The Weekend that Was

The powerboaters, women cyclists and dragonboaters must have been ruing the choice of Wellington as the choice of championship venues as a, er, ‘brisk’ northerly blew in from the Hutt and across the harbour over the weekend. The wind also caused havoc with the Saturday night Neil Diamond concert at the Stadium, where the poor […]

Newtown Festival

The never-ending summer stream of Wellington suburban carnivals and fairs continues on its merry way with the start of the ten day Newtown Festival tomorrow (Fri 4 Mar). The big day is Sunday’s Fair Day, when Riddiford Street will be closed to traffic, allowing a plethora of stalls, entertainers and general mayhem to hit the […]

Free Acheh Protest

The Indonesian Ambassador is giving a talk at the Wellington Law School today, giving everyone the chance to voice their disapproval of his government’s ongoing use of violence and torture in Acheh. Bloggreen points out that there’ll be a nice big banner to rally behind, but any other implements of protest (noise-makers, placards, that sort […]

Cuba Street Carnival

Hopefully Wellington’s glorious summer weather will hold on for another few days, and treat the city’s citizens to what promises to be a fantastic Cuba St Carnival, this Saturday (Sat 26 Feb). It’s the last Carnival before the south end of Cuba St will be irrevocably altered by the impending bypass, so there’s bound to […]

More Energetic Stuff!

I may as well keep with James’s sporting spirit for the day, and tell you about an event coming up this weekend that’s aimed at the fairer sex. The Special K Triathlon series is in Wellington this Sunday, but, unfortunately, there are no more spots available for competitors, and no waiting list (and I was […]

Paul Forrest Exhibition @ The Studio

A new exhibition by Wellington artist Paul Forrest has just got underway at the Studio (what used to be known as the Space), located at 146 Riddiford Street in Newtown. Paul’s new exhibition was launched last week, and will be showing until the 27th of February, during which time he’ll be hanging about the gallery, […]

Island Bay Trolley Races

The Island Bay Festival wraps up this weekend with one of the highlights being the Ribble Street Trolley Derby on Saturday afternoon. The Trolley WOF’s have already been sorted, so you’re too late if you want to join in the racing, but there’s plenty of danger and excitement to be had even just being a […]

More Fringe Action

Just a quick update on what’s going down in Fringe Festival Land over the next couple of days… If theatre’s your thing, try Origin 7 down at Frank Kitt’s amphitheatre. “Two people, a man and a woman. Both in pursuit of childhood dreams of becoming astronauts awake to find themselves stranded on an unknown planet. […]

Karapoti Classic

Those of you who like to get out in the fresh air on your mountain bike should take note that this year’s Karapoti Classic is on 5th March, and entries are closing soon. There’s two races – the 50km Classic, and the 20km Challenge for those who might not quite feel up to the big […]

Somes Island Weeding Mission

The ongoing effort by the Department of Conservation, the Council, and ordinary people like you and me to regenerate native flora and fauna around the city continues next month with a bit of a weeding mission out on Somes Island (aka Matiu). DOC are calling for volunteers for a big weed-busting day on Saturday March […]