Stop taking selfies and enter this photography competition instead

Carter Observatory, that big old bubble up on the hill, is running a photography contest with a buttload of prizes, and you should enter it. The title is “Light & Dark” and anything under that goes.  Judges include Mark Gee, who you may remember from such moon photos as this. There’s a kids’ category too, […]

A jamboree… of jam

A highlight of the Wellington foodie’s calendar is  The Great Welly Jam Off.  Since the first Jam Off held at The Old Bank Arcade the event’s transformed into a must-make and must-taste event.  At 10.30am this Sunday (March 25th)  The Great Welly Jam Off.  brings the jammy goodness to The City Market.   The City […]

Win Craft 2.0 craftcash for this Saturday!

The amazing Craft 2.0 is happening again this Saturday, and its amazing founder Sue Tyler (full disclosure: paid-up member of the Wellingtonista) has decided that you should get a present. Or maybe you. We’ll leave it up to the randomizer to make the ultimate call. On Saturday, 18 December, Wellingtonians who want to gift in […]

Win a Most Wanted voucher

Edit: Congratulations to Comment #3 who the randomizer selected – Laura, I will email you to get your address. In all the confusion, fun and booze at the TAWAs last week, I completely forgot that we had another prize giveaway to do, a voucher for Most Wanted Vintage at 81 Aro Street. Most Wanted Vintage […]

Somewhat mixed up

On Wednesday night, Mix & Mash was launched at the City Gallery, asking people to use data to make new things. Of course, our Tom has been doing that for years, but painfully by hand, I believe. That shouldn’t put you off entering, rather it should inspire you. In fact, you should go read the […]

SiCKO – Michael Moore

sicko-poster-2 Well, if you happen to be a fan of the big man and are wanting to go see his latest mockdocumentary then you know, you just might be in luck.

We here at Wellingtonista towers, in all our munificence, are giving away three double passes to see SiCKO.

To win, you’ll need to be one of the first three people to send an email to and make some appreciative sounding noises.

The tickets are only for this Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights.


Wanted: great T-shirt designs

wanted - great t-shirt designers

All you budding young clothes designers out there should be getting whatever it is you use to design clothes ready for The Hinitiative and Wellington City Mission T-Shirt design contest that kicked off this week.

Open to all Wellington high school students, entries will be judged by a panel that includes Wellington fashion designer, Robyn Mathieson, clothing stores Fusion Surf & Skate and Rex Royale, and The Church design company. The first place winner takes home $300 in store vouchers. Second, third also get store vouchers, but not quite so many. In addition, all four finalists will have their winning designs produced into t-shirts by The Hinitiative and sold by selected stores in Wellington to help benefit Wellington City Mission.

Do good, and look good doing it.

More info at the Hinitiative website, and here’s a direct link to the design brief. Contest deadline is Saturday 11 August.

Beautiful Mash

We all know that in Wellington, everyone and their dogs are already busy making films of some description already, but for any aspiring film-makers not currently up to their eyeballs in digital video, here’s your chance. LOOP Recordings want you to make a video for Adi Dick’s song “Beautiful View”.

Adi Dick video promotion

They’re providing you with nearly a Gigabyte of green-screen footage of the singer, then handing it over to you to mash it up with your own footage or animation to create your interpretation of the song. You have until the 20th of May.

Spend it

Wellington may be New Zealand’s most exciting city, but that’s not enough to earn us one of Wallpaper*s City Guides. Almost as galling as the news that Auckland will get one next year is the fact that this disqualifies us from entering Gridskipper’s $100 a day contest and winning the complete set of guides.

Still, that shouldn’t stop us. What’s the best way to blow US$100 (about $150 Kiwi) in Wellington in a day?

How am I funny?

I'm here to fucking amuse you?

What do ya mean, funny? Let me understand this cause, I don’t know maybe it’s me, I’m a little fucked up maybe, but I’m funny how? I mean, funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh… I’m here to fuckin’ amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?

Errr, that’s not really relevant, but it is a good scene.

Anyway, if you think you are funny, register yourself for the Wellington Comedy Club’s Rookie competition, taking place at the San Francisco Bathhouse on October 21st (as per the Comedy Club’s website), or maybe the the 19th of October (as per Newtown Ghetto Anger’s website). Head over to the Wellington Comedy Club website for more details.

There’s also a related workshop for budding comedians to hone their skills – a one hour session with some local pros on the 12th of October, again at the SF Bathhouse. More details on that at Newtown Ghetto Anger.