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Redeployment Of Capital Needed For A Greener Future

This year has seen extreme heatwaves in Europe, numerous and more frequent devastating tropical storms across all of the world’s oceans and a record number of destructive bush fires in both...

[Video] Why Electronic Voting Is STILL A Bad Idea

When those that are thinking about #online #voting in #NewZealand can answer these simple and well articulated points made by @tomscott then we can talk about it, until then let’s not kid...

Finnotec Triumphs Again

After missing the previous two events due to timetable clashes, the planets aligned and I finally made it to this year’s Finnotec event. With some important partnerships now sorted and a bunch...

Passwords and NOT Being Hacked

Over the past few weeks I have taken the time (and you do need to take time) to spring clean my online footprint as far as I can - here’s what I did.First of all I changed my main Google...

Review: Alice in Wonderland

Circa’s panto this year is Alice in Wonderland, and it is a mystical journey down the rabbit hole (Mt Vic tunnel), to discover fun, some quality Kiwi bangers, and utter manicism (in a good...

Four Nights In the Green Barrow Pub – Review

Four Nights In the Green Barrow Pub is the third of Cassandra Tse’s shows I’ve seen, and each one was wildly different from the others.  M’Lady had me in stitches, The Aliens, in tears. ...

Rules Are Made To Be Broken

If you know any the following hashtags (I’ll link to Twitter use) #rulesascode, #betterrules, or #legislationascode then you’ll have a rough idea as to what I’m going to write about. Let’s...

What Is It To Be A Technology Optimist

Not so long ago I was thrown the line, “Ah, but you’re for ever the tech optimist Mike”, and I believe is was meant as a put down, or at least a means of trying to keep me quiet. It failed.It...

Big Expensive Brains Going Nowhere

I’ve been asked to attend a number of city council* run workshops over the year’s I’ve been a grey haired fella. Each one has had great intentions, a myriad of agendas, and an attendance by the...

#WellyTech 2019 - Tickets On Sale

From startups to corporates, from the Minister up to those that actually make the computers do what they do. Let’s get together, celebrate 2019 and look forward to 2020.  The #WellyTech...

Blackbird Ensemble Performs Björk: All Is Full Of Love – Review

Blackbird Ensemble are “NZ’s most exciting chamber orchestra”, and Thursday’s homage to Björk supported that claim more than competently.  A collection of strings, horns, percussionists,...

Review: Cock

Cock is tense. It is beautiful, jarringly intimate, and phenomenally crafted. It’s also completely heartbreaking. Circa One’s set (designed by Sean Lynch) inspires thoughts of a boxing ring,...

Review – The Turn of the Screw

I wrote an amazing review of this show about 24 hours ago.  It was midnight on a Thursday and I knew I had to wake up in six hours and my head was full of music and words and the show only had...

Review: The Turn of the Screw

During the interval of last night’s performance of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, I popped outside for a bit of cold air and second-hand smoke.  As I stood reading the playbills, a...

Preview: Show Me Shorts 2019 Programme Announced!

With its largest ever programme, the Show Me Shorts Film Festival opens at cinemas across Aotearoa from the 5th of October. With sixty short films and three music videos – all chosen from a...

Review: Peggy Pickit Sees the Face of God

  Liz and Frank have spent the past few years achieving the sort of anaemic existence that passed for middle-class success for my parents’ generation.  Careers, a house, a child.  Carefully...

Review: The Pink Hammer

Circa One has been turned into a man-cave, complete with a nude calendar – permanently set to July – a fridge full of beers and a Ryobi power drill for The Pink Hammer, being performed until...

Tasty tastings

Rules around advertising alcohol are pretty strict. That’s why Highball, Wellington’s first spirits & cocktail festival, was not able to tell you that for your $50 entry fee, you would...

Preview: Peggy Pickit Sees the Face of God

‘Peggy Pickit Sees the Face of God’ by Roland Schimmelpfennig is opening at Circa Theatre next week. A New Zealand premiere appropriate for our modern lives, this play examines colonialist...

Review: Death Comes To Us All

Death takes her by the hand, leads her to a pool of light at the apron of the stage and she tells us her last moments. There’s light at the end, she says, and disappears off stage. I sniff, a...

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