’s jazz scene when they play Lovebite on the 29th of April.

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The Chills are on fire - 148 | Regional News

The Chills are on fire

Dunedin cult rock band The Chills are back with their seventh studio album Scatterbrain. Catch them live in Kāpiti and Wellington this May.

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The Veils to make a big ungodly racket  - 147 | Regional News

The Veils to make a big ungodly racket

Veils frontman Finn Andrews chats to Regional News about getting the indie alt-rock band together to play The Opera House in their first New Zealand tour since 2017.

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The Silver Beatlez bring back Beatlemania - 147 | Regional News

The Silver Beatlez bring back Beatlemania

Wellington-based tribute band The Silver Beatlez will perform a massive set of hits and deep cuts in Paraparaumu this month.

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Wellington Sea Shanty Society to hark to the heave-ho - 146 | Regional News

Wellington Sea Shanty Society to hark to the heave-ho

Set your sails for a salty singalong with the Wellington Sea Shanty Society and storyteller extraordinaire Louis Tait.

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Lake South and Birdfeeder on course for a brilliant collision - 145 | Regional News

Lake South and Birdfeeder on course for a brilliant collision

DIY pop artist Lake South and south seas psych-pop trio Birdfeeder will perform a double header at St Peter’s Hall in Paekākāriki this March.

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Leaving the news for the stage - 145 | Regional News

Leaving the news for the stage

After spending decades as a successful reporter for TVNZ, Ian Sinclair has left that life behind to pursue his passion for flamenco guitar.

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Recklessly eclectic grooves from Krispy & The Pooch - 144 | Regional News

Recklessly eclectic grooves from Krispy & The Pooch

Krispy & The Pooch have escaped the brutal Berlin winter to come back to New Zealand, where they’ll play their new EP Drop the Needle at Meow on the 18th of March.

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SOL3 MIO to wow Wellington  - 143 | Regional News

SOL3 MIO to wow Wellington

Amitai Pati of the acclaimed operatic-pop trio SOL3 MIO talks touring and the year that has been.

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Gerry Paul on writing music for kids - 143 | Regional News

Gerry Paul on writing music for kids

Gerry Paul and the Elephant Tree Band will play a wacky, wonderful family concert this New Zealand Fringe Festival.

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A collaboration years in the making - 143 | Regional News

A collaboration years in the making

After three years of anticipation, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra principal cello Andrew Joyce will join Camerata as the soloist for Joseph Haydn’s challenging Concerto No. 2 in D Major.

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Elemeno P on massive NZ tour - 142 | Regional News

Elemeno P on massive NZ tour

Frontman Dave Gibson, who lived in NYC in the thick of COVID-19, says the best part of 2020 was the end of it – jumping on a plane back to New Zealand to tour with Elemeno P. 

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Barry Saunders and Delaney Davidson’s blood deal gets thicker - 142 | Regional News

Barry Saunders and Delaney Davidson’s blood deal gets thicker

When Barry Saunders and Delaney Davidson first met, in a church, they joked about making a deal in blood. Speaking to me in the midst of another national tour, it’s clear the deal still stands.

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Villainy to rock Wellington  - 141 | Regional News

Villainy to rock Wellington

Rock band Villainy shake up the status quo with their new EP Beggar.

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New opera company set to soar  - 140 | Regional News

New opera company set to soar

Wellington Opera will officially launch in April 2021 with Mozart’s Don Giovanni.  

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Psychedelic fuzz duo tours new tunes  - 138 | Regional News

Psychedelic fuzz duo tours new tunes

Earth Tongue says audiences should be ready to mosh.

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Something good will come our way  - 137 | Regional News

Something good will come our way

New Zealand music icon Bic Runga will perform six special concerts across the North Island this spring.

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Reb Fountain to tour new album - 136 | Regional News

Reb Fountain to tour new album

Award-winning singer-songwriter Reb Fountain released her new self-titled album while New Zealand was in the thick of COVID-19.

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JessB releases confident collection of high-class hip-hop - 135 | Regional News

JessB releases confident collection of high-class hip-hop

Auckland-based rapper JessB will launch her new mixtape 3 Nights in Amsterdam across Aotearoa this October. Recorded with local producers in the capital of the Netherlands, she calls the six-track work “a very high-energy project.”

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Movies

Crème de la crème  - 220 | Regional News

Crème de la crème

The French Film Festival is the liaison of the saison – check out all kinds of flicks coming to cinemas across the Wellington Region from the 5th to the 26th of June.

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Cinema Italiano - 219 | Regional News

Cinema Italiano

For one night only on the 22nd of May, Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant will transport cinephiles to the orange-hued land of la dolce vita at The Show Me Shorts Italian Short Film Night.

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Wellington Silver Screeners: Bevin Linkhorn - 217 | Regional News

Wellington Silver Screeners: Bevin Linkhorn

In this edition of Wellington Silver Screeners, Alessia Belsito-Riera chats with Wellingtonian Bevin Linkhorn. Producer of Masters of the Muralverse and Extreme Cake Sports, Bevin has a diverse portfolio and an exciting year ahead.

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Humanising the gaze - 214 | Regional News

Humanising the gaze

Argentinian film Labyrinth of the Moons snakes its way through themes of identity, motherhood, and trans childhood – catch a rare screening on the 6th of March during the Wellington Pride Festival.

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Wellington Silver Screeners: Finn O’Connor - 212 | Regional News

Wellington Silver Screeners: Finn O’Connor

In this edition of Wellington Silver Screeners, Alessia Belsito-Riera chats with Finn O’Connor, a filmmaker who makes up one third of the production company Couch Kumara.

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Absurd fantasy - 209 | Regional News

Absurd fantasy

A wizard harbours a deadly secret and grapples to keep his mother in the grave in Wizard Mischief, the newest absurd fantasy short from filmmaker Baxter Gray, premiering at Pyramid Club on the 24th of November.  

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Paradise cinema - 207 | Regional News

Paradise cinema

La dolce vita or the sweet life glides into Wellington on the wings of the Italian Film Festival, showcasing just shy of two jam-packed weeks of contemporary and retrospective Italian masterpieces.

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Off and away - 205 | Regional News

Off and away

The Show Me Shorts Film Festival is bringing Wellingtonians big adventures in small doses.

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A world both near and far - 198 | Regional News

A world both near and far

Enjoy Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s iconic anime Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind on the big screen. This film is not only visually arresting but also an urgent and topical commentary on humanity.

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Cutting-edge storytelling - 196 | Regional News

Cutting-edge storytelling

Aotearoa’s premier documentary film festival, Doc Edge Festival, brings into focus the hard-hitting questions, the compelling stories, and a whole bunch of fascinating perspectives from across the globe.

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See what Tonga can do - 191 | Regional News

See what Tonga can do

A new Kiwi film is coming to theatres on March 23rd. Based on a true story, rugby superfan Maka hopes to attend the Tonga versus France match in Wellington but misses out on ticket sales. What ensues is a hilarious and uplifting story of Tongan ingenuity.

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A game of cat and mouse - 184 | Regional News

A game of cat and mouse

Releasing nationwide on the 10th of November, David Farrier finds himself in a tension-filled game of cat and mouse with a mysterious stranger in his new documentary Mister Organ.

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My best film yet  - 183 | Regional News

My best film yet

Costa Botes’ gentle, yet eye-opening new documentary delves into the life of an offbeat cow whisperer as he tends to a herd in his own idiosyncratic way.

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Show Me Shorts! - 181 | Regional News

Show Me Shorts!

The popular Show Me Shorts Film Festival is back, screening over 90 of the very best short films made by filmmakers in Aotearoa and across the world.

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You have just 48 hours… - 180 | Regional News

You have just 48 hours…

The Vista Foundation 48Hours Wellington City Finals is an exciting showcase of the crème de la crème of films made during this popular guerrilla filmmaking competition.

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The canine connection - 178 | Regional News

The canine connection

The Top Dog Film Festival celebrates dogs through a carefully curated collection of heart-warming stories about our furry friends as they take on challenges from around the world.

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Nordic cinema - 173 | Regional News

Nordic cinema

In what will be a fun and thought-provoking evening romp with a range of interesting stories and themes, Show Me Shorts is presenting a collection of short films from top Norwegian filmmakers in collaboration with Minimalen Short Film Festival in Trondheim, Norway.

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The art of documentary filmmaking - 172 | Regional News

The art of documentary filmmaking

The Doc Edge Festival has long been a world-class documentary event that shares the stories of the world with New Zealanders. Now in 2022, the festival is further pushing the boundaries while continuing to showcase the art of documentary filmmaking.

