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Tom Ackroyd

Review: NZSO Baroque Series – Water Music

by Tom Ackroyd February 5, 2019

Telemann: Water Music “Hamburger Ebb und Fluth” (TWV 55:C3) Händel: Water Music (HWV 348-350) St. Paul’s Cathedral, Wellington Friday 1 Feb 2019 Listening to the two “Water Music” suites by Telemann and Handel fill the echoing expanse of St. Paul’s, I wondered how it is we find reverberation so attractive. Is it a cultural association […]

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NZSO Shed Series: “Juxtaposition”

by Tom Ackroyd June 4, 2018

My first trip to the new Shed 6 was a few weeks ago to see contemporary music outfit Stroma. They were playing a sampler of modern art music, stretching from Ravel and Schoenberg, through Boulez and Berio, to more recent work by Gillian Whitehead and David Lang. Music writer Alex Ross was our tour guide, […]

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Snapshots of Mount Victoria

by Tom Ackroyd April 23, 2016

A few photos I took as I walked the dog in the Mount Victoria town belt, and of the unveiling of a new living sculpture at the Innermost Gardens.   “A Living Sculpture” On April 3rd, Grant Lyon’s sculpture “Yeah, Nah” was unveiled by Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown at the Innermost Gardens in Mount Victoria, at […]

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Gabrielle McKone at Photospace

by Tom Ackroyd November 13, 2012

And in more photography news, anyone who’s a fan of Wellington photographer Gabrielle McKone’s daily photoblog can see 850 of them, on the wall in an exhibition at Photospace, 37 Courtenay Place. Over the last five years Gabrielle has posted 1900 images, one a day, mostly out and about in Wellington. The exhibition opened last Friday […]

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A benefit auction for Phil Jacobs

by Tom Ackroyd November 13, 2012

A few years ago my son’s point-&-shoot needed a simple repair. I realised I had no idea where to go to get cameras fixed. Were there even camera-repairers any more? When they break, don’t you just buy another camera? A friend said “Oh, there’s that guy on Jackson Street – he fixes everything”. “That guy” […]

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Candidates: Gordon Copeland for the Conservatives in Hutt South

by Tom Ackroyd November 15, 2011

We invited all candidates in Wellington electorates to contact us with their answers to fifteen crowdsourced questions. Answers are restricted to 30 words each, and we publish them exactly as we receive them. Who are you and what do you want? My name is Gordon Copeland and I am the Conservative Candidate for Hutt South. […]

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Candidates: Russel Norman for the Greens in Rongotai

by Tom Ackroyd November 14, 2011

We invited all candidates in Wellington electorates to contact us with their answers to fifteen crowdsourced questions. Answers are restricted to 30 words each, and we publish them exactly as we receive them. Who are you and what do you want? Dr Russel Norman, Rongotai candidate, Greens Co-leader: 100,000 new jobs in a clean green […]

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Candidates: Chris Hipkins for Labour in Rimutaka

by Tom Ackroyd November 10, 2011

We invited all candidates in Wellington electorates to contact us with their answers to fifteen crowdsourced questions. Answers are restricted to 30 words each, and we publish them exactly as we receive them. Who are you and what do you want? I’m Chris Hipkins and I want you to vote for me so that I […]

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Candidates: Gareth Hughes for the Greens in Ōhariu

by Tom Ackroyd November 10, 2011

We invited all candidates in Wellington electorates to contact us with their answers to fifteen crowdsourced questions. Answers are restricted to 30 words each, and we publish them exactly as we receive them. Who are you and what do you want? Kia ora I’m Gareth Hughes, Green candidate for Ohariu, passionate MP, father and firm […]

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Date an MP

by Tom Ackroyd November 3, 2011

Political Speed Dating comes to Wellington next Wednesday. Promoted by the PSA, a group of unions and community organisations* have joined together to bring you a “fun, fast and furious” evening of political debate. Members of unions and community organisations will be speaking about their experiences and asking party spokespeople to respond to their questions […]

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