TAWA5 – a call for your nomination suggestions

by Joanna on November 9, 2010

T4WAHello, good people of Wellington. It is time, once again for The Annual Wellingtonista Awards! Wahoo! This year we are referring to them as #TAWA5, for all your twittering needs.

Once again, we would like your suggestions for what you would like nominated in the following categories, which you will be able to vote for from Nov 20. As usual, I will break out my bold tags to remind you that this is your only chance to make suggestionsit’s too late by the time we open up the voting, and as usual the Wellingtonista will have final say, so if you want something included, make a passioned plea for it in the comments and we will listen.

This year some of the categories are slightly different so I’ll include a line about each to explain it, but if you have questions or want clearer definitions, just ask. Oh, and the TAWAs will be at Mighty Mighty (as always) on December 3 from 6pm, so come along!

  1. Best Cafe (Somewhere casual you’d go for a sit-down meal, not just coffee)
  2. Best Restaurant (Somewhere less casual, probably more expensive and would probably be licensed)
  3. Best Drink in Town (Best cocktail/beer/whatever, and where it is made)
  4. Best Late Night Experience (Where do you go after dinner? Do you go to dance or get into mischief?)
  5. Best Service (Which hospitality worker makes your every visit a pleasure?)
  6. Best Coffee (We’re talking a cup of coffee you buy somewhere, not the beans)
  7. Best Regular Entertainment (A wide category, something that happens more than once a year that you enjoy)
  8. Best Live Performance (What gigs blew your mind?)
  9. Best Event (What single experience was amazing?)
  10. Best Outdoors Experience (Where do you go when you don’t want to be indoors?)
  11. Best Suburban Destination (What’s a good reason to get out of the city?)
  12. Best Art Experience (This might be an exhibition – or it might not)
  13. Best Shopping Experience (What shop makes you want to spend all your money and why?)
  14. Most Needed (What would make Wellington more awesome?)
  15. Most Missed (What needs to be resurrected?)
  16. Best Contribution to the Internet by a Wellingtonian (Who in this city is making rad things happen on the web?)
  17. Best Thing About Wellington This Year (Who or what has had a major positive effect?)

We have a super-condensed timeline this year, so get your suggestions in ASAP, before November 13. Cheers!

Vitamin K November 9, 2010 at 10:29 am

1. SMK
5. The owners of the Japanese caravan on Ghuznee St. They’re *so* lovely!
7. Roller Derby
10. Garden Bar at Southern Cross, flying fox at Central Park, waterfront
12. Monsters Exhibiton ay MyGalaxi
17. Not having Kerry as our mayor finally

Elaine November 9, 2010 at 10:38 am

2. Restaurant 88
5. Crazy Horse
6. Mojo Bond
8. Paramore

Michael Hudson-Doyle November 9, 2010 at 10:49 am

4. the library
6. coffee stop on victoria st
9. WOW
10. Brooklyn wind turbine
11. Martinborough

nzskater November 9, 2010 at 10:49 am

1: Simply Paris
2: Ortega
3: Foxglove, Don Julio Tequila!
5: Ortega
6: Mojo
8: RZA, Jean Grae & Talib Kweli and Raekwon @ San Fran. Jean Grae definitely takes the top spot.
9: Jean Grae; opened for Talib Kweli, but definitely stole the show.
12: Monsters!
13: Wakefield Hotel; Hemi has impeccable taste.
14: A decent skate park.
15: The X Games
17: Agree with Vitamin K; Losing Kerry as mayor!

ange November 9, 2010 at 11:03 am

5. Rob at Capitol
8. Trinity Roots concert
10. Wellington waterfront, including Sunday markets
14. tepid sea water pool down on the waterfront, equal contender some trees in between the port and the city
15. Dancing
17. Being in a city that is self assured and has quietly pleased almost smug residents – I nominate Wellington.

