Winning the turf war

Winning the turf war

Earli­er this year, my 14-year-old son com­pleted his second suc­cess­ive sea­son of col­lege foot­ball with no matches can­celled. His older broth­er, five years his seni­or, would fre­quently have sea­sons with over 50 per­cent of matches called off. In 2007, the Wel­ling­ton City Coun­cil real­ised that it had a major issue on its hands regard­ing sportsfields […]

Shelly Bay: Day trip to the bay

Shelly Bay: Day trip to the bay

Wheth­er you travel in from Kil­birnie or take the scen­ic route around Scorch­ing Bay, the drive to Shelly Bay on the Miramar Pen­in­sula affords you some of the most beau­ti­ful views in the cap­it­al. On a sunny day it’s sea­side bliss, while under rough­er weath­er it’s an invig­or­at­ing ride through the ele­ments. Depend­ing on your […]

The Interview: Annette King

The Interview: Annette King

Teeth. If you had asked me yes­ter­day, before I sat down to talk for an hour with Annette King, just what we would spend half our time dis­cuss­ing, then I doubt I would have guessed that the answer would be teeth. But con­ver­sa­tions have a funny old life of their own, and I like very much […]

Travel: Away from it all

Travel: Away from it all

Every­where I went in Marl­bor­ough, people said they were wait­ing for sum­mer to really begin. I said, “What do you mean?” It was sunny, it was still, it was hot. What more did they want? But then I am a Wel­ling­to­ni­an, and eas­ily sat­is­fied with a warm day. They have high­er stand­ards in Marl­bor­ough. Wine, […]

NZIA Awards: Homes that dreams are made of

NZIA Awards: Homes that dreams are made of

Some see archi­tec­ture as a glam­or­ous pro­fes­sion. It is. Although we are often up late think­ing about that geni­us detail, we have fun because we touch people’s lives. And it’s in the design of houses where we like to demon­strate our inspir­ing ideas. It is also the place where we have the most impact, in […]

Secrets and ties

Secrets and ties

On the wall behind me, a long-hid­den secret is being brought into the light. The secret is a tiled mur­al of Māui fish­ing up the North Island, and it was made in 1962 by a New Zea­l­and artist, E. Mervyn Taylor, for the open­ing of a cable sta­tion on Auckland’s North Shore. That sta­tion housed the […]

November highlights

November highlights

INTERSTELLAR (Chris­toph­er Nolan) Opens 6 Novem­ber: The latest in Nolan’s non-Dark Knight, ‘I’ films (Insom­nia and Incep­tion count towards the super­sti­tion), this one is a full-blown sci-fi adven­ture with a stel­lar cast of astro­nauts explor­ing a newly dis­covered worm­hole in space to see if there’s some­where on the oth­er side man­kind can go and live. […]

Surviving the sophomore slump

Surviving the sophomore slump

Elec­tric Wire Hustle Love Can Pre­vail  (Okayplayer/Somethinksounds)    With their self-titled 2009 debut, Wel­ling­ton trio Elec­tric Wire Hustle paid homage to the rich tra­di­tions of Afric­an-Amer­­ic­an soul, jazz, hip-hop and mod­ern beats, while kal­eido­scop­ic­ally twist­ing motifs asso­ci­ated with these forms into some­thing they could call their own. Five years on, fol­low­ing the depar­ture of original […]

Give a man a fish

Give a man a fish

                          Awa Press has spent 2014 col­lect­ing hon­ours for Rebecca Macfie’s essen­tial Tragedy at Pike River Mine: a por­trait of life and death at the inter­sec­tion of indus­tri­al labour and inter­na­tion­al busi­ness. This year the imprint has fol­lowed up with anoth­er brave, gripping […]

At the Māori Art Market

At the Māori Art Market

Art mar­kets and art fairs have been part of the inter­na­tion­al land­scape of con­tem­por­ary art for about 30 years. In Aotearoa they are a rel­at­ively new phe­nomen­on — the Auck­land Art Fair opened only in 2006. In Wel­ling­ton, the art fair concept took a more spe­cial­ised route with the advent of the Māori Art Mar­ket in […]

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