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The Goldilocks of Hackathon Challenges

The six things every hackathon / unconference / barcamp needs are well known, namely:Suitable venueConvenient date / timeEngaging ddentity (“logo”)“Just right” PurposeRelevant peopleALL the...

Review: The Don

Lust, Murder and Revenge.  The Don is a bastardization of Don Giovanni, and I mean that in a very good way. One man, accompanied by a musician, several films, and a puppet, aims to...

Preview: The Loneliest Whale in the World

This isn’t a break up show. It’s about marine science. So begins the blurb for this production coming up at Bats Theatre from July 10-14. A play about whales seems to be very very timely for...

Graze at the Portlander

A couple of weeks ago I was invited by the lovely people at the Portlander to head in one freezing evening, along with a number of Instagrammers, to feast on their new grazing concept. From...

Review: STOA

A stoa, in Greek architecture, is a portico used as a promenade or meeting place. For the NZ School of Dance, it’s a place to bring people together for exploring new ideas and challenges....

Five questions with Wanda Harland

window of wanda harland showing colourful clothingFull disclosure: the Wellingtonista is all about nepotism. So we thought it was about jolly time we sat down (well, emailed) our Martha, who has been a very important part of the ‘ista since...

JAFAC 2018, "A podcasters journey from the heart of agile"

My talk at the Just Another Fucking Agile Conference (JAFAC) 2018 conference focussed on the “heart” and “head” of agile and how Access Granted was born from one and is having to learn to apply...

Review: TRASH GLAM DRAG SLAM

A person in a blue top adjusts a red beret on their headLong Cloud Youth Theatre ensemble, under the direction of Brett Adam, present an entertaining show about power and gender. The script was created from their honest discussions about their...

Hackathons - Are They Just Free Labour For Corporates And Government Agencies?

What a great model, pay the sector to participate acknowledging we are businesses at the end of the day. As you know I am sick of the constant calls on my goodwill esp time from my staff for...

Review: Meremere

Simply put, Meremere is a memoir come to life. I don’t feel qualified to ‘review’ the piece and the rich layers of culture, history, identity, and art contained within. It’s not quite...

Review: The Elixir of Love

Friends, ploughmen and countrymen, you’re invited to the Elixir of Love, NZ Opera’s utterly madcap new creation. Though my companion and I were likely the youngest and the poorest in the...

Preview: Meremere

Meremere is a powerful and moving performance in which dancer Rodney Bell (Ngāti Maniapoto) brings to life his incredible journey; ranging from the highs of an international performance career...

Review: The Blender (Sundays with BaseJump Improv)

With a dash of insanity, a smidge of ridiculousness, and a lot of Wellingtonian wit, BaseJump Improv’s new show The Blender is a wild ride for your Sunday evening. We don’t tend to see...

Growing Outwards: Why NZ Needs A More Mature Global Outlook

After three weeks holiday travel, incorporating some of the leading historical and business centres of Europe, it has been quite an adjustment settling back into daily life in the sleepy...

Naked girls. Reading. In Wellington.

In advance of Naked Girls Reading; the motherhood edition this Saturday at the Fringe Bar, I put a few questions to its producer, Hugo Grrrl. header image featuring '50s style kitsch and pinupsOkay, first off. Naked girls reading – what in the...

Review: Beneath skin and bone

Poto Manawa has a new flat. She took a quick trip to pick up a few things from her Mum’s place…and now her relatives won’t stop phoning her. They want her to come to a whānau hui. She’s...

Review: The Atom Room

A woman looks up at a destroyed Bucket Fountain sculpture150 years into the future Sarah and Danny meet, fall in love, and get married in a Wellington devastated by earthquakes, climate change, and the effects of a distant nuclear explosion. Then...

Saint Fabiola fabulousness

inside the store, all concrete and fancyLast Friday we had a lovely time at the opening of St Fabiola on Lombard Street (you may have seen us tweeting about the pies from Pickle and Pie, because, you know, priorities), so this week,...

My predictions for Wellington on a Plate 2018

Tomorrow is my favourite launch of the year – the Wellington on a Plate programme. In advance, and without having looked at their website, here’s what I think it will include (or not) so we can...

NZSO Shed Series: “Juxtaposition”

My first trip to the new Shed 6 was a few weeks ago to see contemporary music outfit Stroma. They were playing a sampler of modern art music, stretching from Ravel and Schoenberg, through...

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