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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 lives of European teens - 170 | Regional News

The lives of European teens

Show Me Shorts will present a series of European short films catered toward Kiwi teenagers in the hope they will be able to enjoy, connect, and better understand the lives of teens on the other side of the globe.

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Aotearoa’s first ever Scandi film festival - 169 | Regional News

Aotearoa’s first ever Scandi film festival

Three Wellington cinemas are set to showcase a variety of Scandinavian films during the inaugural Volvo Scandi Film Festival. The festival’s carefully curated programme includes award-winning international festival favourites from an exciting filmmaking region.

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Aotearoa at the movies: In My Father’s Den - 167 | Regional News

Aotearoa at the movies: In My Father’s Den

Our series exploring iconic Kiwi films continues as we speak to producer Trevor Haysom about Brad McGann’s 2004 drama In My Father’s Den.

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Aotearoa at the movies: Vigil - 165 | Regional News

Aotearoa at the movies: Vigil

Writer-director Vincent Ward looks back at his debut feature Vigil, the first New Zealand film selected to compete at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Kiwi sci-fi classics return at Space Place - 164 | Regional News

Kiwi sci-fi classics return at Space Place

Space Place’s beloved Sci-Fi Sundays are back with a Kiwi-centric month of movies projected onto their spectacular planetarium dome.

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Aotearoa at the movies: Broken English - 163 | Regional News

Aotearoa at the movies: Broken English

Writer-director Gregor Nicholas reflects on Broken English, his unique Croatian and Māori-led 1996 drama.

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New film dissects infamous 2007 police raids  - 163 | Regional News

New film dissects infamous 2007 police raids

Arriving on the 3rd of February, Muru stars Cliff Curtis as a conflicted officer on the frontline of the controversial raids on Rūātoki. 

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Aotearoa at the movies: Snakeskin  - 161 | Regional News

Aotearoa at the movies: Snakeskin

Writer-director Gillian Ashurst tells us about the real experiences that inspired her psychedelic road-trip movie Snakeskin.

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Aotearoa at the movies: Came a Hot Friday - 160 | Regional News

Aotearoa at the movies: Came a Hot Friday

Our series exploring iconic Kiwi films continues as we speak to writer-director Ian Mune about his 1985 comedy Came a Hot Friday.

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50 years in Wellington - 159 | Regional News

50 years in Wellington

Launching on the 4th of November, the 2021 Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wellington festival.

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When panic attacks  - 159 | Regional News

When panic attacks

Writer-director Michelle Savill explores anxiety in her Wellington-set debut feature Millie Lies Low.

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Aotearoa at the movies: Sleeping Dogs - 158 | Regional News

Aotearoa at the movies: Sleeping Dogs

We trace the history of iconic films in New Zealand’s cinematic canon, starting with Roger Donaldson’s 1977 action-thriller Sleeping Dogs.

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Shorts from every corner  - 157 | Regional News

Shorts from every corner

75 of the best short films from around the globe will screen during the 2021 Show Me Shorts Film Festival this October, including 14 making their world premiere.

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Young filmmakers find their footing  - 157 | Regional News

Young filmmakers find their footing

Six short films by emerging Kiwi filmmakers have premiered online as part of the fifth Someday Stories series.

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No one is safe in latest Kiwi thriller  - 155 | Regional News

No one is safe in latest Kiwi thriller

A feature adaptation of Owen Marshall’s “brutal and poetic” short story, Coming Home in the Dark made waves when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and is about to open back home.

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Kiwi film highlights those on the outskirts  - 154 | Regional News

Kiwi film highlights those on the outskirts

The Justice of Bunny King, starring Essie Davis (The Babadook) and Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit), will be in cinemas from the 29th of July.

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Documentary exposes broken system - 152 | Regional News

Documentary exposes broken system

Birth Time, a documentary revealing the developed world’s broken maternity system, will be screened on the 1st of July followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

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Vive le cinéma - 151 | Regional News

Vive le cinéma

21 new and classic films will be screened at Wellington cinemas for the French Film Festival Aotearoa, running from the 10th to the 23rd of June.

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Visit space and sea with Doc Edge  - 150 | Regional News

Visit space and sea with Doc Edge

Doc Edge, New Zealand’s Academy Awards-qualifying documentary festival, is going hybrid, with films set to appear in cinemas and online.

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Film captures Isey Cross’ journey to 100  - 148 | Regional News

Film captures Isey Cross’ journey to 100

Director Florian Habicht will attend a Q&A screening of his new documentary James & Isey ahead of its general release on the 6th of May.

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Celebrating Indigenous cinema - 145 | Regional News

Celebrating Indigenous cinema

The Māoriland Film Festival highlights Indigenous storytellers from around the globe in Ōtaki from the 24th to the 28th of March.

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Wāhine Māori voices on the big screen - 144 | Regional News

Wāhine Māori voices on the big screen

Cousins, a film adaption of the acclaimed novel by Patricia Grace, will open in cinemas across Aotearoa on the 4th of March.

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Monthly film nights highlight Japanese cinema  - 141 | Regional News

Monthly film nights highlight Japanese cinema

The Embassy of Japan continues their popular Film Nights with two free screenings of 2015’s Miss Hokusai on the 26th and 28th of January.

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Icon of New Zealand cinema passes - 139 | Regional News

Icon of New Zealand cinema passes

Bill Gosden ONZM, former director of the New Zealand International Film Festival, dies at 66.  

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Kiwi comedy tackles motherhood on the big screen - 137 | Regional News

Kiwi comedy tackles motherhood on the big screen

To grow a baby, one must first grow up. But that’s no fun, right? So believes Zoe, played by Rose Matafeo in the latest Kiwi comedy Baby Done.

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One terrifying film festival  - 136 | Regional News

One terrifying film festival

10 films will see their New Zealand cinema premieres at this year’s Terror-Fi Film Festival.

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A Halloween classic in a spooky setting  - 136 | Regional News

A Halloween classic in a spooky setting

F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent classic Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors will send shivers down your spine when night falls on the 31st of October.

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New short film encourages connection  - 135 | Regional News

New short film encourages connection

What would happen if a hopeful eight-year-old encountered someone who had let go of hope altogether? Screenwriter and director Hannah Marshall addresses this very question in Frankie Jean & The Morning Star, a short film premiering at the Show Me Shorts Film Festival.

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Art

Beyond ground zero - 220 | Regional News

Beyond ground zero

When nuclear weapons tests were detonated in the late 50s near Kiribati, there were people less than 40 kilometres away from ground zero. Hear their stories face to face at Parliament’s Te Papakura gallery space until the 11th of July.

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A silenced voice speaks - 219 | Regional News

A silenced voice speaks

Uncover the silenced voices of the Indian women brought to Fiji under the indenture system in Lives of the Girmit Women, running at New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts from the 19th to the 26th of May.

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I spy - 218 | Regional News

I spy

Turumeke Harrington’s Courtenay Place light box installation Swamped incites passersby to think about who and what else once occupied this downtown space.

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Connecting cultures - 217 | Regional News

Connecting cultures

Hono Aho – Connecting Lines spins a thread between Māori tukutuku and Korean bojagi. At Pātaka Art + Museum until the 28th of April, this joint exhibition explores cultural heritage and hybridity.

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Whereabouts - 216 | Regional News

Whereabouts

At Solander Gallery until the 4th of May, 56 Victoria-based screenprinting artists depict real or imagined places in their exploration of the word whereabouts.

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Art is real - 215 | Regional News

Art is real

Richard Lewer believes that it’s important all Kiwis learn about our complex history. Explore the Waikato Wars until the 12th of May at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata.

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Our rainbow, sparkly, sequined selves - 214 | Regional News

Our rainbow, sparkly, sequined selves

Coming to the capital for the first time during the 2024 Wellington Pride Festival, Explosive Empathy challenges LGBTQIA+ discrimination through colourful and quirky mixed-media artworks by creative Melanie Fleet.

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A symphony of blooms - 213 | Regional News

A symphony of blooms

Bursting forth in an explosion of colour and life, Andrea Robinson’s exhibition Floral Affair at Mitchell Studios is a celebration of nature, beauty, love, and friendship.

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The many faces of love - 212 | Regional News

The many faces of love

Love and Marriage: Images of Romantic Unions at New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata explores the myriad expressions of love and marriage in Aotearoa New Zealand over the last 150 years.

