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Random stuff about Wellington since 2005

Alan Macdougall

feed the birds?

by Alan November 24, 2013

So you happen to live out west in the faulted hill-folds. One day a kākā lands on your deck railing and winningly bounces along and back. It is looking at you. It is looking for food. Its head bobs up and down. It knows you have some. Do you: A) put out a saucer of […]

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La nouvelle bière houblon verte est arrivé!

by Alan April 10, 2013

Today is the first day of Hopstock, a celebration of the Nelson Hop harvest. In what seems just a little bit like some craft beer version of the Beaujolais Nouveau madness, for a very short time twelve bars around town will be showcasing eight new beers brewed with fresh (rather than the usual dried) hops. This […]

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Journey to Adventure

by Alan November 1, 2012

Here at the Wellingtonista we are generally in favour of the bicycle as a stylish and useful means of transportation. It’s true we don’t all cycle, but as proponents of livable urban spaces we can all appreciate that one less car trip is a good car trip. Along those lines, Cycling Wellington is a great […]

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now we’re cooking with fire

by Alan August 20, 2012

Leafing through the Wellington on a Plate catalog some months ago, one event in particular seemed to stand out for me. This was Cooking Over Fire, The Argentine Way, to be held at El Matador, the new “Café, Asador Grill & Bar” up Cuba Street. Asador is the Argentine national dish, a way of slow-cooking […]

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the Friendly Cyclist

by Alan August 8, 2012

Sometimes you see them: dignified, terribly cool, impeccably dressed, and upright, making their way through the rush hour traffic on their old-fashioned bikes in a manner poles opposite to the more common fluoro speedsters. A beacon of bicycling style, and also: fairly damned hot. Yes, you think, now that’s certainly one mode of commuter cycling […]

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Miniature Wellington

by Alan July 30, 2012

Via Dave on Twitter (and a few others including, we now see, the Dom Post) comes this lovely Wellington time-lapse video from local film maker Jared Gray: If only all those cars were that small in real life!

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a visit to Zealandia

by Alan April 12, 2012

Over Easter, the weather suddenly went all settled and warm. This is perhaps not unusual for autumn, but given the crap summer most parts of the country have had for the past few months it was somewhat unexpected. In fact the forecast for Easter was so dire that it played a reasonable part in us […]

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Candidates: Annette King for Labour in Rongotai

by Alan November 14, 2011

We invited all candidates in Wellington electorates to contact us with their answers to fifteen crowdsourced questions. Answers are restricted to 30 words each, and we publish them exactly as we receive them.  Who are you and what do you want? Annette King, MP for Rongotai (& Chatham Islands). I want to continue to be […]

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Candidates: Kelly Buchanan for the Alliance in Wellington Central

by Alan November 4, 2011

We invited all candidates in Wellington electorates to contact us with their answers to fifteen crowdsourced questions. Answers are restricted to 30 words each, and we publish them exactly as we receive them.  Who are you and what do you want? Never ask that question! Er, I’m a geek and socialist, and want to drastically […]

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TAWA6: not this year

by Alan November 2, 2011

Let’s get the bad news out of the way quickly: we’re not going to be able to bring you the The Annual Wellingtonista Awards this year. This makes us sad. But December is always a damned awkward month, and collectively this year we’re short of sort of available time required in abundance to get the […]

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