Vitamin K November 9, 2010 at 11:08 am

1. Maranui
2. Vivo and Nam

j November 9, 2010 at 11:12 am

4: Mighty Mighty
6. Deluxe
8. Hawnay Troof with Sets and 47 Diamantes (March 3 2010)

jenniwashere November 9, 2010 at 11:14 am

1. Memphis Belle
2. The new Havana Bar restaurant
3. Havana Bar
4. Mighty Mighty
5. Aidan & Esther at Peoples Coffee on Garrett
6. Peoples Coffee on Garrett
8. Grayson Gilmour at City Gallery
10. Southern Walkway
12. The International Film Festival
13. Most Wanted Vintage in Aro Valley

peajayar November 9, 2010 at 12:07 pm

8. Leonard Cohen

Jen November 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm

8. The Thomas Oliver Band @ San Fran – Oct 29.

Liviu November 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm

1. Midnight espresso
2. Sweet Mother’s Kitchen
3. Library
4.Southern Cross
5.Felix on cuba st
6.FuelEspresso on Holland Street
7. Botanical garden Summer series
8. Trinity Roots!
10. Sunday market on waterfront
11.Scorching bay
12. Cuba St
14.more pedestrian areas(malls) in cbd
17.Celia as mayor

Kate November 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm

8. The Thomas Oliver Band at San Fran! 29 oct 2010. FUCK YEAH!

Ben November 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm

1. Baobab
2. Red Ginger
3. Tuatara porter at Monterey
7. Stu at Story Time at Central Library
9. Richter City roller derby season 2
10. Shortland Park (Island Bay playground; a much overlooked gem for Wellington families)
14. Donuts
15. Gawjus Fings
17. Sayōnara Kerry

Stu November 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm

2. Ortega (especially dining at the bar)
3. Beer through the “Modus Hoperandus” at Malthouse (we’ve seen a range of hops, plus coffee beans, oranges and pears in it so far… what’s next?)
5. Tasi at Hashigo Zake, the whole team at The Malthouse
6. Monterey, People’s Coffee on Constable Street, the little father and son operation at the bottom of The Terrace.
7. Best Regular Entertainment (A wide category, something that happens more than once a year that you enjoy)
8. Wilco at The Town Hall, Dirty Projectors at San Fran, The Books at San Fran
9. Beervana at The Town Hall (a celebration of the diversity and quality of brewing in NZ – and the array of people who are into it)
10. Botanical Gardens, Otari Wilton Bush, Mt Victoria are all good but the best is the South East Coast (Breaker Bay, Seatoun)
12. Yayoi Kusama: Mirrored Years
14. A giant wind shield on top of the Tararuas, cycle lanes that weren’t too narro and/or full of broken glass
15. The Mac’s Brewery on the Waterfront – now the bar is just a front for beer brewed by Cantabrians or Aucklanders.

Kirsten November 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm

1. Plum, if there’s a table in the sun. If it’s rainy, Dixon Deli.
2. Le Metropolitain, Cuba St
7. Sat and Sun arvo live music at the Cross
8. The Thomas Oliver Band at San Fran, Oct 29th. Was amazing!
10. The foofy slide (flying fox) at Central Park, Brooklyn
11. Petone, if only for the cheese at Cultured. mmm cheese
13. Madame Fancy Pants. So many cute things and wonderful staff.
15. The service at SMK. Come on team!

Brenda November 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm

1. Duke Carvell’s
2. Kazu
3. G&T with marmalade – Hooch
4. Hawthorne Lounge
6. Milkcrate
13. Moore Wilson’s fresh produce – because it’s all sooo good!
14. Another 500,000 people
15. Inner city parks – make the Wilson’s carpark on Cuba St a grass/park area!

willow November 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm

1. Milkcrate or Nikau
3. Martini @ Monterey Newtown
8. Jeffrey Lewis @ Happy
10. Kreuzberg/Grow from Here, Waterfront goodness
11. The Sparks Fly Upwards: Eight writers reading their work in response to the exhibition Ready to Roll @ City Gallery
12. Madame Fancy Pants
13. Real cycle lanes please

SupergoofNZ November 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm

6. Nui Cafe
17. Kerry Prendergast’s contribution to Wellington!

Thomas Scovell November 9, 2010 at 4:53 pm

4: Mighty Mighty
6. Deluxe
8. Hawnay Troof with Sets and 47 Diamantes (March 3 2010)
11. You so funny.
14. Another 500,000 people (hat tip Brenda)

Megan November 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm

1. SMK
4. San Fran
5. Dave at Hashigo Zake
6. Any of the mojos.
7. Richter City Roller Derby
11. Jackson St, Petone.
13. Wanda Harland, Swonderful, Madame Fancy Pants.
16. Not allowed to nominate the Wellingtonistas, right?