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Being here - 211 | Regional News

Being here

Time, place, and light are what drive photographer Ben Lowe to interpret life through his lens. Experience the wild Wellington coast in all its mystical and midnight beauty through the Courtenay Place light boxes.

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Questioning, creating, changing - 210 | Regional News

Questioning, creating, changing

Kiwi painter Ian Scott pulled away from the dominant ideas of his time and pushed towards new possibilities. Paying homage to this great artist, New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata celebrates Scott’s work until the 11th of February.

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Weaving textile connections - 210 | Regional News

Weaving textile connections

Help weave together a communal tapestry and engage in a kōrero about textile waste at the activation Micro Mill, taking up residence on the corner of Victoria and Dixon Streets until the 21st of December.

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A woman’s perspective - 209 | Regional News

A woman’s perspective

Artist Susanne Kerr examines the relationship between humans and their environments in intricate and overflowing paintings as part of her new exhibition Remnants, on display at Pātaka Art + Museum.

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The poetry of painting - 208 | Regional News

The poetry of painting

With his newest pieces currently on display at Robert Heald Gallery until the 18th of November, Andrew McLeod tells us all about his career, process, and inspiration.

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The tapestry of life - 207 | Regional News

The tapestry of life

Artist Kate Stevens West weaves together the fabric of her maternal ancestors into a tapestry of her heritage.

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Same same but different - 206 | Regional News

Same same but different

This exhibition at New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata until the 10th of December explores how Sāmoan culture and tradition has changed over the last 150 years by placing contemporary and historical photographs side by side.

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Walking backwards into the future - 205 | Regional News

Walking backwards into the future

In celebration of their 25th anniversary, Pātaka Art + Museum reflects on their past while turning their gaze towards the future.

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Down the rabbit hole - 204 | Regional News

Down the rabbit hole

An exhibition that examines the relationship between contemporary art and internet culture, Steamed Hams at Dowse Art Museum is a full-course meal.

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Movement of life - 203 | Regional News

Movement of life

With a rich, textural style and decades of experience, painter John Badcock captures the fleeting beauty of life in his en plein air artworks.

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Buzzing for Barbie - 202 | Regional News

Buzzing for Barbie

The wonderful, whimsical world of Barbie (and Ken) has descended on Wellington Museum. Discover Barbie’s dreamland and get to know Patsy Carlisle, one of New Zealand’s biggest collectors.

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A unique language - 202 | Regional News

A unique language

Renowned Māori artist Darcy Nicholas was blown away when he happened upon the work of emerging Māori artist Pēkere Fruean. Explore their collaborative exhibition at Pātaka Art + Museum.

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The human spirit shines through - 201 | Regional News

The human spirit shines through

The Parkin Drawing Prize, on at the Academy Galleries until the 3rd of September, showcases New Zealand excellence and innovation in drawing in all its forms, processes, materials, and ideas.

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Facing the pandemic - 200 | Regional News

Facing the pandemic

In an allegory of isolation, loss, and friendship during the COVID-19 lockdown, artist Euan Macleod presents the hundreds of portraits he created of fellow artist and friend Geoff Dixon.

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Saving art from the skip - 199 | Regional News

Saving art from the skip

Artstart Foundation’s mission is to save student artwork from the skip and celebrate young artists. Come see the artwork on display at their first-ever Wellington exhibition.

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Raw meets roar - 199 | Regional News

Raw meets roar

Former gang leader turned artist Simon Kerr presents a sketchbook of his past life and experiences in a raw and visceral exhibition.

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What is a legacy? - 197 | Regional News

What is a legacy?

A group of five filmmakers, both national and international, explore the meaning of legacy at Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi.

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A magic perspective - 196 | Regional News

A magic perspective

Artist Carol Anne Bauer was always drawn to the natural world, magic, symbolism, cultural mythologies, and science. Explore her world at her retrospective exhibition Have the Most Fun You Can Before They Make You Stop.

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Me, Myself and Monet - 195 | Regional News

Me, Myself and Monet

Tāmaki Makaurau artist Helen Keen uses the ancient material of encaustic wax to create timeless paintings inspired by Monet’s Water Lilies.

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I live here - 194 | Regional News

I live here

Pablos Art Studio artists in conjunction with Enjoy Gallery present sensitive and heartfelt perspectives on Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s housing situation.

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A necessary struggle - 193 | Regional News

A necessary struggle

Artist Tom Sladden likes to have a bit of fun when approaching his work, doesn’t want to take himself too seriously, and doesn’t want you to either. Check out his exhibition Light Air at Bowen Galleries, he’d love to hear what you think!

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Age-old binaries - 192 | Regional News

Age-old binaries

Sam Clague takes a journey back in time in order to document, study, analyse, and draw attention to the oppressive social and economic practices of our capitalist history.

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At the crossroads - 191 | Regional News

At the crossroads

Reuben Paterson has been creating a beautiful world of glitter, colour, and intersectionality for over 25 years. Now, he is holding his largest exhibition ever at City Gallery Wellington.

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Timeless transience - 190 | Regional News

Timeless transience

Former acrobat and circus performer Eric Desiles’ newest exhibition of sculptures continues his exploration of the human body, its form, and the fleeting moments of its movement.

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In two worlds - 189 | Regional News

In two worlds

Page Galleries presents Max Gimblett’s exhibition Across the River, which explores his experience navigating both the physical and psychological distance between New Zealand and the USA.

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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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Wormhole pottery - 187 | Regional News

Wormhole pottery

Antireality Perversion Void, a bizarre and confronting exhibition that draws on themes of science fiction, mythology, and the nature of reality, is on now at City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi.

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Myth, magic, and makeup - 186 | Regional News

Myth, magic, and makeup

Megan Dunn explores everything to do with mermaids in her exhibition The Mermaid Chronicles, on at Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery.

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Documenting an ever-changing city  - 185 | Regional News

Documenting an ever-changing city

Gone Not Forgotten by Mike Aamodt and Transient Spaces by Simon Jay, exhibitions running simultaneously at Mitchell Studios, both present images that explore our ever-changing capital city.

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A feast for art-lovers - 184 | Regional News

A feast for art-lovers

New Zealand’s national watercolour exhibition and the Wellington Potters’ Association’s major exhibition combine to present over 300 artworks by renowned Kiwi artists.

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A new dimension  - 184 | Regional News

A new dimension

Local award-winning artist and designer Tim Christie talks about his unique creative style as he prepares to exhibit at Wellesley College’s major exhibition ARTBOURNE 2022.

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Disconnecting worlds  - 183 | Regional News

Disconnecting worlds

Screaming Waterfall is a new exhibition that brings together artists whose practices are informed by the fraught and complex transformation of landscape.

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Landscapes of bone, rock, and earth - 182 | Regional News

Landscapes of bone, rock, and earth

Of dual Mexican and Pākehā descent, artist Eleanor Díaz Ritson carves and moulds human figures into their landscapes in her dark and moody paintings.

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Artworks of national significance - 181 | Regional News

Artworks of national significance

Gathered Voices: Highlights of the Fletcher Trust Collection displays 18 beautiful figure-based works from one of the most prestigious private art collections in Aotearoa.

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Feathers in Frame - 180 | Regional News

Feathers in Frame

Feathers in Frame displays over 50 photos taken of birds in their natural habitats by experienced Kiwi photographer Bruce Jenkins.

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Let the light in  - 179 | Regional News

Let the light in

Displaying 12 bright works depicting her relationship with the sun, Ruby Wilkinson combines her talents and passions in her new exhibition Sun Room.

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Medicine for the soul  - 178 | Regional News

Medicine for the soul

Showing at Exhibitions Gallery, Mervin Singham’s new exhibition features 14 brilliantly colourful paintings that investigate humanity and our connection with each other and the environment.

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The power of pāua   - 177 | Regional News

The power of pāua

Dazzling and contemplative, Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story includes over 70 works that examine and explore Aotearoa’s unique relationship with pāua.

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More than meets the eye  - 176 | Regional News

More than meets the eye

Jack Trolove’s newest exhibition, Thresholding, will show his large paintings with the gallery lights turned off, offering the visitors a whole new experience.  

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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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Unguarded moments - 173 | Regional News

Unguarded moments

Showing now at Envy6011, Total Control displays photographs taken by Adrienne Martyn, a Wellington-based artist whose works are held in major public collections throughout Aotearoa.

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Permanent Green - 172 | Regional News

Permanent Green

Local artist Alicja Gear captures moments where light dances across the landscape with her expressive oil paintings. The combination of the large gestural marks and bold use of the colour green leads audiences on an insightful journey through Aotearoa’s native bush.

