Every machine is different

Every machine is different

Simon Hax­ton was once an oper­at­or. If you played a pin­ball machine in Wel­ling­ton any time up until about 2008, there’s a good chance it was one of his. You prob­ably didn’t, though: pin­ball, post its 1970s hey­day, was until recently in eclipse. Now it’s hav­ing a renais­sance, and Hax­ton — for whom pin­ball is […]

Circa 2015

Circa 2015

Circa Theatre has had an odd hand­ful of years. The whole envir­on­ment around the arts has shif­ted, and audi­ences with it. Circa’s greatest skill has always been know­ing its audi­ence and what they want, so these shift­ing soils did not dis­turb it, but simply threw it into an invig­or­at­ing era of exper­i­ment­a­tion. The theatre allowed […]

Join the club

Join the club

Late last year, the enter­tain­ment giant Net­flix announced that they would be bring­ing their video-stream­ing ser­vice to New Zea­l­and and Aus­tralia. From March they will be com­pet­ing with Quick­flix, Light­box (from Spark) and Neon (from Sky) to see who can keep Kiwis on their couches for longer. The video store (apart from rare spe­cial­ist institutions […]

Taking it to Tokyo

Taking it to Tokyo

Fat Freddy’s Drop, live at Unit, Tokyo, 9/11/2014 At just past 1am on Sunday 9 Novem­ber, Fat Freddy’s Drop, our very own hi-tech soul stal­warts, took to the stage inside Tokyo’s sprawl­ing Unit base­ment ven­ue. Some­what sur­pris­ingly, it was the first time they’d ever per­formed in Japan. While in a sense they had a lot […]

What is suburban depravity?”

<span class="dquo">“</span>What is suburban depravity?”

I was in a grey mood the after­noon I vis­ited Yvonne Todd’s Creamy Psy­cho­logy exhib­i­tion at City Gal­lery (on until 1 March). In the back­ground of my day, a lov­er was play­ing stu­pid games, and the wind and rain, unabated for days, made everything annoy­ing. I felt depressed and fed up. The pho­to­graph­ic images in the […]

Red Alert

Red Alert

Red lips should no longer be ban­ished to black tie events. Red lip­stick, once reserved solely for ‘that even­ing look’, can abso­lutely be worn — whenev­er you damn well feel like it. While it has to be said that although red lip­stick has stood the test of time as a glam­our staple, it can be an […]

Summer in Wellington

Summer in Wellington

Sum­mer may be draw­ing to an end, but Wel­ling­to­ni­ans are well known for mak­ing the most of every sunny day. Fish­Head took to the streets, seek­ing sun-lov­ers with hot sum­mer style. 

A year in Yeastie

A year in Yeastie

I’ve met a lot of incred­ibly nice brew­ers — brew­ers who have offered me their houses to stay in, giv­en me free beer, helped me home-brew. But for me the nicest brew­er is Stu McKin­lay of Yeast­ie Boys. I tell this to Stu as we sit on Par­lia­ment lawn shar­ing a few beers. He smiles warmly, […]

Changes of scenery proves fruitful

When Gary and Val­ley Neale came back from work­ing over­seas in the early 1990s, they returned to Nel­son, the town where they’d met, and con­sidered wheth­er to try grow­ing grapes or apples. “We met a grow­er who said whatever we went into there would be good years and bad, and if we weren’t pas­sion­ate about […]

1 2 3