Pre-School: Education Special 2013

Pre-School: Education Special 2013

In every ECE centre it’s the same, says Aro Val­ley Pre-School man­ager Bev Mead: “There’s a blocks corner, there’s a dress-up corner, there’s a paint corner, there’s a Play-Doh corner, there’s out­side play… the chil­dren choose what they play with, and the job for the teach­er is to see where they’re up to and developmentally […]

The Great Sesqui Disaster of 1990

The Great Sesqui Disaster of 1990

We Wel­ling­to­ni­ans like to remem­ber the city’s good stor­ies. In par­tic­u­lar we like to think we can put on a good show – look at the Inter­na­tion­al Arts Fest­iv­al, WOW, our theatre scene, or the capital’s lively street cul­ture. John Nicholson’s bleak Even­ing Post pho­to­graph, though, is a remind­er of one of our truly great […]

Cunliffe drags Labour into the game

Cunliffe drags Labour into the game

Dav­id Cun­liffe should have been made Labour’s lead­er two years ago. We won’t dwell on why he wasn’t. You all know why. The Any­­one-But-Cun­­liffe club was so anti-Cun­­liffe they chose a man woe­fully out of his depth in Dav­id Shear­er and hoped he might be OK. He wasn’t. It was a dis­aster. And Labour lost two […]

Ain’t That a Kick in the Teeth

  My teeth are a liab­il­ity. After weeks of try­ing to ignore the con­stant stabbing pain in my jaw, which has ris­en to a cres­cendo of agony and blurred vis­ion, I went to the dent­ist to find I am blessed with an abs­cess and will be fur­ther blessed with a costly root-canal bill. Add this […]

Orchestra Wellington

Orchestra Wellington

  “There are very few live music­al exper­i­ences like a full orches­tra,” says Adán E. Tijer­ina, gen­er­al man­ager of Orches­tra Wel­ling­ton, the longest-run­­n­ing city-based orches­tra in New Zea­l­and. Sit­ting across from me at a soda bar near Cuba Street, Tijer­ina speaks pas­sion­ately about the power of orches­tral arrange­ments, and the rela­tion­ship between clas­sic­al and pop­u­lar music. […]

Capital Questions with Vicky Ha

Capital Questions with Vicky Ha

If you fre­quent Sunday’s City Mar­ket, then no doubt you’ve heard of the enig­mat­ic Vicky Ha, dubbed the ‘Dump­ling Queen’ of the House of Dump­lings. No mean feat, Fish­Head caught up with Ha to dis­cov­er her favour­ite city spots. If it’s been a hard week at work and I’m in need of a drink I’ll be […]

Kapiti’s Growing pains

Kapiti’s Growing pains

With its expan­ded air­port and express­way plans, new big-box retail­ers, rebuilt civic build­ings and new aqua centre, Par­a­pa­raumu is grow­ing. Will fur­ther devel­op­ment plans inject the area with more tour­ist dol­lars, improve com­pet­i­tion and cre­ate more oppor­tun­ity – or make it a gentri­fied bypass to Wel­ling­ton? Renée Ger­lich invest­ig­ates wheth­er Par­a­pa­raumu is being developed, or […]

The Day they came to the Capital

The Day they came to the Capital

Wel­ling­ton is a city near and dear to our hearts. But to out­siders it must seem like a daunt­ing des­tin­a­tion. It is the world’s most south­ern cap­it­al city, and is also the most remote cap­it­al city on the globe. Here it is, life brist­ling with­in windswept hills, which gaze out towards the South­ern Alps and […]

My Makeup Bag with Claire Terry

My Makeup Bag with Claire Terry

Jew­ellery cre­at­or, store-own­er, moth­er, jazz sing­er: Claire Terry loves beauty products that cater for a busy woman. Her beauty bag is a mix of no-fuss items that mean busi­ness, and pam­per­ing treats to help relax after a day on her feet – with as many loc­ally made, organ­ic choices as pos­sible. Whilst run­ning her Cuba […]

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