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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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Ko wai a Māpihi? This is not Water?  - 170 | Regional News

Ko wai a Māpihi? This is not Water?

Artists Cae Te Wheoro Heke and Nick Denton have created a vibrant and fascinating exhibition that sheds light on an ancient Wellington stream, one that has been both hidden and forgotten by many over time.

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The truth is out there  - 169 | Regional News

The truth is out there

The Truth Is Out There is an exciting exhibition that should be explored by anyone interested in UFOs, alien abductions, and other unexplained phenomena as some big questions will be asked by the artists who created this intriguing journey through outer space.

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Meaningless possessions  - 168 | Regional News

Meaningless possessions

Kate Beatty’s newest exhibition is one that forces audiences to question what is really important. Her beautiful paintings reflect the importance people put on items that are glamorous and expensive, instead of focusing on what is truly valuable.   

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The forces that shape our environment  - 167 | Regional News

The forces that shape our environment

Award-winning visual artist Jacqui Colley has teamed up with four other artists to create an exhibition that investigates and questions matters that affect all of us in Aotearoa and around the world.

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Lisa Reihana makes a splash  - 166 | Regional News

Lisa Reihana makes a splash

Surveys of internationally acclaimed multi-disciplinary artist Lisa Reihana are currently taking place across Wellington, including Nomads of the Sea, an exhibition at Pātaka Art + Museum.

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Artist celebrates Wellington buildings - 165 | Regional News

Artist celebrates Wellington buildings

Welsh import Stacey Fraser-Allen demonstrates her love for the buildings of Wellington in a new watercolour exhibition coming to Thistle Hall.

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The king of quirk’s latest work - 164 | Regional News

The king of quirk’s latest work

Paul Vincent’s new series of paintings was inspired by American blues legend Mose Allison.

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Beautiful failures  - 163 | Regional News

Beautiful failures

Running at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata until the 13th of March, Unfinished Portraits proves we can learn from abandoned artworks.

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Mischievous Indigenous art  - 162 | Regional News

Mischievous Indigenous art

Mischief Makers, on now at Pātaka Art + Museum, showcases Māori and Moana artists who use humour to make a point.

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Beautiful contradictions  - 162 | Regional News

Beautiful contradictions

Renowned Otago farmer Eden Hore spent years collecting couture gowns, which are displayed alongside stunning photographs in this new exhibition at The Dowse Art Museum.

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A pivotal period for New Zealand - 161 | Regional News

A pivotal period for New Zealand

Face Time: Portraits from the 1980s, opening soon at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, reflects on the historical, social, economic, and political shifts we saw throughout the 80s.

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Secret paintings revealed - 161 | Regional News

Secret paintings revealed

A highly anticipated exhibition by revolutionary Swedish artist Hilma af Klint will open soon at City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi.

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Figures of the night  - 160 | Regional News

Figures of the night

Four artists with a similarly grungy aesthetic dissect club culture and pop culture in Nightcore, opening on the 12th of November at Envy6011.

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Artist stares down trauma  - 159 | Regional News

Artist stares down trauma

Sculptor and author Catherine Daniels exorcises her childhood trauma in The Secret Keeper, on now at the Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art.

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Take time to kōrero - 158 | Regional News

Take time to kōrero

A new digital exhibition featuring many of our most lauded artists encourages Kiwis to talk about mental health.

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Min Kim and her friends - 157 | Regional News

Min Kim and her friends

Christchurch-based artist and gallery owner Min Kim presents a new exhibition of watercolours and oil paintings at the Alfred Memelink Artspace Gallery.

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The many faces of Wellington  - 156 | Regional News

The many faces of Wellington

For his first solo exhibition, Clark Roworth has created a deck of 54 giant playing cards depicting people from all corners of Wellington.

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Omitted artists - 156 | Regional News

Omitted artists

Autonomous Bodies, a new exhibition running at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata, showcases women, non-white, and LGBTQIA+ artists.

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One last ride - 155 | Regional News

One last ride

As more provincial tracks close, two photographers shine a spotlight on the horse racing community and its venues.

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Local Surrealist gets in on the action - 154 | Regional News

Local Surrealist gets in on the action

As Te Papa hosts its international Surrealism exhibition, The Kiwi Art House Gallery is drawing attention to our very own Wellington Surrealist.

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The beauty of Japanese dolls - 153 | Regional News

The beauty of Japanese dolls

An exhibition of 67 unique Japanese dolls – ningyō – is on now at the Massey University College of Creative Arts campus.

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Emerging Māori artists shine - 153 | Regional News

Emerging Māori artists shine

An exhibition will showcase the finalists for this year’s Kiingi Tuheitia Portraiture Award at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata until the 15th of August.

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Long-awaited Surrealist exhibition opens  - 151 | Regional News

Long-awaited Surrealist exhibition opens

Surrealist Art, the largest Surrealist exhibition ever shown in New Zealand, includes masterpieces by Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, and more.

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A different kind of family portrait  - 150 | Regional News

A different kind of family portrait

In an exhibition opening soon at The Dowse Art Museum, Claudia Kogachi sheds light on her relationship with her mother through the frame of competitive sports.

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Aotearoa through a Japanese lens - 150 | Regional News

Aotearoa through a Japanese lens

Porirua-based artist Alistair McDonald imagines how Andō Hiroshige, a great master of ukiyo-e, might interpret New Zealand in his latest exhibition.

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What it means to be good - 149 | Regional News

What it means to be good

Artist Ayesha Green deciphers what it means to be a ‘good citizen’ from a wāhine Māori perspective in her latest exhibition.

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The to and fro of technology and climate change   - 147 | Regional News

The to and fro of technology and climate change

Photographer Clayton Morgan highlights the positive and negative impacts technology has on the climate in TerraObscura, on now at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre.

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Indigenous Arctic artists share their concerns - 146 | Regional News

Indigenous Arctic artists share their concerns

Indigenous artists from the circumpolar world visualise the threats facing their people in a new exhibition running at Pātaka Art + Museum.

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The rise of graffiti in Aotearoa - 145 | Regional News

The rise of graffiti in Aotearoa

The Most Dedicated: An Aotearoa Graffiti Story, an exhibition opening soon at The Dowse Art Museum, explores the impact of street art collective TMD for the first time at any major public gallery.  

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The destruction of our wetlands - 144 | Regional News

The destruction of our wetlands

Lisa Clunie and Thorsten Hoppe illustrate what our communities have lost following decades of exploitation of our wetlands in their new Photospace Gallery exhibition.

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Father and daughter connect in new exhibition  - 143 | Regional News

Father and daughter connect in new exhibition

Photographer Sara McIntyre and her late father Peter McIntyre pay tribute to Kākahi, a beloved rural King Country town, in a joint exhibition opening soon at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata.

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Pacific artist connects cultures  - 143 | Regional News

Pacific artist connects cultures

On now at Pātaka Art + Museum, Yuki Kihara explores her multicultural heritage in an exhibition of garments inspired by the Sāmoan siapo and the Japanese kimono.

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The misrepresentation of Māori men - 142 | Regional News

The misrepresentation of Māori men

Photographer Chevron Hassett addresses the harmful ways in which Māori men are represented in Aotearoa.

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Artist and animator join forces  - 141 | Regional News

Artist and animator join forces

Animator Simon Ward brings the psychedelic illustrations of Jess Johnson to life in Terminus, an immersive VR experience on now at The Dowse Art Museum.

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Street art: The Mover - 141 | Regional News

Street art: The Mover

For the final entry in our long-running Street Art Series, we chat to artists Gabriel Heimler and Anna Proc about their iconic Wellington mural.

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Street art: Sworn enermies: Felines vs. Canines  - 140 | Regional News

Street art: Sworn enermies: Felines vs. Canines

We chat to street artist Andrew J. Steel about one of his many iconic Wellington murals.

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Painter depicts the power of protest  - 140 | Regional News

Painter depicts the power of protest

Lisa Chandler’s The Diving Line, an exhibition inspired by protests around the world, will open at Expressions Whirinaki on the 19th of December.

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Eroding coastline captured on canvas - 139 | Regional News

Eroding coastline captured on canvas

Artist Neil Frazer depicts the ever-changing Tongapōrutu coastline in his latest exhibition.

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Street art: Mind the Balance - 138 | Regional News

Street art: Mind the Balance

We chat to artist Elise Grangier about her Newtown mural, a collaborative project with James Mitchell.  

