Nelson conference facilities… only 45 minutes away

Nelson conference facilities… only 45 minutes away

Ruther­ford Hotel Nelson’s new­est con­fer­ence facil­ity has helped turn Nel­son from a good con­fer­ence des­tin­a­tion into a great one. Dur­ing the 18 months the 700-seat capa­city Maitai Room has been open, it has hos­ted some high pro­file nation­al con­fer­ences and helped put Nel­son on the con­fer­ence cir­cuit map. Ruther­ford Hotel Nel­son has, in total, six conference […]

That time of year again

That time of year again

Just after the release of the 2014 Nation­al Cer­ti­fic­ate of Edu­ca­tion­al Achieve­ment (NCEA) res­ults, I was con­tac­ted by a journ­al­ist writ­ing an art­icle on our nation­al qual­i­fic­a­tion and altern­at­ive cre­den­tials — the Inter­na­tion­al Bac­ca­laur­eate (IB) Dip­loma in this case — offered in New Zea­l­and schools. My caller wanted to know the dif­fer­ence between the two […]

Moonlight Geography: Wellington’s secret sexual history

Moonlight Geography: Wellington’s secret sexual history

Wel­ling­to­ni­ans carry a sense of place every­where we go. Our streets are dot­ted with loc­a­tions of sig­ni­fic­ance: hal­lowed Basin, gleam­ing Golden Mile. And then there are spots we leave off the maps: places where private pas­sion runs as deep as any pub­lic sen­ti­ment. Pur­chased sex is an irre­du­cible com­pon­ent of cap­it­al life. It was here […]

Less is more

Less is more

On a warm, wind­less Wel­ling­ton morn­ing, I walked down Cour­tenay Place on the search for Mar­garet Hema’s salon. A search is required. For­tu­nately, I was fore­warned. I’d met Mar­garet for a facial pre­vi­ously, and I found myself, again, up two flights of stairs, through a door, then anoth­er, before find­ing her in the clas­sic heritage […]

Trouble all the time

Trouble all the time

The term ‘back office’ can be over­used at times when assess­ing a sports organ­isa­tion, but with Wel­ling­ton Rugby it is hard to come up with any con­clu­sion oth­er than things are not right. Last year’s ITM Cup cam­paign was an unmit­ig­ated dis­aster, with just one win to the Wel­ling­ton Lions in the entire sea­son for the […]

Capital Questions with Kieran Hughes

Capital Questions with Kieran Hughes

Since com­ing to Wel­ling­ton to study hos­pit­al­ity in 1979, Kier­an Hughes has been a key part of the Wel­ling­ton food and drink scene. Pas­sion­ate about fant­ast­ic cus­tom­er ser­vice, Kier­an has spent over 30 years work­ing in many of Wellington’s most icon­ic bars and eat­er­ies. After years of plan­ning and pre­par­a­tion, he partnered with an old […]

You know, for the kids

You know, for the kids

There is a ques­tion that has been rat­tling round my head: why is it that cinephiles can so hap­pily and pub­licly admit to the ador­a­tion of children’s films — half of Pix­ar and Ghibli’s mar­ket seems to be grown-ups splat­ter­ing the world with acclaim that they’re more than just kid­die fod­der — and yet theatregoers […]

The world comes to Taranaki

The world comes to Taranaki

Between 13 and 15 March, the New Zea­l­and WOMAD fest­iv­al returns to Brook­lands Park and TSB Bowl of Brook­lands in New Ply­mouth for yet anoth­er week­end of incred­ible music, arts and dance from across the globe. One of the most beau­ti­ful out­door fest­ivals New Zea­l­and has to offer, WOMAD also fea­tures food, arts, crafts and, crucially, […]

Histories of harm

Histories of harm

Enjoy Pub­lic Art Gal­lery has been on the cul­tur­al land­scape in Wel­ling­ton since 2000. If you haven’t been there, it’s on level one at 147 Cuba Street, and was estab­lished as an artists-run non-com­mer­­­cial pro­ject space. As a pro­ject space, Enjoy is able to show work that pub­lic insti­tu­tions don’t take on. It’s a place where […]

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