It’s Just Not Cricket

Former Zimbabwean cricketer Henry Olonga will speak at a public meeting in Wellington on Thursday. Olonga, along with fellow player Andy Flower, caused a stir at the 2003 Cricket World Cup by wearing black armbands during all his matches. Olonga fled his homeland shortly afterwards and now lives in London. The Green Party has brought […]

romp pomp a stomp

Dorothy the Dinosaur and friends will be hitting the St James on Friday 22nd July. A goodly number of the Wellingtonist kids went to the Wiggles recently, and no doubt will be wanting to attend this gig too. As Wellingtonist friend Martha says: Anyone who missed the Wiggles – stop crying! Dorothy is coming with […]

Rata Planting begins on Tinakori Hill

About 1200 aging pine trees were removed during the recent Tinakori Hill clean up, but over the next five years, Project Crimson and the Wellington City Council will be planting around 7500 northern rata (metrosideros robusta). Northern rata are indigenous to the Wellington area and live for hundreds of years. The first 1500 baby trees […]

Fireworks in Petone

Here we are recommending you to head North up the motorway for the second time in as many weeks, but we suspect the mid-winter fireworks display to be held off the Petone beach tomorrow night (Sat 18 June), will be well worth it. According to the official press release over at the Hutt City Council […]

The New Cool

The New Cool – an exhibition that celebrates the achievements of some of New Zealand’s small but successful creative companies – started this week at the Dowse Art Gallery out in the Hutt, and, having seen a wee sneak preview last weekend, as the final preparations were being put together, we can highly recommend getting […]


Matariki, the period of the year when the Pleiades cluster of stars lifts itself up from below the horizon, and which (for some tribes, at least) heralds in the Maori New Year, is in full swing. The appearance of Matariki in the sky is considered vital. If the stars in the cluster are clear and […]

Rose Pruning Day – Botanic Gardens, June 12

Budding rose enthusiasts might want to mark June 12 in their diaries. It is Rose Pruning Day at the Botanic Gardens. Internationally acclaimed (probably) rose experts will be on hand giving public demonstrations, advice, and answering all your thorny questions… If your passion is for Modern Bush & Climbers, you are invited to assemble at […]

Al “Pub Landlord” Murray

Buy, beg or steal a ticket as we have it on excellent notice that this guy (Al Murray) is the best comedian seen in many a year. A few of the Wellingtonistas are going … you should too. The Opera House: Thursday 30th June & Friday 1st July The low-down from the Ticketek site: All […]

Psst… wanna be a movie star?

48 Hours – Officially NZ’s largest film competition. Hundreds of teams of film-makers kick off tonight all around the country & finish on Sunday night. Damian Christie suggests “if you’re approached by a bedraggled film crew (the chances are high, there’s a couple of hundred teams around the country), be nice to them, do what […]

The Wiggles; and an introduction

Hello. I’m Alan. You may remember me from such blogs as half-pie. No? Oh. James has added me to the roster of contributors, for which I am very flattered. I’m still figuring out what I could possibly relate about this fine city of ours that could be relevant and timely. And indeed, I was going […]