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Exhibition asks us to embrace discomfort   - 138 | Regional News

Exhibition asks us to embrace discomfort 

Optimism and its afterlives, a new joint exhibition running at Enjoy Contemporary Art Space until the 5th of December, asks us to bask in the disarray of key transitional moments. 

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Artist pleas for change  - 137 | Regional News

Artist pleas for change

For John Walsh, the artist behind Uawa Tolaga Bay, this one’s personal.

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Street art: Porirua 50th Anniversary - 137 | Regional News

Street art: Porirua 50th Anniversary

We chat to street artists Chloē Reweti and Ruth ‘Gorse’ Robertson-Taylor about their Cobham Court mural.

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Street art: A Tribute to Rita Angus - 136 | Regional News

Street art: A Tribute to Rita Angus

We chat to street artist Askew One about his Willis Street mural.

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A landmark art series returns - 135 | Regional News

A landmark art series returns

The Death and Resurrection of Luigi Spinelli was a landmark series for Piera McArthur ONZM. The 15 paintings, which she began in 1980, tell the Italian legend of a man killed by a bull and the sorrow and enlightenment that followed for his widow.

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Street art: Tane Te Ohanga – The Bird Sanctuary  - 135 | Regional News

Street art: Tane Te Ohanga – The Bird Sanctuary

We chat to street artist Poi ‘TECHS’ Ngawati about his iconic mural in Tawa.

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Events

DIY supremacy - 220 | Regional News

DIY supremacy

Hold your breath and head to The Fringe Bar on the 1st of June to see who will be crowned the 10th Great DIY BurlesKiwi.

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Pearl in a Whirl - 219 | Regional News

Pearl in a Whirl

This Featherston Booktown, author Catherine Robertson and illustrator Fifi Colston will join forces to chat about Pearl in a Whirl, the true story of one fluffy cat’s wild, windy week during Cyclone Gabrielle.

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You have been warned - 216 | Regional News

You have been warned

Horror authors Michael Botur and Denver Grenell will present a spooky soirée of chilling tales and dark poetry in Featherston this month. Warning: there may be blood…

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Where sun, sea, and sound collides - 214 | Regional News

Where sun, sea, and sound collides

Come live it up with Breaking Beats at This Is Living, a new outdoor music festival in Petone featuring more than 25 artists and headlined by the best of the best.

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The Doctor is coming - 213 | Regional News

The Doctor is coming

It’s about to get timey-wimey, Wellington! Christopher Eccleston is landing in Pōneke on the 25th of February for The Lord of Time: A Doctor Who Event – get hyped for panels, stalls, and a whole host of Doctor Who actors and enthusiasts.  

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Earth’s Mightiest Exhibition - 211 | Regional News

Earth’s Mightiest Exhibition

Superheroes and villains have descended on Pōneke! From artefacts to art, interactive displays to memorabilia, get your Marvel fix at Tākina Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre before they blast off.

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Night-merry Christmas - 210 | Regional News

Night-merry Christmas

A bizarre bazaar overflowing with creepy cute creations of all shapes and sizes, find the perfect Christmas present for that spooky someone in your life.

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Leap fearlessly into the unknown - 205 | Regional News

Leap fearlessly into the unknown

Anything can and will happen this New Zealand Improv Festival, a glorious nine days filled with 35 workshops, 25 shows, and infinite possibilities.

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Descent to the Dungeon of Dankness  - 204 | Regional News

Descent to the Dungeon of Dankness

Hither to Garage Project Wild Workshop, weary adventurer, for an evening of celebration and specially crafted beer designed to accompany a one-shot roleplaying adventure called Descent to the Dungeon of Dankness.

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A beautiful blend  - 204 | Regional News

A beautiful blend

On the Saturday of Mental Health Awareness Week, Get Comfy 2023 presents a charity fundraising festival complete with bands, performances, speakers, stalls, activities, and mental health resources.

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Witty wanderings - 203 | Regional News

Witty wanderings

Embark on witty wonderings with some of Pōneke’s silver-tongued storytellers at This Could Be A Podcast: Stories Tall and True.

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Expect the unexpected - 201 | Regional News

Expect the unexpected

Come support Wellington’s freshest comedians as they compete in the Wellington RAW Comedy Quest Final for the title of Wellington champion and a spot in the national finals in Auckland.

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Footy fever - 200 | Regional News

Footy fever

The world’s biggest women’s sporting event is coming to the capital – celebrate football with the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™.

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The life of a legend - 199 | Regional News

The life of a legend

Everyone is invited to the public memorial in reverence and remembrance of the trailblazer, mover, and shaker Georgina Beyer.

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Fantastical, mystical, transformative - 197 | Regional News

Fantastical, mystical, transformative

Lōemis (pronounced lew-mis) celebrates the winter solstice with a vibrant array of shows, foodie events, art installations, fiery ceremonies, and more this June.

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Get inked and empowered  - 194 | Regional News

Get inked and empowered

Inked and Empowered is a tattoo flash day, art market, and variety show where all artists, performers, crew members, and vendors identify as female, nonbinary, trans, or gender queer. It’s a fun day out and fundraiser for a vital cause.

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Experience the incredible   - 193 | Regional News

Experience the incredible

Brace yourself, Wellington: the Armageddon Expo is back and better than ever! New Zealand’s most exciting science fiction and fantasy fair will invade Sky Stadium on the 22nd and 23rd of April.

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Mr, Mrs, or Mx Right  - 192 | Regional News

Mr, Mrs, or Mx Right

Looking for that special someone? A new queer speed dating and drag show combo is coming to Wellington, courtesy of local drag icons Homer Neurotic and Selina Simone.

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Enough talk, let’s skate  - 182 | Regional News

Enough talk, let’s skate

Combining skating, art, and music, BOWLZILLA is an epic five-day event and the biggest gathering of skaters in New Zealand this year.

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For the love of beer - 182 | Regional News

For the love of beer

Funk on the Water is the city’s first dedicated sour beer festival! Locals can expect plenty of delicious brews and food along with live music and entertainment.

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A taste of arts and culture  - 181 | Regional News

A taste of arts and culture

The Festival of India invites you to enjoy traditional performances, music, and food during a fun weekend of arts and culture in Kapiti.

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Draw your sword! - 178 | Regional News

Draw your sword!

The Trans-Tasman Buhurt Cup is an epic medieval combat event that will see Australia and New Zealand’s national sides go head-to-head in full sets of armour with blunt weapons and shields.

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Wellington’s new team - 176 | Regional News

Wellington’s new team

Tokomanawa Queens are joining the proud list of sports clubs who represent the capital, all while bringing some world-class basketball to crowds around Aotearoa.

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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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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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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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Bring on the next 100 years - 174 | Regional News

Bring on the next 100 years

After being closed for more than three years, Wellington is finally able to celebrate the official opening of St James Theatre.

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An expectation to win  - 174 | Regional News

An expectation to win

As the leader of the most successful professional basketball franchise in Aotearoa, Wellington Saints captain Kenneth Tuffin is helping his side play to their full potential. 

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Festivals are back Wellington!   - 170 | Regional News

Festivals are back Wellington!

With no more limits on both indoor and outdoor capacities, Wellington’s first major festival, Eat Drink Play, is shaping up to be a massive three-week event full of shows, music, dance, good food, and more.

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Fun, generous, and meaningful - 168 | Regional News

Fun, generous, and meaningful

Golf for a Cause is a local tournament making a difference for hundreds of families around New Zealand. Created by a young golfer, it is all about raising as much money for the Cancer Society as possible.

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Sporting significance - 167 | Regional News

Sporting significance

New Zealand hosting the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup is a significant moment for women’s sport in Aotearoa. Even if the White Ferns do not manage to lift the cup when all is said and done, the overwhelming benefits of hosting this competition will be seen for years to come.

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Terror around every corner - 155 | Regional News

Terror around every corner

Expect the unexpected this Friday the 13th with Race Through Hell, a haunted house extravaganza from Nightmares Containment.

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The vinyl revival continues - 151 | Regional News

The vinyl revival continues

Various Wellington record stores will celebrate Record Store Day in June and July with exclusive releases, instore performances, and specials.

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Classic cars take over Porirua - 146 | Regional News

Classic cars take over Porirua

If you’ve got a need for speed, Petrolheads at Porirua is the day out you need.

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Rainbow films take Space Place - 144 | Regional News

Rainbow films take Space Place

The observatory’s popular Sci-Fi Sundays series will run with an LGBTQIA+ theme throughout March.

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Eight culinary traditions of Chinese cuisine - 142 | Regional News

Eight culinary traditions of Chinese cuisine

Ahead of the Chinese New Year Festival on the 13th and 14th of February, Regional News looks into eight traditional Chinese cuisines.

