Zoe at work in a garden

Meet Zoe, the Very Green Gardener

Our interviews with cool people continue! 1. Hey, who are you and what do you do? I’m Zoe and I run The Very Green Gardener, which is a little gardening company in Pōneke. We maintain people’s gardens as well as support them to do their own gardens. (Editor note: Zoe also writes an excellent newsletter […]

very floofy dog

Best of the week: 2 June to 9 June 2024

Our weekly roundup of best things in Wellington continues and this week we’ve got contributions from Alan, Joanna, Martha and Tom. Best new place for dogs off leash We discovered that dogs are ok unleashed on the Remutaka Incline so we were able to take our fluffbeast biking with us (she’s got her own bike […]

a sea of Māori flags

Best of the week 26 May – 2 June

This week features contributions from Alan, Nadia, Emma and Joanna Best value lunches for those days you’re working in town and have forgotten that you’re supposed to be making your lunch or eating leftovers… I’m kinda hesitant to mention it (as I don’t want them to run out before I get there) but the $9 […]

a photo of Mindy from behind, walking along a road. She's wearing bright orange tights and pink shorts

A walk for transgender youth

This week’s profile takes us to the other side of the Remutaka Ranges for a very good cause.  1. Hello! Who the heck are youse and what are you up to? I’m Kylie, and collectively we’re the Parry/Hannen whānau. My 17-year-old daughter and I are walking across the Wairarapa into Wellington to raise money and […]

soup and a scone at Arlo

Best of the Week: May 18-25

Our weekly wrap-up of what’s good,  this time featuring featuring Emma, Joanna and Tom Emma’s bests Best theatre: Farce Onion at BATS – a deeply warming joyous nonsense improvised time Best vibes: Stillwater – I only had a drink there with some mates so I can’t speak to the efficacy of their coffee or food […]

Best of the week: May 11-18 2024

A new weekly feature! Here’s what was good! Hopefully future editions will include bests from other Wellingtonista members too. And don’t forget, if you want to contribute to the site, please email us! Best delivered food of the week The grilled lemongrass chicken salad from Rock Yard (pictured here with slow cooked pork in roti […]

paper bottles of Mothers Ruined Gin on a beach

A ginterview with the mothers of Mothers Ruined

Full disclosure: I have worked with the Mothers on Boom Gin – a collaboration with my ethical clothing company, which is funding a scholarship to the weekend for fat babes that I run. Even if I hadn’t done that though, I would still think they are very cool and interesting people who make delicious products […]

Joel, a Pākeha man, stands outside the beehive and smiles

Meet Joel MacManus, the journalist that Wellington actually deserves

It’s been a very weird week in Wellington where we’re thinking actually Chris Bishop has done good for once with the District Plan? Very strange position to be in. Obviously, city councilors who want a city for the living and future have pushed for this for a very long time, but I don’t think it […]

a screenshot of the Wellingtonista from 2005

A lengthy mea culpa, 20 years of history and a reboot?

If you don’t like lengthy deep navel gazing, take this tl:dr and be on your way until the next post: the Wellingtonista website has been very neglected for a number of years, and I intend to do better – perhaps you might like to contribute something too.  I was 24 when James asked me to […]

Sex Workers of Aotearoa; A Day in the Life of exhibition

Back for the fourth year in a row – Sex Workers of Aotearoa; A Day in the Life of – is an annual art exhibition in which all art has been created by current or past sex workers. The artwork is for sale, showcasing various mediums; photography, ink, paint, mixed media, cross-stitch, sculpture, poetry and more.   […]