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Accelerators In Government, What Do I Think Of Them?

I have been involved, in one way or another, with a number of “accelerators” both inside and outside of government. Most notably I was part of the inaugural contingent to the R9 Accelerator...

Preview: Kia Mau Festival

New Zealand’s only contemporary indigenous theatre and dance event Kia Mau Festival returns to Wellington from Friday 2 – Saturday 24 June. It’s a unique and innovative opportunity for...

BATS fundraiser preview -White Rabbit Red Rabbit

A hand making the peace sign with a nose and whiskers drawn on to make it look like a rabbitBATS is bringing the “audacious theatrical experiment“ White Rabbit Red Rabbit to Wellington for a fundraising season.  Written by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, the play...

DCM Bookfair dates & donations

The day of  the 2017 DCM Bookfair is Set. Set aside time for book foraging on Saturday August 5th from 8am till 8pm, at Shed 6 in Queens Wharf. Want to donate books to DCM’s Bookfair on 5...

TechWeek 2017 - Two Initial Thoughts

I was asked two questions about the Access Granted road-trip we did for TechWeek 2017 - here’s my responses (let me know if you spot them in the wild as well 1) What was one of the highlights...

Review: Olive Copperbottom

Penny Ashton presents a new musical inspired by the writings of Charles Dickens as part of Comedy Festival 2017. Olive, a beautiful virtuous orphan, teaches the younger orphans at Mrs...

Shape of the Suburbs

Last weekend a friend asked on Twitter whether anyone had made a New Zealand equivalent of this poster of London boroughs, which took the outlines of the boroughs out of context by arranging...

Win a double pass to the 2017 Food Show in Wellington!

We’ve written before about the Food Show and how it’s basically Rex Manning Day for people who like to try lots of food and taste a lot of wine. If you’re looking for ways to fire up your...

Preview: LUX festival

The containers are starting to appear on the wharf – the LUX light festival is back and opens Friday night! Festival director Mary Laine says they’re exploring some new ways of doing...

March For Science Matters

Last weekend’s March For Science may have been largely symbolic, but it was important. When a government appoints a rabid climate change denier to perform a hatchet job on its own environmental...

Wrap battles: Nam D vs Wraps & Rolls

a chicken sandwich, bitten into, not nearly as nice a picture as tasty as the sandwich isThere’s been an explosion of Vietnamese places to eat in Wellington in recent years and we are definitely not complaining about that. But with so many options, how do you choose where to...

Big Ideas Poor Execution

In early 2014 the Wellington City Council announced a series of “big ideas” to boost economic growth in the city. Predictably, in the two years since, there has been little progress. For...

Review: Onstage Dating

In the age of ‘swiping right’ and ‘reality’ dating shows, the concept of live onstage dating by far provides more entertainment. Bron Batten so brilliantly proved this on her opening...

Shows on this week

At BATS Theatre: Starting this week is an encore season of Onstage Dating by performance artist Bron Batten. Watch as she goes on first dates on stage. (These are actual first dates with a...

Preview: I am Tasha Fierce

From the mind of Wellington based artist Rose Kirkup, the recipient of the 2016 Fringe Festivals’ NZ Pacific Artist Residency award, comes I Am Tasha Fierce. We’re introduced to Kirkup’s...

Preview: Dido and Aeneas: Recomposed

Photo credit – Priscilla Northe. Striped trees productions. Dido and Aeneas: Recomposed is a fringe fest style opera brought to BATS by UnstuckOpera.  Directed by long time Wellington...

Review: The First Time – on at BATS theatre

I often look at awkward, self-conscious teens and want to tell them that life is going to be OK. Those years of experiencing things for the first time can strike you down with a plethora of...

Review: Dank Comedy: The National Average

Dank Presents is a series of experimental comedy shows created by Wellington comedians and producers. Hosted by Fringe Bar this Fringe, every show is different. I saw The National Average,...

More Fringe Festival: The Institute of Refuge in Art

Black Coffee in Newtown is hosting the Institute of Refuge in Art exhibition. Each piece has been created using discarded artworks. All recreated artwork will be up for sale over the week with...

Preview: Māoriland Film Festival 15-19 March 2017

The Māoriland Film Festival 2017 programme includes multi-award winning features, documentaries and short films. Of the award winning feature films, there are eight New Zealand premieres....

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