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The finest in jazz  - 138 | Regional News

The finest in jazz

Over 100 gigs will take place throughout the city’s streets, cafés, bars, and music venues.  

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Personalities

On words, comedy, and community - 219 | Regional News

On words, comedy, and community

We caught up with stand-up comedian and MC Jerome Chandrahasen about all things comedy, including his upcoming NZ International Comedy Festival solo show On Words.

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Wellington Silver Screeners: Kristy Grant - 218 | Regional News

Wellington Silver Screeners: Kristy Grant

Providing educational opportunities and production spaces for filmmakers across the Wellington Region, it comes as no surprise that Lane Street Studios director Kristy Grant received a nomination for Wellingtonian of the Year.

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Working with Mother Nature - 218 | Regional News

Working with Mother Nature

We caught up with Yotam and Niva Kay about their organic market garden and farm Pākaraka Permaculture, their books The Abundant Garden and The Abundant Kitchen, and Yotam’s upcoming appearance at the Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival.

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Because you asked for it - 217 | Regional News

Because you asked for it

We had the pleasure of catching up with Annie Crummer MNZM about the upcoming reunion of When the Cat’s Away and her prolific career as one of Aotearoa’s best-loved and most-travelled voices.

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The language of ballet  - 217 | Regional News

The language of ballet

Royal New Zealand Ballet’s new artistic director Ty King-Wall returns to Aotearoa following an illustrious career in Australia. We asked him all about then, now, and the stacked 2024 programme.

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Storytelling magic - 216 | Regional News

Storytelling magic

Adding the title of director to her already impressive resume, Kiwi icon Rachel House presents her new film The Mountain, a story of friendship, loss, and the magic of nature.

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Welcoming a new kaitiaki - 215 | Regional News

Welcoming a new kaitiaki

As the first woman dean of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, Katie Lawrence is making it her mission to welcome Pōneke’s diverse and vibrant community with open arms.

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All in - 213 | Regional News

All in

We caught up with L.A.B singer and guitarist Joel Shadbolt ahead of the band’s upcoming album release and headline set at Kiwi music’s biggest party, Jim Beam Homegrown.

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Treats for days - 212 | Regional News

Treats for days

According to Rob Brydon, Nick Rado “must be stopped”. He’s too funny a comedian! We chat with the Porirua-born writer and radio host about his stand-up career and new comedy special Live from Jeff’s Garage.

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This is why I’m here - 211 | Regional News

This is why I’m here

This April, world-renowned Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will share songs, stories, and highlights from his illustrious career with Wellington audiences. Here’s a teaser!

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Constant music - 210 | Regional News

Constant music

Leilani Aaron Woodmore is the youngest entrant to ever win the Compose Aotearoa! national choral composition competition. Just after Leilani Aaron took home the accolade, we chatted about all things music and more.

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Weaving words and worlds of magic - 208 | Regional News

Weaving words and worlds of magic

We caught up with author Jessica Jayne Webb about her debut novel The Secrets of Wilderfort Castle, a historical fantasy that she’ll launch at Schrödinger’s Books in Petone on the 18th of November.

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Wellington Silver Screeners: Luke Ross - 208 | Regional News

Wellington Silver Screeners: Luke Ross

In this edition of Wellington Silver Screeners, Alessia Belsito-Riera chats with Wellingtonian Luke Ross, an experienced colourist, about directing, his new short film, and his commitment to creating content that focuses on social change and sustainability.

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Transcendent, Twirly dance - 207 | Regional News

Transcendent, Twirly dance

Emma Memma is boarding her Green Plane and bringing her Twirly Tour to New Zealand! We chat with the Australian dancer, singer, filmmaker, actress, author, and former Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins about the show and her prolific career in children’s entertainment.

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Wellington Silver Screeners: Thomas Coppell - 207 | Regional News

Wellington Silver Screeners: Thomas Coppell

In this edition of Wellington Silver Screeners, Alessia Belsito-Riera chats with Wellingtonian Thomas Coppell about becoming a filmmaker in the capital, their TVNZ show Little Apocalypse, and the importance of queer representation in all its forms. 

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The perpetual learner - 206 | Regional News

The perpetual learner

Jack Giles has been accepted to the prestigious Barcelona Academy of Art to study classical drawing and painting. He can’t wait to see all the old masters in person and immerse himself in the culture.

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Wellington Silver Screeners: Halaifonua Finau - 205 | Regional News

Wellington Silver Screeners: Halaifonua Finau

In this edition of Wellington Silver Screeners, Alessia Belsito-Riera chats with Wellingtonian Halaifonua Finau, writer and producer of Red, White and Brass. 

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The winding road so far - 205 | Regional News

The winding road so far

Australian soul blues band The Teskey Brothers are on their Winding Way to New Zealand with their expansive new studio album. We caught up with Sam Teskey ahead of the tour.

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A queer pirate punk Shakespearean musical - 203 | Regional News

A queer pirate punk Shakespearean musical

What if all the Antonios that Shakespeare wrote were in fact the same person? Ania Upstill’s original queer pirate punk Shakespearean musical Antonio! asks that very question.  

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Wellington Silver Screeners: Tin Whistle Collective - 203 | Regional News

Wellington Silver Screeners: Tin Whistle Collective

In our new Wellington Silver Screeners series, Alessia Belsito-Riera shines a spotlight on the movers and shakers working in the film capital of New Zealand. 

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Pathos, punchlines, and one purple puppet - 201 | Regional News

Pathos, punchlines, and one purple puppet

After puppeteering a colossal career in stand-up comedy, Randy Feltface is bringing his latest show Feltopia to Wellington.

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Into the light – ki te marama - 201 | Regional News

Into the light – ki te marama

Urban Art Foundation creative director Andrew Hagen has had a long and successful career in music, film, and now the arts! He tells us about Urban Art Foundation’s newest venture with Parliament TV, bringing art to screens across Aotearoa.

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Celebrating 200 issues - 200 | Regional News

Celebrating 200 issues

We can’t quite believe it, but this is our 200th issue! We’re so thrilled to be marking this milestone and wanted to take this opportunity to share more about how we got here.

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A whale of a tale - 199 | Regional News

A whale of a tale

16-year-old Kapiti Coast local Arlo Kelly has been announced as one of the youngest-ever finalists in the 2023 New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults for his debut novel Echo.

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Of monsters and men - 197 | Regional News

Of monsters and men

A new creature feature called The Tank has joined the ranks of New Zealand’s filmmaking legacy. We caught up with writer, director, and producer Scott Walker to hear what he had to say about making a horror film in the middle of the pandemic completely.

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Emerging theatre companies of Wellington – PopRox - 196 | Regional News

Emerging theatre companies of Wellington – PopRox

Next up in our emerging theatre companies of Wellington series, we meet PopRox.

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A perfectly pitched page-turner - 196 | Regional News

A perfectly pitched page-turner

Lauren Keenan (Te Āti Awa ki Taranaki) is a writer, reader, and doer of new things who has just won the 2023 NZ Booklovers Award for Best Junior Fiction Book for Amorangi and Millie’s Trip Through Time.

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190, flirty, and thriving - 195 | Regional News

190, flirty, and thriving

Ahead of his NZ International Comedy Festival appearance, we interviewed 190-year-old vampire Deacon about what he does in the shadows.

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10 out of 10cc - 195 | Regional News

10 out of 10cc

We caught up with 10CC frontman Graham Gouldman ahead of the Ultimate Greatest Hits Tour in Wellington, where the UK legends will play I’m Not In Love, Dreadlock Holiday, and more.

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Emerging theatre companies of Wellington – Squash Co Arts Collective - 195 | Regional News

Emerging theatre companies of Wellington – Squash Co Arts Collective

Next up in our new emerging theatre companies of Wellington series, we meet Squash Co Arts Collective.

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Meet Lynley Dodd and Friends  - 194 | Regional News

Meet Lynley Dodd and Friends

We had the pleasure of interviewing Dame Lynley Dodd, known the world over for her beloved series Hairy Maclary and Friends, about her illustrious career and upcoming appearance at Featherston Booktown.

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Stand-up and self-love - 193 | Regional News

Stand-up and self-love

Award-winning comedian and actor Kura Forrester talks about dogs, hearing aids, dating, and more in her new show Here If You Need this NZ International Comedy Festival.

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Emerging theatre companies of Wellington – Knot Theatre  - 193 | Regional News

Emerging theatre companies of Wellington – Knot Theatre

Next up in our new emerging theatre companies of Wellington series, we meet Knot Theatre.

