Childspace celebrates 21 years

Childspace celebrates 21 years

In 1994, Child­space founders Toni and Robin Christie were work­ing in early child­hood edu­ca­tion in Christ­ch­urch, but they weren’t as happy as they thought they should be. “We were young, fresh and ideal­ist­ic,” Toni admits. “The stand­ard of early child­hood edu­ca­tion was really appalling at the time. I used to come home so upset.” Hav­ing saved […]

The return of the Roots

The return of the Roots

Trin­ity Roots Cit­izen (Self-released) When beloved Wel­ling­ton group Trin­ity Roots ral­lied them­selves for a series of reunion con­certs in 2010, it became clear that the pub­lic weren’t that keen to let them drift away into the fog again. Five years and sev­er­al small line-up changes later, they unveil their third prop­er album. Driv­en by the core team […]

Movements

Movements

Pub­lic cri­ti­cisms of the estab­lished New Zea­l­and music industry aside, Ian ‘Blink’ Jor­gensen might be best known for organ­ising the well-loved Camp A Low Hum music fest­iv­al dur­ing the late 2000s/early 2010s, and run­ning Wellington’s excel­lent Pup­pies music ven­ue between late 2012 and early 2014. How­ever, when I first met Ian 15 years ago, he […]

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, […]

It’s Newtown’s party — but we’re all invited

It’s Newtown’s party — but we’re all invited

On Sunday, 8 March, the stor­ied sub­urb of New­town will close its main roads and host the 19th edi­tion of the icon­ic New­town Fest­iv­al street fair, its annu­al com­munity party for the Wel­ling­ton region. In the place of traffic, the streets will be filled with 380 food, crafts and cloth­ing stalls, 12 stages of music […]

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 […]

Suburb Spotlight: Island Bay

Suburb Spotlight: Island Bay

On Sunday 15 Feb­ru­ary, an estim­ated 20,000 people will des­cend on Island Bay’s Shor­land Park and the sur­round­ing coastal area. They’ll be there for Day in the Bay, the main event dur­ing the suburb’s annu­al Island Bay Fest­iv­al. Attendees are treated to a full day of food stalls, craft stands, live music, vari­ety shows and […]

Wellington airport: Flight Plan

Wellington airport: Flight Plan

The ques­tion of wheth­er Wel­ling­ton Air­port should extend its run­way isn’t exactly a new one. It was first mooted as early as 1970 in a report by the New Zea­l­and Insti­tute of Eco­nom­ic Research. How­ever, over the last couple of years dis­cus­sion around it has heated up sub­stan­tially. Research sug­gests that 85 per­cent of Wellingtonians […]

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 […]

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 […]

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