The Wellingtonista

Random stuff about Wellington since 2005



by Martha Craig May 28, 2014

The last live musical I saw was Jesus Christ Superstar in about 1990,  to be honest I’m not your average musical reviewer. However, I do regard myself as a bit of an Annie expert because it played the very important role of being the movie I went to for my 10th birthday. Annie was in […]

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Mighty Mighty RIP

by Anna January 22, 2014

Not sure quite what to add so just going to post the Mighty Mighty official message here. Wail at will. The ‘Castle that Cares’, Wellington bar Mighty Mighty will be closing its doors at the end of May 2014. The institution opened on 11 November 2006 in a former Pakistani restaurant at the top of […]

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That library debate

by librarykris September 5, 2013

This is a thing I wrote for a library focused blog about the library debate that happened in Wellington earlier this week. It’s aimed at librarians but it’s relevant to Wellington and Wellington City Libraries. I’ve tweaked it slightly. I received an email from the Library Association (LIANZA) last week suggesting that I might be […]

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What to eat during Wellington on a Plate

by Joanna August 8, 2013

We didn’t present you with suggestions for events to book, I know. That’s partly because they all sell out so quickly, but mostly because I think the Dine menus are really the best opportunity to truly sample Wellington’s hospitality. So, with things kicking off tomorrow, and 108 options on offer, where should you go and […]

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Shake it out

by Joanna July 22, 2013

Well, that was an interesting night! I am pretty stoked to live in an old single storey wooden house right now, I tell you. How are you feeling today, Wellington? Have at it in the comments…

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From the Aunty Club

by Anna April 12, 2013

Now I don’t have any kids but most of my friends have a few mini ones running around. I’m forever on the hunt for decent gifts for them so a recent stumble across Lelu – the Baby Boutique in Kilbirnie, has been a bit of a revelation. Lelu is opposite KFC near the Pak and […]

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Benefit Concert for The Court Theatre at Circa

by librarykris August 14, 2012

Next Monday (20 August) a group of Wellington performers will be getting together to raise funds for The Court Theatre in Christchurch. Badly affected by the earthquakes (forced to abandon thirty-five years of sets, costumes, and scripts) The Court Theatre has opened again in a new venue affectionately called ‘the Shed’. They have a space […]

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Happy happy birthday

by Anna June 12, 2012

I have a sneaking suspicion the Masked Barfly has a few Mandatory suits in his wardrobe. And now the Cuba St store is celebrating a special birthday – 15 years in business!!! Designers Clare Bowden and Fiona Edwards first met while training in fashion and fashion textiles at Wellington Polytechnic. Now they have a league […]

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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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Beautiful Burnout tasting session

by librarykris March 9, 2012

Frantic Assembly and the National Theatre of Scotland are over here with their acclaimed show Beautiful Burnout. Tonight there’s a special ‘Social Media Call’ for social media users.  The cast will perform two key scenes from the show, then will be available for a short Q&A session. You’ll be able to film, photograph, tweet, and/or […]

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