Let’s Active

Let’s Active

The first pas­sen­ger we put in the rear seats of the new BMW 2 Series Act­ive Tour­er promptly fell asleep before we cleared Ngaur­anga Gorge. “This is good,” I thought. “Peace and quiet all the way to Waik­an­ae.” On the return jour­ney, pas­sen­ger 1 swapped places with pas­sen­ger 2, mean­ing the 12-year-old could play with […]

Back to the big screen in May

Back to the big screen in May

I sup­pose every month of cinema releases can boast being ‘some­thing for every­one’, but this month it really does appear to be jus­ti­fied. First up, on Sunday 3 May, is a single screen­ing at the Embassy of the won­der­ful and utterly influ­en­tial first Beatles fea­ture, A Hard Day’s Night, screen­ing as part of the New […]

Three-in-one

Three-in-one

To cel­eb­rate the inter­na­tion­al launch of the new M‑series, the BMW people gave me a choice between the new M3 — the four-door sedan ver­sion — or the M4, worth about $10k more but with two few­er doors. Know­ing that at least some of the test kilo­metres would be done with two excited pas­sen­gers demanding […]

Fifth birthday: Through a FishHead lens

Fifth birthday: Through a FishHead lens

Back in April 2010, pub­lish­er Jack Mar­tin, busi­ness man­ager Richard Ain­dow and edit­or Ben Christie launched this pub­lic­a­tion with the inten­tion of show­cas­ing the very best that Wel­ling­ton has to offer and telling the region’s stor­ies with style, wit and inven­tion. From the very begin­ning of the magazine, we have show­cased the tal­ents of some […]

You’ll wish the school run would never end

You’ll wish the school run would never end

Many years ago I owned what I felt was the most com­fort­able car in the world. It was a 1974 Volvo 164 with incred­ibly plush (butt-worn) leath­er uphol­stery and a shiny wal­nut dash­board. It sat effort­lessly on the road, wait­ing for the slightly gut­less CNG (com­pressed nat­ur­al gas) power source to fire up, then would […]

Weekend in Whanganui

Weekend in Whanganui

It’s not read­ily appar­ent to me why I haven’t spent more time in Whan­ganui. After all, it’s only a couple of hours away from Wel­ling­ton — eas­ily man­age­able after work on a Fri­day or early on a Sat­urday morn­ing. Once you get past Bulls, the road is pleas­antly unfa­mil­i­ar and the land­scape suit­ably undu­lat­ory and […]

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 […]

Crowe does not disappoint

Crowe does not disappoint

Strathmore’s finest son, Rus­sell ‘Rusty’ Crowe, has been around film sets and worked along­side good, aver­age and bad dir­ect­ors now for nearly 25 years, so it comes as no sur­prise to find that good, aver­age and bad habits have rubbed off on him when it comes to his turn in the director’s chair. As an […]

The Interview: Paul Hoather and Khan Danis

The Interview: Paul Hoather and Khan Danis

Paul Hoath­er used to be able to look out the win­dow of his White House res­taur­ant on Ori­ent­al Bay and watch orca feast­ing on stin­grays in the water off the band rotunda. The White House was good to Paul — and it was good to Wel­ling­ton, too, over 21 years and two icon­ic loc­a­tions. But […]

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