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Family-owned Naumi Hotels open Naumi Studio Hotel on Cuba Street

by Joanna December 3, 2020

There’s been a hotel on Cuba Street for as long as I can remember.  In sixth form my very daring sex-having friend booked herself and her boyfriend a room at Trekkers Hotel for after our ball at Cuba Cuba (but she ended up getting too drunk to leave the room).  In the mid naughties, we […]

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Don’t feed dogs chocolate – put it in beer instead

by Joanna July 27, 2019

Guest post by Krystle, thanks Krystle! Coffee, chocolate, and beer…these are a few of Wellingtonians’ favorite things – and thanks to a collab, you can now drink a fusion of all three. Local legends Black Dog Brewery and Wellington Chocolate Factory have teamed up to produce the Bean Me Up Mocha Stout. You may be […]

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Chasing the Black Dog with beer

by Joanna April 5, 2018

Last night we went to the opening of the new Black Dog brewery on Cuba Street, and, spoiler alert, it was bloody delightful. All pics were supplied by the publicist because if you follow us on Twitter, you’ll know I can’t photograph for shit. A confession: I had never been to the old Black Dog […]

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Some food-related things that are good right now

by Joanna November 20, 2012

We went to Charlotte, the new steakhouse at 201 Cuba Street that is in the house with the checkered past. The service was very friendly, and the steaks were cooked beautifully. They are busy because they had a stupidly cheap Groupon deal, but it is worth making a reservation for, if you are of a […]

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Three dates for your diary

by Joanna October 24, 2012

This is a somewhat random roundup of press releases that caught my eye. October 25 (that’s tomorrow) sees Powertool Records present Bulletholes 4: Exploring the Unknown – the New Zealand roadshow at Bar Medusa. I don’t actually know any of the bands featuring, nor can I testify to how the album sounds, but nine years ago […]

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Need more umlauting in your October?

by Joanna October 9, 2012

In 2010, hairy classic rock/metal fan Dave Keyes started throwing non-profit DressUp-RockOut events and the Gods of Rock Awards at his workplace. In 2010 Wellington Rocks’ Rocktober event raised $1300 for the Cancer Society and then in 2011 the Gods of Rock event raised $2600 to split evenly between the Cancer Society and the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal for Christchurch. They’re doing […]

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Let us tell your kids where to go these holidays

by Emily Fatali October 1, 2012

The ‘ista may occasionally come across as a bunch of child-hating yuppies, but the truth is about 50% of us have kids, and we need to keep them entertained these holidays. So we’re gonna take them to Capital E. Why? Because we want to play the old school arcade games ourselves. From building mechanical marvels […]

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You should have lunch at Duke Carvell’s this July

by Joanna July 10, 2012

July would be a really good time to have a weekday lunch at Duke Carvell’s on Swan Lane. Why? Because a) it’s delicious and warming and b) they’ll donate 20% of your bill to one of a range of charities. Bloody good work! Our Tom B is the Mayor of Duke Carvell’s (well, on Foursquare […]

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My personal Wellington highlights of 2011

by Joanna December 22, 2011

We didn’t have the TAWAs this year, but lots of awesomeness still took place. Here’s a very self-indulgent look at what I particularly loved and didn’t – hopefully other Wellingtonistas will add their own posts too.

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