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The maker of dreams - 192 | Regional News

The maker of dreams

Glitter, queerness, and whakapapa combine in a beautiful “world-bending” practice to make up renowned Kiwi artist Reuben Paterson’s largest exhibition to date.

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Every athlete is an artist - 191 | Regional News

Every athlete is an artist

In 2020 Wellingtonian Zakea Page won the Winter Youth Olympic Games medal design competition and did a live painting performance at the opening ceremony. This year he is part of the judges panel, while his film about his experience is winning awards in the international festival circuit.

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Emerging theatre companies of Wellington – Horse with No Name - 190 | Regional News

Emerging theatre companies of Wellington – Horse with No Name

Next up in our new emerging theatre companies of Wellington series, we meet Horse with No Name.

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Marking a massive milestone - 189 | Regional News

Marking a massive milestone

The Rodger Fox Big Band celebrates their 50th anniversary this year with The Big Drum Off Concert Tour. We caught up with trombone legend and bandleader Rodger Fox about the last 50 years and what’s up next.

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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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Finding and forging his voice - 187 | Regional News

Finding and forging his voice

We caught up with highly acclaimed and accomplished writer Chris Tse, the New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2022-2024.

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From Wellington to Berlin - 186 | Regional News

From Wellington to Berlin

We chat with Matthew Di Leva, who has autism and ADHD and has been selected to represent New Zealand in athletics at the 2023 Berlin Special Olympics.

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Swim for the stars  - 184 | Regional News

Swim for the stars

Olympic swimmer and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lewis Clareburt chats about his swimming career, achievements, and his role inspiring the next generation in the third instalment of our Wellington sportspeople series.

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Smoke and shadows, tours and trickery - 184 | Regional News

Smoke and shadows, tours and trickery

Trick of the Light celebrates their 10th birthday this November. We caught up with playwright Ralph McCubbin Howell, the co-founder of the theatre company, to look back on the last decade and look forward to the next. 

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Mixologists of Wellington: Jameskingi Campbell – Le Café Plum - 183 | Regional News

Mixologists of Wellington: Jameskingi Campbell – Le Café Plum

In our new Mixologists of Wellington series, we visit popular local establishments to find out about the craft of cocktails and the people who make them.

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Urzila Carlson gets personal  - 182 | Regional News

Urzila Carlson gets personal

One of Australia and New Zealand’s biggest comedy names, Urzila Carlson is bringing her latest comedy show It’s Personal to Wellington this November.

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Where stories are told - 181 | Regional News

Where stories are told

Sarah Bolland is the co-director of The Cuba Press in Wellington. We caught up to chat about the ins and outs of running an independent publishing house as part of a small team of just three.

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I’m going to be an All Black - 180 | Regional News

I’m going to be an All Black

Retired All Black wing Cory Jane talks about his rugby career, highlights, and achievements, as well as his coaching role at the Hurricanes in the second instalment of our Wellington sportspeople series.

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Comedy and community - 180 | Regional News

Comedy and community

Lesa MacLeod-Whiting is a comedian, improviser, mum, and semi-professional-amateur-dance-enthusiast who co-runs Shut Up & Dance by day and slays on the stand-up stage by night.

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Chefs of Wellington: Nathan Auld - 179 | Regional News

Chefs of Wellington: Nathan Auld

Alessia Belsito-Riera chats to Nathan Auld, the head chef of Burmese restaurant Mabel’s on Tory Street.

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I’m just Stevie - 179 | Regional News

I’m just Stevie

We caught up with well-known Wellington performer Stevie Hancox-Monk to talk about fundraising for top surgery, the waitlist for which is up to 20 years long, and what role the arts have played in their journey so far.

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Bringing Broadway to Wellington - 178 | Regional News

Bringing Broadway to Wellington

Sandy Brewer founded Capital Theatre Trust to plug the gap in the local scene for large-scale musical theatre produced by and for Wellington. The first spectacular production is Les Misérables.

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Rising to the challenge  - 177 | Regional News

Rising to the challenge

Wellington Phoenix and All Whites midfielder Clayton Lewis talks about his football career, highlights, achievements, future, and more in the first instalment of our new Wellington sportspeople series.

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25 years of standout storytelling and stand-up - 177 | Regional News

25 years of standout storytelling and stand-up

Rhys Darby, one of New Zealand’s most successful comedy exports, tours New Zealand for the first time in five years with a retrospective show that celebrates an exceptional quarter-century in the industry.

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Chefs of Wellington: Gabriele Cagnetta - 176 | Regional News

Chefs of Wellington: Gabriele Cagnetta

Alessia Belsito-Riera chats to Gabriele Cagnetta, the head chef of Mediterranean Foods Trattoria & Deli in Newtown.

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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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Ana Sciascia is Porirua proud - 174 | Regional News

Ana Sciascia is Porirua proud

New director of Pātaka Art + Museum in Porirua, Ana Sciascia, opens up about her love for the local region and her exciting new position.   

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James Roque keeps knocking - 173 | Regional News

James Roque keeps knocking

James Roque – aka the Filipino stepson of New Zealand comedy – returns to our stages with Badong, a brand-new hour of laughs about growing up and finding joy in adulthood.

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Chefs of Wellington: Joel Teka - 172 | Regional News

Chefs of Wellington: Joel Teka

Alessia Belsito-Riera chats to Joel Teka, the head chef of Ethiopian restaurant Mother of Coffee on Left Bank.

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Sparking joy with laughter - 172 | Regional News

Sparking joy with laughter

Dai Henwood has starred in Three’s 7 Days for 13 years. The much-loved TV personality is about to bunk up with seven Kiwi comedians to tour 7 Days Live around the country, hitting Wellington this June.

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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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Storytelling with food  - 170 | Regional News

Storytelling with food

Lucy Corry is a writer, editor, mother, cook, and published author whose cookbook, Homecooked: Seasonal Recipes for Everyday, has just won the NZ Booklovers Award for Best Lifestyle Book 2022.

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Chefs of Wellington: Lucas Tock - 170 | Regional News

Chefs of Wellington: Lucas Tock

Alessia Belsito-Riera chats to 1154 Pastaria’s head chef Lucas Tock.

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The peak of Jo Morgan’s passion - 169 | Regional News

The peak of Jo Morgan’s passion

Jo Morgan has ridden a motorbike through 110 countries and summited 22 of New Zealand’s 3000-metre-plus mountain peaks. On number 23, Mount Hicks in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, she survived an avalanche.

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Chefs of Wellington: Kristan Mulcahy – Chow  - 168 | Regional News

Chefs of Wellington: Kristan Mulcahy – Chow

In our Chefs of Wellington series, we talk to the chefs behind some of our favourite local restaurants. Alessia Belsito-Riera chats to Chow’s head chef Kristan Mulcahy.

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Getting to the heart of a culture - 167 | Regional News

Getting to the heart of a culture

Judith Geare MNZM has been at the Goethe-Institut for 38 years and is currently the Leiterin der Sprachabteilung (head of the German Language Department). We caught up with the lover of languages about her passion for teaching and her time at Goethe, which will come to a close when she retires at the end of March.

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Chefs of Wellington: Minh Le - 166 | Regional News

Chefs of Wellington: Minh Le

We talk to the chefs behind some of Wellington’s favourite local restaurants, starting with Apache owner and head chef Minh Le.

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Taking the bull by the horns  - 166 | Regional News

Taking the bull by the horns

Actor Matt Chamberlain, who has played more than 50 onscreen characters and starred in close to 30 stage shows, talks to Regional News about his new play Timber…! at Circa Theatre.

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Vanessa Stacey’s big vision for Fringe - 165 | Regional News

Vanessa Stacey’s big vision for Fringe

We sat down with multimedia artist Vanessa Stacey to chat about her appointment as director of the 2022 New Zealand Fringe Festival.

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Behind the Water Tiger with T-Wei - 164 | Regional News

Behind the Water Tiger with T-Wei

Leah Maclean chats with artist T-Wei, who developed the Wellington Lunar New Year Water Tiger artwork, about his inspiration and creative process.

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Street performers: Trent H Baumann and Sachie Mikawa, aka The Birdmann and Egg - 164 | Regional News

Street performers: Trent H Baumann and Sachie Mikawa, aka The Birdmann and Egg

We caught up with The Birdmann and Egg, who met 10 years ago in a fateful carpark and have since collectively performed in over 20 countries.

