The Wellingtonista

Random stuff about Wellington since 2005

Hutt Valley

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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Something wonderful at The Dowse

by Sue Tyler July 9, 2014

Emma from Emma Makes kindly visited and revisited  - Wunderrūma: New Zealand Jewellery  exhibition at The Dowse  for us. Each time I return to Wunderrūma: New Zealand Jewellery I find something new I want to own. It began at the opening with Emily Valentine’s Kingfisher Brooch (2013). “Is that a bird?” said the friend I was […]

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What a Feeling!

by Herbertimo May 1, 2013

Do you ever wonder what happens at the end of the day to the freshly made bread that Wellington bakeries can’t sell? Do you ever wonder what happens to the fresh fruit and vegetables at the markets that are still edible but not good enough to sell? I can tell you. For the last few […]

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Are men ‘man enough’ to knit?

by Sue Tyler April 12, 2013

There is a bit of a knitting renaissance taking over the world. It’s cool, it’s hip and as proof, the ultimate gentleman of hipster cool, Ryan Gosling, likes to unwind after a long day with some yarn & pair of needles – he’s described a day-long knitting session as “one of the most relaxing days […]

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Return to the valley of the dolls

by Robyn December 14, 2012

I was in Wellington, my first time back since I left in April, and I was furiously catching up on things. I got the bus out to the Hutt and visited the Dowse Art Museum. It was choice, but as I left the gallery, I spied something much more intriguing across the square. Over at […]

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Action! Claude Rains brings it to the Hutt.

by Martha Craig May 3, 2012

If you happened to be cruising near the Avalon Skate Park a couple of weekends ago, you may have been lucky enough to witness a most unusual scene, local band Claude Rains were filming their first music video for their upcoming, self-titled first album. Director Gwen Isaac pulled in some favours and there was a […]

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Jamming culture

by twelveplusone April 25, 2011

Saturday’s Jamoff at Craft2.0 was a great success. We were on the spot with this video report. Jams were given marks out of five based on attributes of taste, colour, set, originality and presentation. In a field of 24 entries, your correspondent achieved a near perfect score of 3-3-3-3-2 in his aim to produce the […]

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The little Fair that Could – Turns 5

by Sue Tyler April 22, 2011

Saturday marks the 5th birthday of Craft2.0, it’s not only wellington’s biggest space for all things bespoke, handmade and indie design, it’s also New Zealands. Which is something pretty awesome and rather special, that’s happened because people keep visiting the fair and discovering all the new talent — and yes shopping. Craft2.0 is held at […]

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It’s MAC GONE MAD, Wellington version

by Martha Craig April 12, 2011

We’ve all had many chuckles at Damn You Autocorrect, but then we came to the shocking realisation that Steve Jobs must have secret insider knowledge of Wellington. Just behold these iPhone autocorrects: Churton = Churn. “Behold how we churn through so much petrol with our SUVs in even going to the shop to buy a […]

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A great yarn – what Tash did next

by Joanna April 5, 2011

Remember Tash from It’s A Tree? Not content to rest on her laurels – or tuis, or flowers, badoom chish – she’s kept herself busy in the world of wool, opening up Holland Road Yarn at 281 Jackson Street, Petone. We thought we’d have a chat to Tash and see exactly what was going on…

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