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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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