Erin November 9, 2010 at 6:31 pm

1. Sweet Mothers Kitchen
2. The Larder – Miramar
3. The Malthouse and their never-ending selection of beer.
4. San Fran Bathhouse
5. Moore Wilsons fresh (may be a bit of a random choice but they are always smiley, quick and helpful)
6. Customs Brew Bar
7. Roller Derby
8. Eru Dangerspiel at the Town Hall recently….Awesome!
9. One Love
10. Botanical Gardens
11. Days Bay
12. Yayoi Kusama at City Gallery
13. Swonderful…pretty things everywhere!
14. More parks and trees
15. Aunty Helen Clarke
16. Wellingtonista and Word on the Street
17. Lonely Planet! For voting us coolest little capital.

housemonkey November 9, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Because I am a no mates shut-in who doesn’t drink coffee I have only a few suggestions:
2. Sweet Mother’s Kitchen
7. Roller Derby
9. Kapcon
14. MOAR Roller Derby
16. My twitter feed is pretty rockin’ (mad LOLz)

hungryandfrozen November 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm

1: Meow and Estadio
2: Floriditas
3: Motel. It was just Zubrowka vodka and ice, but they were really nice and gave me exactly what I asked for, no straws or bits of lemon.
4: Havana
5: Customs Brew Bar…Heaven Pizza on Cuba Street are really good too. I’ve only been to Foxglove once but they were really lovely – I guess there’s lots of good service in Wellington.
6: Customs Brew Bar, no doubt. I wish they were open on Sundays!
7: Maybe the Wellington Phoenix games…or the Newtown Rocksteady at the Southern Cross.
8: Wanda Jackson, and Street Chant at Garrett Street.
9: The Food Show and One Love
10: The waterfront on a sunny day – get to see all the people walking their dogs, I can’t have a pet at my place so it’s a vicarious thrill…either that or the Botanical Gardens
11: Petone
12: Toi Whakaari’s production of Company (amazing! wish they’d had a longer run). Yayoi Kusama at City Gallery was incredible too.
13: Slow Boat – amazing vinyl and very solid Broadway cast recording section. Recycle Boutique – so many pretty clothes. Moore Wilson – I could spend SO much money on ingredients there!
14: a covered walkway to the stadium. It always seems to be freezing or rainy when I have to go there. And while we get some amazing international acts, I wish we weren’t overlooked by promoters so often. More musicals would be great, although there have been quite a few this year.
15: The San Francisco Bath House quiz!
16: I’d like to say myself…so I will. I have a food blog (HungryandFrozen) and me and my partner Tim have a thing called 100sand1000s.tumblr.com which is full of music plus the occasional interview…not sure how much they’ve contributed to Wellington as such, but for what it’s worth, I like them.
17: Ricki Herbert!

Tim November 9, 2010 at 9:51 pm

1: Meow
2: Floriditas
3: Emerson’s Pilsner at Havana
4: Havana and Mighty Mighty
5: Customs Brew Bar and Heaven Pizza
6: Customs Brew Bar
7: The Wellington Phoenix
8: Trinity Roots, Wanda Jackson, Sage Francis
9: Homegrown
10: The waterfront
11: Petone
12: The Good Karma Project at Toi Poneke
13: Real Groovy
14: A sizable gig venue better than TSB but bigger than town hall?
15: Definitely the SFBH quiz. Although the Southern Cross one is good.
16: As Laura says above – hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com and our tumblr 100s and 1000s, for sure.
17: So much awesome live music, and football/soccer.

hungryandfrozen November 9, 2010 at 9:57 pm

whoops. For #9, the Visa Wellington on a Plate was pretty fantastic as well. A great opportunity to go out to dinner to places I can normally never afford…

Jane November 10, 2010 at 11:25 am

1. Baobab Cafe -Newtown
2.Flying Burrito Bros
4.Hashigo Zake oe Havana Bar
5. Gabe at Baobab
6. Short Black at Baobab
7. Open Mic at Baobab
10. Baobab’s New Secret Garden- U can hear the birds not the cars!
11. Newtown
14. Skate bowl in Newtown

