The Interview: Sir Bob Jones

The Interview: Sir Bob Jones

After I arrived at prop­erty investor Bob Jones’s Lamb­ton Quay office, he first had to take me to his bal­cony to point out the ter­rible job people do on high-rise office façades. Sat­is­fied he’d made his point, he poured us each a mid-after­­noon glass of red and lit his pipe to smoke with the few […]

The Dwarf Wines

The Dwarf Wines

Loc­ated three storeys up inside the icon­ic Museum Hotel, the Hip­po­pot­amus Res­taur­ant & Bar is an ornate din­ing and drink­ing space if ever you saw one. Win­dowed walls to the left give way to an expans­ive view of the Wel­ling­ton water­front, while to the right is a dec­ad­ently stacked bar with taste­ful chan­deliers hanging overhead. […]

A can of V for the virgin

A can of V for the virgin

It’s not every­body who has a plaque out­side their house, still less one that they wrote and nailed up them­selves. But then not every­one rolls like Jaqui Tutt. Tutt, a nat­ive of the Aro Val­ley, put up the plaque so that pass­ers-by would know why her Epuni Street home is painted such a vibrant shade of […]

Election 2013: The Interview

Election 2013: The Interview

Celia Wade-Brown and John Mor­ris­on are chat­ting away, affably enough, about cam­paign cars, when an exchange occurs that is unex­pec­tedly reveal­ing. Morrison’s vehicle – a dies­el ute emblazoned with his image – looks like a gas-guzz­ler, but is “far more eco­nom­ic”, he is explain­ing, than his pet­rol car. At this point Wade-Brown – who, famously, […]

October Film Review

October Film Review

Feel like vis­it­ing some­where new, but don’t have the time or money right now? A film fest­iv­al is the next best thing. If you want to under­stand a coun­try and its cul­ture, it’s hard to go past watch­ing their com­mer­cial cinema – their mul­ti­plex and block­buster fare rather than the art­house. That’s why the regional […]

October Music Review

October Music Review

 The Mantarays Garden of Light (Rough Peel Records) 4 stars Col­lect­ively speak­ing, The Mantarays is a ven­ture between long-serving and well-respec­ted Wel­ling­ton musi­cians Nigel Pat­ter­son (organ), Anthony Don­ald­son (drums) and Daniel Beban (gui­tar). Known, respect­ively, for play­ing in reggae/funk, jazz and exper­i­ment­al music ensembles, in this con­fig­ur­a­tion they fold togeth­er New Orleans funk, tra­di­tion­al Lat­in rhythms […]

Conning his way to the Circa Stage

Conning his way to the Circa Stage

There is a lot about Circa’s upcom­ing show Con, a new work by loc­al play­wright Gav­in McGib­bon, to be excited about it. It will, no doubt, be filled to the brim with twists, turns and races against the clock. But can it be as thrill­ing and unex­pec­ted as the story of its own cre­ation? “How […]

Through the shaped spaces

Through the shaped spaces

One wintry morn­ing in 2003 I stopped in at what was the Tinakori Gal­lery on Feath­er­ston Street. I was then works of art adviser at the Min­istry of For­eign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and ever on the look out for work for the walls of New Zea­l­and embassies and res­id­en­cies abroad. As I stud­ied the […]

My Makeup Bag with Anjali Stewart

My Makeup Bag with Anjali Stewart

As one-half of cloth­ing design duo twenty-sev­en names, Anjali Stew­art is always on her toes as a fash­ion-for­ward, cre­at­ive busi­ness­wo­man. As she and Rachel East­ing work towards open­ing their first store here in Wel­ling­ton, Stewart’s beauty regi­men needs to keep pace with the rest of her life. Stew­art recently opened her beauty bag for FishHead – […]

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