The hill that isn’t there

Last week saw the launch of Pukeahu: an Exploratory Anthology, an online collection of writing and photography exploring Pukeahu/Mt Cook from historical, cultural, geographic and imaginative perspectives. Collated and published by staff and students of Massey University, it explores a part of Wellington that’s seen more than its share of anguish, conflict and grandeur. It features work […]

Sleeping Beauty on Ice

Sleeping Beauty on Ice plays at the St James until the 5th July.Part of a worldwide tour by the Imperial Ice Stars, a group consisting of actual skating heroes. It is based on the ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s tunes. I’m pretty convinced all ballet should actually be performed on iceskates, an opinion formed in the […]

Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival

The Wellingtonista sent along Glen Barris, a mature and frankly very attractive, student of Architecture along to the launch of the Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival. He seemed to enjoy it: “The Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival is on in Wellington until 10 June. On Thursday night I went to see ‘Bernardes’ – […]

Grimm Bedtime Stories

As part of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival the Playshop Performance Company presents Grimm Bedtime Stories. I took along my three children aged 6, 10 and 12 on Saturday and I’ll allow them to share their experience. Let me say that as an adult I found it super enjoyable and laugh out loud funny. […]

Without literature, life is hell!

This Saturday a large number of spots in Wellington are taking part in a pub crawl but without the pubs. And with literature instead. A LitCrawl if you will! Actually that’s a slight lie. There are not only three pubs involved (Hashigo Zake, Meow and Little Beer Quarter) but there’s a Writers’ Beer as well. Nine […]

Uber Duper?

Plenty of Wellingtonians are getting excited about the arrival of the rapidly-growing quasi-taxi service Uber. They offer the convenience of a smartphone app, the potential for better service and flexibility, a promise to disrupt what is often seen as a monopolistic industry, plus fancy cars and All Blacks. For that, they’ve been rewarded with billions of dollars of […]

Annie

The last live musical I saw was Jesus Christ Superstar in about 1990,  to be honest I’m not your average musical reviewer. However, I do regard myself as a bit of an Annie expert because it played the very important role of being the movie I went to for my 10th birthday. Annie was in […]

Mighty Mighty RIP

Not sure quite what to add so just going to post the Mighty Mighty official message here. Wail at will. The ‘Castle that Cares’, Wellington bar Mighty Mighty will be closing its doors at the end of May 2014. The institution opened on 11 November 2006 in a former Pakistani restaurant at the top of […]

That library debate

This is a thing I wrote for a library focused blog about the library debate that happened in Wellington earlier this week. It’s aimed at librarians but it’s relevant to Wellington and Wellington City Libraries. I’ve tweaked it slightly. I received an email from the Library Association (LIANZA) last week suggesting that I might be […]

What to eat during Wellington on a Plate

We didn’t present you with suggestions for events to book, I know. That’s partly because they all sell out so quickly, but mostly because I think the Dine menus are really the best opportunity to truly sample Wellington’s hospitality. So, with things kicking off tomorrow, and 108 options on offer, where should you go and […]