Start Me Up!

Start Me Up!

I’m a born and bred Wel­ling­to­ni­an, and as such am fiercely proud of our city. It isn’t like any­where else in the coun­try and there’s nowhere else I’d rather live. Think­ing about all the things I love about Wel­ling­ton, the cre­at­ive sec­tor is def­in­itely high on my list. By cre­at­ive, I mean arts, design and […]

Exponential Opportunities

Exponential Opportunities

Check out any uni­ver­sity or school pro­spect­us and you will be sure to find some ref­er­ence to edu­cat­ing ‘glob­al cit­izens’. We live and work in an increas­ingly inter­con­nec­ted world and in order to thrive and com­pete, edu­cat­ors recog­nise that young people need more innov­at­ive think­ing skills, high­er-order cog­nit­ive skills, cul­tur­al aware­ness, and soph­ist­ic­ated com­mu­nic­a­tion and […]

Baywatch

Baywatch

Round­ing the corner of Mah­ina Bay, just past the multi-col­oured bus stop and right on the seafront, sits a little slice of para­dise. Walk­ing into Josephine Culhane’s 1940s two-storey con­crete house, you imme­di­ately feel calm and col­lec­ted. From the ocean views that stretch out across the bay to Wel­ling­ton city, to the abund­ance of bush […]

The Interview: Tilly Lloyd

The Interview: Tilly Lloyd

If you want it, you must have it,” says Tilly Lloyd at one point, per­haps an hour into our intensely enjoy­able con­ver­sa­tion. Well, I enjoyed it any­way. After half a life­time spent in sales, book retail­ing, deal­ing with authors and pub­lish­ers while liv­ing in a small and fam­ously paro­chi­al vil­lage, she might have been dissembling […]

Foreign Exchange

Foreign Exchange

For dec­ades, eco­nom­ists have been advising New Zea­l­and that the path to nation­al prosper­ity is through exports. We have taken that to mean selling primary pro­duce for oth­ers to pro­cess and exploit, includ­ing tim­ber, wool and dairy.             But what if that much-needed inter­na­tion­al coin could come from ideas, from bits rather than atoms, exploit­ing endlessly […]

Kid-friendly Wellington#1

Kid-friendly Wellington#1

Intro­du­cing our three kid crit­ics   Charlie is sev­en. He’s clev­er and full of energy and a fast learner. He’s also ana­lyt­ic­al, which gave us someone in the group who could spot the flaws and the short cuts.       Ana is a 12-year-old with an extraordin­ary intel­lect. She’s obser­v­ant and dis­cern­ing and smart. This […]

Rocking the free world

Rocking the free world

When Patrick Bren­nan was two years old, and liv­ing in his nat­ive state of Texas, he fell off a bal­cony. He still remem­bers the song that was play­ing at the time, ‘One Less Bell to Answer’ by The Fifth Dimen­sion. Tunes are ingrained in his life, his mind: “When I listen to music, it isn’t […]

Modern Letters

Modern Letters

[quote by=“Damien Wilkins, Dir­ect­or, IIML”]It’s hard to be a writer. Firstly, it’s hard to write a good book and then it’s hard to con­vince oth­ers that you’ve done so. It’s also deeply pleas­ur­able and fun and joy­ful even to be involved in such an enter­prise. If you’re really a writer, you don’t have a choice […]

Citadel of Rail

Citadel of Rail

Here is Wellington’s archi­tec­tur­al won­der of the 1930s: the new cent­ral rail­way sta­tion, a source of much civic pride. It was a “temple of trans­port” pro­claimed a pub­li­city bro­chure of the time. This pho­to­graph was taken a few months before the 1937 grand open­ing, when the sta­tion was not quite fin­ished. Before then, Wel­ling­to­ni­ans had […]

High Society

High Society

If, like me, you love going to the movies but, unlike me, you actu­ally have to pay for the priv­ilege, you will be exper­i­enced at count­ing the pen­nies and hunt­ing for Cheap Tues­day-type bar­gains. Let me then remind you of the film-lover’s best friend: the Wel­ling­ton Film Soci­ety, which con­tin­ues to screen import­ant and influential […]

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