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Gabby Anderson on the gift of comedy - 163 | Regional News

Gabby Anderson on the gift of comedy

Local comedian, improvisor, and teacher Gabby Anderson has been nominated for the prestigious Billy T Award.

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Street performers: Jarrod ‘Woody’ Wood  - 162 | Regional News

Street performers: Jarrod ‘Woody’ Wood

Do you know there is a magic tree that plays flute around the streets of Wellington? Ever wondered why? We met the man behind the tree, Jarrod ‘Woody’ Wood, to find out.

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Shane Kidby is Walking With Wings - 162 | Regional News

Shane Kidby is Walking With Wings

Shane Kidby has started an epic mission: traversing Aotearoa’s 15,000-kilometre coastline to raise funds for cystic fibrosis and mental health.

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Emma Louise’s journey of movement - 161 | Regional News

Emma Louise’s journey of movement

10 years ago, Emma Louise went to her first pole dance class. What began as a bit of a laugh turned not only into her passion, but a profession too.

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Street performers: Imogen Stone and Zane and Degge Jarvie - 160 | Regional News

Street performers: Imogen Stone and Zane and Degge Jarvie

We caught up with street performers Imogen Stone and Zane and Degge Jarvie, whose outdoor show Biggest Little Circus has seen them tour Aotearoa and even 13,000 kilometres through Canada.

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Music is how Hollie Smith breathes - 159 | Regional News

Music is how Hollie Smith breathes

Soul singer-songwriter Hollie Smith has three number one solo albums to her name and returns to cement her mark on New Zealand’s music landscape with her fourth, Coming In From The Dark.

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40 years of Flying Nun - 158 | Regional News

40 years of Flying Nun

We speak to Flying Nun Records founder Roger Shepherd about the label’s past, present, and future.

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Street performers: Matthias Goed - 158 | Regional News

Street performers: Matthias Goed

We catch up with Matthias Goed, who grew up in the circus with an elephant in the backyard and specialises in Rola-Bola – which he can balance on while juggling knives or fire!

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Street performers: Fraser Hooper - 157 | Regional News

Street performers: Fraser Hooper

We chat to award-winning clown Fraser Hooper about his decades-long successful career and famous boxing act.

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Bringing Māoriness to the world - 157 | Regional News

Bringing Māoriness to the world

Pre-lockdown, we sat down with actor, producer, director, and musician Jamie McCaskill to chat about his extensive stage and screen career over a cuppa.

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Literally living her dreams - 156 | Regional News

Literally living her dreams

From leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses to travelling the world, Jillian Webster has found the life she was always searching for. The second book in her climate fiction trilogy, The Burn of a Thousand Suns, came out earlier this month.

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Thomasin McKenzie’s big year - 155 | Regional News

Thomasin McKenzie’s big year

We chat to the Jojo Rabbit star about her latest flick The Justice of Bunny King, collaborating with Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright, and her tendency towards darker characters.

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Street performers: Mr Fungus - 155 | Regional News

Street performers: Mr Fungus

We chat to iconic performer Mr Fungus, the goofy guy with glasses who’s been making an impression on Wellington since his career began in 1984.

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Music for people - 154 | Regional News

Music for people

New Zealand indie-pop superstar BENEE will hit all corners of Aotearoa this August, playing hits like Supalonely and Glitter alongside new tracks at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua on the 8th.

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A cornucopia of songs and stories - 152 | Regional News

A cornucopia of songs and stories

With nearly 400 songs to his name, Kiwi singer-songwriter Greg Johnson has been touring for over three decades and has a heck of a lot of stories to tell. Catch him and his new album, Tilt Your Interior, at Meow this July.  

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Tim Minchin brings BACK back - 151 | Regional News

Tim Minchin brings BACK back

We got the chance to chat to internationally renowned entertainer Tim Minchin ahead of his encore return of BACK, a concert tour spanning all four corners of his phenomenal career and eclectic repertoire.

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Jacob Rajan on puppetry and pathos - 150 | Regional News

Jacob Rajan on puppetry and pathos

With Indian Ink’s latest work Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream on now, Regional News caught up with the theatre company’s co-founder, prolific actor and playwright Jacob Rajan, about the journey so far.

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Libby Hunsdale won’t take no for an answer  - 149 | Regional News

Libby Hunsdale won’t take no for an answer

Libby Hunsdale is a dancer, an Attitude Award winner, and now a leading lady. With the release of Poppy on the 27th of May, she will become the first lead actor playing a young woman with Down syndrome in a New Zealand feature. 

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Street performers: Kozo Kaos  - 149 | Regional News

Street performers: Kozo Kaos

We chat to street performer Kozo Kaos (Kozo Komatsubara), a juggler, magician, and circus stunt performer.

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Ben Elton catches up with change again - 148 | Regional News

Ben Elton catches up with change again

Ben Elton, co-writer of The Young Ones and Blackadder, is officially in New Zealand. Regional News got to chat to the British comedian, playwright, director, author, and (reluctant) actor not once but twice ahead of his stand-up show in Wellington.

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Joy Cowley’s second childhood - 147 | Regional News

Joy Cowley’s second childhood

One of New Zealand’s most successful and prolific children’s authors, Joy Cowley talks to Regional News about her remarkable life and work ahead of the Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival.

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Street performers: Patrick Adderley  - 147 | Regional News

Street performers: Patrick Adderley

We chat to street performer Patrick Adderley, aka Circus Patrick, who can juggle, skate, and fit his body through a tennis racket… while riding a unicycle.

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Girl put your lashes on - 146 | Regional News

Girl put your lashes on

When business analyst and Made Marion Craft owner Maryanne Cathro puts her lashes on, she transforms into comic chanteuse Constance Craving.

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The two stellar careers of Boh Runga - 145 | Regional News

The two stellar careers of Boh Runga

Jewellery designer and stellar* frontwoman Boh Runga talks to Regional News ahead of the band’s performance at the new Wellington music festival Peachy Keen.

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Dave Batten headlines very special birthday gig  - 144 | Regional News

Dave Batten headlines very special birthday gig

The Humorous Arts Trust has invested thousands in a new portable ramp that has made the comedy scene more accessible for Dave Batten, who describes himself as more of a sit-down than a stand-up comedian.

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300 plays and counting  - 143 | Regional News

300 plays and counting

Murray Lynch ONZM chats to Regional News about nearly 50 years in the theatre industry.

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YelloHalo to donate 100% of profits to frontline ambulance officers - 142 | Regional News

YelloHalo to donate 100% of profits to frontline ambulance officers

YelloHalo CEO Graeme Blake talks about the first social enterprise broadband company in New Zealand.

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Anthony Field on 30 years of The Wiggles - 140 | Regional News

Anthony Field on 30 years of The Wiggles

The Wiggles are coming to Wellington! We looked back on 30 years of the world’s most popular children’s entertainment group with Anthony ahead of the We’re All Fruit Salad Tour.

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Jonathan Mosen wins the Impact Award - 140 | Regional News

Jonathan Mosen wins the Impact Award

Serial volunteer, mentor, and advocate in the disability community Jonathan Mosen MNZM has won the Impact Award at the 2020 Attitude Awards.

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Murray Cammick talks music, photography, and his industry-defining magazine - 139 | Regional News

Murray Cammick talks music, photography, and his industry-defining magazine

From launching Rip It Up magazine and Wildside Records to his street photography, Murray Cammick ONZM created spaces for Kiwi musicians to thrive.

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Giselle Clarkson on illustrating the new Egg & Spoon cookbook - 138 | Regional News

Giselle Clarkson on illustrating the new Egg & Spoon cookbook

Wellington-based illustrator Giselle Clarkson is known New Zealand over – sometimes as “the biscuit girl”, she laughs.

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Pax Assadi talks comedy, COVID, and challenging the status quo - 137 | Regional News

Pax Assadi talks comedy, COVID, and challenging the status quo

Pax Assadi has been bringing audiences joy since he set out into the world of stand-up in 2012.

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Actor, dancer, drummer celebrated at Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards  - 136 | Regional News

Actor, dancer, drummer celebrated at Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards

Duncan Armstrong says he is “proud and grateful” to have won this year’s Arts Access PAK’n SAVE Artistic Achievement Award.

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Burlesque dancer seeks surgery for rare syndrome - 135 | Regional News

Burlesque dancer seeks surgery for rare syndrome

Jayne, also known as Courtney L’amour, describes burlesque as “a sparkly, fabulous artform all about body positivity, creativity, and confidence.” In June 2018, Jayne’s world changed when she felt an intense pain in the side of her ribs during a workout. 

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