TJK November 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm

1. Duke Carvell’s
5. Memphis Belle
6. Mojos Old Bank Arcade
8. The Thomas Oliver Band at San Fran
13. The Service Depot
16. 1-night.co.nz

Caroline November 10, 2010 at 4:17 pm

1. Best Cafe: Capitol
2. Best Restaurant: Ambeli
4. Best Late Night Experience: The Library
5. Best Service: Whatsie from Ambeli, the one who won in cuisine!
6. Best Coffee: Pranah
10. Best Outdoors Experience: walk around the heads from Seatoun to Breaker Bay.
11. Best Suburban Destination: all the cafes and action in Newtown.
13. Best Shopping Experience: Duncan & Prudence, because their gear is awesome and Duncan and Prudence are super entertaining which makes shopping there even better.
15. Most Missed: I still miss Brasserie Flipp. I know it has been a while…

Angela November 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm

1. Sweet Mothers Kitchen
2. Zibibbo
3. Rose Bud from Chow
4. Red Square
5. Simon from Mojo Wills Street
6. Mojo Wills Street
7. Phoenix games @ cake tin
8. Ladi Six @ Sand Fan
9. Wow
10. Lyal Bay
12. Article

missannajane November 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm

2. The White House
4. Cuckoo
5. Holly from Hooch
15. Cuba Street Carnival
16. I second Megan’s, hurray for the Wellingtonistas!

HelenHeels November 11, 2010 at 10:41 am

1. Sweet Mothers
2. Istanbul
3. Coffee Tequila over ice in the good glasses at Betty’s
4. Best Late Night Experience (Where do you go after dinner? Do you go to dance or get into mischief?)
5. Betty’s
6. I dont drink coffee but I rate Fuel hot chocolates, strong, not milky.
7. The summer city concerts at the soundshell.
10. The waterfront
13. Artikel
14. More parks and trees in the city. More urban art in the city.
15. Boo! Cuba Mall
16. Besides the Wellingtonistas – Chaz Harris for his blog on Stuff.
17. Agree with everyone about Kerry going.

Mike Riversdale November 11, 2010 at 5:30 pm

1: Polo Cafe
3: Hashigo Zake
4: Hawthorn Lounge
5: Matt (ex0-Mojo Old Bank)
6: Mojo Old Bank
7: Rugby Sevens
10: Waterfront
11: Miramar … all of it
14: More rooftop bars
16: Ruth McDavitt
17: New mayor

Mr. P November 11, 2010 at 8:46 pm

1. Memphis Belle
2. Martin Bosley’s
3. Anything at Hawthorn Lounge
4. Kaffee Eiss ice cream in Courtenay Place
5. Crew at Mojo State Insurance
6. Mojo State Insurance
7. Sevens
8. Kids of 88 + The Naked and Famous at SFBH
9. Webstock
10. The Waterfront
11. ??? (Do Martinborough or Greytown count?)
12. Yayoi Kusama at the City Gallery
13. Artikel, I want EVERYTHING in there.
14. Better places to have drink in the sun
15. Manners Mall
16. http://mr-reasonable.blogspot.com/
17. Lonely Planet! For voting us coolest little capital.

Heather November 13, 2010 at 7:44 am

I know its technically the 13th but surely the day doesn’t start ’til everyone’s had their coffee, right?

1. Parade Cafe – was already a fan but the new location just makes it that much better.

13. Can I nomniate two?

Ninja Flower – Their little shop is packed with gorgeous jewelry that they source from around the world. They are super friendly and knowledgeable about their products. They fill a niche Wellington didn’t know it needed, though it should have been obvious.

D.Vice – they are the only shop in town selling nothing but high quality toys. Their atmosphere is comfortable and inviting, their staff friendly and knowledgeable. I could easily spend way too much money in there.

