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At Karaka Bay

At Karaka Bay

Here are some of the late-19th cen­tury Māori res­id­ents of Karaka Bay, in one of sev­er­al sim­il­ar pho­to­graphs by Henry Wright (1844–1932). The Pāke­hā woman is prob­ably Wright’s daugh­ter, while the man at the back is Wil­li­am Shil­ling, the Wel­ling­ton pilot based at nearby Wors­er Bay. The names of the oth­er sub­jects of the photograph, […]

Shots Fired

Shots Fired

Adrienne Truscott (2013 Edin­burgh Fringe Pan­el prizewin­ner) “I would’ve said [Tony] Abbott, because his tone-deaf­­ness makes it so easy, and after the George Bush years an Amer­ic­an could basic­ally recycle the same jokes with a quick name change! But that’s too lazy, and for my pur­poses Bill Cosby’s hubris is a pretty rich source for […]

Mind the technology gap

Mind the technology gap

This year, the Oxford Juni­or Dic­tion­ary, aimed at sev­en-year-olds, decided to ditch some words. They had too many pages appar­ently, so they got chop­ping; chest­nuts, mag­pies, leo­pards and larks are out. Blog­ging, chat rooms and cut-and-paste are in. Net over nature, Out­look over the out­doors. A move to mod­ern­ise, they said, a pro­foundly sad move […]

Can we (or should we) canola?

Can we (or should we) canola?

A friend of ours came over a year or so ago and, without being asked, decided to go through our pantry and circle the Evil Ingredi­ents in any canned or pack­aged products. There are sev­er­al things that can make an ingredi­ent evil, chief among those being its unnat­ur­al­ness. The greatest of all Evil Ingredi­ents, she […]

Capital Questions with Therese Featherston

Capital Questions with Therese Featherston

Ther­ese Featherston’s sci­ence jour­ney star­ted when she took on a pro­ject at the Gil­lies McIn­doe Research Insti­tute as part of her IB (Inter­na­tion­al Bac­ca­laur­eate) Dip­loma while study­ing at Thorndon’s Queen Mar­garet Col­lege. The pro­ject led to her enter­ing a sci­ence fair, which took Ther­ese some­where she had nev­er expec­ted: Real­ise the Dream (the Nation­al School […]

Horse town

Horse town

Here is early Wel­ling­ton on a good day, look­ing north down Lamb­ton Quay. On the left, with the ver­anda, is Barrett’s Hotel, the social hub for many. On the right is John Plimmer’s ware­house, known as ‘Plimmer’s Ark’, built on top of an old hulk. You can still see the remains of it under­neath the […]

Capital Questions with Ben Woodward

Capital Questions with Ben Woodward

Ori­gin­ally hail­ing from Perth, Ben and his wife Helen made the move to Wel­ling­ton in Janu­ary last year. He instantly fell for the city and star­ted @WhyWellington on Twit­ter and Ins­tagram as a way of show­cas­ing what makes Wel­ling­ton unique and spe­cial, encour­aging Wel­ling­to­ni­ans to use the #Why­Wel­ling­ton hasht­ag to share what we love about […]

The richest man in Wellington

The richest man in Wellington

Here is Wil­li­am Barn­ard Rhodes (1807–78), the richest man in early Wel­ling­ton, pho­to­graphed in 1858 with his first wife Sarah, and Mary­ann, his Māori daugh­ter from an earli­er rela­tion­ship. It is also one of Wellington’s earli­est pho­to­graph­ic por­traits — a hand-tin­ted ambro­type, an early form of pho­to­graphy pop­u­lar in the 1850s. The sit­ting was probably […]

Chuckles the Finance Minister

Chuckles the Finance Minister

Bill Eng­lish Des­pite polit­ics closely resem­bling an epis­ode of The Walk­ing Dead, watch­ing Bill Eng­lish unleash his anti-cha­risma on New Zea­l­and is still com­puls­ive view­ing for his stat­ist­ics, policies and, of course, jokes going down like lead bal­loons. Will his set-list be pre­dict­able, or are there sur­prises in store? If there are broken prom­ises, his […]

More hurrahs to come?

More hurrahs to come?

Rival­ries, on the whole, are a bit of fun. Sib­ling rival­ries, trans-Tas­­man rival­ries, glee­fully venom­ous but prob­ably made-up rival­ries on real­ity shows. It’s all just a harm­less, some­what pass­ive-aggress­ive gag. How­ever, there’s one rivalry in par­tic­u­lar that really riles me, and that’s the rivalry — or pre­tend rivalry — between Wel­ling­ton and Auck­land. I lived in Auckland […]

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