The Wellingtonista

Random stuff about Wellington since 2005

Joanna McLeod

Joanna McLeod has started calling herself the Empress of the Internet because she can. As well as wrangling the other site contributors and Getting Shit Done, she likes to eat, drink and write in equal amounts. Yes, she would love to be invited along to your event in order to do those things. Joanna's also the best person to talk to if you're interested in advertising on the site.

Winners at the 2014 Capital Awards

by Joanna October 27, 2014

Here’s our storified coverage live from the Capital Awards because we’re too lazy to type it all out. Hopefully this is still accessible. [View the story “Winners at the Capital Awards” on Storify]

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Fancy times at a fancy hotel

by Joanna October 17, 2014

Wellington does not have a lot of very big big hotels. I believe the Rydges has the most guestrooms (at 280), and the mayor was misquoted in the Dominion Post as saying Wellington has no five star hotels – a fact the Bolton and the Museum Art Hotel would probably take umbrage with. In fact, […]

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The Hutt gets a new market

by Joanna October 3, 2014

I know we make fun of the Hutt (except for the ‘ista members who actually live there and really quite like it, of course).  We tease it and call it names, similar to how we might treat a sibling, but just like our pain in the ass older brother, when they do cool things we […]

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Serious Monkey(ish) business at Wellington Zoo

by Joanna September 29, 2014

Okay, let’s get the puns out of the way. While it is never inappropriate to spank your monkey in public, and only Peter Gabriel can shock the monkey, at Wellington Zoo you can, however, touch some monkeys. Sort of. Well, the touching part is correct, but technically the Black-and-White Ruffed Lemurs aren’t actually primates, they’re a […]

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Nominees for the 2014 Capital Awards

by Joanna September 22, 2014

This afternoon we popped down to Vivo for the annoucing of nominees in the 2014 Capital Awards -Wellington’s premier hospitality awards. It was a pretty casual affair, with many of the nominees hard at work and therefore unable to front to receive their certificates. Still though, it was great seeing so many Wellingtonista favourites get […]

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What Jonny did next

by Joanna September 4, 2014

We have always been fans of anything the McKenzie brothers do, so we were super excited when we saw Jonny tweeting about a new waffle place. Sadly it turns out that not only is that waffle place in Auckland, but he’s not even running it. As it happens, Jonny McKenzie is bowing out of the publican […]

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The Plates of Wellington on a Plate

by Joanna August 15, 2014

Wellington on a Plate starts today, hurray! You will no doubt be hearing more from us on this subject, so let’s kick off our coverage with an event that caters to every palate and every dietary requirement. Oh, and did we mention it’s free? Wellington Plates is an exhibition of ceramic tableware served up as hot […]

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A club that would have us as a member

by Joanna August 12, 2014

Everyone has different reasons for being in the Wellingtonista, and one of mine is that it means I get invitations from lovely people to do cool things. That’s all very well and good, but it could be a little alienating for you guys. So today, I’m going to tell you about a secret special club […]

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Decaffinated but decent

by Joanna June 9, 2014

One of the saddest parts about growing older is discovering that caffeine and I are not good friends. This is heartbreaking, because I love coffee and would happily drink it all day long if I could. But I can’t. And I don’t mean I have to ask Monterey to cut me off at four cups […]

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Xtending ourselves to try a new bar

by Joanna May 22, 2014

When Lou from LOUD in Public PR invited us to the opening of Xtend Barre Wellington, we weren’t entirely enthused on the idea.  Great that a big brand was coming to New Zealand and had chosen Wellington first before Auckland, but an exercise studio promoting a workout fusion of ballet and pilates is not exactly […]

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