14. A tea shop (a place with a comprehensive menu of the world’s fine teas, where you can sit down and enjoy hot pot of your choice while nibbling a biscuit

15. Manners Mall

17. Cecilia Wade- Brown as our new mayor

Sibylle November 13, 2010 at 7:48 am

1. Scopa
2. Martin Bosley’s
3. Negroni at Hooch
4. Not very original as everyone seems to agree on this, but yeah, Hawthorne
5. The guys at Memphis Belle
6. Fuel
7. Dinner at Tuesday Night Mike’s 🙂
8. Sorry Wellington but that was the Pixies in hate-to-admit-it-Auckland.
9. Wellington on a Plate
10. I usually don’t get much further than the benches in the sun on Courtney Place. They are awesome though.
11. Hiking up to Mt Kaukau, the returning to the city via the Skyline Walk (you have to take a train to the burbs to do that one!)
12. Yayoi Kusama exhibition
13. Eyeball Kicks – *all* their art should be on *my* walls!
14. Wind-sheltered rooftop bars
15. Manners Mall as a pedestrian-only mall
16. Still Tash and Mike for Webstock
17. We got rid of Kerry!

amy November 13, 2010 at 9:21 am

1. Monterey
2. Harem
3. Peanut butter milkshake at sweet mother’s
4. Cuckoo
5. Johnny at Cuckoo
6. Magnetix
13. Swonderful
14. Wellington needs a monthly bus pass to encourage us to use buses more (all you can eat in a month instead of charging us for each fare).
15. My monthly bus pass

Bevan November 13, 2010 at 5:43 pm

1. Taco Shop, Left Bank.
2. Sweet Mother’s Kitchen
3. Tuatara Hefe wheat beer, Hashigo Zake.
7. Phoenix games.
8. Shihad playing the Killjoy album at SFBH.
11. Island Bay
13. Island Bay butchers for their great sausages.
14. More/Better cycle lanes.
15. Cuba Street Carnival
16. Danyl McLauchlan for politics and satire at dimpost.wordpress.com

Chris November 14, 2010 at 6:45 pm

1 Smk
2 Capitol
3 hopinator at Malthouse
4 Hawthorne
5 Scott at Malthouse
6 mojo old bank

Chris Nimmo November 14, 2010 at 7:09 pm

8. NZSM Orchestra playing Shostakovich 11 😀

Amie November 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm

1. Cafe Polo
2. Logan Brown
3. Bed of Roses – Hooch
4. Hooch
5. Amy at Hooch
6. Mojo Old Bank
7. Ignite
8. Sarah Harpur – Life, Death, Pets
9. Animafx
10. The Waterfront
11. Petone
12. Craft 2.0
13. De Nada Fashion
14. Ice Skating Rink
15. Manners Mall
16. Wellingtonista
17. The People – great friendly community

Annikakes November 15, 2010 at 8:32 am

1. Sweet Mother’s Kitchen
2. Ortega
3. Malthouse
4. Malthouse
5. Dave Wood at Hashigo Zake
6. Memphis Belle
14. Deep fried haggis on a stick at the Malthouse

ephphy November 16, 2010 at 8:40 pm

1. Meow
3. Pimms and Dry from Mighty Mighty
5. Anyone at Sir Breadwins, Lise& Mathieu at French Kiss Cafe, the team at Chill@Barista
6. French Kiss Cafe by far!
9. It’s gonna be the roller derby – Richter City vs Pirate City!
10. Anywhere along the waterfront.
11. Scaling Mt Kaukau 🙂
13. Popup
14. Most Needed (What would make Wellington more awesome?)
15. Manners Mall
16. Neil Miller (muahahah)
17. Bye bye Kerry (but not that impressed with Celia to date!)

Michael Moore-Jones November 17, 2010 at 8:14 pm

1. L’Affare
3. Flat white @ Mojo Old Bank
6. Flat white @ Mojo Old Bank
11. Makara Beach
14. A proper shopping mall.
16. James Stewart (founder of Kick It, a website trying to get people worldwide to quit smoking).

Jen November 18, 2010 at 11:11 am

1. Midnight
2. Nicollinis
3. Gambatte from Library
4. Alice
5. The guys at Memphis Belle
6. Sir Breadwins
8. Minuit
13. Swonderful
15. Offbeats Cafe

Keir November 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Best Coffee: Mojo Bond St

CC November 19, 2010 at 12:34 am

1. Olive
2. Fratelli
4. Matterhorn
5. Ferdi @ Fratelli
6. Milk Crate
11. Best Suburban Destination (What’s a good reason to get out of the city?)
12. Monsters @ mygalaxi
13. Rex Royale
17. Change in Mayor!

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