Joanna, Author at The Wellingtonista

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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.


by Joanna November 5, 2015

Anyone who refers to burgers as “dude food” clearly has never had their uterus screaming at them for meat before. Accordingly, I was bloody happy to be invited along to the launch of the Karmageddon burger – Karma Cola’s collaboration with Grill Meets Beer. The Karmageddon burger is made with Karma Cola braised pulled pork, […]

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Tosca top notch

by Joanna October 12, 2015

When I invited my friend Keith to Tosca and he told me he’d seen it before, I asked for no spoilers. He sent me a text saying “Psh. It’s an opera. There is singing. People die. From a feminist view it is problematic. That’s about all there is to it”. His text was true, but also […]

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Halloween Horror close to home

by Joanna September 28, 2015

Wellington-made horror film The Dead Room is sure to spook audiences this Halloween. Based on a true chilling New Zealand story from the 1970s, a psychic and two scientists are sent in to investigate paranormal activity at an Otago farmhouse after its terrified family flees. Wellington-based actress Laura Petersen, who plays the young psychic Holly […]

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WOAP: Dining through the Decades

by Joanna August 16, 2015

This is going to sound a bit silly, but I choose my Wellington on a Plate events looking for value for money.  The silly part, obviously, is that no one needs to drop over a hundred dollars a head on dinner, but if you’re looking to have a degustation and matched wines, you’re going to spend […]

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Our advice for Wellington on a Plate 2015

by Joanna August 13, 2015

Tomorrow begins that most magical time of the year. The stupid film festival has released my friends from its evil clutches and it’s time to eat, eat, eat. We’ve been covering Wellington on a Plate for a  long time now and I think we’re getting pretty good at knowing what’s what. So here’s our thoughts. […]

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Win tickets to the Grand Speakeasy Murder Mystery

by Joanna May 11, 2015

Champagne, canapes and cold-blooded murder are three of our favourite things, so we’re pretty happy to be able to have a double pass to give away to The Grand Speakeasy Murder Mystery on this Saturday, May 16. Romeo was found tragically poisoned in the speakeasy, join the investigation into his murder and help a psychic detective solve […]

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Make a meal in May for Kaibosh

by Joanna May 8, 2015

Last week we went to Kaibosh’s launch of their fundraiser Make A Meal in May, and frankly it’s an amazing idea for an amazing cause, and you should do it, please and thank you. Oh, you want more explanation than that? Okay, the idea is that you get your friends/acquaintances together, make a meal at […]

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Dan at the head of the FishHead

by Joanna April 24, 2015

How time flies! Five years since we hit the launch party, FishHead magazine is going from strength to strength, no doubt because they’ve been smart enough to solicit a bunch of Wellingtonista contributors (I wrote in the very first issue, current ‘istas Tom Beard and Tom Goulter and gone fishin’ Hadyn Green are all regular columnists). […]

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Win a VIP double pass to the Wellington Wine and Food Festival

by Joanna March 11, 2015

Wellington is a city overflowing with good restaurants and fine drops to drink. It seems ridiculous that we haven’t had our own day-of-food-and-wine-and-oh-okay-fine-beer yet. Luckily, that’s about to change with the cunningly named Wellington Food and Wine Festival. The Festival brings together the best of local food, wine, beverages and restaurants, outdoors on the waterfront […]

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Something fishy in Thorndon

by Joanna March 9, 2015

Thorndon has a long history with greasies, including David Lange’s fish & chips brigade in 1980. I remember buying fish’n chips from that same store (where Cellarvate is now, I believe) and eating them on Parliament’s lawn after a big legalise cannabis protest in high school (so I guess 1996?). Sadly that fish & chips […]

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