Arts — Toi Pōneke: Te Aro’s creative hub

Arts — Toi Pōneke: Te Aro’s creative hub

Hid­den in the depths of Wellington’s cre­at­ive dis­trict lies a treas­ure trove of multi-tal­en­ted people ded­ic­ated to the arts. The Toi Pōneke Arts Centre com­prises two rather unas­sum­ing build­ings on Abel Smith Street (ori­gin­ally the home of the Wel­ling­ton Edu­ca­tion Board and giv­en their new role in 2009, some 20 years after the board was […]

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 […]

Tequila Joe’s

Tequila Joe’s

While it’s won­der­ful that so many good new Mex­ic­an res­taur­ants are pop­ping up in Wel­ling­ton, one can tire of the more-authen­­t­ic-than-thou atti­tudes: “Our food is REAL Mex­ic­an! None of that Tex-Mex rub­bish here.” It’s thus refresh­ing to see a place offer­ing unabashed Mex­ic­an-Amer­­ic­an food as a cuisine in its own right. And with a name […]

Porirua Hospital AFC

Porirua Hospital AFC

Estab­lished in 1887, the psy­chi­at­ric hos­pit­al in Pori­rua has had a sig­ni­fic­ant influ­ence on the life of the city. In the early 1880s, the gov­ern­ment decided to move Wellington’s men­tal health-care facil­ity from the site now occu­pied by Gov­ern­ment House to a rur­al set­ting in Pori­rua. This, it was thought, would pro­tect patients from public […]